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The word of God is hilarious

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All photos courtesy of Broadway Across Canada.All photos courtesy of Broadway Across Canada.

It’s not always easy to write reviews; sometimes the art you’re asked to critique is mediocre or unoriginal or it just plain sucks and you’re forced to stretch your imagination to find anything positive to write… The Book of Mormon is not one of those cases. The award winning Broadway musical composed by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone is witty, funny and, surprisingly endearing. It is, hands down, the best production this writer has ever seen at the NAC. Jonathan Cullen did a fantastic job playing Elder Price,... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 16 juillet :: Le tour du monde en trois événements! La programmation du Festival de musique émergente en Abitibi nous sourit. Des concerts? Éric en fabrique!

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Basement 819 cette semaine vous convie à trois événements d’envergure internationale. L’instant d’un moment, vous croirez que vous vivez le plus beau voyage de votre vie! Trois occasions en OR pour titiller vos papilles gustatives et sortir l’aventurier qui vit en vous. Des prestations d’arts martiaux, des shawarmas réinventés, la culture créole ET la découverte de l’île Pétrie à Orléans. Tout ça et bien plus encore. Oh que oui. Festival Haïti en Fête Festival libanais d’Ottawa Festival d’été japonais Natsu Matsuri Programmation du bout du monde :: Festival de musique... | Continue reading article

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Driving Miss Daisy receives a just revival at the OLT

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Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) and Hoke Coleburn (Michael Wright). Photo by Maria Vartanova.Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) and Hoke Coleburn (Michael Wright). Photo by Maria Vartanova.

When you hear talk of Driving Miss Daisy, the names Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy usually aren’t too far behind. But after watching the Ottawa Little Theatre (OLT) take on this iconic production, all I can say is Freeman who? The lights of the theatre fade to near darkness, silence mixed with anticipation settles over the audience as Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) takes centre stage. Here we meet the spry 72-year-old Jewish widower and her apathetic son, Boolie (John Mark Keyes), in the midst of a car crash that... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Can’t see this post? Head over to our Facebook page to check it out! The one thing you need to know this weekend? Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Yes, there’s more to do than just gorge on ice cream. There’s also a film about coffee, and a brunch crawl in the Market. We’ve got beer, too, with the Hastings County Craft Beer Festival, and another edition of the craft beer sessions down at the Hintonburg Public House. In non-food related events, tonight at House of Targ you can catch I... | Continue reading article

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A Film About Coffee premieres at The Mayfair

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Have you ever thought about how far your single long espresso, your vanilla latte, or your large medium in an extra large cup has to travel before the barista passes it to you over the bar each morning? At Bridgehead, a sense of connection has always been encouraged, between the coffee lover and the farms where their coffee comes from. Committed to more than just high quality coffee – they are conscientious of their impact on the environment, support small-scale farmers, and embrace Fair-Trade Certified and organic certified products. This... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Procol Harum

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Gary Brooker, lead vocalist/pianist/songwriter and founding member of Procol Harum. Photo by Terry Steeves.Gary Brooker, lead vocalist/pianist/songwriter and founding member of Procol Harum. Photo by Terry Steeves.

British progressive/symphonic rock band, Procol Harum, was formed in 1967 by multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, Gary Brooker, and his friend and lyricist, Keith Reid, who has remained as Brooker’s collaborator to this day. Their first release of “Whiter Shade Of Pale” in the same year, was a number one hit on a global scale. The combination of Brooker’s melancholy vocals, baroque style organ, and mystical lyrics would set the tone for the band’s unique sound. Their music was often backed by symphony orchestras to create a full symphonic sound. Over the years, the... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Day 5 – Styx, Don Felder, Foreigner

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One of our younger generation enjoying the music of Foreigner. All photos by Terry Steeves.One of our younger generation enjoying the music of Foreigner. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Day five of Bluesfest brought a night of classic powerhouse rock to both the Bell main stage and the River stage with a return to the music of my youth. On May 16th, the combined forces of Styx, Don Felder, and Foreigner, launched their massive U.S. Soundtrack of Summer Tour 2014, with an off-the-beaten-path stop right here in Ottawa. For me, to finally see and hear these bands for the first time brought me back to an era of music that I lived and breathed, with songs that were so... | Continue reading article

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Argentina vs. Germany: Where to watch the World Cup Final in Ottawa

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This World Cup’s been one hell of a roller coaster ride from James Rodriguez’ magnificent goals, to the play of US goaltender Tim Howard, to the stunning, crushing defeat of Brazil in the semifinals to the hands of the Germans. It is fitting that Europe and Latin America meet in this year’s World Cup final. We can imagine that most bars will be presenting the big game but here’s a breakdown of the venues and places where you should find the best atmosphere and viewing experience. Traditional places like The... | Continue reading article

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Goddo release concert DVD and perform live at Bluesfest tomorrow

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Photo by Terry Steeves.Photo by Terry Steeves.

For those already familiar with Canadian hard rockers, Goddo, you’ll remember them blazing onto the scene in 1975, with their crazy, in-your-face brand of high decibel rock, and their larger than life stage presence. Performances soaked in hard and steady head banging beats, luscious power chord delights, topped off with a set of searing vocals that deliver a wealth of hot and heavy lyrics. They weren’t called the pretty bad boys for nothing…living their life on the road with the same no-holds-barred intensity that they unleashed on the stage. This... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Vintage Trouble

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Vintage Trouble heats up the crowd on the Black Sheep Stage. Photo by Terry Steeves.Vintage Trouble heats up the crowd on the Black Sheep Stage. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Day 3 of Bluesfest brought plenty of sun, and the grounds of LeBreton Flats began to fill up early in the afternoon. I could already see traces of Gaga fever present as I ran across the odd pink and blue beehive clad females, anticipating what I knew would be one of the biggest, if not THE biggest act this year. But I wasn’t here for Ms. Gaga. I decided to take full advantage of catching an act that has been stirring up some fuss in the last couple years… I... | Continue reading article

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