There’s a lot to give thanks for, living in this city. Sure, there’s room for improvement, but all things considered? We’ve got it pretty good. So when you’re done indulging in an autumnal feast this weekend, head on out to enjoy the multitude of local events Ottawa’s got lined up. And if you want a chance to be extra thankful, head on down to the end of the post… First off, though, go vote! You can find all of the info on where you should head over here. For those... | Continue reading article
New visual arts contributor Jaenine Parkinson checks out the retrospective of Nova Scotia based conceptual artist David Askevold, opening at the National Gallery of Canada on October 7. While born and raised in the USA, David Askevold (1940-2008) spent most of his artistic career in Nova Scotia. He has been recognized as a pioneer in the development of conceptual video and photo-based art. The large scale retrospective exhibition David Askevold: Once Upon a Time in the East contains 39 works from key stages in his career. The first room of this... | Continue reading article
Ottawa, this is a very important notice. It is designed to launch you into a focused Decentralized Dance Party watch-and-prepare mode. We strongly advise that you take the following set of actions immediately: Bump “battery-powered ghettoblaster,” and “short sleeved orange blazer” to the very top of your garage-sale hunting list. Bookmark the Decentralized Dance Party’s (DDP) homepage, and “like” Tom and Gary’s Dynamic Dance Party Delivery Service on Facebook. Check these sites regularly for the official Ottawa DDP arrival date, and post it below if you see it before we... | Continue reading article
This weekend we’ve got plenty of chances to get some culture, Ottawa – and it’s not just because Culture Days will be all across the city all weekend long. We’ve also got 24 hours of comics, crafts, fashion galore, and beer. Okay, so beer might not fit your idea of ‘culture’, but we can guarantee that Oktoberfest will be jam-packed full of music, food and fair culture. Tonight, there’s the incredible, one-night-only Peking Opera Soirée, which promises to be stunning. On the other end of the music spectrum, the O-town... | Continue reading article
While the success of Beau’s Brewery has been driven by a great tasting brew with a charming brand, the team at Beau’s have also proven themselves adept at developing a community around their beer – and showing us all a great time while they’re at it. After a rough first start (when they ran out of food) Beau’s Oktoberfest has proven itself to be a great meeting of beer-lovers, food-lovers and the designated drivers willing to drive them back and forth to Vankleek Hill.
Peking Opera is coming to Ottawa this Thursday night – with a multilingual twist. Ottawa resident and actor/singer/dancer William Lau has put together a stunning array of traditional Peking Opera song and dance numbers, performed for one night only at the NAC Fourth Stage. The evening promises many things, including sword and lantern dances, with performances in Mandarin with English translation. Lau – the producer of the show as well as the principle actor – has been practicing Peking Opera for many years and sees this presentation as an opportunity... | Continue reading article
So it’s officially fall, and therefore officially harvest time. Which perfectly positions the O-town Hoedown music festival and – even though it’s next weekend, get your tickets! – Oktoberfest out in Vankleek Hill. A little closer to home, you can mark autumn by crushing grapes in Little Italy. However, if you can’t make it out to any harvest themed events, we’ve got the lowdown on all of the ways you can celebrate fall – or ping pong, for that matter. While you can enjoy the colours of the Gatineau Hills... | Continue reading article
Post by Kevin Soobrian While crowds swarmed to see the opening of the GCTC’s newest production, Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly, an equally enthusiastic crowd gathered for the vernissage upstairs in the Lorraine “Fritzi” Yale Gallery. For each production at the GCTC, a companion show is displayed at the Fritzi. The show is curated by Cube Gallery owner, Don Monet. For this performance, Meghan Myres was invited to contribute her own impressions of Amelia. What Myres produced on only 4 weeks notice is truly stunning. She has created several... | Continue reading article
House of PainT is probably my favourite grassroots event in Ottawa. Year after year, I’m amazed by the artists that take part and the diversity of people that come out to support it. HoP 2011 took place about a month ago. Michael Napiorkowski shared with us this video that captures marvelously the essence of the festival. Enjoy and try not to get dizzy watching the awesome b-boy moves!
Image via gaymusic.bandcamp.com Post by Megan Taylor Gay, a Toronto band on Pleasence Records, has only been around since the fall of 2009. But with countless shows and a couple of short vinyl albums under their belt, they’re already well-established in the Toronto indie scene. Venturing out into the wider world for the first time this weekend, Gay is coming to Ottawa’s own Raw Sugar Café tonight, September 18th. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for a long video Skype chat with Paul Erlichman, guitarist and vocalist for... | Continue reading article