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Streetscape Memory Bank: A walk along O’Connor Street, from Somerset northwards

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Intersection of O'Connor and Laurier, looking north, ca. 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada, unless otherwise noted.Intersection of O'Connor and Laurier, looking north, ca. 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada, unless otherwise noted.

When we think of the Greber Plan, we tend to think of the bigger, more obvious things that were done to the city, such as the widening of Elgin Street or the ripping up of the railway lines out of the downtown area, or the creation of the Greenbelt. What is less well-known is Jacques Greber’s influence on what were once quieter north-south streets in the old urban core, and in particular, Metcalfe and O’Connor Streets. In his initial 1938 surveys, Greber considered Metcalfe or O’Connor as viable alternatives to... | Continue reading article

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Fast Romantics Are Coming to the Black Sheep Inn to Romance You

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Photo Credit: Richard YagutilovPhoto Credit: Richard Yagutilov

The Fast Romantics have been hankering to come to the National Capital Region and will do so this Thursday, December 19 when they play at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. After all, the band’s drummer Alan Reain hails from Ottawa, so it was about time. This group has already found success having played three tours, and many large festivals including Virgin Fest, SXSW, NXNW, and CMJ. They also won Spin Magazine’s “Free the Noise” competition where they were flown to New York City to perform in the temporarily rebuilt CBGB... | Continue reading article

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World renowned soprano Kathleen Battle to perform in fundraiser for CHEO / youth music

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Kathleen BattleKathleen Battle

Music lovers are in for a treat this Saturday when Kathleen Battle, one of the greatest soprano’s of her era, performs at the annual Christmas concert of the Chamber Players of Canada. A five-time Grammy award winner, Battle has a wide-ranging repertoire that covers three centuries worth of music, from the Baroque era to modern compositions. The performance on Saturday, December 21, is scheduled to take place at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church (355 Cooper), and is a fundraiser for both CHEO and initiatives by Music and Beyond to promote youth music. The concert programme will... | Continue reading article

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Let zines keep you warm this winter

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Maranda Elizabeth writes zines about how to create meaningful days while experiencing mental illnesses that they want to learn how to live with, not how to get rid of.Maranda Elizabeth writes zines about how to create meaningful days while experiencing mental illnesses that they want to learn how to live with, not how to get rid of.

When the days are short and the world outdoors is frozen and inhospitable, it can be hard to get motivated to do much other than lie in bed with some insalubrious snacks and a steady stream of Netflix. Three Toronto writers who will be reading in Ottawa on December 19th want to encourage us to try some other winter survival tactics, and talk about some of the ways that we can survive difficult times by caring for ourselves and taking part in our communities.  They also want to bring to... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The urban hunter

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

This week’s Gem is located in the heart of downtown, on the corner of Queen Street and Metcalfe. This may not be the typical place where you would expect to find a hunter armed with a bow-and-arrow taking aim at a deer, but that’s exactly the scene that’s depicted in this sculptural arrangement. The sculptural arrangement is located right across the street from the World Exchange Plaza, and is made up of two separate sculptures of a hunter, and a grazing deer, integrated into the surrounding landscaping.  It’s a very... | Continue reading article

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Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol comes to the NAC’s 4th stage

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John D. HustonJohn D. Huston

It wouldn’t be a proper Christmas without seeing a performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Lucky for local theatre fans, John D. Huston’s solo performance of this timeless story can be seen at the National Arts Centre’s 4th Stage on December 20 and 21. Huston (Charles Dickens) offers and loving and skillful reproduction of this famous tale.  Using nothing more than his voice and gestures, Dickens/Huston plays more than two dozen characters. You’ll be spellbound.  Moreover, as you can see by the image above, the talented actor bears an uncanny physical resemblance to Dickens.... | Continue reading article

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Lori Victor’s, How Would Mary Feel? at Wall Space Gallery

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All photos courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.All photos courtesy of Wall Space Gallery.

The first image that came to mind when I heard about Lori Victor’s latest installation, How Would Mary Feel? was an icon of the Virgin Mary. ‘Tis the season. The work, to be displayed at Wall Space Gallery until Dec. 29, is essentially a wall of derogatory words that have been used to disdainfully describe women for centuries. It is intended to generate discussions regarding women’s rights. According to the Artist Statement, each word is cross-stitched by hand using cotton embroidery thread on traditional “Aida” fabric, and framed individually, with... | Continue reading article

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RED HANDED art show – A must-see collection by Ottawa artists

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Photo by Daniel MartelockPhoto by Daniel Martelock

If you want to become acquainted with Ottawa-area artists, visiting the Red Handed art show at Cyclelogik at 1111A Wellington St West is a great place to start. Until December 25,  some 40 artists from the national capital are displaying their works with several intriguing pieces for sale. The vivacious and talented Andrea Stokes, an artist herself, has been curating the show for the last eight years. “I organize this show every year as a love-in for emerging and established local artists.  I usually allow space for a few artists... | Continue reading article

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Another Emily Pearlman play, another imaginary world | Collapsible by Mi Casa Theatre

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All photos by Cory Thibert.All photos by Cory Thibert.

In a world… where people have abandoned their decisions to a higher authority, what happens when there is no time to consult that authority? What will they do? What will be the consequences?  In a play heavy with blunt allegories, there is a danger of the play sinking under the weight of its own didacticism. One thing saves this production from that: the children of the New Edinburgh Community and Arts (NECTAR) Centre Youth Drama Program. These 5 to 10 year olds act as Greek Chorus in the play, as... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + a theatre ticket giveaway

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Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.

‘Tis the season for launch parties, apparently. Tonight Dann Oickle releases his new album Blitzkreig! down at the Mercury Lounge. Tomorrow, Oldam Brand kicks off its existence at IdeaSpace, displaying some of their unique fixtures and makings. Down on Elgin, the new Mags + Fags sister store Boogie and Birdie officially opens, with treats and deals galore. There are plenty of craft shows happening, if you’re still looking for unique handcrafted gifts. Urban Craft is Saturday down in the Glebe, while the Ottawa Farmers Market has a special holiday version.... | Continue reading article

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