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Chocolate Hot Pockets release Chocolate Dreamz at Ritual tomorrow

One of Ottawa’s slinkiest, stankiest and bodaciously-bopping quartets The Chocolate Hot Pockets  is funking up Ritual on Saturday eve with the CD Release  of  Chocolate Dreamz. We dove in the goo-pocket with the forever-phat Alex Moxon to gab about their project. Apt613: Let’s dig into the Cacao of the Chocolate Hot Pockets. It says on […]

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Ridin’ with Memetic from Rideau2Richmond

You might know DJ Memetic from Timekode, possibly the best, and definitely the sweatiest, dance party in Ottawa. The not-so-hidden gem has been rocking eager crowds every month for ten years now. Now Memetic is releasing his ambitious debut album, Rideau2Richmond, a 28-track double LP concept album based on the OC Transpo #2 route. Using […]

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Historica Canada’s Heritage Minutes a Blast from the Past

Photos and article by Christopher Ryan “I can smell burnt toast!” “But I need these baskets back.” “Nice women don’t. want. the vote.” Mention any of these lines to a person of a certain age and you’ll likely find yourself with a willing and enthusiastic partner on a lengthy nostalgia trip. Now under the wing […]

Boogat. Photo by Carlos Guerra, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Summer sun and Boogat’s beats

The sun is shining something fierce as I bike over to the NAC to meet up with Boogat, the Montreal-based hip-hop artist who has recently released his latest album Neo-Reconquista and who will be performing the venue this upcoming Friday.  Walking with Boogat to the NAC’s café, where we’ll sit by the canal for a […]

Photo of John Antoniuk and Jen Lane by Borja

Jen & John bring their beautiful duets to Raw Sugar Cafe

Sometimes the best artistic collaborations arise from love.  In the case of married couple-cum-musical partners John Antoniuk and Jen Lane this is clearly the case. While both have successful solo careers, the Saskatoon-based duo released last year Jen & John, a seven-song album comprised of five originals and two covers.  With rich vocal harmonies, soothing melodies and […]

Photo by Rosalie O'Connor

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to perform at NAC + tix giveaway

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the performance this Saturday, May 23, by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the National Arts Centre.  To enter, email by noon Thursday, May 21, with the subject line “Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – Contest”.  A winner will be picked by random draw and notified […]

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Ottawa composer Colin Mack debuts violin concerto

Colin Mack has an impressive musical resume.  In addition to composing numerous chamber music works, he has also written — among other things  — a symphonic poem for orchestra, film scores for two short documentaries, and a choral anthem. What the Ottawa-born composer had never done until recently, however, was create a concerto. This will change on Friday when […]

Geoff McBride, Catriona Leger and Brad Long in George F. Walker's, The End of Civilization. All photos by Julie Le Gal.

End of Civilization: A terrific Ottawa premiere at The Gladstone

Either you love Toronto playwright George F. Walker’s gritty dramas with their oh-so-dysfunctional characters or you hate his pitch-black works littered with f-bombs, guns and booze.  Personally, I can’t get enough – there aren’t many other writers who explore the underbelly of Canadian society with so much empathy.  And humour. So I was thrilled that […]

Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Be part of le pARTy and support local art(y)

If you’ve ever been inside a local bookstore, bar, coffee-shop…anywhere really in town that’s embracing the ‘local’ mentality you’ll likely have seen local artists’ work on display and, just as likely, up for sale.  Chances are that if you’re anything like me you’ve fallen for a piece but then seeing the price tag quickly dismissed […]

Melissa McClelland singing through her telephone effect mic. All photos by Terry Steeves.

An engaging evening of orchestral enchantment

A drum kit, a collection of guitars and amps, bass, keyboards, and a series of mics on stands, stood in a tight formation in the center of the NAC’S Theatre stage. Naturally, one would have thought such a set-up was to be manned by several band members, but instead, a man and woman emerged from […]