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The Trippy World of Wiz Khalifa

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Photo courtesy of Anwar MassoudPhoto courtesy of Anwar Massoud

On Friday night, while Bruce Springsteen was rocking the Scotia Bank Place, with Barbara Streisand set to take that stage the next evening, the Wiz Khalifa 2050 Tour came to the CE Centre in Ottawa. On a weekend packed with shows, it seemed as though the parents had plans. With Wiz in town, so did the kids. That being said, age was probably not the only difference between these three shows. While the 40, 50, and 60-somethings that attended the Springsteen and Streisand concerts may have enjoyed a relatively more... | Continue reading article

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The 7th Ottawa Community Record Show – It’s Time to Go Vinyl

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Photo courtesy of Adria MayPhoto courtesy of Adria May

For John Thompson, listening to records is a ritual – holding the record, cleaning the record, putting it on the turntable. “The ritual is important,” says Thompson. More importantly, he believes that records just sound better than digital: “With analog – there’s more spaciousness and depth to the sound and you can hear all this wonderful stuff. Digital never quite caught this.” Thompson is one of the many vendors who gathered at the seventh Annual Community Record Show on October 21. The first community record show was at the Sandy... | Continue reading article

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Dwellers on the threshold: Celebrating experimental sounds in Ottawa

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Digital generative illustrations by Paul Hockett.Digital generative illustrations by Paul Hockett.

Excoriating and exhilarating highs; deep, sympathetically-vibrating lows; glitches, hums and fuzz; reverberations, reverberations, reverberations; unconventional song structures, complex time-signatures, drones, repetitive beats, looping beats, mathematical beats, lazy beats, 808 snare, snare, snare; circuit-bending, mind-melding, distortions in the space-time continuum; analogue electronics, laptops, tapes, guitar, cello, saxophone, weirding module, squeeze-box; beer, beer, smoked meat sandwich.* * Some hastily formed impressions from the last two weeks at Experimental Music Wednesdays at Pressed Cafe. It’s a good time to be in Ottawa if you want to turn an ear to something interesting.  Really... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum

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Photo courtesy of the NAC's websitePhoto courtesy of the NAC's website

I’ve listened to my share of Cape Breton coal mining stories, having had an elementary school teacher whose father was a doctor in just such a settlement. Although I found the world laid out in The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum familiar, I also found it fresh and full of life. The Glace Bay Miner’s Museum tells the story of the MacNeils, a Cape Breton coal mining family, from the viewpoint of Margaret MacNeil (Francine Deschepper). Margaret lives in a shack with her bereaved mother Catherine (Martha Irving), her surviving brother Ian (Jeff Schwager)... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Liberal leadership up for grabs, more street food soon, 5 years of Somerset House rubble, and more!

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Photo courtesy of Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupPhoto courtesy of Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Good Monday morning readers! The big news of the week was Dalton McGuinty’s surprise announcement that he will be stepping down as leader of the provincial Liberal party. To add to the drama, early in the week, local MPP Yasir Naqvi was said to be contemplating a run for the leadership. Yesterday however, he confirmed that a leadership bid was not in the cards. There will be a memorial this morning for the Carleton student killed in a biking accident last week on Bronson Avenue. I can’t help but be reminded of... | Continue reading article

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Modulo: Documenting Ottawa’s connection to modular synthesizers

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A few days ago, local film maker Travis Boisvenue released a teaser for his latest collaborative project, Modulo. Produced by Ryan Paul Gibson, the short documentary focuses on the people of Ottawa who dig modular synthesizers in a major way, as well as the brains behind Muff Wiggler - an online forum that provides a space for discussion about all things synth. I learned about the project from Travis on Wednesday during Experimental Music night at Pressed Cafe. I will admit, the world of experimental and noise music is relatively new for me,... | Continue reading article

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Art and Science journal launches this weekend

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This weekend you don’t have to choose between art and science. You get a decent dose of both with the launch of the Art & Science Journal, a student run project out of University of Ottawa. I caught up with Lee Jones the editor and founder of Art and Science to learn more about the project and what we can expect from the journal. Lee is hosting a launch party for the journal this Saturday night at Raw sugar. They’ve booked a DJ and will have a print making workshop... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for October 17, 2012

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Listen here or on iTunes. This week on Apt613 Live, Karen and Ryan are our guides for an hour of creativity, boxing, and food. First up, Katie Frappier joins us to discuss her upcoming Creative Mornings talk. Frappier is one of the co-owners of Victoire, and she will speak to a crowd of enthusiastic breakfast-goers at The Hub this Friday the 19th with Regine Paquette, the shop’s other owner. For more info, check out the Eventbrite. Speaking of Creative Mornings, Sharif Virani, the man behind the Ottawa chapter of the breakfast/lecture series, is in-studio to... | Continue reading article

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DJ Fight Night: Timekode and Ceremony face off in the ring

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Jamie and Randy of Beaver Boxing Club show off the ferocity found in the ring. All photos by Jon Schofield.Jamie and Randy of Beaver Boxing Club show off the ferocity found in the ring. All photos by Jon Schofield.

On Saturday, October 20, 2012, some of the heaviest weights in Ottawa’s DJ and boxing scenes are going to be under one roof and in the same ring – for one heck of a good cause. The Beaver Boxing Club is hosting its first DJ battle and dance party featuring TIMEKODE vs. CEREMONY, in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. You heard that right, and you know what these guys are capable of, so start stretching now, folks, ‘cuz this is going to be one great party. Everything... | Continue reading article

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