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Nonprofit Band plays for greater good at House of Targ

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Nonprofit Band at House of Targ on November 13, 2014. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.Nonprofit Band at House of Targ on November 13, 2014. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

If you were skeptical when reading my preview piece about a rock ‘n roll band sans electric guitar, you’re not alone. Although majorly intrigued, I definitely had a few reservations when learning about Nonprofit Band. Lead singer Michael Greilsammer explained that they originally planned to include the electric guitar in the album but, after the musician cancelled at the last minute, he felt this was a sign. He proposed the idea to fellow band members – Uriel Sverdin on drums and Ohad Eilam on bass – that they go forward with... | Continue reading article

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Craigslist Cantata is clever and quirky exploration of humanity

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Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

For most people, Craiglist is the online version of a massive market.  Whether you are looking for a used couch, a mechanic to fix your car or a cheap apartment, this popular website is a one-stop destination for a wide range of goods and services. For CBC radio broadcaster and playwright Bill Richardson, on the other hand, Craiglist is a sociological goldmine that shines a light into our very souls. In his highly clever piece Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, Richardson assembles a collection of... | Continue reading article

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The Gilded Cage, a Portuguese comedy at the EU film festival

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Still from The Gilded Cage.Still from The Gilded Cage.

The European Union Film Festival kicked off on the 13th with a lineup that highlights the best and never-before-seen-in-Ottawa contemporary cinema from – you guessed it, the European Union. The festival showcases 27 films in 23 languages over 18 days – possibly the most diverse fest of its kind. Screenings take place in the auditorium at Library and Archives (395 Wellington St). For the full schedule, and ticket information, click here. The Gilded Cage plays tomorrow night at 7pm. There’s nothing like a good comedy to secrete some endorphins and... | Continue reading article

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Alex Silas celebrates launch of Roots at Ritual Saturday night

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Still from the video, "Mouton Noir" by Alex Silas, featuring Katie Bourque.Still from the video, "Mouton Noir" by Alex Silas, featuring Katie Bourque.

Earlier this year, Ottawa’s hip hop hippie, Alex Silas, put out his first full length album, Roots. And the much awaited launch party is finally happening this Saturday at Ritual. A culmination of many years of growth, this album is a belle of a blossom. Alex began rapping at the age of 15, as a way of expressing himself. He spent most of his high school life staying up all night writing songs – all of which were garbage – but it was a start of something so much more.... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 12 novembre 2014 :: Lypsinch au Babylon. Houblon à volonté près de chez vous. Spectacle multi-multimédia à la galerie Wall Space

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Photo : Wall Space GalleryPhoto : Wall Space Gallery

Basement 819 propose cette semaine des événements hors du commun pour satisfaire ceux qui ont besoin de s’aérer l’esprit et de s’activer les stimulis endormis. Consultez également nos suggestions à travers le Weekend Roundup. Nous y avons glissé des activités qui s’adressent aux amateurs de concerts tous azimuts. Tangled Dreamers | Un spectacle nommé délire à la galerie Wall Space Il s’agit d’un événement-bénéfice pour amasser des fonds pour le Théâtre Third Wall du côté d’Ottawa. Pour l’occasion, on aura la chance d’assister à la performance du multi-talentueux collectif de... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Martini Madness giveaway

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Mozart's Sister plays Cafe Decuf on Sunday, November 16. Photo by Vanessa Heins.Mozart's Sister plays Cafe Decuf on Sunday, November 16. Photo by Vanessa Heins.

The rain has come but our spirits aren’t dampened, Ottawa. We’ll kick this weekend roundup off early this week and start with the 9th Annual Martini Madness in support of Crohn’s and Colitis tonight. Martini Madness has raised over $150,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis research to date, and in addition to funding research for the disease the fund also aids in improving the lives of children and adults living with Crohn’s and ulcerous Colitis. To enter to win two tickets to Martini Madness, send us an email with “Martini” in... | Continue reading article

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WuFest brings together all that is good in Ottawa

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AroarA. All photos courtesy of The Black Sheep Inn.AroarA. All photos courtesy of The Black Sheep Inn.

WuFest brings together all that is good in Ottawa. No, unfortunately it doesn’t celebrate the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, but it does bring together some of Canada’s (untapped) talent in a celebration of creativity — specifically the musical and photographic kind. Ming Wu is the prolific and omnipresent concert photographer who has been snapping away at whatever interesting cultural events Ottawa has hosted since 2008. He also serves as one of the main driving forces behind the weekend-long WuFest. Along with The Black Sheep Inn, Ottawa Showbox, CHUO 89.1 FM, and... | Continue reading article

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One million new trees for Ottawa

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Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa could be looking a lot greener in the years to come, or at least it will if Tree Ottawa gets its way. This local, community-based initiative is the brain-child of Ecology Ottawa, and has set itself the lofty goal of having 1 million new trees planted within Ottawa’s city limits before Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Beyond this goal, Tree Ottawa is looking to engage with YOU, and every other member of the Ottawa community. The organization has set itself up around three fundamental pillars: to Protect, Plant, and... | Continue reading article

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Nonprofit Band brings reinvented rock ‘n roll to Ottawa

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All images from thenonprofitband.com.All images from thenonprofitband.com.

Allow me to introduce you to Nonprofit Band, the musical group who have reinvented rock ‘n roll music. How could they have possibly done this? Easy. There’s no electric guitar to be found in their work. Instead, they employ a violin, plugged into an amplifier, and utilize pedal effects to add different textures to the music. Nonprofit Band, founded by international violinist Michael Greilsammer, has gone beyond the sonic to redefine rock ‘n roll music. Whereas this genre generally summons the idea of the prototypical ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n... | Continue reading article

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Come see the hypnotic steps of Israel’s L-E-V

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Photo by Christopher Duggan courtesy of the NACPhoto by Christopher Duggan courtesy of the NAC

Jerusalem-born Sharon Eyal can be considered among the top dancers to have come out of Israel. Born in 1971, the talented performer danced with the internationally acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 to 2008.  She also served as the company’s associate artistic director from 2005-2012 and house choreographer from 2005 to 2012. After more than two decades with the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva, Eyal launched her own dance company L-E-V in 2013 with her longtime collaborator Gai Behar. Meaning “heart” in Hebrew, L-E-V performs this evening at the National Arts Centre for a one-night... | Continue reading article

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