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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Today marks International Women’s Day – and our city has got a plethora of celebratory events for you to attend. There’s dance, a fancy dinner, special music surprises, monologues, and even an event for those of you who say “I’m a feminist, but…” Musically, you’re going to have to make some tough choices this weekend. Zaphod’s 20th anniversary celebrations continue, with DJs, The Polytones, Sound of Lions, and a bit of burlesque stopping by over the next few days. Tonight, indie rockers Plants and Animals take to Ritual, while John... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy Nino: on Flickr.Photo courtesy Nino: on Flickr.

Today’s the day to remember that age-old saying about March, lions and lambs, Ottawa – keep that bright hope for snow-free days going. But don’t worry: there’s a lot going on to lift your spirits this weekend, from some suburban comedy to silkscreening to learning how to write love poems. Mavericks is hosting a night of local and American punk tonight, with Pianos Become the Teeth, Constraints, Sparrows and more. On the other end of the spectrum, the Owl Eyes Project and Dynamite Motel will be at the Elmdale, and it’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Well, Ottawa, we’ve almost made it through to March. And there’s plenty going on to help celebrate those babysteps we’re taking towards spring… If the warm weather this week wasn’t enough to dispel those Suckuary vibes, Doldrums Winter Music Festival is for you. Raw Sugar, Cafe Dekcuf and the Rainbow have teamed up to bring you a songwriters’ circle featuring some of Ottawa’s best acoustic acts, shows with New Teeth and Ornaments, and a Sunday evening variety show with everything from psychobilly to gypsy jazz. If you need a little... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: How to stay warm in O-town

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Photo of Amos the Transparent by Jamie Kronick (from their facebook page).Photo of Amos the Transparent by Jamie Kronick (from their facebook page).

This weekend’s all about getting warm – we might be having an early spring, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to stay cozy in the meantime. Kelp Records is all about that this weekend, with their annual Winter Warmer down at the Dom Polski. They’ll have beer, they’ll have food, they’ll have music. What more can you ask for? Dancing? That’ll likely happen, although it’s guaranteed down at Timekode. If a key ingredient of your weekend is crafts, Spins and Needles’ February Monster Party is for you. Before all... | Continue reading article

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Strength in diversity: Ottawa’s first-ever women’s poetry slam a rousing success

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Review by Averie MacDonald. Pictures by Joel Eastwood. To call it “girl power” wouldn’t really do it justice. But there was definitely something powerful hanging in the atmosphere last Saturday night at Ottawa’s first Women’s Slam Championship. To be sure, it was a night about women. The line-up featured a handpicked selection of Ottawa’s finest female poets. The poetry was full of empowering messages passed from sister to sister. Even the music fit the theme — DJ Prufrock spun an all-girl soundtrack featuring legends like Lauryn Hill. But the slam... | Continue reading article

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Strength in diversity: Ottawa’s first-ever women’s poetry slam a rousing success

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Review by Averie MacDonald. Pictures by Joel Eastwood To call it “girl power” wouldn’t really do it justice. But there was definitely something powerful hanging in the atmosphere last Saturday night at Ottawa’s first Women’s Slam Championship. To be sure, it was a night about women. The line-up featured a handpicked selection of Ottawa’s finest female poets. The poetry was full of empowering messages passed from sister to sister. Even the music fit the theme — DJ Prufrock spun an all-girl soundtrack featuring legends like Lauryn... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in O-town

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Photo courtesy Mikey G Ottawa on Flickr. As you’ll see from the listings below, the city has woken up from its post-holiday hibernation and has thrown itself into full-fledged winter fun mode. On the schedule for this weekend? Dog sled rides in Gatineau, a Winter Bike Parade, and likely a few snowball fights. Kalle Mattson plays tonight, bringing some indie rock to the stage at Mavericks. If you’re hoping to indulge in some dance-y tunes, head to Club Saw this evening for Anamanguchi. There will be DJ stylings down at... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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It’s another full weekend, Ottawa. At the very least, you’re going to have to choose between elegant picnicking, documentaries and a bakery birthday party – and there are even more options to add to that mix below. Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays have their cd release party tonight at Babylon, while it’s an evenin’ with The Walkouts at the Elmdale, a bit of Stevie Wonder out west and Indie Night at GigSpace. On Friday, Dan Mangan sweeps into town with his near-rhyming name, and Grey Kingdom with Baby Eagle will... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa – plus a contest!

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There’s a lot to give thanks for, living in this city. Sure, there’s room for improvement, but all things considered? We’ve got it pretty good. So when you’re done indulging in an autumnal feast this weekend, head on out to enjoy the multitude of local events Ottawa’s got lined up. And if you want a chance to be extra thankful, head on down to the end of the post… First off, though, go vote! You can find all of the info on where you should head over here. For those... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This weekend we’ve got plenty of chances to get some culture, Ottawa – and it’s not just because Culture Days will be all across the city all weekend long. We’ve also got 24 hours of comics, crafts, fashion galore, and beer. Okay, so beer might not fit your idea of ‘culture’, but we can guarantee that Oktoberfest will be jam-packed full of music, food and fair culture. Tonight, there’s the incredible, one-night-only Peking Opera Soirée, which promises to be stunning. On the other end of the music spectrum, the O-town... | Continue reading article

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