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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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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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Portraits of an Artist – Claude Marquis Returns to the Canvas

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Photo courtesy of Claude MarquisPhoto courtesy of Claude Marquis

For the people who comprise his community of supporters – friends, fans, peers, patrons – the question has lingered whether local artist Claude Marquis would ever paint again. His star had been on the rise from the mid-90s to the early ‘00s, so it came as a surprise when sometime after his critically-acclaimed “Nature Boy” show at Galerie Montcalm in 2003, he stopped. The artist swapped his brushes for recording software and went about breathing life into a catalogue of some 100+ original songs that he’d quietly amassed since youth.... | Continue reading article

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Videos of the Week: Winners of the Teen Tech Video Awards

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The Ottawa Public Library recently announced the winners of the third annual Teen Tech Week Video Contest.  Teens aged 13 to 18 were invited to create a one-minute video about their favourite book. The video could be a book trailer, parody, review, dramatization of their favourite scene, or anything related to their book of choice.  Below are the top three videos. 1st Place: (Curious George Rides a Bike).  Directed by Zachary Spence, a graduate of Canterbury High School, and starring his two friends, Max Spence and Ryan Graves. 2ndPlace: (Silver Wing).  Directed... | Continue reading article

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Why southerners should catch a glimpse of Arctic life at Northern Scene

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Former Ottawa resident Gloria Song is a lawyer practicing in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. She also keeps a blog about life in the far north.  Even though Nunavut is a Canadian territory, living in the Arctic can feel like a foreign country or another planet. Soon after my partner and I got married, we left Ottawa to start up a new life in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Since then, one of the things that I’ve fallen in love with here is the local arts culture. Even though all of the communities in... | Continue reading article

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