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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy The Peptides, who are playing the Sheep this weekend.Photo courtesy The Peptides, who are playing the Sheep this weekend.

Hey, Ottawa – what’s your passion? Let that dictate your weekend fun: Fashion: Show or shopping? You get both. Twiss and Weber are hosting a pop in shop, and The Weight is Over show will feature casual, work, swim wear and more! Food: Westboro’s got an Easter Food Market down on Churchill this Saturday, with hot cross buns, chocolate bunnies, sausages and more. Pull together a terrific feast! Loud music: Pretty Little Death Machine is down at Avant Garde Bar Friday, while Hunter Valentine and The Ecstatic stop by Mavericks... | Continue reading article

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It’s okay to go natural: Q&A with Esther Simmonds-MacAdam

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Details of work by Esther Simmonds-MacAdam. Images courtesy of the artist and La Petite Mort Gallery.Details of work by Esther Simmonds-MacAdam. Images courtesy of the artist and La Petite Mort Gallery.

It’s been about a year since Esther Simmonds-MacAdam has shown work in Ottawa. She’s returning today, to install her latest paintings at La Petite Mort Gallery, which opens tomorrow night. If you missed seeing her show last year, it would be well-worth your time to stop by an introduce yourself – she will be at the vernissage (from 7-10pm). Her latest series, it is natural, marks a dramatic shift in terms of how and what she paints. Maintaining a realistic aesthetic, the oil paintings reference specific periods of time and deconstruct... | Continue reading article

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Sanjeev Sivarulrasa: New photo exhibit explores the cosmos with an artistic eye

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Photo by Sanjeev Sivarulrasa (Milky Way, Lake Superior, 2011)Photo by Sanjeev Sivarulrasa (Milky Way, Lake Superior, 2011)

Who is responsible for explaining the heavens?  In today’s modern world, our understanding of the universe comes almost exclusively from science, which provides breathtaking images of outer space with such instruments as the Hubble Space Telescope. Local photographer Sanjeev Sivarulrasa, however, wants to change this by having artists also provide insights on galaxies, nebulae and other celestial bodies. “Scientists are the gatekeepers of the sky,” says Sivarulrasa in a phone interview. “(But science) doesn’t tell us much about how we feel about the night sky.” While fully embracing the work... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s opera history: Keeping classical soaps on stage

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La Traviata starts March 21.La Traviata starts March 21.

Telling people I love opera often results in curious, funny looks – then again, if you’ve never been to the opera, you might be one of those people giving me a funny look. For some reason, people think the adoration of opera is a pretention: that opera is snobby, elitist and aristocratic, and those who claim to enjoy it are just trying to seem cool.  For those of you who’ve never been, operas are beautiful and exciting and dramatic – they’re essentially the soap operas of the classical music world.... | Continue reading article

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A Completely Sober Review of St. Paddy’s Day at the Clocktower Pub in Westboro

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Photo Courtesy of Jared DavidsonPhoto Courtesy of Jared Davidson

What’s the most rational thing to do on St. Paddy’s Day for a guy who doesn’t drink and doesn’t fight? Go to a gastro-pub and listen to rowdy Irish music, obviously. The last time I celebrated St. Patrick’s Day was in St. John’s, where my night was a blur of green beer, green hats, free Miller t-shirts (because Irish) and two bars (I’m guessing on that last one). Of course, one of the fun parts about March 17th is that, when done right, you can never accurately compare this year’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: How well do you know your city?

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Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Black Widow Promotions: Fourteen years of cacophony, and still going strong

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Photo courtesy of Soilwork.Photo courtesy of Soilwork.

For 14 years, Black Widow Promotions (BWP) has been doing its part to make our nation’s capital a noisier place.  Founded in 1999, BWP is Ottawa’s largest and longest-running heavy metal promoter. BWP was founded by Pete Kasper, who was inspired by a lack of face-melting riffs in our fair city. As I’m sure many Ottawan music fans can understand, Kasper became frustrated when his favourite touring bands would skip Ottawa, opting to stick to shows in Toronto and Montreal instead. Eventually, he decided to take matters into his own hands. “After... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: The blogging bus driver and four other Ottawa blogs that you should read

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Photo by Steve McCullough (stevemccullough.ca)Photo by Steve McCullough (stevemccullough.ca)

The last few blogging round-ups have focused on specific subjects, while listing bloggers who specialise in those topics.  This week’s column is a little different.  Rather than choosing a single category and then discussing it at length, I will instead focus on five interesting local blogs that I have come across recently, and which I have not yet mentioned in Tour de blogosphere. Drives In Circles You might recall the controversy about the singing OC Transpo bus driver.  Are you familiar, however, with his blogging colleague?  Drives In Circles is... | Continue reading article

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Topographies: New work by Deborah Margo at Patrick Mikhail Gallery

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Work by Deborah Margo: Climbing Montjuic and The Colour of Waiting. Image by Tom Evans.Work by Deborah Margo: Climbing Montjuic and The Colour of Waiting. Image by Tom Evans.

A few weeks ago, Ottawa-based artist Deborah Margo unveiled new work at Patrick Mikhail Gallery. Working in various media including sculpture, textile, painting and drawing, Topographies takes knitted installation to new heights. The work evolved from Margo’s recent travels abroad and acts as a record – unique translations of her experiences. If you’ve ever attempted to knit a loved one a scarf, you will appreciate the attention to detail, patterning and repetition evident in the work (the scale alone is impressive). Each hanging contains smaller fragments, much like panels or... | Continue reading article

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