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Capital Chamber Choir promises evening filled with beautiful music

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Photo of Capital Chamber Choir by Diana LamPhoto of Capital Chamber Choir by Diana Lam

The National Capital Region is teeming with musical talent.  This is particularly true for choral music, as our region is blessed with numerous troupes who perform beautiful repertoires. One exciting group is the Capital Chamber Choir, a 24-person ensemble formed four years ago that focuses primarily on Canadian choral music, including the works of contemporary Ottawa-based composers.  The group will be performing this coming Friday, December 6, at the Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin). “We have evolved quite a bit since 2009,” says Cait Hurcomb, general manager of the Capital Chamber... | Continue reading article

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Trevor Finlay: Live and unplugged

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All photos by Terry Steeves.All photos by Terry Steeves.

From the first time I met guitarist/singer/songwriter Trevor Finlay and watched him perform on the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest stage last summer, I was hooked. From his searing blues solos to some serious chicken-plucking frenziness, Trevor has developed a unique style since the start of his musical journey at just nine years of age. I caught our Ottawa native this past Friday night at the Byward Market’s landmark venue, The Rainbow Bistro, who recently celebrated their 29th year in business. Trevor answered the call of Nashville a few years ago, where... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Mechanicsville Church

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

This week’s piece is for all the Presto-wielding commuters out there that hop on the back of a 95 every morning to get to school or work. If you’re going anywhere in morning rush hour, odds are you will be standing when you get on that bus. And as you chug along the Transitway heading towards downtown, while trying to avoid being sandwiched by bulging backpacks and puffy winter jackets, your typical escape is either a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, a Metro paper, or the view outside your bus. If... | Continue reading article

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Award-winning Canadian comedy lights up the GCTC stage

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Left to right: Zach Counsil, Pippa Leslie, Margo MacDonald, Sascha Cole and Geoff McBride.  Photo by GCTC Andrew Alexander.Left to right: Zach Counsil, Pippa Leslie, Margo MacDonald, Sascha Cole and Geoff McBride. Photo by GCTC Andrew Alexander.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is a triumph of Canadian theatre.  First premiering in 1988, this brilliant comedy won playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald the Governor General’s Award as well as other prizes. Playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until December 15, this work is proof that intellectually challenging plays can be a crowd-pleaser. For those not familiar with the story, it revolves around Constance Ledbelly, a timid junior English professor at Queen’s University who is working on her doctoral thesis.  Constance speculates that William Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet were originally comedies, and that they... | Continue reading article

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Crosss my heart and read my tarot

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Ottawa band Bonnie Doon reads Crosss tarot cards unveiling mystic musical truths: On travelling about the Canadian music community this summer I crossed paths with Andy March, Ryan Allen and Nathan Doucet of Crosss (pronounced Crosses) on many legs of their various tours. The first time was here in my hometown of Ottawa at Pressed for a Bruised Tongue showcase. The second was during the freak flooding of Calgary, the third in the farm fields of Sackville and the fourth at Pop Montreal. Crossss released their debut full length LP... | Continue reading article

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SPAIN Arts & culture: l’Odyssée de la culture espagnole au Canada

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Propos recueillis par Mariette Delevallée. Depuis le 14 novembre dernier, la Bibliothèque des Archives accueille le 28ème Festival du Film de l’Union Européenne. Pour sa dernière fin de semaine, trois opus sont projetés, mettant l’Espagne, la Lettonie, la Grèce, la Belgique et les Pays Bas au premier plan. >Une occasion opportune de découvrir le travail des agents culturels des Ambassades qui travaillent à faire rayonner leurs artistes et leurs œuvres à travers le Canada. Paloma Linés Gomez, Agent des projets culturels à l’Ambassade d’Espagne d’Ottawa, présente son travail à BMT 819.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Stephen Harper The Musical ticket giveaway

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Idle Hands Craft Sale will feature the work of Diane Bond (pictured here) and other artists on Sunday.Idle Hands Craft Sale will feature the work of Diane Bond (pictured here) and other artists on Sunday.

Well, folks, we’ve just about made it to the end of Support Local month. More than 70 events and 150 artists, musicians, restaurants and shops filled November up with creative collaborations and events. There are still a few more, though, to pack in before the month winds up: tonight, 25One Community celebrates their first anniversary, while Goods, a shop-within-a-shop at Victoire’s West Wellington location, kicks off tonight. Tomorrow, mark Black Friday in style with two shop local versions – one at terra20, and at the shops along Dalhousie. That same... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Moonlit Picnic by Little Miss Higgins and The Winnipeg Five

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Moving here from Regina some years ago was a pretty easy transition. Like most government towns across the country, people seem to behave similarly. There’s a kind of courtesy you don’t find in other cities that felt like home when I arrived. Plus there was an added bonus: stuff actually happens here. A welcome change to be sure. But don’t get me wrong, I still consider myself a prairie girl at heart. And even after eight years I still miss three things: the sun (it doesn’t quit year-round – no... | Continue reading article

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Young local dancers to perform in The Nutcracker with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

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Left to Right: Natasha Klemen, Hailey Duncan, Chloe O’Malley, Samantha Belliveau and Santina DeMarinis.  Photo by Apartment613.Left to Right: Natasha Klemen, Hailey Duncan, Chloe O’Malley, Samantha Belliveau and Santina DeMarinis. Photo by Apartment613.

The Nutcracker is arguably the most famous ballet ever composed.  Premiering in 1892, this lovely Christmas story has captured the hearts of millions, and in the process become an annual tradition around the holiday season. This year the internationally renowned Winnipeg Royal Ballet performs this timeless classic at the National Arts Centre from December 4-8. In advance of this highly anticipated show, Apartment613 decided to do something a little different.  Rather than interviewing the principal dancers, we opted instead to go backstage and speak with some local ballerinas who were... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The market courtyards

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

Ask any local resident what’s the one place in Ottawa that you absolutely have to visit when you’re in town. Nine times out of ten, the answer you’ll get is the Byward Market. While there are a ton of other great spots in Ottawa, there’s no denying that the busiest and most well-known area of the city is the Market. Though not so much of a landmark or icon as Parliament Hill, it packs all of the urban necessities. From shopping at the Rideau Centre, to its restaurants, bars, art... | Continue reading article

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