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Massive production of Handel’s Messiah promises to light up the NAC stage

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Some Christmas traditions are indispensable.  Dance lovers take an annual pilgrimage each December to see The Nutcracker.   If you are a bookworm, movie buff and/or TV watcher, you likely have celebrated at least one holiday season with A Christmas Carol, whether through the original novel or one of its numerous adaptations. For music lovers, Handel’s Messiah is a must during this time of year.  Written in 1741 in just over three weeks, this musical masterpiece is considered by some to be the greatest oratorio ever composed. This amazing work will be on full... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819: 4 bands, 4 salutations au soleil

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Lancement de la programmation de Scène 1425 Fallait être là samedi soir dernier. Le lancement de la programmation hiver-printemps de Scène 1425 Gatineau a généré tout un flot d’émotions musicales dans la salle Jean Despréz. Pour souligner l’événement, deux bands surprises ont fait trembler les planches. Jason Bajada a introduit le spectacle avec chaleur. La transition vers le français est définitivement une excellente décision. Le résultat des mes bêtises est un album à propager à tout vent. Musique séductrice. Folk, pop, parfois un peu même country, Bajada maîtrise sa musique.... | Continue reading article

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Your guide to the best wintery songs by Ottawa musicians

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This post comes to us from artist consultant Samantha Everts of YouRockRed. The snowy weather is upon us and artists all around this fair city use it to their advantage for beautiful visuals in their videos, even when they shoot outdoors in sub-zero temperatures dressed in beach wear only! Some artists altogether threaten to leave for warmer weather and others achieve bone-chilling quality in their vocals. Grab a hot chocolate and settle in for my winter-themed list of videos by great local bands doing more than building snowmen. White Wires: Let’s... | Continue reading article

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MusicOntario presents: Mo’ money, less problems or making a living from playing music

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If you’re a musician based in Ontario, you may have heard about MusicOntario over the last year or so. The Toronto-based organization was created in October 2012 to help artists and music companies reach their professional, creative, and personal goals. MusicOntario has made efforts to take the show on the road to provide workshops and networking events throughout the province. On December 12th at Hub Ottawa, they are bringing together a panel of musicians, labels and industry folk to discuss the all important question: “How can I make a living making... | Continue reading article

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Dog Day’s Fade Out makes for great moodie classic rock

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I recently had the pleasure of discovering some new music from a Canadian band hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dog Day‘s been around for almost a decade but I’m discovering them for the first time through the release of their latest album Fade Out. I am never really sure what to expect when listening to new music, but I will say that I enjoyed listening to Fade Out from start to finish. Some of the songs on the album have this throwback vibe to the days of The Guess Who and Neil Young. The album... | Continue reading article

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Bring your singing voice to the NAC’s production of The Sound of Music

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The cast of The Sound of Music. All photos by Andree Lanthier.The cast of The Sound of Music. All photos by Andree Lanthier.

Sometimes a reviewer has to reveal his/her biases, so I might as well do this up front. If a live performance moves and excites children, it’ll win me over. Children are a tough audience. Let down your guard and you lose them. Fast. I like to go to theatre for kids because performers have to be good to keep their attention. This production does just that. At intermission, I was surprised (and delighted) to see how many children were in the audience. They’d been quietly attentive throughout the first half.... | Continue reading article

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Ethan Claymore is delightful theatre for the Christmas season

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Sarah Finn (Teresa), Tim Oberholzer (Ethan) and Paul Rainville (Douglas) in Ethan Claymore. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Sarah Finn (Teresa), Tim Oberholzer (Ethan) and Paul Rainville (Douglas) in Ethan Claymore. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

At this time of year, most of us, whatever our religious beliefs, enjoy stories with messages of redemption and happy endings.   Charles Dickens knew what he was doing when he wrote A Christmas Carol, as did Frank Capra when he directed It’s a Wonderful Life.  And so did Canada’s prolific playwright Norm Foster when he penned Ethan Claymore, which is playing at The Gladstone until December 22. Ethan Claymore is a struggling egg farmer and amateur painter.  He’s been a bit of a recluse ever since his beloved wife... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Westboro wall murals, Ottawa firefighters

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

Over the past ten years the stretch of Richmond Road around Churchill Avenue has developed into one of the trendiest spots in Westboro and in all of Ottawa. One of the many great features that make this area so attractive and pedestrian-friendly are the wall murals that decorate the side facades of many of the buildings along Richmond Road. This week’s Gem is located on the south side of Richmond, right across from the MEC store. Painted by Shaun McInnis in 2006, the mural depicts firefighters in the line of... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Pop Expo offers endless fun for lovers of comics, science fiction and fantasy

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If you are a fan of comic books, and love a healthy dose of science fiction and fantasy, then the Ottawa Pop Expo this weekend offers many special treats. Taking place at the Ernst and Young Centre (4899 Uplands Dr), the two-day event will feature a wide range of exhibitors, as well as numerous special guests, including such luminaries as Howard Chaykin of American Flagg! fame, and Tony Moore who co-launched the comic book series The Walking Dead. Marco Rudy, who has worked on such projects as Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, will also be present.  In 2014, Rudy is teaming up... | Continue reading article

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Meredith Luce & The Mandates perform music from Creatures

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Meredith Luce’s latest album, Creatures, has taken two years to complete. Luce has been focused on other things. She got married last year and bought a 100-year-old farmhouse on a one-acre lot in Kemptville. Then a horseback riding accident left her with some time on her hands. “I had an opportunity to record at Gallery Studio with Dean Watson while recuperating from a concussion,” she explains. “The album is primarily made up of songs I just never had a chance to put on a record before.” The busy 25-year-old musician, graphic designer and... | Continue reading article

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