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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So we’ve made it to May 2-4, and the humidity has arrived just in time to warm up the weekend. The sheep will probably be happy it’s time for their annual haircut. Things will get hot down at the Black Sheep this weekend, with Meaghan Blanchard stopping by tonight, and Motel Raphaël playing with Erik Lind and the Orchard on Friday. Saturday, lightning-strike survivor Kellylee Evans plays, storming the stage with her intense vocals. If you can’t make it out to Wakefield, stay in town for Good For Grapes and... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa StoryTellers talk disaster at (un)told

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An eclectic group of listeners. Photo from untoldottawa.com.An eclectic group of listeners. Photo from untoldottawa.com.

Disaster stories was the theme of April’s (un)told event, hosted by the Ottawa StoryTellers at the Daily Grind on April 28. (un)told is a monthly event. Story tellers stand in front of the group and tell a five minute long original story. Stories ranged from a rock climbing fall to a sweet old lady innocently destroying a pair of boots, all the way to a group of cousins being soaked with pee. Some story tellers chose to perform their stories as slam poetry and one woman told a fictional story. This month’s event... | Continue reading article

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Poetry meets pop culture at A Dramatic Reading of Pop Songs

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Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Ottawa VERSeFest and IdeaSpace invite you to come celebrate the sillier side of this art form. Dramatic pop song readings have a long history (think Peter Seller’s cover of A Hard Day’s Night, or William Shatner’s utterly bizarre rendition of Rocket Man). On April 17th, Ottawa’s top poetic talent will be on hand at IdeaSpace to carry on the tradition. If you’re curious about Ottawa’s poetry scene, this fundraiser will be a fun and approachable way to get your feet wet. Hosted by... | Continue reading article

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Art and politics converge at the People’s Social Forum

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All photos by Lisa Levesque.All photos by Lisa Levesque.

On Tuesday April 8th at Gallery 101, the People’s Social Forum held its official Ottawa launch. To celebrate the budding activist movement, the event featured a potluck, social justice speakers, slam poetry, and local musicians, all in the context of the gallery’s exhibit of international art. The People’s Social Forum bills itself as an attempt to assemble together left-leaning activists for the sake of dialogue and unity. Environmental, indigenous, feminist, student, worker, and youth – they’re all a part of this political movement. The launch served as a rally for... | Continue reading article

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(un)told: An Open Mic Event Dedicated to Ottawa’s Stories

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Graphic taken from Ottawa StoryTellers web site Graphic taken from Ottawa StoryTellers web site

Attention Ottawans with stories to tell: Monday will see the launch of (un)told, a new monthly series that allows budding storytellers to try their hand in public. The series is organized by Ottawa StoryTellers, an organization dedicated to raising the profile of storytelling in our nation’s capital. Why care about storytelling? In addition to being, arguably, the world’s oldest art form, stories are crucially important in how we understand the world. According to Caitlyn Paxson, Managing Artistic Director at Ottawa StoryTellers, storytelling comes naturally to everyone. “People have an internalized yearning... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 19 février 2014 :: Mois de l’histoire des Noirs : Speaking Black Hockey, Art Battle 99, Kandle, Jeremy Fischer, Cinéma: Here Comes The Devils!

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Yeah! C’était la sixième édition de BASEMENT 819! Cette semaine, les arts visuels envahissent l’actualité culturelle! Ah! Et on vous propose aussi une fête de nouilles…! – Dans le cadre du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs, nous avons présenté David Deliska, slamer torontois. Il performera à l’Auditorium Alumni ce samedi 22 février dans le cadre de l’événement Speaking Black Hockey. Parce que l’histoire du hockey n’appartient pas qu’aux Blancs! – À Basement 819, on aime vraiment beaucoup l’art du Spoken Words, on vous présente un amalgame de slam, musique et... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.

2014: the Year of the Horse! Yup, it’s Chinese New Year this weekend – celebrate down in Chinatown at Shanghai or party with jazz group Bamboo Groove Saturday night. At Babylon Thursday night, it’s another edition of “I can’t believe it’s not“, with Nirvana’s Nevermind being played full-out with more than a dozen local musicians. In other covers, Jonesey and The GreyTones continue their quest to cover the Beatles’ 1964 content. On Friday, it’s a night of folk at Pressed with Olenka, Bosveld and Jos Fortin, while The Standstills are down at... | Continue reading article

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Umi Café: An energizer for the soul and for the stomach

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A performer steps up to the mic at the Umi Café.A performer steps up to the mic at the Umi Café.

Umi (pronounced oo-me) means “mother” in Arabic and “life” in Egyptian, embodying the atmosphere of the Umi Café in downtown Ottawa. Both the warm and open café, though a bit run down, is clearly full of life and laughs on Friday nights, when the café hosts an “Open Mic” night. People from all walks of life can read their own poetry, sing an original song and many other endless possibilities. As a youth in the city, I often struggle to find entertainment besides going to the movies, and for anyone... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So things are getting quieter as the holidays inch closer, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Thursday night, head to Pressed for a night of zines, featuring the Toronto Queer Zine Fair. The Fast Romantics are over in Wakefield tonight, and, because it’s the third Thursday of the month, Hip Hop Karaoke takes over Babylon. On Friday, head to the Black Sheep for The Weber Brothers, with opening guests Suns of Stone and Miss Polygamy. The Haig are celebrating their album release at Avant Garde, while the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + giveaway to Inside Out Film Fest

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Suuns are in town Friday. Photo courtesy their website.Suuns are in town Friday. Photo courtesy their website.

Music, movies, and specialized markets – we’ve got it all this weekend in Ottawa. Film buffs have a lot to choose from: a documentary on the secret world of modular synthesizers in Ottawa, home movies (you can even bring your own), and Nosferatu with the traditional live accompaniment. There’s also the Inside Out Film Festival (plus a dance party) – and we’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets for Blue is the Warmest Color, playing at the festival Sunday at 8pm. Just leave a comment below with your favourite movie (LGBT or... | Continue reading article

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