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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Magneta Lane performs tonight at Pressed. Photo courtesy their website.Magneta Lane performs tonight at Pressed. Photo courtesy their website.

Happy Labour Day, Ottawa! This weekend is a little less crazy than the rest of the summer has been, but there’s no shortage of events to check out. Don’t forget to stop by the Apartment613 Talks event tonight, featuring local sports lovers and intramural organizers talking about how play – for kids and grownups alike – helps make this a vibrant city. Bonus: deals on beer and food at 8 Locks Flat, where the Talks is taking place! For you music lovers, Toronto indie band By Divine Right will be at... | Continue reading article

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An open letter from the Arboretum team

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Our friends over at Arboretum penned a letter on their thoughts about the festival that we thought you all might like to read. It’s originally posted over here on the Arboretum website and re-printed below in full. Enjoy!   The whole she-bang looked like the green, digital rainfall of Matrix code: details within details, all the loose screws. We’ve had to paint the full picture of the festival from your words: You’ve said a lot of really wonderful things, and we’re beyond grateful. You mentioned the sound for every act... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Pride 2012. Photo courtesy Daily Xtra on Flickr.Pride 2012. Photo courtesy Daily Xtra on Flickr.

The Pride Parade happens this Sunday, and there are a ton of happenings to get you pumped up for the main event. Strip Spelling Bee is back at Babylon, Laugh out Proud is happening at Yuk Yuks, and there’s a bowling tournament – and that’s just tonight. Friday, there’s a pantsless party and Cirque Bizarre, while Saturday brings a choral showcase and some karaoke. Following the parade on Sunday, parties will keep going until the weekend wraps up! Dance parties will also be the theme down at Pour Boy on Friday night, with... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A pint and a tune with an artist

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The word “blog” normally conjures up images of an online site with text, photos, maybe some artwork. With increasing frequency, however, local bloggers are using video to express their creativity. Embracing the power of the video camera, local blogger Kevin McGowan and Ottawa musician Steven Fouchard have launched The Revue, a new website that will showcase a series of video interviews with local musicians, as well as special out of town guests such as Vancouver’s Swollen Members. “We want to do a talk show format, where we would have a pint... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Big Dick toils with Witchcraft

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Big Dick have been having a busy summer. The duo – Dave Secretary (drums, vocals) and Johnny O (bass, vocals) – have an upcoming show at the Arborteum Arts Festival on Saturday and have also released their video, Witchcraft, today. Shot and edited by Travis Boisvenue, the video features various local haunts (can you guess which ones?), as well as modular visual effects by Arturo Brisindi (AKA Hard Science), and appearances from Niko Jensen and Erica Sainsbury. “Travis deserves all the credit for this, he put the whole thing together,” says... | Continue reading article

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It’s Arboretum this weekend! We’ve been thinking a lot about this festival

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Fellow editor Francois Levesque and I sat down with Rolf Klausener and Stefanie Power for a meandering chat about Arboretum Arts Festival, the values that are embedded in it and how things are going this year. It was great to catch up with them about their project and we recorded the conversation for our weekly podcast Apartment613 Live. You can find the full thing (slightly edited) in our podcast this week. A few things came out of this conversation that I think are important for us to think more about.... | Continue reading article

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Still Winter Hills: First album to be released at Irene’s

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Still Winter Hills. Photo by LMNO Photo.Still Winter Hills. Photo by LMNO Photo.

Originally published in Bulletin d’Aylmer. The local band Still Winter Hills is releasing their anticipated album, Late Night Souls, at Irene’s Pub in Ottawa on August 17. “Our goal for the album was to create something in the vein of our favourite albums, a lot of which come from the 60s and 70s,” said Marc Audet, vocalist and guitarist for the band. “It’s definitely a rock album, with bits of pop and roots rock.” The Band, Big Star, The Beatles, Tom Petty, and The Rolling Stones are some of the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway!

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Photo of New Country Rehab by David Leyes, courtesy NCR's website.Photo of New Country Rehab by David Leyes, courtesy NCR's website.

It’s another busy summer weekend, Ottawa – and the weather is gonna hold up so you can attend everything! Find out how you can win tickets to a show on Sunday down at the end of the post. Thursday night, you’ve got your pick of two album release parties: local blues rockers Cold Capital will launch their EP down at Babylon, while sax/guitar/drums trio Wire Circus will be throwing their launch party down at GigSpace. The Gladstone’s latest one-night-only theatre production is Flying in the Dark, and La Petite Mort... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Show Me Your Fears by Pony Girl

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Next month, Ottawa’s Pony Girl will be releasing Show Me Your Fears, an album that, if the video above is any indication, promises to be a harmonious and intricate offering of art-rock music. The video is a take-away show of the title track from the upcoming album, and it highlights the band’s talent for spinning beautiful soundscapes. It’s just one element of the album’s accompanying project, one that seeks to play up the art in art-rock: the band has recorded take-away shows like the one above for every song on... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Lisa Griffiths, courtesy Erik Lind and the Orchard.Photo by Lisa Griffiths, courtesy Erik Lind and the Orchard.

Back to another lovely summer weekend – time to fill up that schedule! Friday night, get all kitted up in your favourite Star Wars themed costume and head to the Museum of Nature for Nature Nocturne – don’t worry about doing your hair, though, because they’ll have Princess Leia stylists on hand. Tonight, Babylon hosts Boombox Diaries, where DJs and musical guests will channel their favourite tunes through the classic portable music device. On Friday night White Ribs and Teenage Kicks bring some punk rock to town, Erik Lind and the... | Continue reading article

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