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Weekend roundup: How to stay warm edition

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Photo of Sunfields courtesy their website.Photo of Sunfields courtesy their website.

Even though the temperatures are set to warm up ever so slightly this weekend, we know you might still feel the winter chill. So here are our top five ways to stay warm this weekend: 1. Go dancing! We all know it’s a great way to heat up the night – a little samba, a bit of funk and vintage reggae… Plus regular DJs at Zaphod’s, Babylon and the Mercury Lounge. Want some art mixed in with your beats? Head to Transmit on Friday. You can also kick up your heels with... | Continue reading article

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The Café Alt Concert Series features local (and not-so-local) treasures

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Photo Courtesy of Jared DavidsonPhoto Courtesy of Jared Davidson

Every day, a kazillion University of Ottawa students walk by Simard Hall, eyes forward, headphones on. Being a student is a tough gig, and each of them has numerous things to focus on, like not getting hit by that car at the cross walk or figuring out where the heck CUBE building is. Some will soldier on, fighting through the crowds and against the cold winds, while others will take refuge in Simard Hall’s basement, in Café Alt, the university’s only student run food vendor. The small café has become... | Continue reading article

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Our proposed name for Ottawa’s new CFL team

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A couple of weeks ago, we heard that the OSEG is contemplating the name Red Blacks for Ottawa’s future CFL team. However, it doesn’t look like residents support the proposition. A recent Ottawa Citizen Internet survey asked readers if Ottawa Red Blacks is a good name for the city’s new CFL team? An overwhelming majority, 91%, disapproved. Over 3,700 participated in the survey. The Ottawa Sun also solicited its readership to see what they thought of the potential name. Similar results from the Citizen’s questionnaire emerged, with 82% disliking it. Roughly 1,800 surfers voted. I have my... | Continue reading article

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Anna Frlan’s Interbellum: wartime steel

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All photos courtesy of Alejandro BustosAll photos courtesy of Alejandro Bustos

Anna Frlan’s current exhibit at the Ottawa School of Art is the best show that I have seen by a local artist. Comprising five steel sculptures, the exhibit Interbellum at the schools’ main gallery at 35 George Street is simply brilliant. An Ottawa-native whose parents came to Canada from Croatia following World War II, Frlan heard numerous stories about war while growing up. This background forms the seed of Interbellum, a word which describes the period between the First and Second World Wars. The spark that led her to create... | Continue reading article

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Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box an adventure

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Post by Laura Freitag In the middle of Carmen Aguirre’s Blue Box she advises, “When one is on an adventure, one must see it through to the end.”  Aguirre has not simply lived her adventures; she compelled them into existence. Blue Box is an hour and a half long one-woman show performed by a revolutionary-witch-lover-prophet-comedienne, Carmen Aguirre. The autobiographical play takes the form of interwoven tales. The several stories centre upon participating in the resistance movement against Pinochet in Chile and falling in love with a real Chicano Hollywood actor who has “a really... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.

It’s back to being chilly, which has all of the skaters in the city crossing their fingers and hoping that the canal will open soon… For those of you needing a bit of extra warmth, while Winternude sounds like a very cold activity, it’s gonna be hot. Local band Good2Go will be at the Atomic Rooster tomorrow night, while down at Raw Sugar there’s a fundraiser/party for the Ottawa Rock Lottery, featuring Zoo Legacy, a screening of the ORL documentary, and a DJ dance party. Also in fundraisers, the Carleton... | Continue reading article

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An interview with Wes Marskell of The Darcys

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Photo provided by the band.Photo provided by the band.

Fans of Arts & Crafts records will want to catch the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival on February 2, when Toronto’s The Darcys team up with Montreal’s Pawa Up First at the University of Ottawa’s Academic Hall. Let’s make sure we give them a warm welcome Ottawa, because both of these bands will be traveling long distances on treacherous winter roads to bring you some sweet sweet sounds. I recently had the chance to connect with Wes Marskell from The Darcys by phone, and we had a great chat that covered... | Continue reading article

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Scary Bear Soundtrack launches new music video, takes two year hiatus

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Usually ‘rock star’ and ‘human rights lawyer’ aren’t two vocations you’d think would go together. The former involves lots of tireless practice, touring, performances, and maybe the odd trashed hotel room. The latter involves representing people in cases of poverty, racial and sexual discrimination and domestic abuse, and, if your name is Gloria Guns, going to court in your longjohns. Guns, the frontwoman of Ottawa band Scary Bear Soundtrack, will be leaving at the end of the month to spend two years in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, practicing human rights law... | Continue reading article

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The Amalgamation gears up for new album release

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Blasting from beat-up antique speakers hooked up to a wobbly turntable in a smoky bar – the ideal listening situation for a band like The Amalgamation. Timmins-conceived and Ottawa-based, the band currently consists of two men who know the meaning of rock, Jeff Bertrand and Brad Martel. Their sound is sometimes described in line with a Dinosaur Jr. or a Black Keys vibe: loud guitar licks with a funky backbeat. After a Bluesfest performance last summer, the band settled down to record their second full length album. Due out in the... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: NHL’s back, save yourself from the flu, condos in New Edinburgh and more!

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The NHL lockout is finally over and the Sens, like many other teams, have promo-galore to entice fans back to Scotiabank Place. “Among the offerings to the fans is free parking on opening night, free admission to kids 14 years of age and younger in four of the first 10 home games, $1 popcorn and pop in seven of the first 10 games and half price merchandise up until the end of opening night at home.” Will the love of the game, or the special treats see you go back... | Continue reading article

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