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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.

The long weekend is upon us, Ottawans! Kick things off with Soup Ottawa, the local micro-grant participatory dinner event. Who doesn’t love soup, and who doesn’t love hearing great ideas? This event has plenty of both. My Summer Crush improv series continues, tickling your funny bone with some musical comedy, Ladystache from Toronto, and a few late night laughs. Burlesque and comedy come together at Tits + Giggles, the monthly show at Zaphod’s. Local indie artist Farewell Davidson plays Thursday evening at Festival House, while Moon Destroyer and Brandon Allan play... | Continue reading article

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TGIM? Showcase Mondays returns to Zaphod Beeblebrox!

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Eric St-Cyr and Ashley Craven of Archy & Mehitabel, hosts of Zaphod's Showcase Mondays. Photo from their Facebook Page.Eric St-Cyr and Ashley Craven of Archy & Mehitabel, hosts of Zaphod's Showcase Mondays. Photo from their Facebook Page.

Does one ever look forward to a Monday? With legendary night club, Zaphod Beeblebrox, reviving their Showcase Mondays, the beginning of your week doesn’t have to seem so bleak. Showcase Mondays was a former staple at Zaphod’s until health problems forced owner, Eugene Haslam, to cease the event. A few years later the show is re-launching, though staying true to its original format. This time around, however, it will be hosted by folk duo, Archy & Mehitabel. Eric St-Cyr of Archy & Mehitabel, as well as the Communications Representative for... | Continue reading article

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The Visit play two shows before heading to Prague

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Photo by Shankari Euteneier.Photo by Shankari Euteneier.

If one were to try to classify the genre of music The Visit plays, they would have a difficult time. With a chamber element and hints of a classical crossover, The Visit just doesn’t fall into any of the boxes. Their music is better described in adjectives – archaic, yet futuristic, at the same time; cinematic; transcendent. Their music is also best described in themes, of which there are a lot about birth, death, and life – like a visit – where you are continuously passing through doorways. Ultimately, how... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… New Swears

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Editor’s note: All this week Sandro’s been interviewing some of the act appearing at the Arboretum music festival, which ends today. Today he interviews the New Swears, local torch bearers for the fun boy noise sound. Hi New Swears. Who are the members that make up New Swears? How did you guys meet, and how did the band form? Nick Nofun Scrubar Beej eh Sammy J Scorpion We, Puppets of the illuminati, formed in a Starbuck$ wash closet…… That’s how we formed. Next question. Sandro: Which member of the band: a) skates the... | Continue reading article

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Review: Skid Row plays first Canadian tour date in Ottawa

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Skid Row's bassist and founder, Rachel Bolan, sings a tribute to Tommy Ramone. Photo courtesy Terry Steeves.Skid Row's bassist and founder, Rachel Bolan, sings a tribute to Tommy Ramone. Photo courtesy Terry Steeves.

Last Sunday night in Ottawa was home to a night of pure hard rockin’ bliss with what was truly one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of 2014 for me. After nearly 28 years of a career that has seen its share of peaks and valleys, Skid Row proved tonight that they are better than ever. With the release of their newly released EP, “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion – Chapter Two”, they are currently on a massive world tour, with Ottawa’s Obsession Live Lounge... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… The Yips

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Editor’s note: All this week Sandro’s been interviewing some of the act appearing at the Arboretum music festival, which ends this Saturday. Today he interviews the Ottawa-based Ouija rockers The Yips. We trudged through the thick, soggy trails; we emerged. We climbed the teetering steps, one by one, and knocked on the oak door adorned with duck feathers. It swung open smoothly. We walked through the smoke, the corn husks, the reverb, then parted the ruddy curtain that hung from the ceiling. Someone was in there, purring a motorbike. A Yip! But we didn’t know... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is the kind of jam packed weekend where there is so much going on, you’re going to wish that you could be in more than one place at once. With both Capital Pride and Arboretum Arts Festival spanning the whole weekend, there is more than enough to keep even the busiest of bees busied. Thursday marks the final day to catch World Press Photos at the War Museum. A compilation of the year’s best in photojournalism, it is something you want to be sure not to miss. After the War... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 20 août 2014 :: Prestation live de MOONFRUITS. Éric se prépare pour l’International de pétanque du Vieux-Hull. LANDLINE à la Court des Arts. Événements culturels du Forum social des peuples.

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Cette semaine à Basement 819, nous sommes à trois à couvrir l’actualité culturelle pour vos beaux yeux. Jo Chapeau s’installe à l’émission comme collaborateur officiel et vous en serez encore plus heureux que nous! Il nous prépare une programmation de musique locale et des performances LIVE à l’émission pour les 12 prochaines années. D’ailleurs, parlant de ça, cette semaine, Moonfruits est venu nous visiter en studio. Les talents pas tellement cachés :: Moonfruits Voici l’entrevue complète réalisée avec Alex et Kaitlin, le chaleureux duo folk à l’origine du groupe. Deux... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching out into Ought

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Montreal-based Ought roll into Ottawa on Thursday for the Arboretum music festival, joining the likes of Fresh Snow, Blue Angel, and Freelove Fenner to crush out spirited and engaging tunes at House of Targ. Their album More Than Any Other Day is a rebel-rousing maelstrom at once caustic and emotive, flickering with paradox and tension. It simply howls out of the computer. Amidst a whirlwind of touring, we caught up with the band to chat about the album, their sound, and their new home on Constellation Records. Sandro Marcon: If I were to walk into a restaurant... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… Bosveld.

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On Wednesday eve, Ottawa’s Bosveld will combine with Evening Hymns and Julie Dorion and the Wooden Stars to create a savory folk buffet sure to gratify a wide range of tastes. Grab your musical fork, your musical spoon, your musical toothpick, your musical… can-opener? Bosveld explains. Sandro Marcon: Describe the kind of restaurant that would have “Bosveld” on its menu as its feature dish? Bosveld: There’s this diner-style restaurant chain that’s big in South Africa called Wimpy’s. Terrible food, but conceivably they would have a Bosveld platter on the menu. A can of pork and beans,... | Continue reading article

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