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Friends With Benefits to raise money for mental health awareness

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All photos from the Friends with Benefits Facebook event page.All photos from the Friends with Benefits Facebook event page.

The fourth annual Friends With Benefits fundraising auction, which supports mental health care and research in Ottawa, will be taking place Friday, May 8 at Lago Bar & Grill. The event will include a silent auction, cocktails, appetizers, and a dance party with a DJ. The event raises money directly for the Jennie James Depression Research Fund. Jennie James’ family established the fund with the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health in Jennie’s honour, after she took her own life in 2005 following a long battle with depression. The fund supports... | Continue reading article

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Cirque Mechanics thrills audience with death-defying tricks

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All photos from cirquemechanics.com.All photos from cirquemechanics.com.

When I was a kid, I wanted to join the circus. Not because I had a horrible life that I needed to escape from, quite the opposite. I had loving and indulging parents who encouraged me to join gymnastics and pursue acrobatics, but it wasn’t enough- I wanted to be Robin from Batman, without, of course, ever losing my family in some horrible circus accident. Cirque Mechanics Pedal Punk reinforced all of the ideals I had as a child toward the circus and acrobatics, and for a live audience. The... | Continue reading article

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Intermezzi: The Art of Time Ensemble proves dolls and dance don’t mix

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Photo by John Lauener, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.Photo by John Lauener, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.

Intermezzi: Art of Time Ensemble, enjoyed this past Wednesday at the National Arts Centre, marked both the commencement of this year’s Ontario Scene, the annual program celebrating provincial artists of all kinds, as well as International Dance Day. Fitting, as the presentation featured renowned Canadian contemporary choreographers, Peggy Baker and James Kudelka, and internationally celebrated dancer, Evelyn Hart. The performance was a physical exploration of several of nineteenth-century German composer, Johannes Brahms’ pieces from his Intermezzi, written at the end of his life and teeming with emotional depth. Brahms’ compositions... | Continue reading article

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The OAG gets especially creative this Sunday

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Andrew Wright, Disused Portrait Camera Considers Wedgewood Vase (detail), 2015, silvered objects, custom plinth. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal.Andrew Wright, Disused Portrait Camera Considers Wedgewood Vase (detail), 2015, silvered objects, custom plinth. Courtesy of the artist and Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal.

Post by Justeen Gales. The NAC’s Ontario Scene Gallery Crawl, happening in Ottawa this Sunday, has motivated the staff at the Ottawa Art Gallery to host a special Creative Sunday workshop for children and their families inspired by the current exhibition Pretty Lofty and Heavy All at Once (January 23rd – May 10th 2015) by artist Andrew Wright. With digital cameras easily accessible and the effortlessness with which pictures can be taken, edited, and discarded by the thousands, it is easy to forget the skill that goes into working with... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: For a healthy meal, check out Pure Kitchen

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

Look out Ottawa foodies, there is a new vegetarian restaurant in town called Pure Kitchen. Food lovers of all sorts are going to love the atmosphere, staff, vibe and of course the food. Think vibrant, artsy, energetic, tasty, and healthy. These are all accurate observations to describe this new restaurant.  Whether grabbing a shake after a workout, meeting up with friends for a healthy meal or even having a first date, Pure Kitchen is welcoming to everyone. I recently got to connect with one of the owners, Amber Straton to... | Continue reading article

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Irene’s: 30 years in the Glebe

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Left: Musicians performing during Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. Right: Geoff Johnson, host of Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. All photos by Terry Steeves.Left: Musicians performing during Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. Right: Geoff Johnson, host of Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Thirty years ago in 1985, a woman by the name of Irene Corey opened the doors to her modest-sized pub in the then up-and-coming neighbourhood on Bank Street called The Glebe. Originally called, “Cap’n Pinky’s”, it bore the charm of a cozy, rustic Maritime seaboard local, which rapidly became home to a regular clientele in this large residential district. Many simply referred to the place then as “Irene’s”, and before long the name stuck. Live music found its way onto the scene quickly, with local musicians who wanted to play... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also the start of Hintonburg Happening which highlights the beauty and eclectic collection of businesses in the Hintonburg area. Those events alone could keep you busy for a weekend, but just in case they don’t Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s female-led bands form the Next Wave

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Members of Bonnie Doon. Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Members of Bonnie Doon. Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine. Between the four female-led musical acts to be featured in Ontario Scene’s Next Wave: Ottawa Music Spotlight, there are Pizza Sharks, Ouija rockers, legal discussions with a certain legendary Canadian astronaut, and, of course, plenty of dance-worthy beats. Ottawa’s diverse and fun music scene will be showcased at Next Wave, just around the corner on Thursday, April 30 and taking place at... | Continue reading article

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Scène Ontario: 600 raisons de justifier votre fierté !

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Stef Paquette. Photo by Photocaptiva.Stef Paquette. Photo by Photocaptiva.

Cet article apparaît dans la version originale de Scène, une publication imprimée; un prologue pour Scène Ontario présenté par le Centre national des Arts. Cette année, le public de la région de la capitale nationale pourra découvrir la septième édition des « Scènes », une série de festivals nationaux présentés par le Centre National des Arts depuis 2003. Après avoir fait découvrir aux yeux du Canada les artistes de l’Atlantique, de l’Alberta, du Québec, de la Colombie-Britannique, des Prairies et du Nord, c’est la scène artistique de l’Ontario qui est cette fois... | Continue reading article

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It’s time to bust out your boxing gloves, Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of UMTBC Lifestyle Centre.All photos courtesy of UMTBC Lifestyle Centre.

It’s time to bust out your boxing gloves. Never owned a pair? That’s fine, too. The energetic fitness leaders at UMTBC Lifestyle Center on Hamilton Avenue in Hintonburg are anxious to teach you the basics – or the complex combos – of Muay Thai boxing. I’ll admit, the first time I stepped foot in the studio to try the Foundations class, I was a bit nervous. The upbeat music was blasting, the fitness instructors were bouncing around bursting with energy and smiles, and some experienced-looking members were taping up their... | Continue reading article

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