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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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You’d think that with back to school and the re-start that comes every September, things would quiet down around the city. Except it’s Ottawa, where we organize as many events as possible to take advantage of any warm-ish weather. Spend the whole weekend outdoors at the Ottawa Folk Fest, with a diverse line-up that includes everyone from Lorde to The Wiggles to The National to Wooden Sky. They’ve also got a Food Truck Rally and a Craft Beer House to keep you satiated all weekend long. If you’re in the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.

The long weekend is upon us, Ottawans! Kick things off with Soup Ottawa, the local micro-grant participatory dinner event. Who doesn’t love soup, and who doesn’t love hearing great ideas? This event has plenty of both. My Summer Crush improv series continues, tickling your funny bone with some musical comedy, Ladystache from Toronto, and a few late night laughs. Burlesque and comedy come together at Tits + Giggles, the monthly show at Zaphod’s. Local indie artist Farewell Davidson plays Thursday evening at Festival House, while Moon Destroyer and Brandon Allan play... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is the kind of jam packed weekend where there is so much going on, you’re going to wish that you could be in more than one place at once. With both Capital Pride and Arboretum Arts Festival spanning the whole weekend, there is more than enough to keep even the busiest of bees busied. Thursday marks the final day to catch World Press Photos at the War Museum. A compilation of the year’s best in photojournalism, it is something you want to be sure not to miss. After the War... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Fevers by Melanie Broguet, courtesy the Fevers website.Photo of Fevers by Melanie Broguet, courtesy the Fevers website.

The rain isn’t sticking around for long, so there’s no excuse for missing a mini maker faire, a little treasures sale, a big wild challenge, or any of the other-sized events going on around town. There are myriad ways to tickle your funny bone this weekend, with My Summer Crush Improv heading into their three weeks of all comedy, all the time. Opening night is Thursday, followed by evening and late night shows all weekend long. Laughs for Animals is also happening this weekend, raising money for the Ottawa Humane Society.... | Continue reading article

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Crushing on improv

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Summer love is in the air and what are we crushing on? Improv. If you’re looking for somewhere to laugh your pants off with a beer in hand, look no further than the 3-week comedy series, My Summer Crush which opened at Arts Court  Tuesday, August 12th. Featuring some of the best improv, sketch comedy, late night, stand-up, music and beer in Canada, it’s no wonder My Summer Crush is back for another year, even bigger and better. Crush Improv core member, Al Connors shared the impressive growth of the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Things to do in Ottawa and Celtfest package giveaway!

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Given the timing of Canada Day, you’ve probably been partying from last Friday to this Tuesday. Hope you had time to recover because the weekend’s already back again! This year’s RBC Ottawa Bluesfest begins on Thursday. Weekend highlights include Tegan and Sara, Danny Brown (Thursday), Journey & Zedd on Friday, Lady Gaga on Saturday and Mac Demarco, St. Vincent and Violent Femme on Sunday. There are tons of local bands playing throughout the fest. Big shoutout to our friends at Ottawa Showbox for showcasing the many local talents playing at this year’s festival. If... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So it’s an almost-kind-of long weekend, with the sun shining and the city full of activities. The Fringe Festival continues, with theatre options to suit just about everyone. Not sure what play to catch? We reviewed all the plays to help you out – check out our Fully Fringed section to see which ones are hits and which ones might just be misses. The Fringe just isn’t about plays – they’ve got a few free concerts at their Courtyard this weekend, too. Crissi Cochrane and Three Little Birds are there... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 18 juin :: Les Mosquitos en studio! Lunch Beat dans le Vieux-Hull et c’est parti pour le Ottawa Fringe Festival. On confirme, l’été c’est fait pour jouer!

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L’équipe de Basement 819 vous recommande un échantillon d’activités parmi la fulgurante brochette d’événements en cours en ce moment. Les Mosquitos en studio! Basés à Aylmer, mignonne petite ville de la région, Les Mosquitos sont venus exprimer leurs passions intérieures à l’émission. Connus pour leur puissance sur scène, leur pouvoir attractif et leur beat reggae-beachy, on chill régulier avec ce band qui nous sert des sensations d’été-ska à la sublime. Finalistes au concours LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot, les favoris de la région ont reçu la nomination pour le “Best... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 4 juin :: Ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur la scène underground Ottawa-Gatineau!

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Figure emblématique de Jo Chapeau (via Facebook)Figure emblématique de Jo Chapeau (via Facebook)

Basement 819 vous épatera encore cette semaine avec son menu saisissant! Voici ce que vous retrouverez dans cette 18e édition de l’émission : Yeah! Une scène marginale dans la région! Oui, il y a bel et bien une scène éclatée, voire dissimulée dans les environs. Écoutez la voix d’un grand connaisseur, Jo Chapeau, nom qui fait office de marque de commerce pour cet organisateur passionné par les événements culturels. Il nous dévoile les secrets les mieux gardés pour découvrir une scène émergente locale et marginale. Parce que Jo Chapeau est... | Continue reading article

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Crass, butch and hilarious: Kalyani Pandya parades herself on stage + ticket giveaway

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Kalyani Pandya. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Storytellers.Kalyani Pandya. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Storytellers.

Growing up is never easy for anyone, and especially difficult for anyone wanting to stray the path of their traditional family upbringing. Kalyani Pandya gives a heart wrenching and often hilarious view into the struggles she felt coming out as a gay woman in Winnipeg with her performance The Arrangement, the Marriage, and Me. Her story is told through the eyes of two women; Anila, entering an arranged marriage in Delhi and Kamal, a woman coming out as gay to her traditional family in Winnipeg. Even with both women countries... | Continue reading article

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