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Spring clean your wardrobe sustainably and charitably

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Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.

The time has come to spring clean. This dauntingly includes tackling your wardrobe. As a dress enthusiast I know the trouble of stuffing my wardrobe until the bar bends, buckling under the weight of my well-intended enthusiasm. To provide my poor closet with some relief I often host a clothing swap with friends, where everything old is new again and the remaining items are donated to a thrift shop. However, with new organizations such as Clothes for Charity  in the UK arising, it seemed to me that there were more... | Continue reading article

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Poetry meets pop culture at A Dramatic Reading of Pop Songs

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Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Ottawa VERSeFest and IdeaSpace invite you to come celebrate the sillier side of this art form. Dramatic pop song readings have a long history (think Peter Seller’s cover of A Hard Day’s Night, or William Shatner’s utterly bizarre rendition of Rocket Man). On April 17th, Ottawa’s top poetic talent will be on hand at IdeaSpace to carry on the tradition. If you’re curious about Ottawa’s poetry scene, this fundraiser will be a fun and approachable way to get your feet wet. Hosted by... | Continue reading article

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Art and politics converge at the People’s Social Forum

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All photos by Lisa Levesque.All photos by Lisa Levesque.

On Tuesday April 8th at Gallery 101, the People’s Social Forum held its official Ottawa launch. To celebrate the budding activist movement, the event featured a potluck, social justice speakers, slam poetry, and local musicians, all in the context of the gallery’s exhibit of international art. The People’s Social Forum bills itself as an attempt to assemble together left-leaning activists for the sake of dialogue and unity. Environmental, indigenous, feminist, student, worker, and youth – they’re all a part of this political movement. The launch served as a rally for... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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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 a night of rock/pop with Eric Gilmore and The Mad Hatters, along with The City Gates and By The Lights. Down at the Sheep, you’ll find Claude Munson and the Storm Outside, while it’s a crazy dance party... | Continue reading article

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PechaKucha inspires in 6 minutes and 40 seconds

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Photo from pechakucha.org.Photo from pechakucha.org.

For anyone looking to get inspired to take on new projects now that it’s finally time to come out of hibernation, an upcoming event will bring together a wide array of local artists, organizers, and entrepreneurs to tell us about their work. PechaKucha (“chit-chat” in Japanese) nights were created in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for young creative professionals to meet and share ideas.  Each speaker shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each, and speaks over them, keeping their presentations to an MTV-generation-friendly six minutes and forty seconds each. ... | Continue reading article

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KABOOM! Thursday Open Mic & Jam

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The view from the stage at the Atomic Rooster. All photos by Terry Steeves.The view from the stage at the Atomic Rooster. All photos by Terry Steeves.

This is the third instalment of an in-depth look at the open mic/open jam experience…the musicians who attend them, the people that host them, and the venues that offer their stages for our local talent to shine. For complete listings in the Ottawa area, check out open mic scene. Welcome to the Atomic Rooster, located in the busy hub of Ottawa’s Centretown area on Bank St. just south of Somerset St….a moderately sized restaurant/bar featuring well prepared and presented pub-style fare, numerous draught beers from all over the world, and... | Continue reading article

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[Square]: Helping to launch Hintonburg Festival this summer

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"Zig" by Tafui."Zig" by Tafui.

I remember the days when I first moved here and I barely ventured West of Bronson or as I referred to it W.o.B. My boyfriend at the time had his film studio in Hintonburg, but there was little other reason to head out to the mainly residential neighbourhood. Now, things have radically changed and Hintonburg is not only home to some of Ottawa’s coolest homes, it is also a cultural hotspot featuring casual fine dining restaurants, funky stores and hip galleries. This is certainly something worth recognizing and celebrating. In... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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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 Andrew W.K., We were Sharks, and Robots! Everywhere!!, or some wild trombone down at Zaphods. Just in case that wasn’t enough, Claude Munson and the Storm Outside will be down at the Mercury Lounge. Friday brings indie rockers... | Continue reading article

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Full Steam Ahead: Ottawa Steampunk Fifth Anniversary Gala

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Photo from the Steampunk Ottawa Facebook page.Photo from the Steampunk Ottawa Facebook page.

Post By Rachel Thistle. In the past few years, the internet and fandom have been full of steampunk images: heroines in leather corsets armed with tesla coil ray guns and Gentleman Adventurers with blunderbuses, top hats and monocles. Steampunk revels in retro science fiction, presenting a reimagining of the Age of Exploration with Victorian fashion, steam-powered gadgets and a love of craftsmanship, gears and goggles. There’s something about the aesthetic that appeals to a wide cross section, bringing together experienced costumers, basement tinkerers and curious bystanders from all age groups... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.

Let’s pretend the weekend starts now, shall we? Or at least start planning what to do to avoid slipping further into the winter blues. Kick things off tonight with Kalya Scintilla’s musical transmissions at Ritual, or head to the Karsh-Masson Gallery for the blending of art and music in a new exhibit. If you want something a little more underground, put on your best ’20s threads and head to Babylon for the Ragin’ Cajun Speakeasy. Mill Street Brew Pub is raising funds for kids + wishes with The Breakfast Wish... | Continue reading article

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