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Talkin’ wine, women and song with Royal Wood

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Okay, it’s still a few weeks until Royal Wood takes the stage at the National Arts Centre. But the Juno-nominated singer-songwriter made a brief pit stop in our city this week, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to chat with him about all sorts of stuff — like his most recent album We Were Born to Glory, his marriage to fellow Canadian musician Sarah Slean, and his recent endeavours in the world of wine-tasting. (When he’s not dominating the CBC airwaves, Wood’s taking sommelier courses, haven’t you heard.) What... | Continue reading article

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Leonard Cohen – a treat for the ears

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Photos courtesy of rparson86 on Flickr.Photos courtesy of rparson86 on Flickr.

By Marcel Chiasson Friday night Scotiabank Place had a treat beyond all expectations when Leonard Cohen and his excellent entourage engaged a packed house for over three hours. This included three encores, each longer than the last. The poetry of Cohen was the same as what we know & love, and the inimitable turn of phrase was ever present. What was striking was the showmanship, the inclusion of his players in many credits for great solos, and the clear appreciation for the audience, and for the beauty of women. The... | Continue reading article

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National Geographic goes ghetto at La Petite Mort Gallery

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Art work by Peter Shmelzer.Art work by Peter Shmelzer.

While continually transforming with the technological means of the times, the map has been always a tool that illustrates our desire to explore our surroundings. A map is never solely ornamental. From the earliest explorers to modern day road-trippers, the map stands as more than a guide to simply understanding the physical layout of an unknown territory; its presence is an invitation to continue the exploration of that which is foreign. This Friday at La Petite Mort Gallery, many artists will be exhibiting work exploring this theme of maps. We... | Continue reading article

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Crush Improv celebrates five years of professional make-believe

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These days, with so many things going on around us, how many of you have time to treat yourselves to a good laugh?  Well, you can begin by making plans to attend Crush Improv’s Fifth Anniversary Show this Friday at 8pm.  I’ll even pause a few moments while you call/text/email/holler-at/tweet that person you’re crushing on. Heck, contact your best friends and certainly contact your friends who have no idea what improv is. For those of you who don’t know much about improv, maybe it’ll help to hear from Al Connors... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What’s on your agenda for this weekend, Ottawa? Perhaps some burlesque with your usual Sunday brunch? Or a holiday food market like no other?A bit of improv? Or a classical Christmas concert, perhaps? If you’re looking to take in some art – or trying to find some for gifts – the Ottawa Art Gallery and Cube Gallery might have something for you, or Cyclelogik’s Holiday Sweat-ER in an art sale like no other (we’re talking food and DJing). Craft sales continue, too, with Craftalicious happening down in the Glebe on... | Continue reading article

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Make the trek to Kite Hill at Raw Sugar

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Photo by Brianna Greaves.Photo by Brianna Greaves.

Seeing that the holiday onslaught typically sends the live music scene into sputters and fits, you owe it to yourself to check out Kite Hill and friends at Raw Sugar this evening. If you haven’t heard of Kite Hill, it might be worth paying attention because they have some serious Cancon indie cred. Led by Ohbijou’s Ryan Carley, the band rounds itself out with Carley’s bandmate Anissa Hart, former Germans drummer Steve Lappano, Mika Posens of Forest City Lovers and more. The band credits their name to Tantramar, the farm... | Continue reading article

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Diamond Rings brings bolder sounds, new album to Ritual

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According to John O’Regan, the man behind Toronto’s Diamond Rings, his latest album Free Dimensional should translate well into a live setting. “I think a lot of this album is informed by my experience playing live,” says the Oshawa-raised O’Regan, who brings his indie-electronic sounds to Ottawa on Friday when he plays Ritual. O’Regan says he wanted the album—his second, after 2010’s critically acclaimed Special Affections—to both “sound great at home and on headphones” and in music clubs. “The beats hit a bit harder, and I think that there is an... | Continue reading article

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Jill Barber’s second set with the Ottawa Jazz Festival

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Jazz Festivals don’t just fund themselves! This week the Ottawa Jazz Festival is holding their annual fundraiser to help them pull together the resources they need to put on a great show next summer. This year’s event features Jill Barber, an Ottawa Jazz Festival veteran and lover of the capital. I spoke with Ms. Barber for a story before her show at the Jazz Fest last year and we thought it appropriate to reprint that story to get you in the mood for this week’s fundraiser. The show starts with appetizers at 6:30 at... | Continue reading article

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MediaStyle’s IdeaSpace: a soon-to-be creativity hotspot

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Downtown Ottawa will soon have a 3,000-square-feet location exclusively dedicated to creative projects. Called IdeaSpace, the site at 131 Bank Street is scheduled to open on February 1. The brainchild of the inventive folks at MediaStyle, a local digital public affairs agency, the site is meant to allow local residents to implement imaginative ideas. Possibilities could include, but are not limited to, month-long art shows, computer hacker nights, weeklong seminars, private parties, pop up restaurants, interesting weddings or a location for movie shoots. “What we have in store for the... | Continue reading article

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Pride and Prejudice: Blazingly Fast and Funny

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Photo courtesy of the NAC's websitePhoto courtesy of the NAC's website

I must confess to never having read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—not even the version with added zombies. I’ve somehow also missed the miniseries, any movies, and other stage adaptations. To be honest, I never really thought the story would interest me. Perhaps I, too, am a victim of that same malady of prejudice to which Austen makes Elizabeth Bennet susceptible in her most famous and enduring work. This adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, by Janet Munsil of Victoria, BC, is fast-paced and full of humour. Yes, it’s a love story, or... | Continue reading article

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