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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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What will you discover at The Shenkman?

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The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Spring is here, and with it comes a series of arts and culture venues announcing their next season, and the Shenkman Arts Centre is certainly no different. Having attended several events at Shenkman over the last few months I was definitely curious about what was on the plate for next season. The official release of next season’s lineup came out on May 1st, and it proved to be very interesting. Chosen to celebrate the Centre’s 5th anniversary, the shows listed seem to continue the Shenkman tradition of having an eclectic... | Continue reading article

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Honouring Canada’s music, dance and theatre artists

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Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala honoured the country’s best artists in music, dance and theatre at the National Arts Centre this Saturday, May 10. In alphabetical order, the 2014 laureates are Anik Bissonette for her career as a dancer, teacher and artistic director; Canada’s most travelled rock band, Blue Rodeo; Brent Carver for his acting and singing career; actor, singer-songwriter and humanitarian Tom Jackson; Louise Lecavalier for her dance and choreography; actress and teacher Janine Sutto; Jean Giguère, Winnipeg arts patron, received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for... | Continue reading article

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The PepTides wow in technicolour fashion

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The Peptides in Concert May 3rd, 2014.
All photos courtesy of: Birgit Oelze.The Peptides in Concert May 3rd, 2014. All photos courtesy of: Birgit Oelze.

The PepTides’s May 3rd pre-album release party for new album Love Question Mark at St Alban’s was a sexy technicolour lucid dream. It was a theatrical performance experience like no other, as this professional outfit puts its mark on Ottawa. The band has fallen into a chasm of synth and is having a dance party in the abyss of love. The performance can be likened to a cabaret show complete with shiny costumes, funky neon hair, fun props and new characters for every song. It reminds one very much of... | Continue reading article

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Corpus breathes new life into an old topic.

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Corpus cast from left: Eric Craig, Colleen Sutton, Laurie Fyffe, Sascha Cole, John Koensgen, Daniel Sadavoy. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Corpus cast from left: Eric Craig, Colleen Sutton, Laurie Fyffe, Sascha Cole, John Koensgen, Daniel Sadavoy. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

On May 1st Darrah Teital’s award winning play Corpus had its opening night. Corpus was sold as a young scholar coming across a relationship that had happened in Nazi occupied Poland, and her investigation of that relationship leads her into a romantic one of her own. The Holocaust is a tough subject to sell admittedly, and I’ll say I was very impressed how the playwright and director (Brownyn Steinberg) both tackled the subject matter and repackaged an old story into a new one. Teital is noted as saying “in order... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Montreal Filmmaker Theodore Ushev

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Still from Theodore Ushev's Lipsett Diaries/Les Journaux de Lipsett (2010).Still from Theodore Ushev's Lipsett Diaries/Les Journaux de Lipsett (2010).

Montréal filmmaker Theodore Ushev’s animation is a sight to behold. Drawing on influences from his background in graphic design and from growing up in Soviet-era Bulgaria, his work combines the psychological finesse of Eisenstein’s montage theory with a modern technical approach. Describing the attraction of his work, Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Executive Director Tom McSorley pointed to “The graphic power and the use of irony, humour, fatalism, and music, striking imagery and rhythms. His work is hard to forget once you’ve encountered it.” This weekend in conjunction with the launch... | Continue reading article

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My Brilliant Divorce is a quirky, relatable night at the theatre

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Kate Hurman in My Brilliant Divorce, photo by Lois Seigel.Kate Hurman in My Brilliant Divorce, photo by Lois Seigel.

Divorce, so often an un-mined topic from the female perspective, is rich fodder for theatre and it was with anticipation that I headed to the Gladstone Theatre. A charming introduction from Director John P Kelly opened the evening and soon we were off on Geraldine Aron’s one-hander tale My Brilliant Divorce. Katie Hurman features as Irish-Catholic Angela Kennedy Lipsky: middle aged, abandoned by Jewish husband Max and cycling through a roller-coaster of emotional stages over a period of several years. Not a great fan of the solo performance but here... | Continue reading article

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Prix Rideau Awards 2013 – Showcasing the stars of local theatre

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Alain Chauvin and Elise Gautier get ready to hand out awards. All photos by Jennifer Cavanagh.Alain Chauvin and Elise Gautier get ready to hand out awards. All photos by Jennifer Cavanagh.

On Sunday evening a cavalcade of theatre luminaries gathered in Bates Hall, Sandy Hill to honour the brightest amongst their ranks. The Prix Rideau Awards founded in 2006 celebrates locally produced professional theatre and artists in both French and English. It is inspiring to see categories, including best male and female performers, best director, emerging artists, etc single out standout achievements in both official languages at one event.  This year’s nominations included 40 English theatre productions and 14 French language plays making for a packed hall of nominees, supporters, advocates... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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If you’re not planning on spending your whole weekend eating poutine, we’ve got a few other options for you: Thursday, kick off spring with Art Uncorked down at Pressed – you get art supplies, some wine, and a few tips to make your own unique piece. Over at Club SAW, celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday while raising some money for charity. Down at Zaphod’s, Tribe Royal, Archy & Mehitabel and Mack Hills will be bringing a bit of folky pop to the stage. There’s also a new Fine Folks Forum happening,... | Continue reading article

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Opera Lyra presents Puccini’s tragic masterwork – Madama Butterfly

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James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.

Opera Lyra is back at the NAC with its spring production. Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly (aka Madame Butterfly) is the bittersweet tale of a young Japanese woman, Ciocio-san ( Madama Butterfly), who falls in love with, and marries, a cowardly and callous American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton. She converts to Christianity for her American husband causing her family to disown her. Her husband returns to the States shortly after their wedding, leaving Butterfly alone, and pregnant, with only her maid, Suzuki for company. Lieutenant Pinkerton returns to Nagasaki three... | Continue reading article

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