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Interview with Herd Magazine founder Steph Vicente

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A new entry to Ottawa’s indie media-scape is launching this weekend – combining discussion of Arts and Culture with compelling design to create something that should be pretty unique. The big reveal for Herd Magazine – billing itself as “freely distributed literature covering local arts&culture on a quarterly basis” will be this Friday night at Fall Down Gallery on Bank Street. They’ve invited Amos the Transparent and will have food from LUNCH, Auntie Loo’s Treats, and the Gouda Life on hand. All the details are on the Herd website here.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Miguel Legault, courtesy of Electric FieldsPhoto by Miguel Legault, courtesy of Electric Fields

Not only do we want you out and about this weekend, Ottawa, but we’re going to give a few of you just the incentive to get out of the house – we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the John Carroll & the Epic Proportions show out at the Black Sheep this Saturday. Read on to find out how you can win! The city is hopping with parties this weekend. Herd Magazine launches at Fall Down Friday night, with Amos the Transparent dropping by for a show. Saturday it’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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The Divorcees play the O-town Hoedown Saturday night. Photo courtesy their website.The Divorcees play the O-town Hoedown Saturday night. Photo courtesy their website.

It’s a little quieter this weekend as people scatter decorative gourds on the dining room table and bake up pumpkin pies, but we’ve still got some great options for you. Hoping to make that Thanksgiving dinner a little more fairly traded? Credible Edibles has the perfect workshop for you. And, staying with the season, learn all about how harvesting is actually done (scythes are so last century) and how you can harvest energy from those very crops. Lefty McRighty and the O-town Hoedown enter the last weekend of that music... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: The Balconies do Bieber

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This is pretty awesome. Ottawa ex-pats The Balconies partnered with Toronto’s Hands and Teeth to do a cover of the Biebs’ classic hit, Baby. Is it OK to like this song now that it has acquired a polite veneer of hipsterdom? Because it’s damn catchy, Balconies front-woman Jacquie Neville rocks the vocals, plus I love the harmonized rap interlude. The video was shot by Mitch Fillion and mixed and mastered by Reuben Ghos at the Verge Music Lab as part of the Mojito Sessions.  

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Erik Lind and the Orchard courtesy their website.Photo of Erik Lind and the Orchard courtesy their website.

It’s getting easier to make the case that Ottawa’s a great city chock-full of music, arts and culture. One look at this weekend’s lineup should be enough to convince out-of-towners that this city has got it goin’ on: we’ve got Oktoberfest, an outdoor picnic, an afternoon of beer and board games, a ping pong tournament, and a heckuva lot more. Music-wise, Hey Ocean is in town Friday bringing their poppy beats to Ritual. Unfortunately, the Propagandhi show tonight is sold out – you’ll have to console yourself by checking out... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week Take 2: The Souljazz Orchestra’s Conquering Lion

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Its a good week for music videos! Souljazz Orchestra – Ottawa’s favourite Soul-Jazz-Afro-Latin-Caribbean super group – has released the first real video from its new album Solidarity. The song, Conquering Lion, is sure to please long time fans of the group, with a great beat and lots of sax appeal (pun intended). Local producers Partus Films used VHS cameras to create what can best be described as an instagram in music video form, transforming Mercury Lounge into a 1970s soul club. Have a funky Wednesday!

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Video of the Week: Sound of Lions Storm Chasers

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There’s no denying it; summer is gone. Watching Sound of Lions’ video for their new single, Storm Chasers, is a great way to mourn. The video, produced by local multimedia company Studio Tree, combines a soulful and somewhat melancholy track with bright images of summer fun: green fields, fires by the beach and yellow sundresses. It set the mood perfectly to sit in the park and wait for the leaves to turn. Sounds of Lions has had a great year, playing at Bluesfest, Junofest and winning the Xpress’ reader’s poll for best band. Storm Chasers... | Continue reading article

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House of PainT: A Photo Essay

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Photo by Anwarrior.Photo by Anwarrior.

House of PainT, Ottawa’s best urban culture festival under a bridge, wrapped up on Sunday. It was my first time checking out this annual party that pays homage to the legalization of graffiti on the walls of the underpass in 2003. True to its promise, the festival attracted an eclectic crew of artists, slam poets, turntablists, artisans, dancers and MCs. I was pleasantly surprised at how inclusive the festival felt. On both Saturday and Sunday, I saw people of all genders, ages and ethnicities. There were families with small kids and... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Nuit Blanche is here!Nuit Blanche is here!

Ottawans, you’ve never seen a weekend like this – it’s going to be one big art party! With Festival X’s photography, the Animation Festival’s films, and Nuit Blanche’s all nighter on Saturday, you’re sure to find something that delights and amuses. First off, Nuit Blanche: we Apartment613 folks will be stationed down in the market, with our Canadiana-themed photo booth – come by and get your picture taken as a Mountie or an explorer or a Red Coat, and then see it projected for all to see. Just around the... | Continue reading article

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So that happened: An Open Letter To ARBORETUM – From Rolf Klausener

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This past weekend, Ottawa witnessed the launch of ARBORETUM - the latest promising addition to our city’s cultural scene. The reviews are positive and our thoughts turn to what’s next for the festival and the team behind it. Rolf Klausener, the artistic director of the festival just posted an open letter the community and we thought you might find his sentiment and thanks to be both motivating and comforting. The full letter is posted below and available on the ARBORETUM website here. We look forward to hearing about your ARBORETUM experience in the... | Continue reading article

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