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RED HANDED art show – A must-see collection by Ottawa artists

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Photo by Daniel MartelockPhoto by Daniel Martelock

If you want to become acquainted with Ottawa-area artists, visiting the Red Handed art show at Cyclelogik at 1111A Wellington St West is a great place to start. Until December 25,  some 40 artists from the national capital are displaying their works with several intriguing pieces for sale. The vivacious and talented Andrea Stokes, an artist herself, has been curating the show for the last eight years. “I organize this show every year as a love-in for emerging and established local artists.  I usually allow space for a few artists... | Continue reading article

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Another Emily Pearlman play, another imaginary world | Collapsible by Mi Casa Theatre

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All photos by Cory Thibert.All photos by Cory Thibert.

In a world… where people have abandoned their decisions to a higher authority, what happens when there is no time to consult that authority? What will they do? What will be the consequences?  In a play heavy with blunt allegories, there is a danger of the play sinking under the weight of its own didacticism. One thing saves this production from that: the children of the New Edinburgh Community and Arts (NECTAR) Centre Youth Drama Program. These 5 to 10 year olds act as Greek Chorus in the play, as... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + a theatre ticket giveaway

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Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.

‘Tis the season for launch parties, apparently. Tonight Dann Oickle releases his new album Blitzkreig! down at the Mercury Lounge. Tomorrow, Oldam Brand kicks off its existence at IdeaSpace, displaying some of their unique fixtures and makings. Down on Elgin, the new Mags + Fags sister store Boogie and Birdie officially opens, with treats and deals galore. There are plenty of craft shows happening, if you’re still looking for unique handcrafted gifts. Urban Craft is Saturday down in the Glebe, while the Ottawa Farmers Market has a special holiday version.... | Continue reading article

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Townies invited to Wakefield’s 1st winter market – celebration of community & old world charm

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Image by Carrie Rodger Bradley.Image by Carrie Rodger Bradley.

Inspired by the quaint winter markets still popular across Europe, Wakefielder Jackie Hansen proposed that her village launch one of their own. This Saturday, that community will welcome revelers from across the Outaouais and NCR to celebrate the season at the Wakefield Christmas Market. I got a chance to ask Jackie what’s in store and what it’s about. “We are so excited to start this new holiday tradition! I wanted to create an event that I’d want to go to.” Billed as family-friendly, the new market – just a 30-minute... | Continue reading article

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Massive production of Handel’s Messiah promises to light up the NAC stage

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Some Christmas traditions are indispensable.  Dance lovers take an annual pilgrimage each December to see The Nutcracker.   If you are a bookworm, movie buff and/or TV watcher, you likely have celebrated at least one holiday season with A Christmas Carol, whether through the original novel or one of its numerous adaptations. For music lovers, Handel’s Messiah is a must during this time of year.  Written in 1741 in just over three weeks, this musical masterpiece is considered by some to be the greatest oratorio ever composed. This amazing work will be on full... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819: 4 bands, 4 salutations au soleil

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Lancement de la programmation de Scène 1425 Fallait être là samedi soir dernier. Le lancement de la programmation hiver-printemps de Scène 1425 Gatineau a généré tout un flot d’émotions musicales dans la salle Jean Despréz. Pour souligner l’événement, deux bands surprises ont fait trembler les planches. Jason Bajada a introduit le spectacle avec chaleur. La transition vers le français est définitivement une excellente décision. Le résultat des mes bêtises est un album à propager à tout vent. Musique séductrice. Folk, pop, parfois un peu même country, Bajada maîtrise sa musique.... | Continue reading article

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Your guide to the best wintery songs by Ottawa musicians

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Screen shot from The Good Luck Assembly's Wait for MeScreen shot from The Good Luck Assembly's Wait for Me

This post comes to us from artist consultant Samantha Everts of YouRockRed. The snowy weather is upon us and artists all around this fair city use it to their advantage for beautiful visuals in their videos, even when they shoot outdoors in sub-zero temperatures dressed in beach wear only! Some artists altogether threaten to leave for warmer weather and others achieve bone-chilling quality in their vocals. Grab a hot chocolate and settle in for my winter-themed list of videos by great local bands doing more than building snowmen. White Wires: Let’s... | Continue reading article

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MusicOntario presents: Mo’ money, less problems or making a living from playing music

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Photo courtesy of  Ryan Christopher VanWilliams - NYC on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Ryan Christopher VanWilliams - NYC on Flickr.

If you’re a musician based in Ontario, you may have heard about MusicOntario over the last year or so. The Toronto-based organization was created in October 2012 to help artists and music companies reach their professional, creative, and personal goals. MusicOntario has made efforts to take the show on the road to provide workshops and networking events throughout the province. On December 12th at Hub Ottawa, they are bringing together a panel of musicians, labels and industry folk to discuss the all important question: “How can I make a living making... | Continue reading article

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Dog Day’s Fade Out makes for great moodie classic rock

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Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.

I recently had the pleasure of discovering some new music from a Canadian band hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dog Day‘s been around for almost a decade but I’m discovering them for the first time through the release of their latest album Fade Out. I am never really sure what to expect when listening to new music, but I will say that I enjoyed listening to Fade Out from start to finish. Some of the songs on the album have this throwback vibe to the days of The Guess Who and Neil Young. The album... | Continue reading article

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