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Video of the Week: Show Me Your Fears by Pony Girl

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Next month, Ottawa’s Pony Girl will be releasing Show Me Your Fears, an album that, if the video above is any indication, promises to be a harmonious and intricate offering of art-rock music. The video is a take-away show of the title track from the upcoming album, and it highlights the band’s talent for spinning beautiful soundscapes. It’s just one element of the album’s accompanying project, one that seeks to play up the art in art-rock: the band has recorded take-away shows like the one above for every song on... | Continue reading article

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Latin vibes and sunsets at the Bytown Museum

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Market Scene Figurines by Dona Josefina Aguilar, San Antonio Ocotlan, Oaxana. 1980s. Photo by Sanita FejzicMarket Scene Figurines by Dona Josefina Aguilar, San Antonio Ocotlan, Oaxana. 1980s. Photo by Sanita Fejzic

If the heat makes you wish you were sipping lemonade with your feet gently resting on the warm sand, the ocean waves marking the melody of summer and the wind carrying its salty waters all the way to your nostrils—then you may be daydreaming about Mexico. If you can’t make it down south, perhaps you’d enjoy the Bytown Museum’s latest exhibition, México Fantasico! Culture, Diplomacy and Community. A splendid array of colourful artifacts are presented, including vibrant textiles, clothing, masks and ceramics; all the typical handcrafts and folk art you... | Continue reading article

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Tall Tales at the Billings Estate: Storytelling and marshmallows by the fire

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Phil Nagy gives his take on the life of Thomas MacKay, head stone mason of what was the rough, rowdy town of Bytown. Photo by Jason Yung.Phil Nagy gives his take on the life of Thomas MacKay, head stone mason of what was the rough, rowdy town of Bytown. Photo by Jason Yung.

Do you like stories? Do you like campfires? Do you like marshmallows? Do you like stories based on local Ottawa historical figures? I said yes to the first three, and begrudgingly said OK to the fourth one. Tall Tales is a series of Friday evening campfire storytelling events put on by the Ottawa Storytellers that happens every Friday of August on the front lawn of the Billings Estate National Historic Site, the colonial-style mansion (turned museum) that was the home of the guy whom that Bridge along Bank St. is... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Lisa Griffiths, courtesy Erik Lind and the Orchard.Photo by Lisa Griffiths, courtesy Erik Lind and the Orchard.

Back to another lovely summer weekend – time to fill up that schedule! Friday night, get all kitted up in your favourite Star Wars themed costume and head to the Museum of Nature for Nature Nocturne – don’t worry about doing your hair, though, because they’ll have Princess Leia stylists on hand. Tonight, Babylon hosts Boombox Diaries, where DJs and musical guests will channel their favourite tunes through the classic portable music device. On Friday night White Ribs and Teenage Kicks bring some punk rock to town, Erik Lind and the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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For those of you looking to spice up your Thursday, head to the Elmdale Oyster House tonight for Shuck ‘n’ Strut – DJ Zattar will be spinning some funk and soul, and you can grab some tasty seafood in between dancing. Just to the east, there’ll be a vernissage for Zaneta Pernicova’s new exhibit at the Hintonburg Public House. Or you can catch Sarah Slean and a string quartet as part of Chamberfest down at St Brigid’s. Also in the market, the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa is hosting Spin... | Continue reading article

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Canadian virtuoso banjo player Jayme Stone set to play Ottawa’s Chamberfest

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Photo by Vanessa Heins courtesy of Pinwheel MusicPhoto by Vanessa Heins courtesy of Pinwheel Music

For classical music fans, Ottawa’s International Chamber Music Festival is a delicious summer  treat.  The two-week festival, which ends on August 8, offers a chance to hear a small army of fantastic musicians. Upcoming highlights include tonight’s show by Montreal’s Les Voix Baroques and La Rose des Vents, and the August 6 concert by Grammy-winning violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong. As one would expect, the festival includes the works of such famous composers as Beethoven, Shubert and Chopin.  Festival attendees, however, can also hear concerts by artists that do not fit the traditional mold of a chamber... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Downtown bird’s eye view, 1938

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All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada.All photos courtesy of Library and Archives, Canada.

Andrew Elliott is an archivist who by day works with the federal government and by night is a freelance historian who is interested in architectural heritage issues. Elliott has written for Blacklocks Reporter, the Glebe Report, and the Peterborough Examiner. He can be reached at ajg.elliott@utoronto.ca. This occasional column will take a look at Ottawa’s streetscapes, ca. 1938, and take note of a city at the crossroads of change. His motto was: “It can be done”. And invariably, when James B. Hunter said this, things were done. Hunter was one... | Continue reading article

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Guerilla Magazine celebrates return to print

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Photo courtesy of Tony Martins.Photo courtesy of Tony Martins.

Hundreds attended the launch of Guerilla 36 at Patrick Gordon Framing Studio on July 26th. “The event had incredible energy,” said Tony Martins, Guerilla’s editor and creative director. The evening that featured powerful artworks from Guillermo Trejo, Angelina McCormick, Drew Mosley, Anthony Tremmaglia, and Tina Picard, also celebrated Guerilla magazine’s return to print. “The event had a very interesting range of people, which is a hallmark of Guerilla events; being back in print has definitely caught people’s attention.” Founded in 2004, Guerilla magazine is an arts and ground level culture... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Does the Byward Market have a drinking problem?

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Photo courtesy of Ian Muttoo on flickr.Photo courtesy of Ian Muttoo on flickr.

Is the Byward Market a farmer’s market with a drinking problem, or a bar district with a vegetable problem?  The City of Ottawa thinks that these two aspects of the Market can coexist, but they’ll need a little help. On June 26th, Ottawa’s City Council approved a plan to revitalize the Byward Market by helping the area reconcile the competing halves of its identity: as a farmer’s market serving Ottawa residents and as a tourist-attracting bar and restaurant district.  The plan addresses concerns that the Market’s successful nightlife is undermining... | Continue reading article

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The Merry Wives of Windsor: Coming to a park near you

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Actors:  Katie Ryerson (Mistress Ford), Matthew John Lundvall (Falstaff). Photo by Andrew Alexander.Actors: Katie Ryerson (Mistress Ford), Matthew John Lundvall (Falstaff). Photo by Andrew Alexander.

As always, an enjoyable evening of the silly side of Shakespeare, plein air, with The Fools.  This production of Shakespeare’s comedy The Merry Wives of Windsor clips along at a fine pace, ably directed by Catriona Leger.  All the actors (save Matthew John Lundvall as Falstaff) play multiple roles, and do a fine job of differentiating their characters with rapid costume changes, vocal inflections and physical quirks.  Their clear articulation – a challenge in an outdoor setting with plentiful ambient noise – is much appreciated.  We are able to enjoy the bon... | Continue reading article

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