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Video of the week: Up In My Head with Lesley Marshall

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Editor’s note: Lesley’s video was recently featured on Weird Canada, a site that connects and promotes creative musicians and artists across Canada. Post by Keltie Duncan. Paralleling the move from CD to vinyl with digital download, Ottawa artist and filmmaker Lesley Marshall brings us a VHS transfer, with digital download, of her multi-camera, multi-format recording of an August 16, 2012 Holy Cobras show at Babylon Nightclub. The authentic, gritty, tactile “home movie” quality of VHS taps into feelings of nostalgia and good-times-gone-by: a fitting tribute to these relocated Ottawa favourites. Like seeing... | Continue reading article

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Attention! Electrical charges and other vibrating pleasures spark up The Gladstone.

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Photo by Andrew Alexander. Left to right: Michelle LeBlanc as Annie, Sarah Finn as Sabrina Daldry and David Whiteley as Dr. Givings.Photo by Andrew Alexander. Left to right: Michelle LeBlanc as Annie, Sarah Finn as Sabrina Daldry and David Whiteley as Dr. Givings.

Picture this: You are sitting in The Gladstone  with your father watching a play about the early history of the vibrator.  Do you: a) feel awkward; b)  laugh at the unusual situation; or c) become captivated by the delightful show in front of you. After viewing the very funny and intriguing production of In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play), I can report that, yes, a play about vibrators can be great theatre, as well as being a fun evening out with a parent. Written by U.S.-born playwright Sarah Ruhl, In the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do this long weekend

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Kicking things off, we’ve got Chinatown Remixed all day Saturday. From jellyfish in cafe windows to a main stage o’ fun, you’ll want to be wandering Somerset Street from dawn til dusk. Don’t fret too much if you can’t make it – the exhibits will continue on for the next month. Tonight, Shannon Rose and the Thorns are out at the Black Sheep, with Whitebrow stopping by to play some tunes from their new album. Saturday night, it’s the Ottawa Rock Lottery – your chance to see Ottawa’s best musicians... | Continue reading article

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Bending over backwards: premiere of “Yogawoman” at the Mayfair Theatre

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Photo courtesy of John MacNab from the Apt613 flickr poolPhoto courtesy of John MacNab from the Apt613 flickr pool

Ottawans sure do love their yoga. Walk down Bank St. from Wellington to Gladstone and you’ll encounter more yoga studios than Bridgeheads. While the majority of practitioners do yoga for the physical health benefits, it’s well known toned muscles aren’t all you get from downward dog. Yogawoman is an award winning documentary that tells the inspiring stories of women whose lives have been changed by yoga. Why just women? Although you’d never guess going into a studio here in North America, traditionally yoga was developed for men. It was brought to the western world from India... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Rock Lottery marks five years of relatively unplanned musical collaboration

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Last year's Iron Bitch Face courtesy of Ottawa Rock Lottery.Last year's Iron Bitch Face courtesy of Ottawa Rock Lottery.

What is your musical fantasy? Does it involve copious amounts of liquid chocolate and a select Barenaked Ladies album? Or do you simply long to walk in the footsteps of a certain Liverpool quartet at the crossing at Abbey Road? (I could watch that webcam all day!) Or maybe you’re more the adventurous sort. Maybe you want to see what happens when numerous Ottawa bands swap members, create team of local supergroups, and put on a show. Well, that last fantasy will become a reality this weekend when the Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Roller disco in thirty seconds

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A short but sweet video by Michael Cumming that captures the vibe of the Roller Disco, an event held a few times a year by the Ottawa Roller Derby. The last one took place last week. Check back on their events page to see when the next mass 70s flashback will occur.

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Tour de blogosphere: Music blogs

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Photo by Active Steve courtesy of FlickrPhoto by Active Steve courtesy of Flickr

Recently we profiled two local photographers who chronicle Ottawa’s music scene.  In this week’s column, we expand our focus to include the numerous other music bloggers from the National Capital Region. Music Writers Most local bloggers probably don’t consider themselves to be journalists or writers in the strict sense of the word.  However, given that many music-related blogs contain interviews, previews of upcoming shows, reviews of new releases, insightful analysis and interesting bits of information, it is fair to say that many area bloggers are producing work that is comparable to... | Continue reading article

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The Goodluck Assembly versus Hurricane Sandy. Listen to their new EP to decide who won

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Band photo courtesy of The Goodluck AssemblyBand photo courtesy of The Goodluck Assembly

For many bands, recording an album requires the discipline to tune out distractions and focus on the music.  Local group The Goodluck Assembly, however, had to deal with this challenge in the extreme this past October, when they faced Hurricane Sandy, one of the most destructive  storms to ever hit the United States, head-on. “It looked like the zombie apocalypse had come,” recalls Mike Libbos, as he describes the band’s experience recording the EP Demonstrations in New York City. The band had completed about 75 per cent of the five-song album  and were starting their third... | Continue reading article

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Stand tall in solidarity with the Ottawa Stilt Union

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It’s been a season of labour unrest in Canada; first the teachers in Ontario, and then the prison guards in Alberta. Now the Ottawa Stilts Union is threatening to cause some ruckus. Yes, Ottawa has a Stilt Union, a theatre group that uses stilts, acrobatics and other forms of extreme physical action to tell their stories. They are planning their first fundraiser raiser, Karnival de Kleo, for this weekend. A number of subversive activities and planned, including stilt try-outs, acrobatics try-outs, a music station, a crafts table, a kissing booth, and a cash bar.... | Continue reading article

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Painting Signs with Mr. Sign: CreativeMornings and Maker brings Dave Arnold back to town

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Disclosure:  Author Sharif Virani is the co-organizer of CreativeMornings, a monthly speaker series and morning gathering of creative types. What does that mean? Who is this prodigal son of Oakville? Why is he known as Mr. Sign? Well, for those of you that have been either living under a rock or captivated by this past season of The Vampire Diaries (I’m not judging… and I’m a season behind so no spoilers please), Dave Arnold is Montreal-based visual artist best known for his unique Pop-Art. His aesthetic combines a modern sensibility with a penchant for... | Continue reading article

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