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NAC dance show celebrates the wonderful power of nature

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Weather by Lucy Guerin Inc.  Photo by Heidrun Löhr.Weather by Lucy Guerin Inc. Photo by Heidrun Löhr.

Canadians are obsessed with the weather.  Whether it’s 30 degrees of humid summer heat, the dampness of  late fall, the freezing  hell that is winter, or the glorious rebirth of spring, Canucks must constantly adapt to diverse meteorological conditions. Australia, on the other hand, is often seen as Canada with lovely sunny beaches and constant blue skies.  So what could a group of Australians possibly have to say about mother nature to the citizens of the Great White North? Quite a bit in fact. Australian dance troupe Lucy Guerin Inc. is... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Ticket giveaway for NAC’s Casual Friday

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Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.

We gain that extra hour back this weekend, giving us extra time to jam in all of the events taking place over the next few days. Support Local Month officially kicks off tomorrow, with two events happening – the free Scattered Clouds show, and a Dia de los Muertos party at the Atomic Rooster. The HiLoTrons show at the Black Sheep is a special one, too – they’ll have the Goodluck Assembly and Hydrothermal Vents on stage, too, with Hard Science providing visuals. Tickets for the bus from Ottawa to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: DIANA ticket giveaway!

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DIANA is in town this weekend and you could win tickets!DIANA is in town this weekend and you could win tickets!

It’s not just a weekend of turkey and pie – it’s also a weekend where those Mario Kart skills you’ve been honing can be put to good use. Starting off with music playing tonight, Paper Lions and Teenage Kicks are at Zaphods, while Doomsquad and HSY stop by Mugshots. Indie folk/pop project Twin Voices is down at Pressed this evening, with Orienteers and Mehdi Hamdad rounding out the bill. Friday at Pressed, Delta Will is back in town with Claude Munson and the Storm Outside. Friday night also brings The... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Chic Gamine courtesy their website.Photo of Chic Gamine courtesy their website.

The trees changing colour can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest. Or Ribtoberfest. Beer and food, at least. There are a few shows to add to your list this weekend. Chic Gamine combine French pop with Motown, and Basia Bulat sings from her latest album. Jadea Kelly will be out at the Black Sheep Thursday night, while Craig Cardiff will perform a couple of shows there over the rest of the weekend. Jon Hynes releases his first EP at the Clock Tower with help from a few friends, and it’s First Funk... | Continue reading article

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NAC launches new dance season with spellbinding, chaotic show (+ ticket giveaway)

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Award-winning dancer and company director Maguy Marin is one of the most significant figures in French modern dance.  The New York Times has called her, “one of the most important choreographers in France.” Having created some 40 dance works, which have been influenced by theatre and choreographed movement, the Toulouse-born artist has a long history of presenting bold performances that push artistic boundaries. Residents of the National Capital Region have a chance to see her innovative work first hand, as the Compagnie Maguy Marin performs Salves at the National Arts Centre on October 3 and 4.... | Continue reading article

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Only two more sleeps until Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.

Rest up, friends. Starting at 6:21pm this Saturday, the city will be hosting Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau (NBOG) – it’s the biggest all-night art party you’ve been waiting for! With over 100 projects from local, national and international artists working in animation, audio, film, fine craft, installation, new media, performance, photography, sculpture, spoken word, textile, and a variety of other visual art forms – it’s the perfect opportunity to engage with the city and catch some innovative artistic practices at the same time (and stay up ’til 4:22am with 30,000 of your... | Continue reading article

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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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