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Ottawa band paints House of Targ red

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Ornaments bassist, Jay Lamothe, plays bass and sings back-up vocals at House of Targ on Feb. 27, 2015. All photos by Trevor Alain.Ornaments bassist, Jay Lamothe, plays bass and sings back-up vocals at House of Targ on Feb. 27, 2015. All photos by Trevor Alain.

Post by Trevor Alain. An Ottawa musician painted his guitar red at House of Targ this past Friday night, the cultural hub of all things punk and pinball in Ottawa. Not literally of course, David Pierce, the front-man of Ornaments just played his guitar, bleeding, because he had sliced his thumb on one of his strings. The popular basement-bar was jam-packed with people that had either come for The Golden Dogs’ album release, retro arcade games or some handmade perogies. “It’s kind of a gritty place, it’s almost like a... | Continue reading article

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A wedding event for the modern bride-to-be at Victoire

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Photo from the Sparrow Floral Design Facebook page.Photo from the Sparrow Floral Design Facebook page.

As a bride-to-be myself I can attest that wedding planning can be a real downer sometimes. From the overwhelming array of options, to the astronomical price tags, to parental expectations, being the event planner for your big day is stressful. If you’re in the same boat as me, head over to A Modern Wedding Event, taking place on March 5th at Victoire Boutique on Wellington. Bridal shows are a secret weapon when it comes to preparing for your wedding. Samples of products are standard fare for these events which are... | Continue reading article

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Sonatas, Screams and Silence: An Ode to Ingmar Bergman

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Still from Persona.Still from Persona.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. You can follow her on Twitter. Ottawa New Music Creators and the Mayfair Theatre present Sonatas, Screams and Silence on Thursday, March 5th, an evening dedicated to the artistic brilliance of Swedish director, writer and producer Ingmar Bergman. Ottawa musicologist Dr. Alexis Luko will explore Bergman’s use of music, sound and silence in Persona, a 1966 modernist horror film that has been called his masterpiece and one of the greatest works of art from... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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Sip ‘n Slurp 2015: Winners and losers

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Raon Kitchen Dumplings and Glass Noodles. All photos by John Aung.Raon Kitchen Dumplings and Glass Noodles. All photos by John Aung.

Privé hosted the second annual Ottawa NoodleFest this past weekend at the Shaw Centre. Twenty Ottawa and Gatineau chefs and businesses all gathered together under one roof and provided a couple of their dishes for everyone to sample. We sipped. We slurped. We waited in line… a lot. Anybody familiar with the Ottawa start up company’s past events would have immediately noticed some improvements from its previous ventures, and yet, would have also felt a sense of familiarity as the format was largely unchanged. I do give Privé credit for... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents: Un Cabaret Trendy-Trash

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Image from undercurrentsfestival.ca.Image from undercurrentsfestival.ca.

Le Cabaret Trendy-Trash is an interconnected series of pieces by the writers’ collective Les Poids Plume, presented in a well-rehearsed reading as a unified text by five of its members. The pieces explore what it means to be a francophone of the Ottawa-Gatineau region, or more simply, the Outaouais, because as we’re reminded, “Ottawa n’est pas Hull, Hull n’est pas Ottawa, mais l’Outouais c’est les deux cotés de la rivière.” Curiously, there’s no English way to say it, though the OOH-da-WAY does have its charms.  It is a place of... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Jerk It is a straight to the point exercise in storytelling

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Madeleine Boyes-Manseau, Tony Adams and Cory Thibert in Jerk It. Photo by Pat Bolduc.Madeleine Boyes-Manseau, Tony Adams and Cory Thibert in Jerk It. Photo by Pat Bolduc.

The concept of Jerk It: A Collection of Masturbation Stories (by Tony Adams, Madeleine Boyes-Manseau and Cory Thibert, of May Can Theatre) is a straight to the point exercise in storytelling: anonymously crowd-sourced personal stories of masturbation are read by five different performers; no sets or costumes, just unselfconscious readings of unselfconsciously written stories, a collaboration between anonymous writer and reader. Adams and Thibert acted as Masters of Ceremony and Boyes-Manseau read the final piece. Since each night will feature different stories and different readers I can’t spoil it for... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Parry and a vintage bicycle Spin stories of liberation

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Left: Photo courtesy of Evalyn Perry. Right: Photo by Tanja Tiziana.Left: Photo courtesy of Evalyn Perry. Right: Photo by Tanja Tiziana.

Oh, my! What stories Evalyn Parry spins! And how she and Brad Hart tell them! With song, music, poetry, and theatre. Stories of freedom, power, emancipation and courage spanning three centuries: 19th, 20th and 21st. Stories from our past, but told with music, song and poetry of today. Told using instruments of the 20th century: Rickenbacker and Gretsch electric guitars. Plus an instrument that spans all three centuries: a bicycle updated with 21st century electronics to become a percussion instrument. But all this technology is subservient to the storytelling, starting... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.

We’ve got a well rounded weekend ahead of us complete with art shows, killer music and SNL veteran cast members coming to town to entertain. Support artistic representation, local music and laugh yourself into good health all weekend long! This Friday in art we have Sacred Defiance at PDA projects. Aydin Matlabi commemorative exhibition pays respects to the fallen soldiers from the Iranian war. The portraits represent what the soldiers might have looked like in various calm, composed, and faithful poses in a bold contrast to the violence and needless... | Continue reading article

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Sabrina Fair has it all: Romance, fairytale transformations and the uber rich

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All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Romance, fairytale transformations and a peek into the lives of the uber rich – this show has everything you need to leave the mid-winter blahs behind. Director Venetia Lawless brings Samuel Taylor’s, romantic comedy Sabrina Fair to the Ottawa Little Theatre stage. I am consistently impressed by the talent of Ottawa’s amateur theatre community and this production is no exception. A show of this calibre doesn’t come together without a real love for the craft, something this cast and crew display in abundance. Sabrina Fair takes us to the 1950s... | Continue reading article

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