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Upcoming NAC show Beyond the Railroad to shed light on black Canadian history

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Photo courtesy of Greg "Ritallin" Frankson.Photo courtesy of Greg "Ritallin" Frankson.

February is Black History month and the stories of Black Canadians are rich, but often remain untold or neglected in common historical discourse. Ottawa story-tellers Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson and Ruthanne Edward will shed light on the varied experiences of Black Canadians in Beyond the Railroad: Black History in Canada, this Thursday, February 21, at the National Art’s Centre’s 4th stage. Edward and Frankson’s show is intended to challenge assumptions and perceptions of Black Canadian history. As part of the Ottawa Storytellers, they will combine story-telling with singing to describe the experiences of Black Canadian men and women... | Continue reading article

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NAC’s Metamorphoses Misses the Mark

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Photo courtesy of the NACPhoto courtesy of the NAC

Wrapping up at the NAC this past weekend was Mary Zimmerman’s Tony-Award winning play, Metamorphoses.  The piece, which took place in a pool of water, is a playfully anachronistic take on Ovid’s classic tales. Zimmerman uses these classic myths to critique our contemporary world. Erysichthon’s tale of black comedy warns of the dangers of overconsumption. Baucis and Philemon’s story shows the importance of charity and humility.  The play weaves together poignant, humourous, and tragic tales to delight the audience. The staging of this production is inventively done through the use of two... | Continue reading article

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Yuri Bakker live at Cafe Alt

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Mr. Yuri Bakker, the man from Rotterdam and Uncle Sam, lays down his signature electro sound in this video from Valentines Day. He is releasing two free EPs by the end of the month, both of which sound heavenly. We’ll keep you up to date on that front. Yuri can be found at yuribakker.com, or @YuriBakker. The Cafe Alt Concert Series runs until March 22, and its next show is March 15th featuring John McKiel and Scattered Clouds. #cafealtseries Video courtesy of Joelle Guédon.

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Winterlude in images

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This post was sponsored by Samsung, who donated their new Samsung Galaxy camera to let our volunteers snap some pics and take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Ottawa’s marquee winter event. Winterlude comes but once a year, and when it comes it makes -15 weather almost tolerable. We started off by trekking down to Confederation Park on the first weekend of activities to discover a Confederation Park packed with people coming to see the traditional ice sculptures (I was pretty impressed the Alien-esque one!) as well as this... | Continue reading article

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Long Weekend Videos: The Elwins in a Garage

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In this video, me and the Elwins tour one of the underground parking garages at the university of Ottawa. Things get pretty serious, and I end up getting some real heartfelt sentiments out of them. But I guess Valentines Day does that to you, right? This is all part of the Cafe Alt Concert Series. The next show is on March 15th, and it features Scattered Clouds! Scattered Clouds?!  WOOO! @theelwins #cafealtseries

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Apres Snow: Vanier gets its 1960s groove back

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Photo Credits: DJ Mimi la Twisteuse; Steepletone Record player: steepletonerecordplayer.com; Bernard Chabert by Landi/EMIPhoto Credits: DJ Mimi la Twisteuse; Steepletone Record player: steepletonerecordplayer.com; Bernard Chabert by Landi/EMI

This post originally appeared on Vanier Now.  The jukeboxes may have been removed from Fontenelle years ago, but this Saturday (February 16), 1960s French pop is back. From the well-known to the obscure, Vanier-born DJ Mimi la Twisteuse is bringing her vinyl collection of French yé yé to Après-Snow at Fontenelle, an evening component of Vanier’s Winter Carnival. Having hosted the always packed monthly Franco-dance party Zoï Zoï in the mid 2000s at The Boat in Toronto, and now the co-host of Montreal’s weekly radio show MondoPQ, dedicated to French pop, rock and soul of... | Continue reading article

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Why hasn’t Ottawa heard of Michael Greilsammer?

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I went into my interview with Michael Greilsammer knowing nothing. I came out in absolute confusion. First of all, why hadn’t I heard of this guy? He’s famous in Israel; he’s won that country’s version of the Oscar (called the Ophir, if I recall correctly), and he makes some pretty exceptional music (for more evidence, see this little treat). Honestly, I was bewildered. And it really doesn’t seem like he’s all that well known outside of his home country, which is absolutely astounding. This guy has played with people like... | Continue reading article

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The Thinker and The Chucker: An outdoor curling tale

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Photos by Mike Reynolds.Photos by Mike Reynolds.

From February 8 to 10, 48 of the world’s best outdoor curlers (or at least 48 men who knew the event was taking place and were crazy enough to sign up), gathered at the Dalhousie Lake Curling Club for the 21st playing of the unofficial World Outdoor Curling Championships. Calling The Lake a curling club is akin to calling your driveway the Daytona International Speedway. What it is, however, is a warmish building, an hour and change from Ottawa by car,  that sits in front of a frozen body of water. And the snow is removed... | Continue reading article

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Playing with scale: Monumental work by Amy Thompson

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See Your West 1. Work by Amy Thompson.See Your West 1. Work by Amy Thompson.

Amy Thompson is back in town. After taking a road trip out west a few years ago, the Ottawa-based artist and illustrator has returned with two separate exhibitions, Monument and Bookish, at the Ottawa Art Gallery’s (OAG) Art Rental and Sales and town., respectively. Through collage and mixed media, Thompson’s latest work reconstructs vintage postcards, photographic plates, and other reference materials (including library index cards), that play with elements of scale and take pleasure in the details. I fell in love with Thompson’s work years ago, when she held a space at the... | Continue reading article

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Undercurrents (the art exhibit) opens at Fritzi Gallery

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Reincarnate Spectrum by Eric ChanReincarnate Spectrum by Eric Chan

The Lorraine Fritzi Gallery at the GCTC is a space dedicated to exploring the relationship between visual art and theatre. For each play that opens at the GCTC, an artist creates a body of work to reflect the story presented on the stage. Last Thursday was the vernissage of Undercurrents at the Fritzi, a companion exhibit to the theater festival of the same name. Artists Eric Chan (eepmon), Kristy Gordon, Karina Kraenzle, Zoe Hussey, Tony Clark and Betty Liang were each asked to interpret and illustrate a play from this festival.... | Continue reading article

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