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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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Weekend roundup: Cabaret ticket giveaway edition

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What will it be this weekend, Ottawa? Burlesque? A crowd-sourced musical bike ride? Fashion? House of PainT kicked off last night, and goes on all weekend long to celebrate their 10th anniversary. If you haven’t caught their Bboy and Bgirl breakdancing competition in years past, be sure to head down under the bridge on Saturday afternoon. There’s also music, dance parties and of course, live urban art. Ottawa Fashion Week is also entering its 10th season, getting underway on Friday – and although the main event is the runway shows,... | Continue reading article

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Rising star: Polaris short-lister Zaki Ibrahim to play House of PainT + ticket giveaway!

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Photo courtesy of Motif Records.Photo courtesy of Motif Records.

House of PainT’s (HoP) main musical event is a bit different this year. It’s taking place under the bridge as usual, but on Friday night as opposed to Saturday. For its 10th anniversary, HoP will feature some of the dopest, old school hip hoppers of all time – Afrika Bambaataa and Big Daddy Kane. Alongside these two legends will be Canadian-born, Cape Town dwelling artist Zaki Ibrahim. Ibrahim’s been carving a name for herself over the last decade, in Canada and most recently in South Africa. Her first full length... | Continue reading article

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We Make The City: Artengine invites you to venture out for the Electric Fields Festival

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We Make The City. Poster design by Rhiannon Vogl.We Make The City. Poster design by Rhiannon Vogl.

What do dynamic maze installations with giant inflatable balls, musical bike parades featuring radios and modified walkie-talkies, and forest parties in the sugar bush have in common? Besides being a few of my favourite things, they’re all happening across Ottawa as a part of Artengine‘s We Make The City programming for the 2013 edition of the Electric Fields Festival. From September 11-15, the city will be transformed through various socially engaging projects – many of them are free and open to all ages. From workshops for building your own LED device for your... | Continue reading article

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The last day of the Ottawa Folk Fest hits a high note

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The Wailers played Ottawa Folk Fest. All Photos by Adria May.The Wailers played Ottawa Folk Fest. All Photos by Adria May.

The sun was shining. The air was crisp. The music was fine and people milled about with their warm beverages (and beer). The setting of Hog’s Back Park for the Ottawa Folk Festival on Sunday could not have been better. It was a stark contrast to one of the days I had attended the year previously – a day which had been informally coined Soak Fest. The final day of Ottawa Folk Festival was glorious with a mix of folk, rock, blues and reggae on offer. I arrived around 5:00 p.m.... | Continue reading article

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House of PainT kicks off with the 2nd annual Ottawa Grand 500 Poetry Slam

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House of PainT kicks off this week with a multitude of events . The festival that celebrates the four elements of hip hop – graffiti writing, bboy/bgirl, DJing and MCing is kicking things off on Wednesday at Babylon with the Ottawa Grand 500, its second annual poetry slam night. There will be special performances by a number of artists from Ottawa and beyond including the legendary Jesse Dangerously, poet master Ian Keteku with the Hilotrons’ Mike Dubue, Missing Linx , DJ Prufrock and internationally known dub poet and story teller,... | Continue reading article

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Excellent production of Carmen at the NAC opens Opera Lyra’s new season

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Poster for Carmen taken from NAC web sitePoster for Carmen taken from NAC web site

Opera Lyra Ottawa’s production of Carmen opened this past Saturday to a sold out house at the National Arts Centre – wonderful news after poor attendance in previous years culminated in a scaled back production of La Traviata last season. Opera fans can rest assured that there is absolutely nothing scaled back about Carmen.  From the cast to the costumes to the sets, this production embraces and flaunts everything that makes opera great. Opera isn’t easy; performers must possess both a beautiful singing voice and the ability to act while singing, thus... | Continue reading article

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My Saturday afternoon at Folkfest: Blues, Mac Demarco and our favourite astronaut

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Photo courtesy of Steve Jurvetson on flickrPhoto courtesy of Steve Jurvetson on flickr

We headed to Hog’s Back early Saturday afternoon to catch Leif Vollebekk’s 2pm set. I have to admit, dear reader, that I have a total crush on Leif. He has a bit of history with Apt613. We had asked him to play our first anniversary show at Raw Sugar, but alas had a conflicting gig. When the gig fell through, he decided to come to the Raw and party with us anyway. Ever since, he’s held a special place in my heart. Plus, how can you not love this face.... | Continue reading article

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Sam Amidon channels Mariah Carey at the Ottawa Folk Fest

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Photo from www.samamidon.com/Photo from www.samamidon.com/

Buried in the lineup for this year’s folk festival is Sam Amidon, the super-cool indie folk artist. It’s great that the festival got him (and also his wife, Beth Orton too!) since it’s an opportunity for folk-loving Ottawans to experience the diversity of the modern scene with an artist whose work is hauntingly emotionally and musically intricate. I loved Amidon’s 2010 record I saw the sign and went through a period of binge listening to the title track when it came out. The new record, Bright Sunny South, is equally... | Continue reading article

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Hot & Cold: Vampire Weekend and Colin Meloy do FolkFest

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Portland, Oregon’s Colin Meloy had the unfortunate task of playing at the same time as Amos The Transparent and Shred Kelly. Not that these bands would draw some of his fans away, but rather they aren’t the quiet, acoustic type. Even though the stages are far apart from one another, the somewhat modified stage configuration has created what seems like more bleed this year – a thing that annoyed Meloy more than anything else last night (other annoyances: fog, too much of it; sound; technician preferring to check his phone... | Continue reading article

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