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Bankrupt: A sexy comedy/musical mashup at the Gladstone

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 […]

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

Ottawa band paints House of Targ red

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 […]

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Sonatas, Screams and Silence: An Ode to Ingmar Bergman

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 […]

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!

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 […]

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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 […]

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Q & A with Dan Mangan

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 […]

Vinx, live at Zola's. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Vinx brought one-man show to Zolas

“Music is a language. It’s another facet of the way we communicate, only with more feeling and passion. Theory, notes, technicality…throw those out the window.” – Vinx Vincent De’Jon Parrette, more popularly known as Vinx, brought his one-man show to Ottawa’s beautiful Zolas Restaurant this past Thursday night. He gave us a taste of his […]

Mauno perform in a Sackville living room.

Take me with you, Nick Everett | Mauno at Mugshots tonight!

Post by Sarah Patterson. Halifax/Sackville-based three piece, Mauno and fellow Haligonian minstrels, Vulva Culture (60s girl-group vocals on Quaaludes), are currently working their way west-ward on an eastern Canadian tour entitled “Rolling in the Creep.” They’re scheduled to play in Ottawa along with locals, Baberaham Lincoln on Tuesday Feb 17th at everyone’s favourite haunted jail […]

La Maison de la Commune / House of Common

Basement 819 du 11 février 2015 :: Festival undercurrents – Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates. Théâtre – Le projet bocal au CNA. La Maison de la Commune sort de l’ombre!

Basement 819 s’en est donné à coeur joie cette semaine. En plus de nos suggestions publiées dans le Weekend Roundup, nous vous présentons trois entrevues pour bien démontrer le caractère grouillant de la scène culturelle de la région. Un départ en force avec une première capsule pour souligner le festival undercurrents qui s’activera du 12 […]

Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Weekend Roundup: Le weekend de la Saint-Valentin + Winter Brewfest giveaway

Welcome to the  weekend of love (and dance parties). We’ve got at least one, if not many, happening tonight through Sunday! DJ Jas Nasty and Friends, will be taking you back to the Seedy Seventies tonight, at Oz Kafe. They will be playing all the best rock, punk, and funk from the decade. If jazz […]