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Bowling & beer Big Lebowski style, dudes

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Still from The Big Lebowski.Still from The Big Lebowski.

Jean McLernon is the Executive Assistant / Event Planner for the Ottawa International Film Festival. On Saturday, June 14th join Beau’s Beer and the Ottawa International film Festival for The Big Lebowlski: A far out bowling and feature beer night. The event is a fundraiser for the Ottawa International Film Festival which runs later this fall in October, and is an opportunity for Beau’s to lead Ottawa into Ontario Craft Brew Week which kicks off on the 13th and runs until June 20th. The Ottawa International Film Festival is a... | Continue reading article

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aVibe fest delivers in its debut year

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A couple enjoying the music of the Slowcoasters. All photos by Terry Steeves.A couple enjoying the music of the Slowcoasters. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“Providing an environment where people can come together to celebrate great music, food & drink, art, culture, peace, and positive vibes.” The credo on the aVibe Music & Arts Festival website says it all. It delivered everything it set out to do in spades, in its debut year at the beautiful and massive Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa. The park is very centrally located on Heron Rd., and stretches from Riverside Dr. to the Rideau River. It’s known for its well groomed grassy rolling hills and fields, BBQ pits, picnic... | Continue reading article

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The Burden of Self Awareness premieres at the GCTC

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From left: Michael (Eric Coates), Phil (John Koensgen) and Lianne (Samantha Madely). All photos by Kenneth Ingram.From left: Michael (Eric Coates), Phil (John Koensgen) and Lianne (Samantha Madely). All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Over the course of 85 minutes (including one intermission) we follow a cast of five characters though a cascade of profanity, questionable ethics, infidelity, violence — even self-mutilation. The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) is ending its 2013-14 season with the world premiere of The Burden of Self Awareness, a dark comedy written by Canadian playwright George F. Walker. You can feel an excited energy in the theatre as ticket holders take their seats before the show. Some have been waiting a year for this moment, notably since the GCTC... | Continue reading article

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Canada’s independent music artists want a bigger slice of the apple pie.

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D'Ari Pouyat, lead singer of the band Nine Mile and show host of CIRAA's The New Indie podcast series. Photo from Nine Mile's Facebook Page.D'Ari Pouyat, lead singer of the band Nine Mile and show host of CIRAA's The New Indie podcast series. Photo from Nine Mile's Facebook Page.

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage is in the middle of a review of the Canadian music industry. On December 5, 2013, the committee moved to undertake the review in order to: a) inform Committee members of the details and impacts of the government support on Canadian music, as well as the creators and entrepreneurs who create and distribute music in Canada; b) determine how funding is allocated; c) to establish whether the government support is meeting the objectives laid out for it, and to make recommendations... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 4 juin :: Ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur la scène underground Ottawa-Gatineau!

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Figure emblématique de Jo Chapeau (via Facebook)Figure emblématique de Jo Chapeau (via Facebook)

Basement 819 vous épatera encore cette semaine avec son menu saisissant! Voici ce que vous retrouverez dans cette 18e édition de l’émission : Yeah! Une scène marginale dans la région! Oui, il y a bel et bien une scène éclatée, voire dissimulée dans les environs. Écoutez la voix d’un grand connaisseur, Jo Chapeau, nom qui fait office de marque de commerce pour cet organisateur passionné par les événements culturels. Il nous dévoile les secrets les mieux gardés pour découvrir une scène émergente locale et marginale. Parce que Jo Chapeau est... | Continue reading article

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From VICE to NXNE, Ottawa’s Christopher Roberts’ crazy journey

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While we love to showcase what’s great about Ottawa, we also like to write about Ottawans that have made it big outside of our Nation’s Capital. After all, it’s not everyday we get to speak to a man who brought the likes of Black Lips, Action Bronson and The Raveonettes to VICE Records. Christopher Roberts’ journey is pretty inspiring. We spoke to him about his new(ish) gig as Festival Director of NXNE, his crazy tale at VICE and of course, his Ottawa roots. Born in Arizona to a military family,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway

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The rain should clear up by the weekend, Ottawans, so plan on getting out and enjoying the sun! This week, we’re giving away tickets to Winchester Warm’s album launch – read on to find out how you can win. Summertime should perhaps be re-cast as weddingtime – ’tis the season of nuptials, showers and confetti. Victoire, Sparrow flowers and Heart Deco are joining forces tonight to present a bit of a different side of the wedding industry: with vintage dresses, jewelry and locally-designed flower arrangements, they’ll provide the perfect way... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The ruins in Gatineau Park

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All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

As someone that has grown up and lived in a city environment for most of his life, I often realize how deprived I am of nature and the outdoors. Although I spend a lot of time outdoors in the summer, I still feel that going for a jog or a bike ride along the canal is not exactly what I’m looking for. There’s nothing quite like the experience of leaving civilization behind and going for a hike to get away from all that city noise. This spring-time urge for outdoor... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 28 mai :: Kelp 20, Couch Assassin, nos nouveaux amis! Éric jubile-en-musique +++

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Basement 819 vous présente une autre semaine riche en culture-du-coin. Faites circuler librement, partagez allègrement! Notre sélection offficielle :: Kelp 20! Soyez de la partie les 30 et 31 mai pour souligner le vingtième anniversaire de la maison de disque d’Ottawa Kelp Records. L’occasion se veut grandiose. L’événement Kelp 20 regroupera les bands locaux suivants (et ce n’est qu’un échantillon!) : The Acorn, Jim Bryson, HILOTRONS, Chris Page. Ah! Et Tout le monde est invité ce vendredi soir pour vous réchauffer l’esprit au Pre-Game WarmUp Party au Avalon Studio. Couch... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Food preservation is on exhibit at The Farm

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Photo by Lily Pepper.Photo by Lily Pepper.

Until recently, food preservation was thought of as a dowdy and grandma-ish chore, if one thought about it at all. In recent years, however, canning and other food preservation techniques have gained a new prominence, less as a necessity for surviving harsh winters than as a trendy pastime. A new exhibit at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, which is part of the Experimental Farm, aims to situate this trend in a long history of food preservation. The exhibit is called “Food Preservation: The Science You Eat” (which doesn’t seem... | Continue reading article

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