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undercurrents festival: The PepTides take Love + Hate to new heights

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Image courtesy of The Peptides.Image courtesy of The Peptides.

When remounting a Fringe show, most people just re-block the previous production to fit into a new space. Then they tweak a few weak lines in the script and wait for the tickets to sell. The PepTides ain’t most people. At last year’s Ottawa Fringe, cramming nine people onto the diminutive Mercury Lounge stage meant making some definite site-specific choices. When undercurrents offered them the opportunity to use the much bigger Arts Court Theatre, the PepTides asked themselves: “What can we do differently?” The answer was lots: costumes, hair styles,... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Far & Near & Here – a memorable journey

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Karen Balcome and Geoff McBride in Far & Near & Here. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Karen Balcome and Geoff McBride in Far & Near & Here. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

In 2005-06, during the worst hurricane season in recorded history, Julie Angus became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean (yes, row) from mainland to mainland.  She was accompanied by her fiancé (now her husband), Colin Angus.  It took them 145 days.  Julie wrote a best-selling book about their experience, Rowboat in a Hurricane. The story of their adventure inspired Karen Balcome and Geoff McBride (THUNK!theatre) to create the short play, Far & Near & Here, which they are performing at the undercurrents theatre festival, at Arts Court.  It’s... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Air is inspirational cross-training for the soul

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Trevor Copp in Air. Photo by Jamie Hamilton.Trevor Copp in Air. Photo by Jamie Hamilton.

Air is a physical theatre piece created by Trevor Copp, founder of Burlington`s Tottering Biped Theatre and Richard Beaune. The performance I saw consisted of three short pieces, each introduced by Copp with a few words, which are the only ones you hear throughout the performance: The Stag Hunter, in which Copp portrays both the hunter and the Stag, Ascension (described by Copp as everything you always wanted to know about what happens after you die), and the Incredible Gigantism of Mr. Small, the story of a man who reaches... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Sip n’ Slurp at the Second Annual Ottawa NoodleFest

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Photo from the Sip n' Slurp! Ottawa Noodlefest 2015 Facebook page.Photo from the Sip n' Slurp! Ottawa Noodlefest 2015 Facebook page.

Sadly, the frigid, tundra-like winters Ottawans know and love tolerate is upon our lovely city once again. If you’re like me, your hibernation mode is in full-force and departing the cozy warmness of your home is downright painstaking. Fortunately, Sip n’ Slurp is back for its second annual Noodle Showdown and not a moment too soon. Yes, you will have to endure the cold while walking from your house to your transportation and one more time when you enter the building, but the extreme sacrifice is worth it. Though it’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Le weekend de la Saint-Valentin + Winter Brewfest giveaway

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Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the  weekend of love (and dance parties). We’ve got at least one, if not many, happening tonight through Sunday! DJ Jas Nasty and Friends, will be taking you back to the Seedy Seventies tonight, at Oz Kafe. They will be playing all the best rock, punk, and funk from the decade. If jazz is more your style, the Lunenburg has you covered with Jazz Thursdays. And, if jazz is your thing, be sure to check out the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival this weekend too! There’s a Kitchen Party... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate Ottawa’s feminist heroes this Valentine’s Day

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Photo by Ari Moore on Flickr.Photo by Ari Moore on Flickr.

Kissing is cool or whatever, and there’s probably some Valentine’s Day stuff going on in Ottawa for people who are into that kind of thing.  But those whose deepest, truest, most abiding love is of gender equality will also have an opportunity to celebrate their love this Valentine’s Day.  Planned Parenthood Ottawa has organized a Feminist History Walking Tour of Ottawa to share the stories of some of our city’s lesser-known feminist heroes. The tour addresses the complexities of the struggles around gender equality, touching on topics including the campaign... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, meet Scott Helman

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Scott Helman. Photo by Chris Payne.Scott Helman. Photo by Chris Payne.

Scott Helman is on the cusp, armed with a left-of-centre poppy sonic identity and just enough songs to leave his hometown, brimming with an expansive energy of what’s yet to come. The Toronto native caught the attention of labels exces at Warner Music Canada while still a teenager and since releasing his debut EP, Augusta last fall, has been steadily building a following, helped along by the radio play of the ever –so-catchy “Bungalow.” Helman has two shows coming up at the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival this Saturday. Early in... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Live Music Scene: The Bourbon Room

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View of the stage from the second level. Ambush, seen here performing during Thursday's opening night. All photos by Terry Steeves.View of the stage from the second level. Ambush, seen here performing during Thursday's opening night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Over the last few years, the sleeping giant of the live music scene in Ottawa has been experiencing a slow re-awakening. The surge of new bands forming, as well as ones that have resurfaced after a long lapse, have sparked a fresh interest and a return of audiences to the live entertainment landscape once again. Many restaurants and bars have been responding to the demand by making modifications to provide space, with some going to lengths of including full sound and lighting. This series of articles seeks to highlight the... | Continue reading article

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Valentine’s Day in Ottawa

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Love you forever and always. Photo by Bust it Away Photography from the apt613 Flickr pool.Love you forever and always. Photo by Bust it Away Photography from the apt613 Flickr pool.

Booze will be flowing, burlesque will be performed and of course – love will be in the air this Valentine’s Day in Ottawa. Young or old, newcomer or life-long Ottawan, even if you’re single there’s an event in the city right for you on the most romantic day of the year. Let’s break it down! Sweetheart Cocktail for Arts The Sweetheart Cocktail for the Arts event actually takes place on the 12th, but it is a perfect warm-up for the weekend ahead. The Ottawa Arts Council has been throwing a... | Continue reading article

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Live! on Elgin: Theatre and music in the heart of Ottawa

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Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful
voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Lawrence and Jon Evenchick, the father and son team behind the anticipated Live! on Elgin, invited media this Sunday to show what they have in store for their local arts venue set to open on May 1st. Surrounded by Confederation Park, Parliament, and the hub of shops and restaurants on Elgin St, the location is ideal for this unique and welcomed establishment. Mayor Jim Watson was in attendance, donning the hard hat and sledgehammer to christen the ensuing demolition by driving the first hole in the wall. He also presented... | Continue reading article

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