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Punkpocalypse takes Montebello by storm: A review of Amnesia Rockfest 2014

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An estimated 200,000 colourful revellers decended on Montebello for the 9th annual Amnesia Rockfest over the weekend. Photo by Emily Fudakowski.An estimated 200,000 colourful revellers decended on Montebello for the 9th annual Amnesia Rockfest over the weekend. Photo by Emily Fudakowski.

The little festival that could may be all grown up, but Amnesia Rockfest remains the laid back, gritty punkpocalypse it always was. The community ball diamond, cement bleachers and tiny beer shack I remember from my first Rockfest four years ago are long gone and organizers have finally figured out how to tend to the toilet needs of thousands of beer guzzling rockers with mega munchies — particularly on days like Saturday when Cypress Hill took to the stage and the entire grounds erupted in a plume of pot smoke.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + movie pass giveaway

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It’s set to be another busy, sunny Ottawa weekend, folks – this week, we’re giving away tickets to the first-run screenings of We Are the Best down at the Bytowne. Read on to find out how you can win! Ottawa Explosion Weekend kicked off their music festival last night, but don’t worry – you’ve got plenty of chances to catch the rest. Ottawa band The Tropical Dripps starts off the night at Club Saw tonight, and the rest of the weekend features shows by The Creeps, New Swears, Slow Mover... | Continue reading article

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Best of: Ottawa’s dance parties

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The Kitchen Party dance floor. Photo from Hobo & SweetCheeks' Facebook page. Credit: Rémi Thériault.The Kitchen Party dance floor. Photo from Hobo & SweetCheeks' Facebook page. Credit: Rémi Thériault.

Ottawa is home to a bunch of great DJs who host creative and eclectic events that are worth checking out. Nearly every weekend there are awesome dance parties held in pubs, clubs, restaurants, and one what-used-to-be jail throughout the city. There’s more to Ottawa than the Byward Market – especially when it comes to dancing. For those of you who like to dance, here’s a list of some of the best dance parties being held regularly in our city: Timekode Held on the third Friday of every month, Timekode is... | Continue reading article

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Bowling & beer Big Lebowski style, dudes

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Still from The Big Lebowski.Still from The Big Lebowski.

Jean McLernon is the Executive Assistant / Event Planner for the Ottawa International Film Festival. On Saturday, June 14th join Beau’s Beer and the Ottawa International film Festival for The Big Lebowlski: A far out bowling and feature beer night. The event is a fundraiser for the Ottawa International Film Festival which runs later this fall in October, and is an opportunity for Beau’s to lead Ottawa into Ontario Craft Brew Week which kicks off on the 13th and runs until June 20th. The Ottawa International Film Festival is a... | Continue reading article

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aVibe fest delivers in its debut year

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A couple enjoying the music of the Slowcoasters. All photos by Terry Steeves.A couple enjoying the music of the Slowcoasters. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“Providing an environment where people can come together to celebrate great music, food & drink, art, culture, peace, and positive vibes.” The credo on the aVibe Music & Arts Festival website says it all. It delivered everything it set out to do in spades, in its debut year at the beautiful and massive Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa. The park is very centrally located on Heron Rd., and stretches from Riverside Dr. to the Rideau River. It’s known for its well groomed grassy rolling hills and fields, BBQ pits, picnic... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup and Kelp20 ticket giveaway!

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Kelp Records' celebrating 20 years!

It’s a busy weekend so let’s get started! The 2nd edition of Poets for Humanity is taking place tonight at Pressed. The night features some of the strongest poets in the city and serves as a fundraiser for various community programs. RAW:natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art. It’s hosting a showcase event this Thursday at the Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. Kelp Records turns 20 this... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Serah-Marie McMahon of WORN Fashion Journal

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All images from The WORN Archive  (editor Serah-Marie McMahon) courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.All images from The WORN Archive (editor Serah-Marie McMahon) courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.

Post by Régine Paquette and Katie Frappier. The Wornettes are heading to Ottawa to celebrate the release of The Worn Archive. The anthology is comprised of the first fourteen issues of WORN with each chapter dedicated to celebrating a different aspect of fashion. In anticipation of the event, we sat down with Serah-Marie McMahon, founder and editor of WORN to discuss their role in Canada’s fashion industry and what values they bring to their writing. How do you think Worn has influenced the Canadian Fashion Industry? How have you seen... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So we’ve made it to May 2-4, and the humidity has arrived just in time to warm up the weekend. The sheep will probably be happy it’s time for their annual haircut. Things will get hot down at the Black Sheep this weekend, with Meaghan Blanchard stopping by tonight, and Motel Raphaël playing with Erik Lind and the Orchard on Friday. Saturday, lightning-strike survivor Kellylee Evans plays, storming the stage with her intense vocals. If you can’t make it out to Wakefield, stay in town for Good For Grapes and... | 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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Honouring Canada’s music, dance and theatre artists

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Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala honoured the country’s best artists in music, dance and theatre at the National Arts Centre this Saturday, May 10. In alphabetical order, the 2014 laureates are Anik Bissonette for her career as a dancer, teacher and artistic director; Canada’s most travelled rock band, Blue Rodeo; Brent Carver for his acting and singing career; actor, singer-songwriter and humanitarian Tom Jackson; Louise Lecavalier for her dance and choreography; actress and teacher Janine Sutto; Jean Giguère, Winnipeg arts patron, received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for... | Continue reading article

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