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

aVibe fest delivers in its debut year

“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 […]

Kelp Records' celebrating 20 years!

Weekend Roundup and Kelp20 ticket giveaway!

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 […]

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

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

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 […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″][/youtube] 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 […]

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

Honouring Canada’s music, dance and theatre artists

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 […]

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

The PepTides wow in technicolour fashion

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 […]

Photo of Lillian Di Piazza by Alexander Iziliaev

Like ballet? We’re giving away a pair of tickets to Coppélia.

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the matinee performance of Coppélia by the Pennsylvania Ballet on Saturday, May 3, at 2 pm.  To enter, email with the subject line “NAC Coppélia Contest” by noon Tuesday, April 29.  The winner will be notified on Tuesday afternoon. Ever since it first premiered in 1870, Coppélia has warmed […]

Photo of FAR (choreographed by Wayne McGregor) by Ravi Deepres

How dance proves that Ottawa is cool

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” – George Orwell Sometimes people insist on repeating a myth.  Case in point: Ottawa is regularly mocked as the city that fun forgot and where creativity goes to die.  There is just one problem with this critique: It is a massive pile of bollocks. […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] This next few days look very promising: when we’ve got something like FerretFest happening, the weekend has to be great. Tonight, Arboretum Arts Festival brings PHÈDRE, Boyhood and Ken Park to Pressed, while there’s a 60s Franco-jazz revival down at Maxwell’s with Les Petits Fours and The Sick Sick Sicks. Tomorrow, Zaphods has […]

Photo by Oz Productions

Tango Legends come to the NAC stage

The tango has always had a special place in my heart.  When I was a young boy, I was enthralled by family stories about how my grandfather in Chile danced this passionate baile, whose eroticism and sense of danger was intoxicating. Years later as a young man, I traveled to Argentina where I watched in awe […]

Photo by  Marie Philibert-Dubois

With raw physical energy, dance show explores human relations and desire (+ ticket giveaway)

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to the Friday, April 4, performance by la compagnie Virginie Brunelle.  To enter, email by 4 pm today, April 1, with the subject line “Virginie Brunelle NAC Contest”.  We will randomly pick both winners after the 4 pm deadline. Many human relationships radiate with sexual energy.  How we face such […]

Photo by John Hall

Review: Rodin/Claudel is a beautiful and sensual tour de force

If you love ballet, then please do yourself a favour and go see Rodin/Claudel that is playing at the National Arts Centre until Friday, March 29. Performed by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, this neoclassical ballet tells the story of the turbulent romance between famous French sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel. After attending the opening day performance yesterday, I fell […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] 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 […]