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Tonight! Rideau Hall Movie Night

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Let’s face it – Augtober is bringing a lot of us down. It feels like the summer is ending too soon. Not so! There’s still plenty of life in the city and we’re just getting ready for the second half of the warm season. If you’re somewhat of a homebody like me, you’re probably looking for something more relaxing yet still social this Sunday. Look no more, and check out Rideau Hall Movie Nights put on by the Governor General David Johnston’s team to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the... | Continue reading article

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Find out about the Fall’s big events at the next Hub & Spoke

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It was over three years ago that we first participated in Hub & Spoke. Hosted by Hub Ottawa, the event enabled us to tell a group of local movers and shakers about what we did, what we were trying to achieve and how we wanted to get there. During the night we made important connections, without which we wouldn’t be where we are today. Both Hub Ottawa and Apt613 have come long way since then, but Hub & Spoke remains the place to showcase social and eco innovation and create... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 13 août 2014 :: Prestation live de Chloé Perrault de la formation Dogwood! Vivez l’art sur la rue Principale à Aylmer. Le Festival Arboretum s’active sur les deux côtés de la rive!

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L’équipe de Basement 819 s’élargit avec notre maintenant plus-si-nouveau-que-ça collaborateur Jo Chapeau. En juin dernier, il est venu nous présenter les dessous de la riche scène culturelle de la région. Nous l’avons adopté et imploré de revenir parmi nous! Il enrichira dorénavant l’émission avec des invités en prestation live et ce, chaque semaine. On est bouche bée et beaucoup trop contents! Première prestation LIVE :: Chloé Perrault / Dogwood Basement 819 | Entrevue Chloé Perrault / Dogwood by Basement819 on Mixcloud Festival de la Principale du 15 au 17 août... | Continue reading article

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Show your love for PDA Projects, Elgin Street’s new art gallery

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Elgin is set to join the Ottawa arts scene at last. PDA Projects, an inclusive workshop-driven gallery showcasing emerging Canadian artists, is opening on Elgin next to The Lieutenant’s Pump. The opening on Saturday, August 16th, runs from 6pm-10pm. Simply titled the “Grand Opening Group Show 2014,” it will feature selected artwork by the artists of PDA Projects: Anne Marie Dumouchel, Marc Knowles, Chrisopher Payne, Rah, and Zoltan Veetaete. PDA Projects is still looking for three more artists to join this roster, and the first official call for submissions will be... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Fevers by Melanie Broguet, courtesy the Fevers website.Photo of Fevers by Melanie Broguet, courtesy the Fevers website.

The rain isn’t sticking around for long, so there’s no excuse for missing a mini maker faire, a little treasures sale, a big wild challenge, or any of the other-sized events going on around town. There are myriad ways to tickle your funny bone this weekend, with My Summer Crush Improv heading into their three weeks of all comedy, all the time. Opening night is Thursday, followed by evening and late night shows all weekend long. Laughs for Animals is also happening this weekend, raising money for the Ottawa Humane Society.... | Continue reading article

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Pets and a garden party: The Ottawa Humane Society honours Chef Kurt Waldele

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Where can you pet a furry friend while munching on bites of five-star cuisine? Ottawa Humane Society’s (OHS) Summer Harvest Garden Party, of course! On Sunday, August 10, from 2:00 to 5:00pm, animal lovers gathered indoors and outdoors at Jean Pigott Place at City Hall for the organization’s 14th annual party, honoring the late Chef Kurt Waldele. Once hosted by Chef Waldele, the OHS has continued the tradition since his passing in 2009. Executive Chef for the National Arts Centre for over 30 years, the renowned Waldele was a great... | Continue reading article

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Crushing on improv

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Summer love is in the air and what are we crushing on? Improv. If you’re looking for somewhere to laugh your pants off with a beer in hand, look no further than the 3-week comedy series, My Summer Crush which opened at Arts Court  Tuesday, August 12th. Featuring some of the best improv, sketch comedy, late night, stand-up, music and beer in Canada, it’s no wonder My Summer Crush is back for another year, even bigger and better. Crush Improv core member, Al Connors shared the impressive growth of the... | Continue reading article

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Review: The Powergoats album release party rocks Zaphod’s

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Michelle Richards and Jamie Douglas performing "Spin The Globe". Photo by Terry Steeves.Michelle Richards and Jamie Douglas performing "Spin The Globe". Photo by Terry Steeves.

As a musician immersed in the Ottawa music scene for the past 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of not only connecting, networking, and sharing the stage with fellow colleagues in the field, but to now have the opportunity of bringing their passions, pursuits, and performances to the public forefront as a music writer. During this experience, one thing has become clear to me: Ottawa is home to a growing wealth of musical talent, whose efforts are given the chance to flourish with the continued support of live music venues... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Ruleta by Lido Pimienta

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Lido Pimienta. Live at EmpyFest in Sarnia. Photo from the artist's Facebook page.Lido Pimienta. Live at EmpyFest in Sarnia. Photo from the artist's Facebook page.

Lido Pimienta is simply badass. Her music is dark and energetic. Often described as experimental pop – she creates a sound that blends afro-Colombian rhythms with electronic beats, chanting traditions of her indigenous ancestry and analog synths. I’m taken in by her ethereal vocals and outspoken on-stage banter. She will make you dance while urging political upheaval and self-reflection. Recently she opened a set at Wavelength with an alternate version of “Oh Canada” that sparked a bit of “controversy” over her intense political statements about nationalism. Following that, here she... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Algebra

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Algebra is the directorial debut of Jith Paul, founder of Ottawa-based production company Treepot Media. The 11-minute film is a poetic short about a painter who is losing his sight and features local Ottawa talent in front of and behind the screen. Shot in Wakefield and downtown Ottawa in 2014, the film has just completed a festival tour with screenings in Toronto, Scotland and France. Here’s the film maker’s Jith Paul’s description of the project. I had the opportunity to see Terence Malik’s film “To the Wonder” at the Toronto International Film festival in 2012... | Continue reading article

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