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Shenkman Arts Centre turns five!

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Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, A. Laramey is a writer who spends far too much time on the internet. You can find her on Facebook. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the creation of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, and in the spirit of creativeness, arts and community, Shenkman is hosting a 5th anniversary celebration on May 31st .  And what a five years it’s been! The goal of the centre was “to create a home for arts and culture in east Ottawa,” says Karen Scott-Gagné, Marketing and... | Continue reading article

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The Great Curry Cook-Off happens tonight!

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Za Za Za's curry pizza.Za Za Za's curry pizza.

Anyone who loves curry often wants endless supplies. So many restaurants in our city can put a spin on a curry dish, a foodie is never disappointed and a novice is rarely overwhelmed. These magical places come together every year to flaunt their curry skills, and this year it’s for The Great Curry Cook-Off presented by the Ottawa Fringe Festival. For the past several years, the Fringe Festival has put on a fundraiser for curry lovers and curry inspired dishes from local restaurants around the city. Roughly a dozen restaurants... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s 10th Annual Capital Slam Finals

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Photo from The Tenth Annual Capital Slam Facebook event page.Photo from The Tenth Annual Capital Slam Facebook event page.

The tenth Capital Slam Finals will take place this Saturday from 6:30 -10:00pm at the University of Ottawa’s Alumni Auditorium. One of the largest annual spoken word events in Ottawa, this slam will decide which of the eight finalists, who have already battled through two semi-finals, will go on to represent Ottawa at this year’s Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. I was lucky enough to interview one of the organizers of this year’s Capital Slam Finals, Rusty Priske. A long-standing member of the Capital Slam scene, and a contender in... | Continue reading article

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You’ve Changed Records celebrates 5 years at St. Alban’s Church

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The Weather Station featuring Daniel Romano in Duets #1. Photo from youvechangedrecords.com.The Weather Station featuring Daniel Romano in Duets #1. Photo from youvechangedrecords.com.

Well – its festival season again in the 613. If you and I are anything alike, that means you’re engaged in a painful battle to cram every event into your already full schedule. Every. Event. Bigger festivals that span whole weekends, or even multiple weeks, are great-but choosing which nights to attend and which ones have to get the axe (damn my sleep-hungry human body) can reduce me to an anxious bag of bones. Rationally I know these are not life and death decisions…but still…. Let me be very clear... | Continue reading article

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The Loft: Ottawa’s newest board game lounge

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All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

This past weekend I got a chance to sit down with co-owners Alessandro Argentina and Mike Hopkins of The Loft Board Game Lounge, to chat about their passion for board games and their brand new lounge. In the midst of preparations for their grand opening this Thursday, the two partners explained their vision and the driving force behind their idea to open the lounge in downtown Ottawa. Alessandro and Mike, both Ottawa natives, joined forces about a year ago in an attempt to introduce something fresh to the Ottawa nightlife... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Comiccon 2014 Wrap-up!

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Bobbie and her Borg pup! Resistance is futile! (And really, really cute). Mad Hatter by Mike Hatter...he swore that was his real name.Bobbie and her Borg pup! Resistance is futile! (And really, really cute). Mad Hatter by Mike Hatter...he swore that was his real name.

This past weekend, Comiccon descended upon the capital once again. I sadly missed the event in its sophomore year, but had attended the very first Ottawa Comiccon in 2012. I was quite excited to see how the convention had grown since my last experience and, I have to say, there was most definitely a difference! First and foremost, the sheer size and scope of this event was significantly larger than my first foray into the world of Comiccon. Originally only occupying part of the EY Centre (formerly the CE Centre),... | Continue reading article

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What will you discover at The Shenkman?

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The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Spring is here, and with it comes a series of arts and culture venues announcing their next season, and the Shenkman Arts Centre is certainly no different. Having attended several events at Shenkman over the last few months I was definitely curious about what was on the plate for next season. The official release of next season’s lineup came out on May 1st, and it proved to be very interesting. Chosen to celebrate the Centre’s 5th anniversary, the shows listed seem to continue the Shenkman tradition of having an eclectic... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate National Drone Day at Gallery 101

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Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.

This Saturday, Gallery 101 is helping Ottawa celebrate National Drone Day. From 1-4pm, the gallery will showcase artists such as Herons Wake, Self Surgery, and, with what has to be one of the best band names ever, The Human Being Lawn Mowers. Think of drone music as a palate cleanser. It’s the total opposite of the likes of Katy Perry and other nascent pop stars. Drone music is ambient, evocative, spacey and limitless. It lacks rhythm and lyrics, which is refreshing for when you’ve had enough of rhythm and lyrics... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What are you up to this weekend, Ottawa? Music-wise, you’ve got a bunch of options. Tonight, it’s all indie, all the time with Palm Trees, Android 16 and Randy Shenanigans at Avant Garde, while bands compete for big bucks down at Ritual. Adam Baldwin takes his guitar skills down to Zaphod’s, while the Radioactive party is back at the Mercury Lounge. Friday, Secret Broadcast brings some alt-rock to Zaphod’s, and things get great with The Great One edition of Kitchen Party dance party at Rochester Pub. Ten Second Epic brings... | Continue reading article

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Dan’s Jam at Sonny’s Bar & Grill

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Jammers from left to right: Michael Carey (bass), Mike Belajac (drums),amazing songstress Magella Skerritt, and Dan Sidoli (guitar). All photos by Terry Steeves.Jammers from left to right: Michael Carey (bass), Mike Belajac (drums),amazing songstress Magella Skerritt, and Dan Sidoli (guitar). All photos by Terry Steeves.

Here we are on the fourth 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 Sonny’s Bar & Grill…a comfortable, moderately sized west end family restaurant/bar on Baxter Rd., right behind the massive IKEA store. It features a great breakfast, lunch/dinner menu, and is a live music venue on the weekends. Many... | Continue reading article

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