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Fringe Review: GET LOST jem rolls

By Julia Bueneman 55 minutes | Storytelling, Comedy, Solo | PG When was the last time you got lost or, better yet, lost yourself? Jem Rolls’s latest show is a fantastic reminder that when you are stagnant, you are stuck. A beautifully composed, captivating piece that is not only a commentary on the tourism industry […]

Fringe Review: Rideshares & Rope Swings

By Julia Bueneman 60 minutes | Comedy, Drama | PG Heartwarming, heart-wrenching, adorable and charming: Genevieve (Zoe Towne) and Reid (Matt Hertendy) have incredible onstage chemistry. Rapid-fire dialogue, hilarious one-liners, brilliant writing, and wonderfully elaborate characters: this is a show that has everything (and a little bit of unexpected more). Two strangers embark on a […]

Hops and Fodder: Community brunches for lasting change

Aaron Cayer, owner of Antique Skate Shop has been leading a movement for community-built-change in Ottawa under the banner “For Pivot’s Sake”. The goal of this initiative is to pay-it-forward by engaging youth to develop confidence, to get active and to get involved in their own communities. Hops & Fodder is one of For Pivot’s […]

Fringe Review: GARY

60 minutes |Comedy, Drama | Mature GARY defies description for a number of reasons. To give away too much of the plot would diminish the experience, for one thing. Explaining every detail of what happens would take nearly as long as the show itself — there’s a lot going on in just an hour, on […]

Fringe Review: Saor (Free)

60 minutes | Adventure, Comedy, Solo | Mature I’m sure I wasn’t the first person to see the title of this show and think “Huh? A free Fringe show? Sure, I’m down!” It’s not actually a free show, but that’s ok! Free is the direct translation of the Gaelic word “saor”, and the search for […]

Fringe Review: Victory for the Recycled Virgin

By David Currie 60 minutes | Solo, Drama | Mature If you like oddballs, you will love Victory for the Recycled Virgin. I don’t mean that pejoratively, Houston Robertson is a charming storyteller who has had a very unusual life to tell us about. This is not so much a show as a woman’s life […]

Fringe Review: The Red Shoes

By David Currie 40 minutes | Circus, Comedy, Drama | PG A performer comes out 10 minutes before the show opens to stretch. Anticipation builds as audience members try and find the perfect seat. Hopping from seat to seat like eager children, I empathize with them the lead-up to this show is exhilarating. As a green-clad woman, […]

Fringe Review: Fringe Late Night

By David Currie After a seeing two shows, and having a couple of drinks of at the beer tent I walked over to check out the “season premiere” of Fringe Late Night. Now, there are very few things in heaven or on earth that I love as much as a variety show – so this […]

More Jazz Festival picks to check out this week

Last week, we featured Jazz Festival picks from our writer Leah Geller.  This week, another contributor weighs in with shows he thinks are not to be missed.  It just goes to show, the Ottawa Jazz Festival has something for everyone. The TD Ottawa Jazz Festival has once again done a commendable job putting together a lineup […]

NAC’s Crossroads brings collaborators together across genres

After a swinging first year, Petr Cancura’s Crossroads series returns to the NAC in the new season with a fresh slate of songwriters lined up for a journey into jazz. The three shows recently announced feature Kathleen Edwards, Lynne Hanson and Justin Rutledge, all fine storytellers with a rootsy bent. A fourth Ottawa singer-songwriter will […]

Marc Adornato has some bad news for you

Marc Adornato’s “I’ve Got Some Bad News” is a show intended to inundate. The artist is a long time lover and critic of the media’s coverage of social issues and he is here to inform us of the consequences of our apathy, albeit in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. When you walk into the […]

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