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Global Savages: A meaningful performance

Despite being featured in the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Global Savages is not what one might traditionally call a “play.”  In fact, it doesn’t even take place in a theatre.  Don’t go expecting act breaks, set changes and understudies. But then, that would be a little like going to Bluesfest and becoming confused because “Kanye […]

Island Park Distribution's "Stirling" five-panel hat. Image from IPD's Facebook, by @finnsquare

Island Park Distribution shows off their Ottawa swag

Island Park Distribution is Ottawa’s newest initiative to support artists, while simultaneously throwing their hat in the ring for local fashion. This two part project looks at both the amazing talent of local Ottawa artists, and provides unique and stylish attire showcasing those artists. IPD was founded by Martin Conley-Wood and Richard Monette, who grew […]

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Your guide to women’s world cup soccer in Ottawa

The FIFA Women’s World Cup continues over the next few weeks in cities across Canada. Here in Ottawa, some of the top teams in the world are playing, including No. 1 ranked Germany. TD Place (renamed ‘Lansdowne Stadium’ for the duration of the tournament) hosted it’s first double-header on June 7, with 20,000+ fans taking […]

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Keychain’s party rock takes over the Rainbow Bistro

Everyone has their secret pleasures. Some people love chocolate, others like watching sappy TV.  Me? I love heavy metal. Now, while I enjoy all kinds of music, (I listen to everything from Miles Davis to Vivaldi to Inti-Illimani to Felix de Housecat), there is a part of me that will always crave roaring guitars, loud drums […]

Estan Beedell. Photo by Raphaël Titsworth-Morin.

Review: The Vanity of Reason by Estan Beedell – out today!

The Vanity of Reason is a new album out today from Ottawa-based musician Estan Beedell. The album features ten tracks which range from mellow, jazzy musings in  “Clouds,” to fun, lively rock in “Caricature.” Throughout the different songs, various ensembles of instruments including violins, trumpets, and even a church organ, provide a neat, classic touch […]

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Brock Zeman brings his nimble songs to House of Targ

Many people believe that music transcends words.  What is sometimes overlooked, however, is the reverse, i.e. how lyrics can make a song sparkle in a way that a simple melody cannot.  In the case of singer-songwriter Brock Zeman this is definitely the case. During a concert a few weeks ago in Wakefield, QC I had […]