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IMOOfest celebrates the best of improvised music

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Christine Duncan (left) and Jean Martin perform on opening night. Photo from barnyardrecords.com.Christine Duncan (left) and Jean Martin perform on opening night. Photo from barnyardrecords.com.

What better to brighten up a gloomy weather weekend than some music? The Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais (IMOO) are back hosting their second annual IMOOfest 2013 this weekend – the mini music festival that celebrates the best of improvised music. Working as a networking platform for emerging artists to present their work to an open audience, the IMOO team creates a community for developing artists to come together and share their unique talents. Taking place November 8 – 10 at Ottawa’s GigSpace, IMOOfest 2013 will showcase nine acts over three... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Let them eat cake!

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Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.

Today’s roundup is chock-a-block full of adventures, and also gives you the chance to win your very own delicious vegan cake. Read on to find out more. The second weekend of Support Local starts off tonight down at Flock Boutique, where Purple Urchin is setting up a pop-up apothecary. Just down the street at Twiss & Weber, you’ll find a trunk show featuring local designers, and Wunderkammer kicks off the holidays tonight in the Market. Friday night, A Curious Shop loves its customers back with fire spinning, treats and deals... | Continue reading article

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Saxsyndrum play Pressed Nov. 8

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Lucky me, I took a weekend trip to my favourite city in Quebec and got to spend some time with Montreal’s Saxsyndrum at Resonance Café as we chatted about their upcoming show over a bowl of chips and guacamole. David and Nick, the two lovely humans that make up Saxsyndrum shared with me their thoughts, feelings and ideas about their music and upcoming Ottawa show at Pressed on Friday, November 8th. Apt613: So is this Ottawa show part of a little tour? Nick: Technically, yes. It’s spread out over a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Ticket giveaway for NAC’s Casual Friday

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Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.

We gain that extra hour back this weekend, giving us extra time to jam in all of the events taking place over the next few days. Support Local Month officially kicks off tomorrow, with two events happening – the free Scattered Clouds show, and a Dia de los Muertos party at the Atomic Rooster. The HiLoTrons show at the Black Sheep is a special one, too – they’ll have the Goodluck Assembly and Hydrothermal Vents on stage, too, with Hard Science providing visuals. Tickets for the bus from Ottawa to... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: HiLoTrons at the Sheep November 2nd

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In the bustling Bridgehead in Hintonburg, I got the opportunity to sit down with HiLoTron’s Mike Dubue to talk about the band’s upcoming show at The Blacksheep Inn on November 2nd and what he loves about our fair city. Having followed the HiLoTrons since 2002, I was pretty stoked to meet with Mike and hear what he had to say about the band’s journey and their evolution of sound and self over the years in their quest to “be as genre-less as possible”. Apt613: Let’s talk about HiLoTrons shows over... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So October is almost over, and that means the city gets scary. Get a head start on Halloween with some spooky sexy stories, a WonderGeeks night of festivities, some pumpkin carving and, of course, a vampire or two. Costumes are more than welcome tonight down at the Mercury Lounge, where super-talented NOAH will be putting on a show with the help of a few friends. Thursday evening will also bring the eerie experimental sounds of For Esmé at Raw Sugar, while The Belle Game are out at the Black Sheep. The Babes4Breasts... | Continue reading article

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Doing more with less is The Famines’ way

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Image courtesy of The Famines.Image courtesy of The Famines.

The Famines are certainly a minimal group in style and format, but the substance of their music is anything but bare. Undeniably, despite a low musical output over the last 5 years, The Famines have a reputation for releasing multi-medium works and for vocalizing DIY politics. Alongside their album, “14 July, 2008,” for instance, the listener will find a tiny novella detailing the elements and people that helped create their album.  And within their lyrics, themes of social commentary pervade almost every line. Garrett Kruger, the drummer behind the band,... | Continue reading article

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UK queen of soul, Alice Russell, brings darker sound to Ritual Nightclub

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Photo courtesy of Windish Agency.Photo courtesy of Windish Agency.

Along with the authorized version of the King James bible, and the collective works of Shakespeare, the Book of Common prayer is one of three major influences in modern English literature. It seems appropriate then that singer Alice Russell – easily one of the three main influences in modern English soul music of the last decade (superstars Adele and Amy Winehouse being the others) – pinched the title of her latest album “To Dust” from writings for a funeral service in that tome of universal reverence. “Ashes to ashes, dust... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + giveaway to Inside Out Film Fest

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Suuns are in town Friday. Photo courtesy their website.Suuns are in town Friday. Photo courtesy their website.

Music, movies, and specialized markets – we’ve got it all this weekend in Ottawa. Film buffs have a lot to choose from: a documentary on the secret world of modular synthesizers in Ottawa, home movies (you can even bring your own), and Nosferatu with the traditional live accompaniment. There’s also the Inside Out Film Festival (plus a dance party) – and we’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets for Blue is the Warmest Color, playing at the festival Sunday at 8pm. Just leave a comment below with your favourite movie (LGBT or... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: DIANA ticket giveaway!

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DIANA is in town this weekend and you could win tickets!DIANA is in town this weekend and you could win tickets!

It’s not just a weekend of turkey and pie – it’s also a weekend where those Mario Kart skills you’ve been honing can be put to good use. Starting off with music playing tonight, Paper Lions and Teenage Kicks are at Zaphods, while Doomsquad and HSY stop by Mugshots. Indie folk/pop project Twin Voices is down at Pressed this evening, with Orienteers and Mehdi Hamdad rounding out the bill. Friday at Pressed, Delta Will is back in town with Claude Munson and the Storm Outside. Friday night also brings The... | Continue reading article

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