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Gallery 101’s There’s Room explores global mass migrations

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Borderline, by Rachel Kalpana James. Images courtesy of Gallery 101.Borderline, by Rachel Kalpana James. Images courtesy of Gallery 101.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth engagement coordinator/arts educator.  You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. When we saw the picture of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, the world stopped to feel the impact of such a horrific tragedy. That single picture caused tidal waves. Politicians took to the podium to speak; scholars and ordinary people debated views in the news and in boardrooms; social media feeds blew up with “unlikes”, viral shares and heated commentary; social scientists... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Left: Mouse on the Keys. Right: Chocolate Hot Pockets. Both bands play the Winter Jazz Festival this weekend.Left: Mouse on the Keys. Right: Chocolate Hot Pockets. Both bands play the Winter Jazz Festival this weekend.

Hey, do you wanna feel SO ENERGETIC? Try FESTIVALS! Our rep as one of the best cities for fests is no exception in the winter. Between Megaphono and the TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival for music, and Cracking-Up the Capital for comedy (now that’s a tongue-twister), you’ve got plenty of reasons to leave the house or call in sick for work this weekend. Megaphono is in full swing, but you can still catch some of the music madness before it ends on February 5. Dance punks Silkken will start a... | Continue reading article

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What’s On Stage: Brad Long, a trial in passion

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Brad Long in Dream On. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Brad Long in Dream On. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

Brian Carroll of Apartment613 interviewed actor Brad Long. You’re nominated as Outstanding Actor for the Prix Rideau Awards for Re:Union. How did you get involved in this production? Brad Long: Sean Devine, who is the writer/director of Re:Union, and Artistic Director of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre, came and saw a performance of We Glow that we did here in Ottawa before we went on tour. He loved the show. He’s someone who wants to shake things up here in Ottawa, in some really interesting ways. He reached out to me and said, “Re:Union is going up... | Continue reading article

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Second City’s Brandon Hackett on comedy, Beavertails, and musical theatre

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All images from the Second City website.All images from the Second City website.

We spoke with with Brandon Hackett, who is part of the Touring Company of the storied improvisational comedy troupe The Second City.  Hackett, with the rest of the Touring Company, will be in Ottawa tonight performing The Best of The Second City, which features some of the best-loved sketches from the company’s long history, as well as the improvisation for which they’re best known. How long have you been performing with The Second City, and what have your experiences been like so far? I have been performing with The Second City for... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Music Conference: Jon Bartlett on Megaphono

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We spoke with Jon Barlett, founder of Kelp Records, and Director of MEGAPHONO, an organization focused on spreading Ottawa-area music to the world, currently holding its second annual showcase of local music. Bartlett is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and sits on the Board of the newly-formed Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC). Jon Bartlett: I think the scene is doing a lot of self-reflection and, in many cases, starting to find ways to be more inclusive and ensure that everyone gets to participate. I... | Continue reading article

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Eric Coates picks four must-see performances at undercurrents

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Sarah Waisvisz in Monstrous. Photo by Christopher Snow.Sarah Waisvisz in Monstrous. Photo by Christopher Snow.

Post by Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Full disclosure: my personal picks for undercurrents are all projects that GCTC has supported, in one way or another, so it makes sense that I want to highlight them. I’m like a hockey parent cheering for my kid’s team, and woe betide anyone who crosses me. In fact, I’d like all of the critics to wear referee shirts to the performances so I can hurl my opinions at them in the hope of influencing their reviews. I’d never... | Continue reading article

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ATONE de Pandaléon – Une expérience immersive

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Crédit photo : Julien LavoieCrédit photo : Julien Lavoie

À la sortie de leur premier album À chacun son gibier, Pandaléon a lancé dans l’univers des pièces musicales de haute qualité qui ont suscité un réel engouement.  Recrutés sous la bannière Audiogram, l’inspiration a mené les trois acolytes Marc-André Labelle (guitares) et les deux frères, Jean-Philippe (batterie et percussions) et Frédéric Levac (voix, machines et claviers) à pousser encore plus loin leur audace. Installés pendant cinq semaines dans l’ancienne école primaire des frères Levac à Saint-Bernardin dans l’Est ontarien, Pandaléon a pondu l’album Atone, un amalgame de pièces qui évoquent un retour aux sources. Tout... | Continue reading article

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Love Letters a good play for thoughtful lovers

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Images courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Images courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

American playwright A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters is an epistolary play.  Epistolary plays – plays based on the exchange of letters – reside in a small niche in the world of theatre.  You may be familiar with plays such as 84 Charing Cross Road and Les liaisons dangereuses.   Using only dramatically read letters, Love Letters traces the complicated relationship between two people – Andrew (Andy) Makepeace Ladd III (the talented Pierre Brault) and Melissa Gardner (CBC broadcaster Lucy van Oldenbarneveld) – from age 7 to almost 60. Andy and Melissa are children of... | Continue reading article

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Tap Room Sessions pour a little life into Kanata + ticket giveaway

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Photo from Big Rig's website.Photo from Big Rig's website.

Kanata is not exactly known for its nightlife. Once a haven for technological development, Kanata has become a place that many Ottawans simply don’t think about that often, unless it is in the context of our hockey team. But if the plan hatched by Big Rig and Ottawa Showbox is successful, that is about to change. The new partnership is about to bring a touch of downtown to the centre of Kanata as Matías Muñoz of Showbox and Travis Persaud of Big Rig move to shape Kanata into a destination in... | Continue reading article

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10 can’t miss bands at Megaphono

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Pipahauntas. Photo from megaphono.tv.Pipahauntas. Photo from megaphono.tv.

One of Ottawa’s newest festivals is already one of its best. Megaphono is back for a second edition of 613 music from February 2-5, filling local venues as well as unexpected places (three words: skating bonfire party) with sounds, talks, and mixers that you can’t miss out on. Whether you’re looking to discover more awesome bands in your backyard, or you’re totally new to the capital and half-expecting a Justin Trudeau DJ set, we have your Megaphono schedule sorted. Here are 10 artists at that will get you dancing and... | Continue reading article

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