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Taste of the Arctic shares unique flavours, sights and sounds with Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.

When I was asked to attend a tasting and preview of the upcoming fundraising event A Taste of the Arctic at the National Arts Centre, I was admittedly hesitant. While I was definitely eager to learn more about Canadian Inuit culture, my unadventurous stomach had reservations. The invitation informed me that the event’s cuisine would feature staple ingredients to Inuit cooking, such as arctic char, caribou, seal, and whale. I was nervous. Would I eat seal at this preview? Would I enjoy Inuit food in general? The answer to both questions... | Continue reading article

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Bankrupt: A sexy comedy/musical mashup at the Gladstone

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Photo by David Whiteley.Photo by David Whiteley.

Bankrupt is a very enjoyable – and slightly smutty – comedy by Ottawa playwright Stéphanie Turple.  Her 2011 French play, Banqueroute, was translated into English and workshopped in 2013, and has now been brought to The Gladstone by Plosive Productions.  It’s a dandy bedroom farce/musical mashup with some great comic moments.  Judging from the laughter during the play and the comments in the lobby afterwards, the opening night audience really enjoyed themselves. I’m not sure if the original play featured songs written by Ottawa’s superb soul/funk/blues group, The PepTides, but their lyrics... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa band paints House of Targ red

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Ornaments bassist, Jay Lamothe, plays bass and sings back-up vocals at House of Targ on Feb. 27, 2015. All photos by Trevor Alain.Ornaments bassist, Jay Lamothe, plays bass and sings back-up vocals at House of Targ on Feb. 27, 2015. All photos by Trevor Alain.

Post by Trevor Alain. An Ottawa musician painted his guitar red at House of Targ this past Friday night, the cultural hub of all things punk and pinball in Ottawa. Not literally of course, David Pierce, the front-man of Ornaments just played his guitar, bleeding, because he had sliced his thumb on one of his strings. The popular basement-bar was jam-packed with people that had either come for The Golden Dogs’ album release, retro arcade games or some handmade perogies. “It’s kind of a gritty place, it’s almost like a... | Continue reading article

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Sonatas, Screams and Silence: An Ode to Ingmar Bergman

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Still from Persona.Still from Persona.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. You can follow her on Twitter. Ottawa New Music Creators and the Mayfair Theatre present Sonatas, Screams and Silence on Thursday, March 5th, an evening dedicated to the artistic brilliance of Swedish director, writer and producer Ingmar Bergman. Ottawa musicologist Dr. Alexis Luko will explore Bergman’s use of music, sound and silence in Persona, a 1966 modernist horror film that has been called his masterpiece and one of the greatest works of art from... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Sweet Surrender by Hyfidelik the Gypsy Sun

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Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.

Hyf the Gypsy Sun describes himself as an “Interplantary frijole eating islamic hispanic sufi rapper guy.” Based in Ottawa, he’s also one of the hip-hop MCs that founded Nationless Mind Records back in 2012.  More than a label, Nationless is building a community of support for artists who are typically on the cultural fringe. Its members create music that is politcal, powerful and relevant all the same. “Sweet Surrender” is no exception. A lesson on the meaning of love, this song infuses spoken word poetry with soulful beats to remind... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 25 février 2015 :: Du cinéma plein la vue. La 19e édition des Francouvertes est ouverte! Salon du livre de l’Outaouais. Musique : une série de concerts à ne pas manquer!

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#OIFF72 Image tirée de la page Facebook du Festival international de films d'Ottawa#OIFF72 Image tirée de la page Facebook du Festival international de films d'Ottawa

Basement 819 s’écoute dorénavant en pièces détachées! Retrouvez ici nos chroniques les plus édifiantes de notre 53e édition de l’émission.  On vous propose de grandes choses et surtout, on vous fait jouer des pièces musicales – des fiertés locales et nationales – judicieusement choisies. *Le très adoré Patrick Watson a révélé un premier extrait de son prochain album Love Songs For Robots. On vous le fait entendre à l’émission. Ya! Ya!* Oh! Et ne manquez pas de consulter le volumineux Weekend Roundup de cette semaine! Dans un cinéma bien près... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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Q & A with Dan Mangan

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Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Photo from danmanganmusic.com.Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Photo from danmanganmusic.com.

Post by Curtis Perry. After a two-year hiatus, including fatherhood and some time to regroup, Dan Mangan recently released his 4th LP, Club Meds under the name Dan Mangan + Blacksmith (John Walsh, Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen, and often JP Carter, Jesse Zubot and Tyson Naylor). I was able to catch up with Dan over the phone in January, and we shared a wide-ranging discussion, from production work, to kitsch, to YouTube comments. Apartment613: Maybe the most obvious difference with your return is the new name – who is Blacksmith;... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Parry and a vintage bicycle Spin stories of liberation

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Left: Photo courtesy of Evalyn Perry. Right: Photo by Tanja Tiziana.Left: Photo courtesy of Evalyn Perry. Right: Photo by Tanja Tiziana.

Oh, my! What stories Evalyn Parry spins! And how she and Brad Hart tell them! With song, music, poetry, and theatre. Stories of freedom, power, emancipation and courage spanning three centuries: 19th, 20th and 21st. Stories from our past, but told with music, song and poetry of today. Told using instruments of the 20th century: Rickenbacker and Gretsch electric guitars. Plus an instrument that spans all three centuries: a bicycle updated with 21st century electronics to become a percussion instrument. But all this technology is subservient to the storytelling, starting... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.

We’ve got a well rounded weekend ahead of us complete with art shows, killer music and SNL veteran cast members coming to town to entertain. Support artistic representation, local music and laugh yourself into good health all weekend long! This Friday in art we have Sacred Defiance at PDA projects. Aydin Matlabi commemorative exhibition pays respects to the fallen soldiers from the Iranian war. The portraits represent what the soldiers might have looked like in various calm, composed, and faithful poses in a bold contrast to the violence and needless... | Continue reading article

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