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Ottawa’s opera history: Keeping classical soaps on stage

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La Traviata starts March 21.La Traviata starts March 21.

Telling people I love opera often results in curious, funny looks – then again, if you’ve never been to the opera, you might be one of those people giving me a funny look. For some reason, people think the adoration of opera is a pretention: that opera is snobby, elitist and aristocratic, and those who claim to enjoy it are just trying to seem cool.  For those of you who’ve never been, operas are beautiful and exciting and dramatic – they’re essentially the soap operas of the classical music world.... | Continue reading article

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Black Widow Promotions: Fourteen years of cacophony, and still going strong

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Photo courtesy of Soilwork.Photo courtesy of Soilwork.

For 14 years, Black Widow Promotions (BWP) has been doing its part to make our nation’s capital a noisier place.  Founded in 1999, BWP is Ottawa’s largest and longest-running heavy metal promoter. BWP was founded by Pete Kasper, who was inspired by a lack of face-melting riffs in our fair city. As I’m sure many Ottawan music fans can understand, Kasper became frustrated when his favourite touring bands would skip Ottawa, opting to stick to shows in Toronto and Montreal instead. Eventually, he decided to take matters into his own hands. “After... | Continue reading article

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Topographies: New work by Deborah Margo at Patrick Mikhail Gallery

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Work by Deborah Margo: Climbing Montjuic and The Colour of Waiting. Image by Tom Evans.Work by Deborah Margo: Climbing Montjuic and The Colour of Waiting. Image by Tom Evans.

A few weeks ago, Ottawa-based artist Deborah Margo unveiled new work at Patrick Mikhail Gallery. Working in various media including sculpture, textile, painting and drawing, Topographies takes knitted installation to new heights. The work evolved from Margo’s recent travels abroad and acts as a record – unique translations of her experiences. If you’ve ever attempted to knit a loved one a scarf, you will appreciate the attention to detail, patterning and repetition evident in the work (the scale alone is impressive). Each hanging contains smaller fragments, much like panels or... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway!

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It’s St. Paddy’s day this weekend, folks, and we’ve got just the burlesque show to celebrate. Need something a little more traditional? Head out to your local pub, Irish or not! Guaranteed they’ll be in a festive mood. Tonight at the NAC, you can catch the hip-hop/rock/soul music of Sound of Lions, while Algoma releases her new album down at the Mercury Lounge. Three local bands will take to the stage at the Lunenburg Pub for their weekly battle of the bands – this week, Go Long (!), Leadfoot Pretty,... | Continue reading article

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Karine Giboulo: New exhibit shows the vast distance between rich and poor

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Photos by Alejandro BustosPhotos by Alejandro Bustos

Quebec artist Karine Giboulo is a master of producing miniature figures that portray evocative scenes.  From powerful commentary on the production of electronic products from China, to work that has been described as a three-dimensional comic book, Giboulo uses miniature figures to produce thought-provoking work. Her latest exhibit Democracy Village, which is taking place at the Ottawa School of Art at 35 George Street, is no different, as she explores the vast class differences between rich and poor countries. Modelled on a real shantytown named Village Démocratie on the outskirts... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Night Danger from Roberta Bondar

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Local noise rockers Roberta Bondar released the official video for Night Danger yesterday. Featuring Lidija Rozitis, Alex Maltby, Tyler Ivan Goodman and Gary Franks, the video is a collaborative project between Travis Boisvenue (from Modulo) and Arturo Brisindi, who performed the visual manipulation using a modular video synthesizer. The video made its début on Sunday at Pressed, which went well, according to Boisvenue. “I’ve watched the video about 100 times now, so it’s hard for me to really ‘see’ it anymore,” he wrote in an email yesterday. “It was nice to finally... | Continue reading article

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Saw Gallery: Exploring the Boundaries of “Imageland” with Colin Muir Dorward

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Mealtime by Colin Muir Dorward.Mealtime by Colin Muir Dorward.

Everyone knows that paintings are inanimate objects.  What if this commonly-held view, however, was incorrect, and the images on a canvas were actual living entities. This intriguing idea lies behind the latest exhibit by painter Colin Muir Dorward, which is currently taking place at the Saw Gallery at 67 Nicholas Street. Dorward’s thought experiment is as follows: Envisage a world in which images are parasitic entities that attach themselves to a medium, with the aim of using that medium for the purpose of replicating.  If the medium is the human... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Hockey Blogs

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The National Capital Region loves hockey, so it’s no surprise that the local blogosphere is filled with blog posts about Canada’s national game.  While the majority of online chatter focuses on the Ottawa Senators, there are blogs covering the Ottawa 67s, hockey-related humour and hockey stats.  There is also an online forum for the Olympiques de Gatineau.  So sit back and relax, as this week’s blogging round-up reveals where to get your hockey fix. Ottawa Senators Battle of Ontario is a blog where Leafs and Senators fans can yell at... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy The Bright Road.Photo courtesy The Bright Road.

Whether you’re an environmentally-concerned fiancee, a Tibetan film buff, a tango aficionado or anything in between, this city’s got something for you this weekend. Tonight, Legion of Saints hits the stage at Babylon, while NDMA celebrates a new EP down at the Mercury Lounge. The Goodluck Assembly is giving a sneak peek of their new album at Cafe Dekcuf Friday night, and there will be lots of jazzy goodness with Molly Johnson at the NAC. The Flaps take over the GluePot Pub for their cd release party – The Hilotrons and... | Continue reading article

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From demos to Demonstrations: Q&A with The Goodluck Assembly

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The Goodluck Assembly, formed by brothers Bruce and Mike Libbos, are set to release their sophomore album Demonstrations in May 2013.   This record is fresh, both to the band and the fans, and so rather than planning a release far in advance, they are ready to get the music out there. Which means, in true DIY indie spirit, the album will be out in May one way or another. “We have a record, we want to play it and we want people to hear it, so we’re going to give... | Continue reading article

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