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

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 […]

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Weekend Roundup and Kelp20 ticket giveaway!

It’s a busy weekend so let’s get started! The 2nd edition of Poets for Humanity is taking place tonight at Pressed. The night features some of the strongest poets in the city and serves as a fundraiser for various community programs. RAW:natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives […]

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Celebrating the human voice with the A B series

Since 2007, the Ottawa-based A B Series has been presenting innovative programming filled with experimental poetry, music and spoken word. Founded by Max Middle, the Series’ artistic director, the cutting-edge programming has brought first-rate performers from across Canada and around the world to our region.  But while the current programme includes musical performances, literary readings and innovative […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”450″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_PQtbeQzr8[/youtube] 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 […]

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

Ottawa StoryTellers talk disaster at (un)told

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 […]

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

Poetry meets pop culture at A Dramatic Reading of Pop Songs

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 […]

All photos by Lisa Levesque.

Art and politics converge at the People’s Social Forum

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 […]

Graphic taken from Ottawa StoryTellers web site

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

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, […]

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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!

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 […]

Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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 […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OL8wjnkydZk[/youtube] 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, […]

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