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Poetry meets pop culture at A Dramatic Reading of Pop Songs

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Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Ottawa VERSeFest and IdeaSpace invite you to come celebrate the sillier side of this art form. Dramatic pop song readings have a long history (think Peter Seller’s cover of A Hard Day’s Night, or William Shatner’s utterly bizarre rendition of Rocket Man). On April 17th, Ottawa’s top poetic talent will be on hand at IdeaSpace to carry on the tradition. If you’re curious about Ottawa’s poetry scene, this fundraiser will be a fun and approachable way to get your feet wet. Hosted by... | Continue reading article

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Metal comes to Ottawa this weekend

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From L-R: Mathieu Vilandre, Marc Bourgon, Melanie Mongeon, Topon Das, Johnny Ibay. Photo by Renaud Sake.From L-R: Mathieu Vilandre, Marc Bourgon, Melanie Mongeon, Topon Das, Johnny Ibay. Photo by Renaud Sake.

The grindcore veterans, Fuck the Facts start their three week long tour into the US this weekend, and the band took to their Facebook page to rev up the crowd before the performance. “Saturday at Dekcuf will be the kickoff of our North American Tour. Let’s make this show so killer that the rest of the tour will seem shitty in comparison,” the band said. A blunt and challenging foreshadow to the show and their tour, but this band has reason to be optimistic about the turnout. “I’m thinkin’ it’ll... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 9 avril :: Sonorités élevées! The Wooden Sky, Phèdre, The Seasons. De la nouveauté chez Pandaléon, Chloé Lacasse, Philippe Brach, Timber Timbre, Rosie Valland. Actualité : le vieux Hull se réchauffe!

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Basement 819 s’est enflammé dangereusement pour une onzième fois cette semaine! Fidèles à notre résumé, voici les grands moments qui méritent d’être partagés. L’univers musical nous a particulièrement faits halluciner. Soyez sans gêne, embarquez dans notre navette et osez la découverte! De la nouveauté, musicalement parlant Random Recipe a sorti un sensationnel vidéoclip pour la pièce « Monsters & Swords », tirée de l’album Kill The Hook. Tout de noir et de blanc fondus, voici la chance de visionner ce morceau qui fait battre la chamade Random Recipe sera au Petit Chicago... | Continue reading article

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Art and politics converge at the People’s Social Forum

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All photos by Lisa Levesque.All photos by Lisa Levesque.

On Tuesday April 8th at Gallery 101, the People’s Social Forum held its official Ottawa launch. To celebrate the budding activist movement, the event featured a potluck, social justice speakers, slam poetry, and local musicians, all in the context of the gallery’s exhibit of international art. The People’s Social Forum bills itself as an attempt to assemble together left-leaning activists for the sake of dialogue and unity. Environmental, indigenous, feminist, student, worker, and youth – they’re all a part of this political movement. The launch served as a rally for... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This next few days look very promising: when we’ve got something like FerretFest happening, the weekend has to be great. Tonight, Arboretum Arts Festival brings PHÈDRE, Boyhood and Ken Park to Pressed, while there’s a 60s Franco-jazz revival down at Maxwell’s with Les Petits Fours and The Sick Sick Sicks. Tomorrow, Zaphods has a night of rock/pop with Eric Gilmore and The Mad Hatters, along with The City Gates and By The Lights. Down at the Sheep, you’ll find Claude Munson and the Storm Outside, while it’s a crazy dance party... | Continue reading article

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KABOOM! Thursday Open Mic & Jam

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The view from the stage at the Atomic Rooster. All photos by Terry Steeves.The view from the stage at the Atomic Rooster. All photos by Terry Steeves.

This is the third 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 the Atomic Rooster, located in the busy hub of Ottawa’s Centretown area on Bank St. just south of Somerset St….a moderately sized restaurant/bar featuring well prepared and presented pub-style fare, numerous draught beers from all over the world, and... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Zoo Legacy’s CRWD

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Zoo Legacy, one of the starts of the NCR’s hip hop scene, launched this video for their single CRWD this week. Their third video features their characteristic blend of rap and indie rock as well as some cameos by some well-known Ottawa locations. The band is currently running a kickstarter campaign to help them fund a trip to New York to record their next album with JUNO award-winning Canadian producer Gus Van Go (The Stills, Said the Whale, The Trews, Hollerado, etc.) and Steve Foley (Big Boi, Tyga). Check it... | Continue reading article

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Buck N’ Nice just sound like they are

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Post by Jared Davidson and Scott. “Rather than doing what people want, you take it outside, do what you want, and then make that what people want… if that makes any sense,” says SawBuck, gesturing with a french fry. We’re in a pool hall. It’s a Wednesday night. What he says does make sense, but I’ve got to supply some context: SawBuck, Ottawa rapper, has teamed up with another local music making enthusiast, DJ So Nice. They’re calling the project Buck N’ Nice. They’re kind of a hip hop super-group... | Continue reading article

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Mac DeMarco Our contributor talks music videos, rock and Salad Days

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Photo by Brad Elterman.Photo by Brad Elterman.

A couple of weeks ago I got the pleasure of interviewing Mac DeMarco. Even though some people may question his being vaulted to international stardumb, Mac’s music has seemed to strike an artistic vein within the populous and at the right time too. For me, he hit an artery connected to my heart and whatever is connected to me wanting to streak through the streets naked. Is Mac an auteur? Or does he place somewhere else on a spectrum of misrepresentation? Find out what he likes in music videos, rock,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: LAFF ticket giveaway

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On the set of Solo, playing Thursday night at the Latin American Film Festival.On the set of Solo, playing Thursday night at the Latin American Film Festival.

Looking to get your fill of Latin American film with free passes? Read on! Let’s break the weekend down by day. Thursday, kick things of with a fundraiser or two: the Ottawa BFA students are raising money for their year end show, the Lunenburg Pub is hosting one for autism research, and there’s a fundraiser featuring a few local bands and burlesque babes down at the Rainbow. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the A B Series down at the library, or catch the Uncooperatives at the Dominion. On Friday, The Wooden... | Continue reading article

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