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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Pride 2012. Photo courtesy Daily Xtra on Flickr.Pride 2012. Photo courtesy Daily Xtra on Flickr.

The Pride Parade happens this Sunday, and there are a ton of happenings to get you pumped up for the main event. Strip Spelling Bee is back at Babylon, Laugh out Proud is happening at Yuk Yuks, and there’s a bowling tournament – and that’s just tonight. Friday, there’s a pantsless party and Cirque Bizarre, while Saturday brings a choral showcase and some karaoke. Following the parade on Sunday, parties will keep going until the weekend wraps up! Dance parties will also be the theme down at Pour Boy on Friday night, with... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Big Dick toils with Witchcraft

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Big Dick have been having a busy summer. The duo – Dave Secretary (drums, vocals) and Johnny O (bass, vocals) – have an upcoming show at the Arborteum Arts Festival on Saturday and have also released their video, Witchcraft, today. Shot and edited by Travis Boisvenue, the video features various local haunts (can you guess which ones?), as well as modular visual effects by Arturo Brisindi (AKA Hard Science), and appearances from Niko Jensen and Erica Sainsbury. “Travis deserves all the credit for this, he put the whole thing together,” says... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Does the Byward Market have a drinking problem?

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Photo courtesy of Ian Muttoo on flickr.Photo courtesy of Ian Muttoo on flickr.

Is the Byward Market a farmer’s market with a drinking problem, or a bar district with a vegetable problem?  The City of Ottawa thinks that these two aspects of the Market can coexist, but they’ll need a little help. On June 26th, Ottawa’s City Council approved a plan to revitalize the Byward Market by helping the area reconcile the competing halves of its identity: as a farmer’s market serving Ottawa residents and as a tourist-attracting bar and restaurant district.  The plan addresses concerns that the Market’s successful nightlife is undermining... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Get yourselves ready, Ottawa – it’s gonna be a full, gorgeous weekend. The folks heading to Picnic En Blanc will be thrilled for the forecast – tonight will be a perfect evening for eating under the stars. And the Centretown Film Festival starts Friday night, with The People and the Olive. They’ll have movies for the next few weekends – with movies like Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing in the lineup, there’ll definitely be one up your alley. Classical music fans will already know that Chamberfest opens Thursday night – this... | Continue reading article

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House of PainT celebrates a decade of community-building through beats, dance and grafitti

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Images courtesy of HoP, Ming Wu and Francois Levesque.Images courtesy of HoP, Ming Wu and Francois Levesque.

House of PainT (HoP) is celebrating ten years in 2013 and they’re getting things started with a bang at a big unveiling party this Friday at Ritual. Alongside the reveal on the programming, music and art components for the fest itself, DJ Ruby Jane, BlakDenim and Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are taking the stage to make the people of Ottawa dance. I caught up with organizers Rob Reid and Melissa Wheeler as well as Ottawa-born DJ Ruby Jane to get their thoughts on 10 years of HoP, the lowdown on Friday’s... | Continue reading article

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Join the Bed-In: One Step closer to Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Nichola Feldman-Kiss, the public sleeping performance (2012). Nuit Blanche Ottawa, Byward Market.Nichola Feldman-Kiss, the public sleeping performance (2012). Nuit Blanche Ottawa, Byward Market.

When John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their infamous seven-day Bed-In for Peace in Amsterdam in 1969, world attention was gathered inside their presidential suite at the Hilton. The heat was high; excitement was immense; yet public access restricted to the edges of their bed, setting them apart from the heated media mass assembled around them. Vietnam War, World Peace, discrimination… Lennon and Ono protested and advocated for such global issues in their own secluded way. With tonights’ Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau (NBOG)’s Bed-In event at La Petite Mort Gallery, the... | Continue reading article

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Picnic en Blanc + ticket giveaway!

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Photo courtesy Picnic En Blanc.Photo courtesy Picnic En Blanc.

There’s something dream-like about a picnic where everyone is dressed in white, sitting under a summer sun. And it’s precisely this appeal that drew the organizers of Picnic En Blanc to bring this worldwide phenomenon to Ottawa – the idea of mixing food, fun and summer fashions was too good to pass up. So, on July 25, Ottawa will have its first Picnic En Blanc – location to be shared just hours before the event takes place. And it won’t just be about food and fashion – we’ve just heard... | Continue reading article

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Digital painting, graffiti, lasers and DJs: Night Light Masquerade brings it together at Wall Space Gallery

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Piggyback by Stefan Thompson. Image courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.Piggyback by Stefan Thompson. Image courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.

It’s hot out there, Ottawa. If you need a reason to escape the heat this weekend, head over to Wall Space Gallery for a night of dancing, DJing, lasers and live digital painting by one of our favourite local artists, Stefan Thompson. You may already be familiar with Thompson’s work if you frequent the Idle Hands Craft Sale – he also had a show awhile back at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Known for his mysterious, other-worldly bestial figures, Thompson is a part of the group exhibition, Night Light Masquerade, opening... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Wind-Up Radio Sessions ride into town Friday night. Photo courtesy their website.Wind-Up Radio Sessions ride into town Friday night. Photo courtesy their website.

Festival season continues with one of the largest kicking off today – we’ve got your local bands at Bluesfest covered (with a few quirky interviews with Brock Zeman, Kelly Sloan, Camp Radio and more). Elsewhere, it’s a bit of a quiet weekend, but still lots to do. We’ve got some Hoser Burlesque, a roller derby double header, and a local tourist-like take photography exhibit of our city. And, as a bonus, a few extra showings of Sappho…in 9 Fragments, one of the Fringe’s hit shows (read our review here). If you... | Continue reading article

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The future of libraries – can we build a better city through information?

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In a recent blog post on the Future of the Library, marketing guru and author, Seth Godin, points to some of the trends converging on our public libraries and imagines what these spaces could look like in the future. He lands on “…the vibe of the best Brooklyn coffee shop combined with a passionate raconteur of information?” adding that “There are one thousand things that could be done in a place like this, all built around one mission: take the world of data, combine it with the people in this... | Continue reading article

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