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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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Ottawa StoryTellers talk disaster at (un)told

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An eclectic group of listeners. Photo from untoldottawa.com.An eclectic group of listeners. Photo from untoldottawa.com.

Disaster stories was the theme of April’s (un)told event, hosted by the Ottawa StoryTellers at the Daily Grind on April 28. (un)told is a monthly event. Story tellers stand in front of the group and tell a five minute long original story. Stories ranged from a rock climbing fall to a sweet old lady innocently destroying a pair of boots, all the way to a group of cousins being soaked with pee. Some story tellers chose to perform their stories as slam poetry and one woman told a fictional story. This month’s event... | Continue reading article

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Explore Ottawa with Jane’s Walk

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Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event.
Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event. Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.

A city’s vibrancy is that of its communities, namely that of the people who take part in its active building. Too often we hear that Ottawa is boring and there’s nothing going on, but that is the refrain of those uninvolved. Perhaps people who bemoan Ottawa are looking for a scene rather than a community. While we do have pockets of the former, I think Ottawa is much richer in its community ties, full of collaboration and support. To belong to that, you have to do more than just complain.... | Continue reading article

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Summer Craft Show Roundup

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Left:Winged Beast Outfitters. Right: N-Product. All photos courtesy of Urban Craft.Left:Winged Beast Outfitters. Right: N-Product. All photos courtesy of Urban Craft.

Post by Krista Leben, co-founder of Urban Craft. When it comes to craft shows, the holiday season may be king, but summer is a close second. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the best craft shows to hit up around town this spring and summer! Handmade Harvest May 3 & 4, 2014 9am-4pm both days Almonte Agricultural Hall 195 Water Street, Almonte This gem of a show out in Almonte, known for its great selection of vendors and swag bags for shoppers in the morning, has expanded to... | Continue reading article

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