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Mother Mother: Getting out of the sticks

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Photo by Anwar Massoud.Photo by Anwar Massoud.

There’s one thing that I can appreciate about a show that purports not much more than really good music… it’s that everyone and anyone can have a really good time!  That’s exactly what Ottawa got Friday night when Mother Mother’s The Sticks Tour came to the Bronson Centre. At no more than a maximum of approximately 2,000 attendees, this was definitely a mix of friends and acquaintances, boyfriends and girlfriends, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and partners sharing bathroom duty for their young children. Neither Labatt nor Molson had... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Talks: Entrepreneurship and creativity in Ottawa

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Apt613 editor Ryan Saxby Hill speaks with Tobias Lütke of Shopify at Pressed. Photo by Ming Wu.Apt613 editor Ryan Saxby Hill speaks with Tobias Lütke of Shopify at Pressed. Photo by Ming Wu.

A Toronto-based friend of mine can be mean when talking about our nation’s capital. “Ottawa is a great place to raise a plant,” he once told me, jokingly. “It’s also a good city for your parents to live in.” This opinion of Ottawa as a stuffy, boring place where dreams go to die is shared by many people. Based on the rapidly growing number of hip and young entrepreneurs in the city, however, it’s a view not grounded in reality. “Sometimes we are down on Ottawa because the rest of... | Continue reading article

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Electioneering is a farce in SevenThirty Productions’ November

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Image courtesy of the Gladstone's websiteImage courtesy of the Gladstone's website

Every four years, the US presidential election captures the attention of the world.  And why shouldn’t it?  From a practical perspective, it is of immense interest to every person on the planet: who will be placed in charge of the largest nuclear arsenal and greatest concentration of purchasing power in the world?  Even then, a straightforward intellectual contest between two capable candidates would likely be quite uninteresting whatever the stakes.  Fortunately, the American presidential race has a long and proud history of shenanigans, crackpot candidates, scandal, and cover-up.  In short,... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Composting in apartments, Ottawa’s cheap gas, Centretown’s future and more

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Currently, the city doesn’t offer organics recycling for all multi-residential buildings but this might change. New guidelines are being discussed to standardize garbage and recycling bin requirements for multi-residential buildings, but there’s still lots to discuss. What other cities have multi-residential buildings compost? British Columbia may have a thing or two to teach us. Bitching about the price of gas? Count yourself lucky, Ottawa’s got the third cheapest gas in the country ($1.25/L in October) according to a Statistics Canada study. Cheapest cities? Not surprisingly, Edmonton ($1.14) and Calgary offer cheaper... | Continue reading article

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Indigenous Perspectives and Representations in the Media

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On Saturday, November 17th at the Media Democracy conference, an abundance of workshops and discussions were provided into which participants could sink their inquisitive teeth.  Focusing on National as well as International topics, dynamic and intelligent presenters illustrated issues relevant to critical alternatives to mainstream media, and illuminated new avenues of both interpretation and participation. One such panel discussion that took place at 10:30 a.m. included Jennifer David, a media consultant and one of the founders of the APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), Jocelyn Formsma, a filmmaker and host of... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

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Vintage galore!

All photos courtesy of Adria May There were swells of vintage-lovers looking to buy that special one-of-a kind item at this year’s Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show on November 18. This years’ event has held for the first time at the Ottawa Convention Centre and was packed with enthusiastic fashion-lovers. I had the good fortune of meeting four fabulous women: Julia, Rosa, Erin and Erica. Name: JULIA CARON Occupation: Works for CBC Radio, Quebec City Outfit: Dress – Toronto, somewhere on Queen Street West Shoes – Mexico City (she recalled entering a store... | Continue reading article

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Raymond Biesinger launches Black and White Illustrations at Wurm Gallery

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City of Ottawa 7 May 1945. Screenprint by Raymond Biesinger.City of Ottawa 7 May 1945. Screenprint by Raymond Biesinger.

What does an illustrator do with over a decades’ worth of work? Raymond Biesinger has collected his into a 208-page book, Black and White Illustrations, which launches in Ottawa tonight at Invisible Cinema‘s Wurm Gallery. In addition to the book launch, 11 of Raymond’s screenprints will be on display at the gallery until December 12. The event is shaping up to be a good time, with a presentation talk and slide show given by the illustrator, as well as music by DJ Skid Vicious. And drinks. The self-taught artist has garnered... | Continue reading article

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Getting your schlock on: 24 hours at Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa’s home of stuff you won’t see anywhere else

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Photo by Amy Jane Lawes.Photo by Amy Jane Lawes.

As part of their 80th birthday celebrations, the Mayfair Theatre ran a schlock cinema marathon last weekend – a 24 hour celebration of all that is sublimely bad in moviedom. These are films to be enjoyed, in our post-modern era, at a very high level.  Your faithful correspondent made it out alive and elated, but ever since strange and dream-like memories of the event are flashing back to me in a uniquely cinematic form… The following previews contain scenes not suitable for those of a nervous disposition, or an aversion to... | Continue reading article

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Mother Mother set to take the Bronson Centre back to The Sticks

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Photo courtesy of Matt BournePhoto courtesy of Matt Bourne

Mother Mother’s sound is distinctive—three voices, two female and one male, sing beautifully structured harmonies over rock beats and intricate instrumental parts. Once the vocals kick in, it would be difficult to confuse the west coast band with any other. They’ve been described as “art-pop,” a description that, while it can be useful in a pinch, is largely inadequate to convey the eclectic and shifting nature of the band’s sound. “It’s fine. It’s a label. It’s words,” shrugs Ryan Guldemond, Mother Mother frontman, writer and producer. “I’ve been describing [the... | Continue reading article

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