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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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Les Mosquitos

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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What will you discover at The Shenkman?

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The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Spring is here, and with it comes a series of arts and culture venues announcing their next season, and the Shenkman Arts Centre is certainly no different. Having attended several events at Shenkman over the last few months I was definitely curious about what was on the plate for next season. The official release of next season’s lineup came out on May 1st, and it proved to be very interesting. Chosen to celebrate the Centre’s 5th anniversary, the shows listed seem to continue the Shenkman tradition of having an eclectic... | Continue reading article

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The PepTides wow in technicolour fashion

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The Peptides in Concert May 3rd, 2014.
All photos courtesy of: Birgit Oelze.The Peptides in Concert May 3rd, 2014. All photos courtesy of: Birgit Oelze.

The PepTides’s May 3rd pre-album release party for new album Love Question Mark at St Alban’s was a sexy technicolour lucid dream. It was a theatrical performance experience like no other, as this professional outfit puts its mark on Ottawa. The band has fallen into a chasm of synth and is having a dance party in the abyss of love. The performance can be likened to a cabaret show complete with shiny costumes, funky neon hair, fun props and new characters for every song. It reminds one very much of... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 30 avril :: Eventful Capital en visite, le MIFO présente une nouvelle scène émergente, la musique-est-en-stock et Éric ose en théâtre!

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Source :: Alexander VladSource :: Alexander Vlad

Basement 819, 14e édition cette semaine. De la belle et grande visite en studio! Eventful Capital, une tribune à applaudir très chaudement! Derrière la plateforme d’information culturelle Eventful Capital, se cache depuis plus de trois ans une passionnée de musique et de culture : Elly Laberge. Chaque semaine, elle s’active sur son blogue pour présenter aux amoureux de la culture une liste très complète d’événements culturels de la région. Son blogue :: http://eventfulcapital.wordpress.com Le fil Twitter @EventfulCapital est également alimenté quotidiennement par Elly Laberge elle-même. C’est qu’elle ne s’arrête jamais! Consultez... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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If you’re not planning on spending your whole weekend eating poutine, we’ve got a few other options for you: Thursday, kick off spring with Art Uncorked down at Pressed – you get art supplies, some wine, and a few tips to make your own unique piece. Over at Club SAW, celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday while raising some money for charity. Down at Zaphod’s, Tribe Royal, Archy & Mehitabel and Mack Hills will be bringing a bit of folky pop to the stage. There’s also a new Fine Folks Forum happening,... | Continue reading article

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Review: Craig Ferguson hits the Capital with a hearty helping of humour

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Photo provided by Cnetrepointe Theatres.Photo provided by Cnetrepointe Theatres.

Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show, delivered a much needed dose of hilarity during two back-to-back nights last week at Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre. His Hot And Grumpy! Tour 2014, part of the Just For Laughs Festival, features stops in Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Kitchener, Toronto, Halifax, and London. It was just the cure for a Canadian winter that has overstayed its welcome, “with weather conditions not meant for humans to live in“, titters Ferguson. Before taking the stage, the show opened with funny man Josh Robert Thompson, better known... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So this weekend is a weekend of choices – you’re going to have to make some tough ones, since the city is hopping. In the music world tonight, you’ve got your pick of indie darlings Basia Bulat and The Head and The Heart, or a bit of a pop punk party with Andrew W.K., We were Sharks, and Robots! Everywhere!!, or some wild trombone down at Zaphods. Just in case that wasn’t enough, Claude Munson and the Storm Outside will be down at the Mercury Lounge. Friday brings indie rockers... | Continue reading article

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