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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy The Hidden Cameras website. They're playing Westfest Friday night.Photo courtesy The Hidden Cameras website. They're playing Westfest Friday night.

And we’re (almost) back to the weekend! It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for Westfest, but indeed, this free music festival has crept up on us once again. Sure, we’ve known the lineup for a while, but that’s only built up the excitement. Plus, getting a head start on music festival enthusiasm can only be a good thing – or at least that’s what the organizers of the Arboretum music+arts festival are convinced of. Head down to Babylon tonight to get a taste of what this newest festival... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy Nino: on Flickr.Photo courtesy Nino: on Flickr.

Today’s the day to remember that age-old saying about March, lions and lambs, Ottawa – keep that bright hope for snow-free days going. But don’t worry: there’s a lot going on to lift your spirits this weekend, from some suburban comedy to silkscreening to learning how to write love poems. Mavericks is hosting a night of local and American punk tonight, with Pianos Become the Teeth, Constraints, Sparrows and more. On the other end of the spectrum, the Owl Eyes Project and Dynamite Motel will be at the Elmdale, and it’s... | Continue reading article

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The Ottawa regional improv finals

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What do T-rexes, Pimp my Ride, and the National Arts Centre (NAC) have in common? All were re-imagined onstage at the final of the Ottawa Regional Improv Championship, which took place last Saturday, February 25. High school students from across the city met up at the National Arts Centre to show who had the chops to represent the city at the national finals. The five teams that made the finals were All Saints, Lisgar, Glebe, Cairine Wilson, and wild-card winners, Canterbury High School. Since the audience was mainly made up... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Well, Ottawa, we’ve almost made it through to March. And there’s plenty going on to help celebrate those babysteps we’re taking towards spring… If the warm weather this week wasn’t enough to dispel those Suckuary vibes, Doldrums Winter Music Festival is for you. Raw Sugar, Cafe Dekcuf and the Rainbow have teamed up to bring you a songwriters’ circle featuring some of Ottawa’s best acoustic acts, shows with New Teeth and Ornaments, and a Sunday evening variety show with everything from psychobilly to gypsy jazz. If you need a little... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: How to stay warm in O-town

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Photo of Amos the Transparent by Jamie Kronick (from their facebook page).Photo of Amos the Transparent by Jamie Kronick (from their facebook page).

This weekend’s all about getting warm – we might be having an early spring, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to stay cozy in the meantime. Kelp Records is all about that this weekend, with their annual Winter Warmer down at the Dom Polski. They’ll have beer, they’ll have food, they’ll have music. What more can you ask for? Dancing? That’ll likely happen, although it’s guaranteed down at Timekode. If a key ingredient of your weekend is crafts, Spins and Needles’ February Monster Party is for you. Before all... | Continue reading article

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The best of #ShitOttawansSay

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The kids are all going wild for Shit Girls Say, the latest meme to start replicating itself across the net. Yesterday the popular series of YouTube videos spawned yet another iteration, this time on twitter. The #ShitOttawansSay hashtag hit the Ottawa twitterverse a big way, launching what was probably the largest inside joke sharing fest the city has ever seen. Open File has collected and organized many of the tweets, which you can see here, but we couldn’t resist sharing some of our favourite ones here on the site. The following are... | Continue reading article

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Step aside Burt Bacharach: Remi Royale takes Lounge Music to the extreme

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Forget crooning men in slick suits; Remi Royle is not your grandmother’s lounge singer. Royale, a comedy/music act that plays the first and last Sunday of each month at the Manx Pub (370 Elgin), is the type of act you either love… or hate. The contentious act is now the subject of a mini-documentary by Algonquin Documentary Arts student Julien Sokol, who first saw Royale in action a year and a half ago. I remember his performance had a very polarizing effect on the audience. Half the people seemed to... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Sketch presents Locker Lives episode 3 – Product Placement

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The third episode of Ottawa Sketch’s Locker Lives (a behind-the-scenes look at washed-up actors on a fictional high school dramedy TV show) has popped up online. “The actors are playing 16-year-olds but they’re actually 30-year-olds, 40-year-olds who are sort of washed up and can’t get any other jobs. They’re stuck on this show.” says Ottawa Sketch member Rachelle Casseus. Here are episodes one and two. For more on Ottawa Sketch, visit their Facebook page and blog.

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Local comic John Hastings records comedy DVD

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Writing about a show that hasn’t happened yet is hard. Writing about a comedy show that hasn’t happened yet is nearly impossible. Humour is so personal, and because it’s so easy for stand-up to go horribly horribly wrong, it is often easier to stick to previewing music shows and reviewing food. All this to say that while I don’t know if you’ll enjoy the comedy of John Hastings, a local stand-up doing a live recording at the Preston St Yuck Yucks this weekend, his YouTube video did teach me several... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa web series Locker Lives launched online

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Ottawa Sketch Comedy has launched episode one of its new web series Locker Lives. “The real drama, the real show is about the actors on this TV show,” explained Ottawa Sketch member Rachelle Casseus. “The actors are playing 16-year-olds but they’re actually 30-year-olds, 40-year-olds who are sort of washed up and can’t get any other jobs. They’re stuck on this show.” You can see the pilot here. The group has been filming in Ottawa at St Pat’s, but the show is set in Vancouver, B.C. (aka Canadian Hollywood). Episode one... | Continue reading article

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