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Carleton Tavern celebrates 80 years!

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Carleton Tavern. Photo by Terry Steeves.Carleton Tavern. Photo by Terry Steeves.

The first time I walked into the Carleton Tavern was on a Friday night just a few years ago. The long room was jammed from wall to wall with people from ages 20 to 80, and all walks of life. Some were seated at the rows and rows of small wooden tables littered with quart bottles and pitchers of beer, and some filled the makeshift dance floor immediately in front of the band that was churning out some classic rock. The white washed walls with darkly painted beams displayed a... | Continue reading article

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Take 5 for the 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival

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Tanya Tagaq.Tanya Tagaq.

Despite the abundance of genres, the various styles and wide-ranging traditions, jazz essentially is about improvisation, collaboration, and the ongoing quest for exploration. It’s about creating musical moments bound in the precarious nature of time. Or, to say it another way, it’s about sonically interpreting the precariousness of time by collaborating in the construction of moods and themes. For this very reason, jazz, at its best, is about creating experiences, especially novel sonic experiences shared by multiple participants – including, in live shows, the audience. First and foremost, it’s all... | Continue reading article

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Velo Vogue is high-class fashion for the low-emission commuter

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All photos by VictorPax.comAll photos by VictorPax.com

Ironically, as I pulled into Saturday night’s Velo Vogue Fashion Show, a brilliant event pairing local style with great bikes, I accidentally stained my favorite caramel-coloured pants with a long, jagged line of bike grease. Some might call that a sign. Maybe bikes and fashion aren’t meant for each other. Cyclists are always finding new ways to mess up our outfits, after all. We sweat, we get splashed by Nissans racing through puddles, we even lean too close to our freshly greased bike chains while parking. Considering all this risk,... | Continue reading article

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Five bands I loved at OIMC

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Kaze. Photo from circum-disc.com.Kaze. Photo from circum-disc.com.

The Ottawa International Music Conference (OIMC) wasn’t just about incredible panels given by industry diehards, it also had some of the best music you’ve likely never heard of. Luckily we’ve got a break down of the top five artists you may have missed, and what you can look forward to from them. French musician and music producer Rone was a notable favourite over the weekend. Rone is an electronic DJ that often has intensely engaging visual effects accompanying his music, best exemplified in his music video for Bye Bye Macadam.... | Continue reading article

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Five Things I Learned at the Ottawa International Music Conference

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Q&A with the band Tortured Soul at OIMC. Photo from the OIMC Facebook page.Q&A with the band Tortured Soul at OIMC. Photo from the OIMC Facebook page.

The first Ottawa International Music Conference was held recently at Maker Space North. The Conference featured international artists and panelists, who shared their knowledge with a room full of industry hopefuls. The three day event was successful, both in attendance and information obtained by attendees. The panels ranged from how to turn music into a business, to festival programming, to the changing landscape of parties. In case you missed the conference, I’ve broken down the 5 things I learned at OIMC: 1. Know your audience and play to it. If... | Continue reading article

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Community-driven fest celebrates renewal + change

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Artists scheduled for live painting at Chinatown PREMIXED.Artists scheduled for live painting at Chinatown PREMIXED.

Each May for the past eight years, Ottawa’s Chinatown has come alive for a celebration of the arts – Chinatown Remixed. What began as an initiative of the Somerset Business Improvement Association (BIA), the month long event paired local artists with local businesses in which to display their work. The festival kicks off with a giant party where people mill up and down Somerset Street, checking out the music, installations, and art, all the while enjoying some delicious food and drink. Now in its eighth year, Chinatown Remixed is switching... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo from Ottawa Velo Vogue's Facebook page.Photo from Ottawa Velo Vogue's Facebook page.

Welcome to the first weekend in June. This weekend promises to be another great one, with a whole lot going on. There are art shows, comedy shows, a fashion show, and some great dance parties. Plus the Canada Dance Festival opens this Saturday. For more than 25 years, CDF has been presenting high quality dance programming in the nation’s capital. Check our blog for a ticket giveaway! This weekend is so ripe with great things, the hardest part will be deciding which events to go to! Tonight, Drew Mosley is... | Continue reading article

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The Feminist Twins present: Paint Nite

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Jenna and Kayla, the Feminist Twins, photo from  feministtwins.tumblr.comJenna and Kayla, the Feminist Twins, photo from feministtwins.tumblr.com

There are few things more satisfying than the feeling of letting your creativity flow out through a paintbrush and onto a canvas. Add to that the energy of a big ol’ party and you’ve got, in my books, an ideal night out. Painting parties have been happening around the city for a while now and they all work in more or less the same way.  Purchasing a ticket for the event gets you into the venue, puts a drink in your hand, and covers the cost of your painting supplies. ... | Continue reading article

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Ridin’ with Memetic from Rideau2Richmond

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Photo courtesy of the artist.Photo courtesy of the artist.

You might know DJ Memetic from Timekode, possibly the best, and definitely the sweatiest, dance party in Ottawa. The not-so-hidden gem has been rocking eager crowds every month for ten years now. Now Memetic is releasing his ambitious debut album, Rideau2Richmond, a 28-track double LP concept album based on the OC Transpo #2 route. Using records dug from record stores along the #2 route and field recordings documenting the sounds of the trip for source material, Memetic went to work sampling, looping, chopping, re-playing and altogether creating a new body... | Continue reading article

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Be part of le pARTy and support local art(y)

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Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

If you’ve ever been inside a local bookstore, bar, coffee-shop…anywhere really in town that’s embracing the ‘local’ mentality you’ll likely have seen local artists’ work on display and, just as likely, up for sale.  Chances are that if you’re anything like me you’ve fallen for a piece but then seeing the price tag quickly dismissed it as puppy love. Such is the unfortunate nature of the art market.  It’s hard to sell art. And I don’t mean mass-produced photos or prints that serve to decorate bare walls the world over.... | Continue reading article

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