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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Chic Gamine courtesy their website.Photo of Chic Gamine courtesy their website.

The trees changing colour can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest. Or Ribtoberfest. Beer and food, at least. There are a few shows to add to your list this weekend. Chic Gamine combine French pop with Motown, and Basia Bulat sings from her latest album. Jadea Kelly will be out at the Black Sheep Thursday night, while Craig Cardiff will perform a couple of shows there over the rest of the weekend. Jon Hynes releases his first EP at the Clock Tower with help from a few friends, and it’s First Funk... | Continue reading article

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Hollerado kicks it in the boonies at Oktoberfest Ottawa

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After a 25-minute drive and a bumpy school bus ride to Clarke Fields Park in Barrhaven, my friends and I made it to Oktoberfest Ottawa this weekend. Running September 27th to 29th, the festival’s headline was “Food, fun, froth, frauleins und fantastich musik”. We were not disappointed. The fields were filled with heated tents, small stages and lots of beer, which, considering the ticket was only $15, was nothing to squawk at. Highlights included $6 beer tokens, long, hilarious and friendly lines for the outhouses and many well dressed and costumed patrons. If... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway

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Pony Girl's album release party is Saturday night.Pony Girl's album release party is Saturday night.

Once again, the weekend is full – how to choose what to do? We’ll make the decision easy for one reader – read on to find out how to win tickets to the Home & Design show this weekend. 90s pop music lovers should be at Zaphod’s Thursday night for Wannabe, while Marine Dreams will stop by Raw Sugar. Catch The Wicked Mercy out at the Black Sheep on Friday, while Saturday you’ll find the Soul Jazz Orchestra heating the place up. Pony Girl’s album release party is also on... | Continue reading article

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Jeans friendly Opera in the Nation’s Capital

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Capital City Opera

We’ve covered Opera Lyra Ottawa’s productions at the National Arts Centre for a while now, but there is a second and equally compelling opera company in Ottawa: Capital City Opera. It was founded in 2011 by Bart Tecter and Rory McGlynn to offer the nation’s capital an informal, “Jeans Friendly” opera experience, allowing patrons to focus on the art, not the atmosphere. “To most, opera still conjures images of gem encrusted opera glasses, furs and top hats,” says artistic director Rory McGlynn. “We’d like to encourage change in that area.” Their... | Continue reading article

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Only two more sleeps until Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.Marc Adornato will be showing Wood; The artwork of Marc Adornato at Greyarea in the Hintonburg zone. Photo from the NBOG website.

Rest up, friends. Starting at 6:21pm this Saturday, the city will be hosting Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau (NBOG) – it’s the biggest all-night art party you’ve been waiting for! With over 100 projects from local, national and international artists working in animation, audio, film, fine craft, installation, new media, performance, photography, sculpture, spoken word, textile, and a variety of other visual art forms – it’s the perfect opportunity to engage with the city and catch some innovative artistic practices at the same time (and stay up ’til 4:22am with 30,000 of your... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Soak up the summer-like weather while you can, Ottawa – the leaves, they are a-changin’. If you want to be outside as much as possible, run around the city for Nuit Blanche all Saturday night. There will be art, music, crafts, beer – and it is all (mostly) free! In the market, Victoire Boutique to host Behind the Seams, a “slow fashion” performance, China Doll will throw a Crafts & Drafts party,  DJs Hobo and Sweetcheeks will host the A/V Room at Brixton’s, and there will be much more! In the music world,... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: What I Do by The Joynt and Maya Mayne

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Ottawa rapper the Joynt just released the music video for his anti-bullying song “What I Do”. It’s possibly the most inspirational rap music video the city has seen in a while. A rapper who stutters in his normal speech but interestingly does not stutter when he raps, Peter Joynt has been giving talks at local schools about stuttering and what it takes to get by being different. He provides students with a role model and demonstrates how to use rap to deal with the things life throws your way. “I... | Continue reading article

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Michael Feuerstack and friends bring their indie folk to Le Temporaire this Wednesday

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Apt613 last spoke to Michael Feuerstack upon the release of Tambourine Death Bed back in May. Since then he’s returned to Ottawa a few times to play the second edition of the Arboretum Festival as well as lead a workshop at the Ottawa Folk Festival. Feuerstack has returned to the capital region once more, and this time he’s taking Halifax’s Paper Beat Scissors and our own Her Harbour across the river for an intimate show at Le Temporaire in Gatineau. This is the beginning of a tour for Feuerstack and Tim Crabtree –... | Continue reading article

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Folk Fest 2013: What the folk is going on with the music of today’s youth?

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Photo of Mac Demarco by Saskia Rodenburg.Photo of Mac Demarco by Saskia Rodenburg.

The Ottawa Folk Festival, a longstanding tradition here in the nation’s capital, proved once again that people still yearn for the folk music of long ago and of the present. Taking place in Hog’s Back Park, the five day festival boasted some much sought after artists such as City and Colour, The Sheepdogs and other acts all of which thrilled audiences young and old. Though some critics argue that the Folk Festival can hardly contain the word “Folk” in its name, I found myself instead wanting more of this wonderful... | Continue reading article

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Theaternia builds on its dark, atmospheric soundscapes on new EP, Changer

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Photo by Jennifer Stewart.Photo by Jennifer Stewart.

Sometimes, a city will inspire you. For musician Caleb Abbott, the creative force behind Theaternia, the inspiration was a year spent in Paris. “It wasn’t the music scene there necessarily, it was the time alone to focus on writing that propelled Theaternia. Paris has a way of pulling things out of you, and I chose not to resist.” Abbott had been a drummer in a few different bands around Ottawa, but felt he needed to make something his own, both in terms of the output and the process. 2012’s Post-Secural,... | Continue reading article

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