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Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway

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The rain should clear up by the weekend, Ottawans, so plan on getting out and enjoying the sun! This week, we’re giving away tickets to Winchester Warm’s album launch – read on to find out how you can win. Summertime should perhaps be re-cast as weddingtime – ’tis the season of nuptials, showers and confetti. Victoire, Sparrow flowers and Heart Deco are joining forces tonight to present a bit of a different side of the wedding industry: with vintage dresses, jewelry and locally-designed flower arrangements, they’ll provide the perfect way... | Continue reading article

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Art at the Gladstone theatre + ticket giveaway

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Serge (Robert Marinier), Marc (David Frisch), & Yvan (Andy Massingham) in Art. Photo by Julie Le Gal.Serge (Robert Marinier), Marc (David Frisch), & Yvan (Andy Massingham) in Art. Photo by Julie Le Gal.

80 minutes (no intermission) | Drama | Mature content What is Art? For example, is a meat dress Art? The public can be very passionate and blunt expressing opinions about this question. (As are the characters in Yamina Reza’s play Art.) But there are subtexts to these public debates. The debates become particularly heated when the art in question is publicly funded. Is the issue Art itself, or public funding for the arts? “I could hear your laugh.” said a friend after the show. “I only laugh when it’s funny.”... | Continue reading article

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Shenkman Arts Centre turns five!

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Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, A. Laramey is a writer who spends far too much time on the internet. You can find her on Facebook. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the creation of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, and in the spirit of creativeness, arts and community, Shenkman is hosting a 5th anniversary celebration on May 31st .  And what a five years it’s been! The goal of the centre was “to create a home for arts and culture in east Ottawa,” says Karen Scott-Gagné, Marketing and... | Continue reading article

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The Great Curry Cook-Off happens tonight!

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Za Za Za's curry pizza.Za Za Za's curry pizza.

Anyone who loves curry often wants endless supplies. So many restaurants in our city can put a spin on a curry dish, a foodie is never disappointed and a novice is rarely overwhelmed. These magical places come together every year to flaunt their curry skills, and this year it’s for The Great Curry Cook-Off presented by the Ottawa Fringe Festival. For the past several years, the Fringe Festival has put on a fundraiser for curry lovers and curry inspired dishes from local restaurants around the city. Roughly a dozen restaurants... | Continue reading article

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Oil and Water is brilliant theatre

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Photo by Peter BromleyPhoto by Peter Bromley

Several good plays have come to Ottawa during the 2013-14 season.  After watching the fantastic production of Oil and Water, however, a strong argument can be made that this work is the best performance to hit a local stage this season. Currently playing at the National Arts Centre, this wonderful play tells the story of Lanier Phillips, an African American man who was born in 1923 and grew up in the southern United States. Experiencing first-hand the horrors of segregation, he witnessed the evils of the Ku Klux Klan and... | Continue reading article

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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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