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Vinx brought one-man show to Zola’s

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Vinx, live at Zola's. All photos by Terry Steeves.Vinx, live at Zola's. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“Music is a language. It’s another facet of the way we communicate, only with more feeling and passion. Theory, notes, technicality…throw those out the window.” – Vinx Vincent De’Jon Parrette, more popularly known as Vinx, brought his one-man show to Ottawa’s beautiful Zola’s Restaurant this past Thursday night. He gave us a taste of his past and present repetoire which encompassed nuances of jazz, soul, pop, funk, and other worldly delights. This latest tour is in celebration of his newest effort, An American Crooner, set to have been released on... | Continue reading article

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Take me with you, Nick Everett | Mauno at Mugshots tonight!

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Mauno perform in a Sackville living room.Mauno perform in a Sackville living room.

Post by Sarah Patterson. Halifax/Sackville-based three piece, Mauno and fellow Haligonian minstrels, Vulva Culture (60s girl-group vocals on Quaaludes), are currently working their way west-ward on an eastern Canadian tour entitled “Rolling in the Creep.” They’re scheduled to play in Ottawa along with locals, Baberaham Lincoln on Tuesday Feb 17th at everyone’s favourite haunted jail chapel tavern, Mugshots.  Spearheaded by Nick Everett (Budon, Nick Everett & Everybody), Mauno comprises two other notable musicians as well, namely Halifax’s Eliza Niemi and Sackville staple, Evan Matthews (Mouthbreathers, Yellowteeth). Listening to the few... | Continue reading article

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The darkly funny Marion Bridge is on at The Gladstone

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From left: Cindy Beaton (Louise), Shawna Pasini (Theresa), Robin Guy (Agnes). Photo by Jennifer Scrivens, Resonate Photography.From left: Cindy Beaton (Louise), Shawna Pasini (Theresa), Robin Guy (Agnes). Photo by Jennifer Scrivens, Resonate Photography.

130 minutes (including one intermission) / Drama | Parental Guidance The striking first impression of this production is how good the casting is. Robin Guy, Shawna Pasini and Cindy Beaton are immediately believable as sisters Agnes, Theresa and Louise. The MacKeigan sisters (hard-drinking actress Agnes, teetotaling nun Theresa and television-addicted, unemployed Louise) are gathered in their maternal home to prepare for their mother’s impending death from lung cancer. While the three sisters shared a common nurture, nature has given them dramatically different personalities. Their differences, with each other and with... | Continue reading article

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Hub and Spoke connects the Ottawa arts community

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Photo courtesy of Justin Van Leeuwen from the Apartment613 Flickr PoolPhoto courtesy of Justin Van Leeuwen from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool

Hub Ottawa holds periodic events that bring together disparate parts of the Ottawa community to connect and support each other. The events can help build crossover audiences and can help organizers share ideas and best practices. The events feature short presentations from event leaders, Q&A and networking opportunities following. Megan Monafu, a local Ottawa facilitator and playwright, is organizing the next Hub and Spoke to coincide with the Undercurrents Festival, the contemporary performance festival that’s entering its 5th year. Megan was looking for a way to build interdisciplinary connections between... | Continue reading article

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Hunter, a four-piece blues-rock-psychedelic band from Ottawa, release EP

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Hunter. From left to right: Kevin (guitars, vocals), Micky (drums), Tetsuro (bass, backup vocals). Photo by Yulia Teryaeva Photography.Hunter. From left to right: Kevin (guitars, vocals), Micky (drums), Tetsuro (bass, backup vocals). Photo by Yulia Teryaeva Photography.

Sitting in what I can only imagine is called “ the white room” – I kid you not, it was a floor to ceiling white washed room made all the more incandescent by the white furniture and questionably off-white fur pillows – in Shopify, it seemed a fittingly odd place for my interview with the eclectic band members of Hunter. After a chance encounter last summer at a mutual friends birthday party, Mikhail Yuzicapi (Mick) approached two former Mudplots band members, bassist Tetsuro Takara (Tets) and singer-songwriter guitarist Kevin Ochal... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: #YOWHumanLibrary returns this Saturday

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A Metis Woman in conversation during a former Human Library experience in Ottawa.A Metis Woman in conversation during a former Human Library experience in Ottawa.

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. On February 21st, you can participate in one of the most unique library events: the Human Library. The fourth edition of the popular event will happen in library branches all across the Ottawa Gatineau area as for the first time, the Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau is joining in this event along with the Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Punch Up needs to be punched up

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Tim Walker (left) and Colin Munch in Punch Up. Photo by Zaiden.Tim Walker (left) and Colin Munch in Punch Up. Photo by Zaiden.

Theatre Brouhaha from Toronto pitches their creations as “theatre for the HBO generation” and as “pitch black comedy”. This play by writer/director Kat Sandler won both Best of Fest at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival and Patron’s Pick.  So I was expecting to laugh a lot at Punch Up.  But I didn’t.  Neither did my theatre/life companion, who is known for having one of the loudest most infectious laughs in Ottawa.  But others in the audience did laugh a great deal, even at the jokes which were not supposed to... | Continue reading article

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Get down and dance for a local fundraiser!

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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Dance DirectivePhoto courtesy of the Ottawa Dance Directive

Legendary soul singer James Brown knew how to put life in perspective.  ”The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing,” the father of funk once said. With this lovely thought in mind, let’s cue next week’s innovative fundraiser by the Ottawa Dance Directive that is scheduled for Saturday, February 21.  Taking place between 11 am to 5 pm, the charity event will consist of a day-long series of dance lessons. “You can buy a day pass for a flat fee of $45 and join any class during the day,... | Continue reading article

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Your child’s imagination will soar at NAC Family Day

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Photo courtesy of the NACPhoto courtesy of the NAC

For the fifth straight year, the National Arts Centre is putting on its annual NAC Family Day that will be filled with numerous children’s activities, games, special performances and baked treats. Taking place in the NAC lobby on Monday, February 16, the event will run from noon to 4 pm with the theme possible worlds – perspective and scale. “It’s all about playing with perspective and scale – twisted versions of reality,” says Judi Pearl, the Producer of NAC Family Day, when asked to explain the theme.  “We’re encouraging kids... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: The PepTides take Love + Hate to new heights

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Image courtesy of The Peptides.Image courtesy of The Peptides.

When remounting a Fringe show, most people just re-block the previous production to fit into a new space. Then they tweak a few weak lines in the script and wait for the tickets to sell. The PepTides ain’t most people. At last year’s Ottawa Fringe, cramming nine people onto the diminutive Mercury Lounge stage meant making some definite site-specific choices. When undercurrents offered them the opportunity to use the much bigger Arts Court Theatre, the PepTides asked themselves: “What can we do differently?” The answer was lots: costumes, hair styles,... | Continue reading article

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