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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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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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For those of you looking to spice up your Thursday, head to the Elmdale Oyster House tonight for Shuck ‘n’ Strut – DJ Zattar will be spinning some funk and soul, and you can grab some tasty seafood in between dancing. Just to the east, there’ll be a vernissage for Zaneta Pernicova’s new exhibit at the Hintonburg Public House. Or you can catch Sarah Slean and a string quartet as part of Chamberfest down at St Brigid’s. Also in the market, the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa is hosting Spin... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Dance, General, Music, Theatre

Canadian virtuoso banjo player Jayme Stone set to play Ottawa’s Chamberfest

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Photo by Vanessa Heins courtesy of Pinwheel MusicPhoto by Vanessa Heins courtesy of Pinwheel Music

For classical music fans, Ottawa’s International Chamber Music Festival is a delicious summer  treat.  The two-week festival, which ends on August 8, offers a chance to hear a small army of fantastic musicians. Upcoming highlights include tonight’s show by Montreal’s Les Voix Baroques and La Rose des Vents, and the August 6 concert by Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong. As one would expect, the festival includes the works of such famous composers as Beethoven, Shubert and Chopin.  Festival attendees, however, can also hear concerts by artists that do not fit the traditional mold of a chamber... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Get yourselves ready, Ottawa – it’s gonna be a full, gorgeous weekend. The folks heading to Picnic En Blanc will be thrilled for the forecast – tonight will be a perfect evening for eating under the stars. And the Centretown Film Festival starts Friday night, with The People and the Olive. They’ll have movies for the next few weekends – with movies like Ghostbusters and Dirty Dancing in the lineup, there’ll definitely be one up your alley. Classical music fans will already know that Chamberfest opens Thursday night – this... | Continue reading article

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House of PainT celebrates a decade of community-building through beats, dance and grafitti

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Images courtesy of HoP, Ming Wu and Francois Levesque.Images courtesy of HoP, Ming Wu and Francois Levesque.

House of PainT (HoP) is celebrating ten years in 2013 and they’re getting things started with a bang at a big unveiling party this Friday at Ritual. Alongside the reveal on the programming, music and art components for the fest itself, DJ Ruby Jane, BlakDenim and Chicago’s Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are taking the stage to make the people of Ottawa dance. I caught up with organizers Rob Reid and Melissa Wheeler as well as Ottawa-born DJ Ruby Jane to get their thoughts on 10 years of HoP, the lowdown on Friday’s... | Continue reading article

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Get your stompin’ shoes ready, Shred Kelly takes over Mavericks

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Photo by Kyle Hamilton.

I first discovered Shred Kelly  at last year’s Bluesfest. In fact, I had listed them as my Bluesfest 2012 discovery. Their sound – high energy with banjo at the forefront – as well as the older woman waving the Newfoundland Tricolour had me believing they were from out east. So I was surprised to learn they were from tiny Fernie, British Columbia. (It turns out the flag-waving fan was the mother of Newfoundland-born drummer Ian Page Shiner.) In anticipation of Shred Kelly’s next visit to Ottawa proper, I chatted with singer and keyboard... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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We’re sticking with our tradition of at least one festival per weekend, folks – we’ve got the Haiti en Fête festival happening down on Petrie Island all weekend long, with music and food and dancing guaranteed. If you can’t wait for the Centretown Movies outdoor film festival to start next week, head to Dundonald Park on Saturday for TreePot5: Indie Koala Invasion, showcasing some of the best indie films from a few local filmmakers. Timber Timbre will be playing tonight out at the Black Sheep, with special guests Fiver, while Loh El the... | Continue reading article

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This is not a review: My Wu-Tang, from Shaolin 1993 to Bluesfest 2013

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Photo by Andrew Carver on flickr.Photo by Andrew Carver on flickr.

As we stood in the Bluesfest rain, waiting for the Wu to show, I asked the group of teenage girls next to me: what’s your favourite Wu-Tang song? Blank stares. “Ummm, I dunno.” There we were, those who were infants when Enter the 36 Chambers dropped, mixed with those who held Wu-Tang as rap Gods. The dichotomy was not lost on me. Everyone who grew up listening to Wu-Tang talks different. Since ’93, the Wu-Tang diffused the phrases “nah I’m sayin?” and “nah I mean?” to every corner of the earth,... | Continue reading article

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Digital painting, graffiti, lasers and DJs: Night Light Masquerade brings it together at Wall Space Gallery

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Piggyback by Stefan Thompson. Image courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.Piggyback by Stefan Thompson. Image courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.

It’s hot out there, Ottawa. If you need a reason to escape the heat this weekend, head over to Wall Space Gallery for a night of dancing, DJing, lasers and live digital painting by one of our favourite local artists, Stefan Thompson. You may already be familiar with Thompson’s work if you frequent the Idle Hands Craft Sale – he also had a show awhile back at the Ottawa Art Gallery. Known for his mysterious, other-worldly bestial figures, Thompson is a part of the group exhibition, Night Light Masquerade, opening... | Continue reading article

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