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NAC’s Metamorphoses Misses the Mark

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Wrapping up at the NAC this past weekend was Mary Zimmerman’s Tony-Award winning play, Metamorphoses.  The piece, which took place in a pool of water, is a playfully anachronistic take on Ovid’s classic tales. Zimmerman uses these classic myths to critique our contemporary world. Erysichthon’s tale of black comedy warns of the dangers of overconsumption. Baucis and Philemon’s story shows the importance of charity and humility.  The play weaves together poignant, humourous, and tragic tales to delight the audience. The staging of this production is inventively done through the use of two... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa gets WinterBrewed

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Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy camera, courtesy of Francois Levesque.Photos taken with Samsung Galaxy camera, courtesy of Francois Levesque.

Judging by yesterday’s turnout at WinterBrewed, Ottawa’s insatiable appetite for all things craft beer related hasn’t dissipated over the winter months. Or perhaps people are just yearning for those summer days when you can’t leave your house without tripping over an outdoor music and food festival. Either way, thousands of people came out to sample craft beers from Ottawa and beyond this weekend. WinterBrewed is the first winter craft beer festival to be held in the downtown core (though it isn’t the first in the NCR), and this one is... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Drinks, Food & Drink

Yuri Bakker live at Cafe Alt

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Mr. Yuri Bakker, the man from Rotterdam and Uncle Sam, lays down his signature electro sound in this video from Valentines Day. He is releasing two free EPs by the end of the month, both of which sound heavenly. We’ll keep you up to date on that front. Yuri can be found at yuribakker.com, or @YuriBakker. The Cafe Alt Concert Series runs until March 22, and its next show is March 15th featuring John McKiel and Scattered Clouds. #cafealtseries Video courtesy of Joelle Guédon.

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Winterlude in images

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This post was sponsored by Samsung, who donated their new Samsung Galaxy camera to let our volunteers snap some pics and take in the sights, sounds and tastes of Ottawa’s marquee winter event. Winterlude comes but once a year, and when it comes it makes -15 weather almost tolerable. We started off by trekking down to Confederation Park on the first weekend of activities to discover a Confederation Park packed with people coming to see the traditional ice sculptures (I was pretty impressed the Alien-esque one!) as well as this... | Continue reading article

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Long Weekend Videos: The Elwins in a Garage

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In this video, me and the Elwins tour one of the underground parking garages at the university of Ottawa. Things get pretty serious, and I end up getting some real heartfelt sentiments out of them. But I guess Valentines Day does that to you, right? This is all part of the Cafe Alt Concert Series. The next show is on March 15th, and it features Scattered Clouds! Scattered Clouds?!  WOOO! @theelwins #cafealtseries

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Tour de Blogosphere: Food and foodies

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The kitchen is arguably the most important room in a home. True, you may have more fun in the bedroom, and the living room is often the entertainment hub, but it’s in the kitchen where delicious magic is created to soothe the stomach and caress one’s taste buds.Numerous Ottawa bloggers agree that cooking is a wonderful thing to do, which is why this week’s round-up of local blogs focuses on recipes and the city’s culinary scene. To start things off, Barrhaven Bites offers an ode to the pistachio that contains an interesting... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: the lowdown on Ottawa’s new food trucks and carts

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Photo courtesy of ilovememphis on Flickr.Photo courtesy of ilovememphis on Flickr.

The city has picked the food trucks and carts that will feed the city starting this Spring. According to the city press release, a total of 61 applications were received and reviewed by a selection panel. These new options are in addition to the existing 44 licensed truck and cart food vendors. A volunteer selection panel made up of made up of five members representing the Ontario Restaurant, Hotel & Motel Association (ORHMA), Ottawa Branch of the Canadian Culinary Federation, Savour Ottawa, Just Food and Ottawa Public Health reviewed the applications... | Continue reading article

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Apres Snow: Vanier gets its 1960s groove back

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Photo Credits: DJ Mimi la Twisteuse; Steepletone Record player: steepletonerecordplayer.com; Bernard Chabert by Landi/EMIPhoto Credits: DJ Mimi la Twisteuse; Steepletone Record player: steepletonerecordplayer.com; Bernard Chabert by Landi/EMI

This post originally appeared on Vanier Now.  The jukeboxes may have been removed from Fontenelle years ago, but this Saturday (February 16), 1960s French pop is back. From the well-known to the obscure, Vanier-born DJ Mimi la Twisteuse is bringing her vinyl collection of French yé yé to Après-Snow at Fontenelle, an evening component of Vanier’s Winter Carnival. Having hosted the always packed monthly Franco-dance party Zoï Zoï in the mid 2000s at The Boat in Toronto, and now the co-host of Montreal’s weekly radio show MondoPQ, dedicated to French pop, rock and soul of... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Le Bistro CoqLicorne, une valeur ajoutée au Vieux-Hull

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Le Vieux-Hull est le point de rassemblement pour jeunes et moins jeunes à la recherche de houblon, de bon temps et de bonne bouffe. Ce petit quartier bien vivant a ajouté une nouvelle adresse à son carnet de restauration avec l’ouverture du Bistro CoqLicorne en décembre dernier. Je vous laisserai le soin de googler la signification du CoqLicorne (indice : Jean Dallaire), mais les propriétaires Emmanuel Croteau-Benoît et Isabelle Thériault transmettent efficacement leur respect de la culture régionale avec le nom de leur petit établissement. Ce qui attirera la clientèle au... | Continue reading article

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