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From VICE to NXNE, Ottawa’s Christopher Roberts’ crazy journey

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While we love to showcase what’s great about Ottawa, we also like to write about Ottawans that have made it big outside of our Nation’s Capital. After all, it’s not everyday we get to speak to a man who brought the likes of Black Lips, Action Bronson and The Raveonettes to VICE Records. Christopher Roberts’ journey is pretty inspiring. We spoke to him about his new(ish) gig as Festival Director of NXNE, his crazy tale at VICE and of course, his Ottawa roots. Born in Arizona to a military family,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway

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The rain should clear up by the weekend, Ottawans, so plan on getting out and enjoying the sun! This week, we’re giving away tickets to Winchester Warm’s album launch – read on to find out how you can win. Summertime should perhaps be re-cast as weddingtime – ’tis the season of nuptials, showers and confetti. Victoire, Sparrow flowers and Heart Deco are joining forces tonight to present a bit of a different side of the wedding industry: with vintage dresses, jewelry and locally-designed flower arrangements, they’ll provide the perfect way... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 28 mai :: Kelp 20, Couch Assassin, nos nouveaux amis! Éric jubile-en-musique +++

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Basement 819 vous présente une autre semaine riche en culture-du-coin. Faites circuler librement, partagez allègrement! Notre sélection offficielle :: Kelp 20! Soyez de la partie les 30 et 31 mai pour souligner le vingtième anniversaire de la maison de disque d’Ottawa Kelp Records. L’occasion se veut grandiose. L’événement Kelp 20 regroupera les bands locaux suivants (et ce n’est qu’un échantillon!) : The Acorn, Jim Bryson, HILOTRONS, Chris Page. Ah! Et Tout le monde est invité ce vendredi soir pour vous réchauffer l’esprit au Pre-Game WarmUp Party au Avalon Studio. Couch... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup and Kelp20 ticket giveaway!

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Kelp Records' celebrating 20 years!

It’s a busy weekend so let’s get started! The 2nd edition of Poets for Humanity is taking place tonight at Pressed. The night features some of the strongest poets in the city and serves as a fundraiser for various community programs. RAW:natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art. It’s hosting a showcase event this Thursday at the Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. Kelp Records turns 20 this... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Dance, Music, Spoken Word

Woody’s Open Mic Mondays

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Woody's Urban Pub. All photos by Terry Steeves.Woody's Urban Pub. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Continuing my series on Open Mic/Open Jam nights in our Capital, this month brings me to the wonderfully snug pub of Woody’s in Ottawa’s Golden Triangle downtown area of Elgin St., a busy street which hosts a wealth of activity throughout the year, including the annual Ball Hockey Tournament, Charity Chili Cook-Off, and has been affectionately dubbed Ottawa’s Sens Mile. Woody’s Urban Pub, founded in 1986, boasts an excellent bistro/pub-style menu, a great selection of draught beers and wines, and a large front window which opens up onto a quaint... | Continue reading article

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Shenkman Arts Centre turns five!

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Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, A. Laramey is a writer who spends far too much time on the internet. You can find her on Facebook. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the creation of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, and in the spirit of creativeness, arts and community, Shenkman is hosting a 5th anniversary celebration on May 31st .  And what a five years it’s been! The goal of the centre was “to create a home for arts and culture in east Ottawa,” says Karen Scott-Gagné, Marketing and... | Continue reading article

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Pandaléon, la bête se manifeste.

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Par : Cindy Savard Un nom propre. Un mot inventé. Probablement un nom de famille, un médicament d’origine grecque. Finalement, selon les membres du groupe, la meilleure hypothèse repose sur l’idée d’avoir voulu créer une bête. Une bête à trois têtes. Il y a un an, j’assistais au premier concert de Pandaléon. Ce jeudi, j’assistais au lancement de leur premier album « À chacun son gibier ». Parfois on assiste à un show, dans le cas de Pandaléon, on peut parler d’une aventure savamment symphonique. C’est à St-Bernardin dans l’Est... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s 10th Annual Capital Slam Finals

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Photo from The Tenth Annual Capital Slam Facebook event page.Photo from The Tenth Annual Capital Slam Facebook event page.

The tenth Capital Slam Finals will take place this Saturday from 6:30 -10:00pm at the University of Ottawa’s Alumni Auditorium. One of the largest annual spoken word events in Ottawa, this slam will decide which of the eight finalists, who have already battled through two semi-finals, will go on to represent Ottawa at this year’s Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. I was lucky enough to interview one of the organizers of this year’s Capital Slam Finals, Rusty Priske. A long-standing member of the Capital Slam scene, and a contender in... | Continue reading article

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The Strain play the Black Sheep Inn tonight!

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Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.

The Strain is playing at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield tonight, where the band hails from. Their show will not be one to miss, as they’ll be playing songs from their upcoming album, which drops this fall. “This is the first show we’re busting out a few new songs,” David Taggart says, “It’s a good time to get a sense of what’s going to be on the next record.” The band is described as ‘high octane’, and their music easily bounces between high energy tracks, and deeper soulful acoustic... | Continue reading article

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Poetic Elements’ EP release party at the Grind

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Poetic Elements, Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan (left) and Curtis Masai Nyarko. All photos by Alex Lauzon Photographe.Poetic Elements, Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan (left) and Curtis Masai Nyarko. All photos by Alex Lauzon Photographe.

Ottawa hip hop group Poetic Elements will be releasing their first EP this week. I had a chance to chat with the guys about the route to performing and recording hip hop here in our city. The story of Poetic Elements begins back in 2006, when Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan and Curtis Masai Nyarko were in high school. Masai was already in a rap duo and Apollo was writing poetry at the time. At Apollo’s request, Masai taught him to rap. The two of them grew together and they began putting... | Continue reading article

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