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Weekend roundup: Cabaret ticket giveaway edition

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What will it be this weekend, Ottawa? Burlesque? A crowd-sourced musical bike ride? Fashion? House of PainT kicked off last night, and goes on all weekend long to celebrate their 10th anniversary. If you haven’t caught their Bboy and Bgirl breakdancing competition in years past, be sure to head down under the bridge on Saturday afternoon. There’s also music, dance parties and of course, live urban art. Ottawa Fashion Week is also entering its 10th season, getting underway on Friday – and although the main event is the runway shows,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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There are a lot of reasons to get out and about this weekend, Ottawa – picnics and hairy pits are just two of them. The Folk Fest continues, with Vampire Weekend, Shad, City and Colour and more heading to the party at Hog’s Back. Le Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent is also back, with music, art and comedy. GigSpace will see six great musicians come together in a show Thursday evening, and Eamon McGrath and Saint Clare will stop by Raw Sugar Cafe that same night. On Friday you can find... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Pride 2012. Photo courtesy Daily Xtra on Flickr.Pride 2012. Photo courtesy Daily Xtra on Flickr.

The Pride Parade happens this Sunday, and there are a ton of happenings to get you pumped up for the main event. Strip Spelling Bee is back at Babylon, Laugh out Proud is happening at Yuk Yuks, and there’s a bowling tournament – and that’s just tonight. Friday, there’s a pantsless party and Cirque Bizarre, while Saturday brings a choral showcase and some karaoke. Following the parade on Sunday, parties will keep going until the weekend wraps up! Dance parties will also be the theme down at Pour Boy on Friday night, with... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway!

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Photo of New Country Rehab by David Leyes, courtesy NCR's website.Photo of New Country Rehab by David Leyes, courtesy NCR's website.

It’s another busy summer weekend, Ottawa – and the weather is gonna hold up so you can attend everything! Find out how you can win tickets to a show on Sunday down at the end of the post. Thursday night, you’ve got your pick of two album release parties: local blues rockers Cold Capital will launch their EP down at Babylon, while sax/guitar/drums trio Wire Circus will be throwing their launch party down at GigSpace. The Gladstone’s latest one-night-only theatre production is Flying in the Dark, and La Petite Mort... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Lisa Griffiths, courtesy Erik Lind and the Orchard.Photo by Lisa Griffiths, courtesy Erik Lind and the Orchard.

Back to another lovely summer weekend – time to fill up that schedule! Friday night, get all kitted up in your favourite Star Wars themed costume and head to the Museum of Nature for Nature Nocturne – don’t worry about doing your hair, though, because they’ll have Princess Leia stylists on hand. Tonight, Babylon hosts Boombox Diaries, where DJs and musical guests will channel their favourite tunes through the classic portable music device. On Friday night White Ribs and Teenage Kicks bring some punk rock to town, Erik Lind and the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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For those of you looking to spice up your Thursday, head to the Elmdale Oyster House tonight for Shuck ‘n’ Strut – DJ Zattar will be spinning some funk and soul, and you can grab some tasty seafood in between dancing. Just to the east, there’ll be a vernissage for Zaneta Pernicova’s new exhibit at the Hintonburg Public House. Or you can catch Sarah Slean and a string quartet as part of Chamberfest down at St Brigid’s. Also in the market, the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa is hosting Spin... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Get yourselves ready, Ottawa – it’s gonna be a full, gorgeous weekend. The folks heading to Picnic En Blanc will be thrilled for the forecast – tonight will be a perfect evening for eating under the stars. And the Centretown Film Festival starts Friday night, with The People and the Olive. They’ll have movies for the next few weekends – with movies like Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing in the lineup, there’ll definitely be one up your alley. Classical music fans will already know that Chamberfest opens Thursday night – this... | Continue reading article

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House of PainT celebrates a decade of community-building through beats, dance and grafitti

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Images courtesy of HoP, Ming Wu and Francois Levesque.Images courtesy of HoP, Ming Wu and Francois Levesque.

House of PainT (HoP) is celebrating ten years in 2013 and they’re getting things started with a bang at a big unveiling party this Friday at Ritual. Alongside the reveal on the programming, music and art components for the fest itself, DJ Ruby Jane, BlakDenim and Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are taking the stage to make the people of Ottawa dance. I caught up with organizers Rob Reid and Melissa Wheeler as well as Ottawa-born DJ Ruby Jane to get their thoughts on 10 years of HoP, the lowdown on Friday’s... | Continue reading article

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Digital painting, graffiti, lasers and DJs: Night Light Masquerade brings it together at Wall Space Gallery

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Piggyback by Stefan Thompson. Image courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.Piggyback by Stefan Thompson. Image courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.

It’s hot out there, Ottawa. If you need a reason to escape the heat this weekend, head over to Wall Space Gallery for a night of dancing, DJing, lasers and live digital painting by one of our favourite local artists, Stefan Thompson. You may already be familiar with Thompson’s work if you frequent the Idle Hands Craft Sale – he also had a show awhile back at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Known for his mysterious, other-worldly bestial figures, Thompson is a part of the group exhibition, Night Light Masquerade, opening... | Continue reading article

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Outdoor Salsa at City Hall provides free dance for beginners and experts alike

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Photo by Jared DavidsonPhoto by Jared Davidson

Last Wednesday, two local Latin dance studios teamed up to kick off a series of free events under the title Outdoor Salsa at City Hall. Every Wednesday this summer, Azucar! Latin Dance Company and Salsa Force will be bringing a free evening of dance to the Rink of Dreams in front of City Hall. Each event consists of two parts: a beginner lesson from 6 until 7 and a night of social dancing from 7 until 11. The dancing is backed by live or DJed Latin music, and food courtesy... | Continue reading article

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