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Is Ottawa the City that Fun Forgot?

Four years ago, Amen Jafri was frustrated with Ottawa. She was a young professional who liked to go out and do fun things, yet she seemed incapable of finding fun in the city. After conversing with a few friends, she realized she wasn’t alone. She decided to explore the stereotype that Ottawa is the city […]


DiverCiné – World Cinema from La Francophonie highlights the cultures of the French-speaking world

Language is a tricky thing. Here in Canada, and particularly in Ottawa, we’re keenly aware of the complexities that can arise when languages, and cultures, come together. Language simultaneously unites communities who share it and alienates those who do not. Language is a way of exploring the differences between us: that doesn’t have to be […]

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Basement 819 du 19 février 2014 :: Mois de l’histoire des Noirs : Speaking Black Hockey, Art Battle 99, Kandle, Jeremy Fischer, Cinéma: Here Comes The Devils!

Yeah! C’était la sixième édition de BASEMENT 819! Cette semaine, les arts visuels envahissent l’actualité culturelle! Ah! Et on vous propose aussi une fête de nouilles…! — Dans le cadre du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs, nous avons présenté David Deliska, slamer torontois. Il performera à l’Auditorium Alumni ce samedi 22 février dans le cadre […]


Here Comes The Devil au Mayfair

Par Mariette Delevallée 97 minutes — Adrian Garcia Bogliano, Mexique, 2012 “Ici vient le diable”, gronde le titre de cet opus mexicain sorti de nulle part. Un film d’horreur et de possession? (me demanderez-vous) Non. Des zombies grommelant au rythme d’un rock funèbre et psychotique? Non plus, désolé. Ni vampire, ni exorciste, peut-être un peu […]

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Basement 819 du 5 février 2014 :: Éric, nouveau collaborateur à la langue déliée, The Yips, Antoni Gilbert, Cinéma : Pumped Up Flix

Basement 819 du 5 février 2014 Voici notre quatrième et fière édition! Occupé, le duo de BMT 819, avec tous ces shows le samedi 8 février! Mais avant tout, ce mercredi 5 février a marqué l’entrée en ondes de notre collaborateur Éric! Bienvenue Éric! Qui nous a apporté une belle chronique sur Philémon Cimon et […]

Still from Tavarataivas (My Stuff), Directed by Petri Luukkainen (Finnish, with English sub-titles).

Bright Nights: The 4th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival is on now

I consider myself to be a good Canadian girl. Minus 40 weather be damned- I’ve got places to go and people to see. Twenty articles of clothing later I’m heading out into the eyelash-freezing, forehead numbing, unsightly snot-inducing wind and snow. We’re Canadians-we laugh in the face of winter’s harsh blows! We’re united in refusing […]

Still from 2013 Challenge winner, "Change" by Matt Delaney and Shooter McNally.

Make a film in 72 hours? Piece of cake

Vera Grbic is a volunteer for OIFF. Get your quick-as-a-jet film skills ready – the Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF) is asking you to shoot a short film (3-12 minutes long) in just three days. That’s the premise behind the OIFF 72 Hour Film Challenge. On February 6th, at 6:30 pm at The Lieutenant’s Pump, […]

Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

2014: the Year of the Horse! Yup, it’s Chinese New Year this weekend – celebrate down in Chinatown at Shanghai or party with jazz group Bamboo Groove Saturday night. At Babylon Thursday night, it’s another edition of “I can’t believe it’s not“, with Nirvana’s Nevermind being played full-out with more than a dozen local musicians. In other […]

Photo of Running Red Lights by Lisa Macintosh Photography courtesy their Facebook page.

Weekend roundup: Wakefield winter warm up giveaway!

Need a winter getaway this weekend? Read on to find out how you can escape to Wakefield for a show and overnight stay! First, though, a bit of music closer to home. If you missed Josef Mieto a few weeks back, you can catch his folky sounds tonight at Maxwells, where he’ll be joined by […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] So things are getting quieter as the holidays inch closer, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Thursday night, head to Pressed for a night of zines, featuring the Toronto Queer Zine Fair. The Fast Romantics are over in Wakefield tonight, and, because it’s the third Thursday of the month, […]

Weekend roundup: Atomic Rooster giveaway

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] Love poutine? Look no further than Sparks Street – you’re now booked up for the weekend. Support Local month is entering its third weekend, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Tonight, there’s a vernissage of Andrea Stokes’ work down at Mint Hair Studio. It’s also the Alice Alishka pop-up shop […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] So October is almost over, and that means the city gets scary. Get a head start on Halloween with some spooky sexy stories, a WonderGeeks night of festivities, some pumpkin carving and, of course, a vampire or two. Costumes are more than welcome tonight down at the Mercury Lounge, where super-talented NOAH will […]