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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Montreal's Maica Mia play Pressed on Saturday Night. Photo from their Bandcamp page.Montreal's Maica Mia play Pressed on Saturday Night. Photo from their Bandcamp page.

Thanksgiving weekend is upon us, and with that marks the season where the outdoor activities wind down and the indoor activities rev up. There’s plenty of Thanksgiving themed fun all over the city, and whether you’ve got kids or you’re still one yourself, make sure you get out and enjoy all the fall festivities. Saturday starts with the Metcalfe Farmers Market during the day at the Metcalfe Fairgrounds. Starting at 6:30am, The Farmers Market promises farm fresh produce, plants, pottery and furniture.  Only two weekends are left in its season,... | Continue reading article

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Beau’s Oktoberfest: Beer + Food + Music = Success for local charities

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Beau's Oktoberfest Mix Pack available at select LCBOs. Photo from Beau's All Natural Facebook Page. All other photos by Jordan Duff.Beau's Oktoberfest Mix Pack available at select LCBOs. Photo from Beau's All Natural Facebook Page. All other photos by Jordan Duff.

Vankleek Hill, a small beautiful community an hour east of Ottawa, was the place to be this past weekend as 14,000 attendees experienced Beau’s Brewery 6th annual Oktoberfest. For those unfamiliar with this German-inspired, beer-soaked celebration, it dates back to October 12, 1810, when the German Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese. They threw one heck of a party and invited all of Munich to join them and, as it was an open-bar, they obliged. Munich has kept the annual tradition alive and the party has been emulated all over... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 1er octobre 2014 :: C’est le Beau’s Oktoberfest! Party Chapeau au Château Cyr. La Nouvelle Scène investit dans l’intimité de la musique. Dévoilement des nominations pour les prix GAMIQ. Voyez Fontarabie, c’est gratuit!

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Party Chapeau!Party Chapeau!

Basement 819 vous en passe un papier, la fin de semaine sera chargée. Voici les musts de notre 35e édition! Beau’s Oktoberfest 2014 C’est à Vankleek Hill, à moins d’une heure d’Ottawa qu’aura lieu l’édition 2014 du Beau’s Oktoberfest. Le plan du site est fabuleux, une quarantaine de microbrasseries seront représentées sur place + une série de bands de la m-u-e-r-t-e (The Rural Alberta Advantage entre autres qui vient de sortir un album Mended With Gold qui fait jaser de bonheur). Écoutez Éric qui démontre un enthousiasme sans borne pour... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Beach House giveaway

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Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.

Welcome to the greatest month of the year (please forgive my personal bias)! Apples, pumpkins, leaves, layers, and Halloween! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – there is a ton of awesome events happening this weekend. A great start to a great month! This weekend is launch weekend for Support Local, a month long festival of art, culture, food, music, beer, and all around local awesomeness. With over 75 participants, including restaurants, shops, and our homegrown artists, this month is chock full of fun things to do and see,... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: We build this city

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It’s clear that there’s a lot of love for Ottawa these days. Heck, our city is even shaped like a heart. And so, to show our love for this city, we’ve brought Support Local month back for its fourth year. What is Support Local? It’s a month-long series of unique, collaborative events, showcasing the best our creative side has to offer. We’ve got breweries taking over restaurants, crafters making small special batches of goods, and an awesome day out in Almonte on the 25th with pop-up shops and patio parties... | Continue reading article

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Your brain on improv: IMOOFEST 2014

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Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot. Photo from improvisedmoo.com.Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot. Photo from improvisedmoo.com.

As a teenager and wannabe punk-rocker, I was always hearing my musician friends talking about ‘jamming.’ They were going to jam, they wanted to jam, they were in the process of ‘jamming.’ A music lover but non-musician myself, this was a very elusive activity to me and one I still don’t completely understand. Jamming is not just a thing of aspiring high school rock stars. The Improvising Musicians of Ottawa / Outaouias (IMOO) is a group influenced by jazz, classical, folk, and rock genres and committed to the exploration of... | Continue reading article

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Vintage Trouble deliver an energetic mix of blues, rock and soul

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Vintage Trouble frontman, Ty Taylor, sings from atop the bar at Mavericks. All photos by Terry Steeves.Vintage Trouble frontman, Ty Taylor, sings from atop the bar at Mavericks. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“In Europe, they’re called the heirs of rhythm and blues. In America, they are the new protocol of soul. Get your hands together for Vintage Trouble!” …and another Vintage Trouble performance begins. There are always certain things one can expect at one of their shows. First, the recorded introductory announcement and then the manner in which they board the stage – through the crowd. It’s as if to say, we are one with you, and we’re doing this thing together. Before even a note was played, the audience was already... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.

It’s another gorgeous weekend in the Capital, and we’ve got so many events to choose from! Foodies will congregate Saturday down at Saint Paul University for the second annual Food Truck rally. Also that day, art meets soup at the Experimental Farm, while the West End Well Co-op holds their grand welcoming all weekend long. Music lovers get one giant love-in with the Everybody Love Everybody Festival down at UOttawa on Friday, with Zoo Legacy, The Lionels, and so much more – plus, it’s free! Friday also finds Turnover and Safe to... | Continue reading article

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Who needs Queen St. West? Dress like a pop star at your local boutique

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Lorde performs at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Thursday, September 11. Photo by Marc DesRosiers.Lorde performs at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Thursday, September 11. Photo by Marc DesRosiers.

The unaffectedly cool anti-pop star and chanteuse of the wildly popular Royals, Lorde, performed in Ottawa this past Thursday, September 11th as part of this year’s Ottawa Folk Fest line-up. With surprisingly relatable lyrics, I’m a fan of Lorde not only for her haunting music but her subtle confidence. Without relying on barely-there clothing or abiding by every style rule, she proves that modesty and a strong sense of self can be chic, too. Though the singer first shot to stardom as a result of her entirely unique sound comprised... | Continue reading article

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An overview of Folk Fest 2014

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Ottawa’s own, The Peptides, perform on the Hill Stage Friday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ottawa’s own, The Peptides, perform on the Hill Stage Friday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

September’s Ottawa Folk Fest marks the end of a summer of wonderful outdoor music festivals. Here is an account of its sights and sounds. Wednesday On a slightly cooler than usual September night, I arrived on the grounds as they were just opening. As I entered, workers were just putting the finishing touches on the Hill stage, located on the north side. There was also a delightful trolling gypsy vaudeville act offering free wedding ceremonies, complete with musical accompaniment of accordion, bass drum, and violin. Also at this end was... | Continue reading article

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