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This weekend: Ottawa pinball at its best

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Photos by Diane Bond.Photos by Diane Bond.

What to do on a rainy weekend day? If you’re like me (who has been bemoaning the state/lack of arcades in our fair city for awhile now), the opportunity to play over 50 pinball games in one room is too good to pass up. A mere $15 (or $25 for a full weekend pass) gains you entry into the happiest place on earth – a conference room at the Hilton Garden Inn. Admission goes towards unlimited play and access to rows of pinball machines other and arcade games – no... | Continue reading article

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Style File: Ottawa Style Mavens Take to the Streets

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SARAH's MAKEUP

I took to the streets of Ottawa during some days of great weather, not knowing who I would meet or what they might be wearing. Unlike some previous Style File posts I had no specific theme in  mind, I just knew I wanted to see something ‘original’. These ladies pulled off varying eclectic styles from a range of sources, some surprising. At the end of the day, every person, every outfit had a story. Name: EFFIE VAICOUSSIS Occupation: Works at a community resource centre for seniors Her outfit: Headband –... | Continue reading article

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Reflections on the first day of Ottawa FolkFest

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Ben Harper's got the blues at the Ottawa FolkFestPhoto courtesy of Phil Castro.

Ottawa Folk Festival kicked off its much anticipated 2012 lineup Thursday evening at the capital’s Hog’s Back Park. The four day festival features some of the most well-known folk and indie artists, local food vendors and artisans. There’s definitely more than music to see and do, but there are some things all too common at some other music festivals that you can’t expect to experience at folk fest. You won’t see too many drunk or rowdy people, but you will see lots of kids and even some babies. You won’t... | Continue reading article

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Board Games in Ottawa: A Beginner’s Guide

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Photo courtesy of Joelle GuédonPhoto courtesy of Joelle Guédon

This Sunday, the Nepean Sportsplex will play host to Skirmish 2012, a table-top gaming extravaganza, featuring tournaments of games like Warhammer, HeroScape, and Heavy Gear. Hundreds of competitors do battle, squaring off with their armies of intricately painted miniatures in a test of wits and fortitude. It’s just another example of Ottawa’s growing love of board gaming, a love that can only be satiated by a healthy round of Agricola or perhaps, if one is desperate, a rousing game of Monopoly. Ottawa currently plays host to two separate board game... | Continue reading article

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Opera Lyra’s La Bohème

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Banner courtesy of Opera Lyra's websiteBanner courtesy of Opera Lyra's website

Let’s go to the opera. But, you say, we don’t have any opera in Ottawa. Yes, in fact, we do—it’s just been a while. After a season’s hiatus made necessary by a series of financial upsets, Opera Lyra Ottawa has their sights set on a dramatic comeback.  To this end, they’ve hired a new General Director, John Peter “Jeep” Jefferies, whose specialty is turning around opera companies with failing fortunes, and Artistic Director Tyrone Paterson has chosen an opera that will appeal to seasoned opera fans as well as provide... | Continue reading article

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Apartment 613 Live for September 5, 2012

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Jared posing like a professional

Listen here or on iTunes. This week, Trevor and Jared join forces to bring you a show chock-full of goodness. First up is an interview with Ian Campeau, who has recently been making headlines with his campaign to change the name of the Nepean Redskins. His stance against the team’s name has been churning up no little amount of controversy, and Campeau recently received the support of the Assembly of First Nations. Next, Zoo Legacy stopped by the studio to perform a rockin’ live set, featuring songs from their recently... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy Julie Doiron's website.Photo courtesy Julie Doiron's website.

Folk Fest is on, people! We’ll be down there all weekend, so if you see us roaming around tweeting and doing interviews, stop by and say hi. Or you can  head to the Agricultural Museum and learn about chicken care, or head towards the airport to play a giant game of pinball. Regardless, it’s going to be an awesome weekend. If you’re one of those people who is always tapping your toes to something, you should be at Pressed tomorrow for Tropikalo for Ottawa’s afrilatincaribbean dance party. Keeping with a latin theme, jazz singer Caridad... | Continue reading article

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Get ready for the Ottawa Folk Fest this week

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Photo Courtesy of Ming Wu from the Apartment613 Flickr PoolPhoto Courtesy of Ming Wu from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool

It’s time people. Get on your bike and get out to Hogs Back park. I’m an open and honest lover of the folk festival and the line-up for this year is looking great. There are some big names — Bon Iver, Patrick Watson and Dan Mangan — that will draw big crowds for fun times, but make sure you get out there early and wander the festival, take in the workshops and attend something you don’t recognise. I always discover new music at the Folk Fest and it’s an accessible... | Continue reading article

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Fringe Benefits: Space Mystery… from Outer Space! and Alien Predator: The Musical

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Photos Courtesy of Go Fly a Kite Productions and Dead Unicorn Ink. via the Ottawa Fringe FestivalPhotos Courtesy of Go Fly a Kite Productions and Dead Unicorn Ink. via the Ottawa Fringe Festival

For the last couple of summers, the Downtown Rideau Business Improvement Area and Ottawa Arts Court Foundation have co-presented a series of theatre productions as a mini-festival called Summer Fling.  The lineup has included remounts of selected local productions from the Ottawa Fringe Festival, called “Fringe Benefits.”  With the quiet demise of the OACF—leaving the future of the Arts Court performance spaces as a venue for independent theatre on uncertain ground—Summer Fling has been reduced to a bare skeleton: the current Ottawa Little Theatre production of Jasper Station, an Ottawa Dance... | Continue reading article

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