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Rae Spoon on self-care, mentorship, and touring while trans

Rae Spoon’s new album, Armour, comes out today.  Their cross-Canada tour in support of it will be coming to Ottawa on Friday, February 26th.  We chatted with them by phone about the album, the tour, and Ottawa. Rae Spoon has released 8 albums, two books, and an autobiographical documentary, and their work often reflects intensely personal […]

Photo courtesy of undercurrents Theatre Festival.

undercurrents: Listen to Me tries its hand at speed-dating

Listen To Me is speed dating as theatre, with the stated goal of attempting to tear people away from their phones long enough to make a genuine face to face connection with another human.  In the Arts Court Studio, a total of eight ticket holders per performance are given a name tag and assigned a […]

Photo by flickr user emrold, from the Apt613 flickr pool.

Quoi faire ce weekend: What to totally not do in Ottawa this weekend

You’re staying in this weekend? Okay, cool. No, I mean it, I’m checking out. It’s more frigid than Stephen Harper’s heart. There’s nothing that could beat rewatching Friends or cycling between Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in a continuous boredom feedback loop. Zero. Zip. Nada. It’s not like six of the city’s most flavourful restaurants are […]

Blak Denim, one of the artists featured in the 2015-2016 #ottmusik playlist. Photo from Blak Denim's Facebook page.

#ottmusik: The art of an Ottawa playlist

Post by Laura Beaulne-Stuebing A perfect playlist takes thought. Making sure each song moves to the next seamlessly, finding a kind of momentum and build, or giving space to let songs breathe. For those of us who live music, who listen to music every day, non-stop, who co-opt sound systems at house parties or who preferred […]

Photo courtesy of HIGHS.

HIGHS to bring danceable alt-pop to Targ

Gracing the stage at House of Targ on February 25th is HIGHS, a Toronto-native alternative pop band whose debut album Dazzle Camouflage is set for release on April 8th via Indica Records. In this interview, lead singer Doug Haynes talks cross-country touring, World War I, dancing naked and his favourite things about Ottawa. Apt613: It […]

Photo by Remi Theriault.

Jim Bryson on new music, new collaborators, and the midlife struggle

Alison Larabie Chase is a freelance writer and editor who blogs about food at This Dessert Life when she’s not ruminating about grammar and spelling at Stittsville native Jim Bryson is a fixture of the Ottawa area music scene, playing annual sold-out Christmas shows at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield and frequently appearing on […]

Kristina Watt in Particle. Photo by Stéphanie Godin.

undercurrents: Particle a work in progress

undercurrents has built a reputation as a forum for “theatre below the mainstream”, a place where artists and audiences are encouraged to take chances with original contemporary theatre. Since 2011, it has brought 12 world premieres to stage. Kristina Watt and Martha Ross’s Particle is one such premiere. Particle has a pedigree. Ottawa audiences know […]

Photo by David Ross Whiteley.

Romantic Poetry features so much talent on stage

Romantic Poetry is billed as “a crackpot musical romance”. True to the musical genre, the plot is an excuse to tie together many songs with clever lyrics between interstices of comic dialogue via an unlikely plot. An overabundance of improbabilities may strain suspension of disbelief, but if the singing, choreography and acting are really good, […]


Video of the Week: Diaspora Poem by Nasra Adem and Brandon Wint

We don’t usually get all lovey dovey for Valentine’s Day around here. But this poem came to our attention recently and it seemed appropriate to share it with you today. Though the authors have moved on to Edmonton, these two were raised in Ottawa and were active members of our creative community. Brandon Wint describes […]

All photos by Wendy D, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Betroffenheit is a human journey worth taking

Post by Taylor Boileau. “Betroffenheit, A German word for the shock that follows a violent incident.” If you hold a bias towards shows that portray the human struggle you should not miss the Vancouver based Kidd Pivot and Electric Company Theatre’s Betroffenheit. This short and impactful piece portrays the sweet agony of rehashing trauma. Although […]

Sarah Waisvisz in Monstrous. Photo by Christopher Snow.

undercurrents: Monstrous blends storytelling to dance in search for cultural belonging

Miscegenation (noun): the interbreeding of people considered to be of different racial types. Sarah Waisvisz travels a murky, muddled and miss-remembered heritage in Monstrous a world premiere performance at undercurrents that blends storytelling to dance in Waisvisz search for cultural belonging. Premiering during Black History Month this work comes at an opportune moment offering insight […]