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Mexican artists visit Ottawa to exhibit at La Petite Mort Gallery

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L-R : César López Catsuu, Ernesto Alva, Guillermo Trejo, Veronica Bape and Omar Arega Morales. Photo by: Guy BerubeL-R : César López Catsuu, Ernesto Alva, Guillermo Trejo, Veronica Bape and Omar Arega Morales. Photo by: Guy Berube

  I was in a taxi in Mexico City’s Centro Histórico. The streets were filled with people walking about, crossing the street at random. We turned off into a quieter section, with some corner stores and small food stands in the neighbourhood. I was on a mission to find  La Trampa Gráfica Contemporánea, a gallery and printing studio, in the Colegia de Las Vizcainas, in Mexico City. Guillermo Trejo, a print maker and instructor at the Ottawa School of Art, suggested that I visit his friend of many years Ernesto Alva, the gallery’s... | Continue reading article

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PechaKucha inspires in 6 minutes and 40 seconds

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Photo from pechakucha.org.Photo from pechakucha.org.

For anyone looking to get inspired to take on new projects now that it’s finally time to come out of hibernation, an upcoming event will bring together a wide array of local artists, organizers, and entrepreneurs to tell us about their work. PechaKucha (“chit-chat” in Japanese) nights were created in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for young creative professionals to meet and share ideas.  Each speaker shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each, and speaks over them, keeping their presentations to an MTV-generation-friendly six minutes and forty seconds each. ... | Continue reading article

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KABOOM! Thursday Open Mic & Jam

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The view from the stage at the Atomic Rooster. All photos by Terry Steeves.The view from the stage at the Atomic Rooster. All photos by Terry Steeves.

This is the third instalment of an in-depth look at the open mic/open jam experience…the musicians who attend them, the people that host them, and the venues that offer their stages for our local talent to shine. For complete listings in the Ottawa area, check out open mic scene. Welcome to the Atomic Rooster, located in the busy hub of Ottawa’s Centretown area on Bank St. just south of Somerset St….a moderately sized restaurant/bar featuring well prepared and presented pub-style fare, numerous draught beers from all over the world, and... | Continue reading article

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Tango Legends come to the NAC stage

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Photo by Oz Productions Photo by Oz Productions

The tango has always had a special place in my heart.  When I was a young boy, I was enthralled by family stories about how my grandfather in Chile danced this passionate baile, whose eroticism and sense of danger was intoxicating. Years later as a young man, I traveled to Argentina where I watched in awe regular people dance gorgeous tango in a public plaza.  One of my favourite souvenirs from this trip is a photograph of two women dancing the tango, as a sign overhead in Spanish reads, “If I... | Continue reading article

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch – A rocking good show

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Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

90 minutes (no intermission) | Rock Musical | Mature content including explicit sexual and coarse language. I approached this Vanity Project production with some trepidation. The last time I saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch was in another city where a professional rock singer and a punk band sold out every night of a 12 day run in a one of the roughest and seediest bars in town. I am pleased to say that Vanity definitely exceeded my expectations. If you like rock and roll and aren’t afraid of adult... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Zoo Legacy’s CRWD

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Zoo Legacy, one of the starts of the NCR’s hip hop scene, launched this video for their single CRWD this week. Their third video features their characteristic blend of rap and indie rock as well as some cameos by some well-known Ottawa locations. The band is currently running a kickstarter campaign to help them fund a trip to New York to record their next album with JUNO award-winning Canadian producer Gus Van Go (The Stills, Said the Whale, The Trews, Hollerado, etc.) and Steve Foley (Big Boi, Tyga). Check it... | Continue reading article

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Buck N’ Nice just sound like they are

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Post by Jared Davidson and Scott. “Rather than doing what people want, you take it outside, do what you want, and then make that what people want… if that makes any sense,” says SawBuck, gesturing with a french fry. We’re in a pool hall. It’s a Wednesday night. What he says does make sense, but I’ve got to supply some context: SawBuck, Ottawa rapper, has teamed up with another local music making enthusiast, DJ So Nice. They’re calling the project Buck N’ Nice. They’re kind of a hip hop super-group... | Continue reading article

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Mac DeMarco Our contributor talks music videos, rock and Salad Days

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Photo by Brad Elterman.Photo by Brad Elterman.

A couple of weeks ago I got the pleasure of interviewing Mac DeMarco. Even though some people may question his being vaulted to international stardumb, Mac’s music has seemed to strike an artistic vein within the populous and at the right time too. For me, he hit an artery connected to my heart and whatever is connected to me wanting to streak through the streets naked. Is Mac an auteur? Or does he place somewhere else on a spectrum of misrepresentation? Find out what he likes in music videos, rock,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: LAFF ticket giveaway

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On the set of Solo, playing Thursday night at the Latin American Film Festival.On the set of Solo, playing Thursday night at the Latin American Film Festival.

Looking to get your fill of Latin American film with free passes? Read on! Let’s break the weekend down by day. Thursday, kick things of with a fundraiser or two: the Ottawa BFA students are raising money for their year end show, the Lunenburg Pub is hosting one for autism research, and there’s a fundraiser featuring a few local bands and burlesque babes down at the Rainbow. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the A B Series down at the library, or catch the Uncooperatives at the Dominion. On Friday, The Wooden... | Continue reading article

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Ian Kelly pleased the crowd at the Shenkman last Friday

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Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

On Friday March 28th The Shenkman Arts Centre showcased the wonderful musical talent of Ian Kelly. I confess that going into the show I had no idea who Kelly was. This is rather a sad state of affairs on my part, given that Kelly not only has quite the following in French Canada, his sophomore album Speak Your Mind has been certified gold. With music and lyrics that remind me of a mix of the Counting Crows and Blue Rodeo, Ian Kelly was a very pleasant surprise from the moment... | Continue reading article

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