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Ottawa Pop Expo offers endless fun for lovers of comics, science fiction and fantasy

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If you are a fan of comic books, and love a healthy dose of science fiction and fantasy, then the Ottawa Pop Expo this weekend offers many special treats. Taking place at the Ernst and Young Centre (4899 Uplands Dr), the two-day event will feature a wide range of exhibitors, as well as numerous special guests, including such luminaries as Howard Chaykin of American Flagg! fame, and Tony Moore who co-launched the comic book series The Walking Dead. Marco Rudy, who has worked on such projects as Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, will also be present.  In 2014, Rudy is teaming up... | Continue reading article

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Meredith Luce & The Mandates perform music from Creatures

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Meredith Luce’s latest album, Creatures, has taken two years to complete. Luce has been focused on other things. She got married last year and bought a 100-year-old farmhouse on a one-acre lot in Kemptville. Then a horseback riding accident left her with some time on her hands. “I had an opportunity to record at Gallery Studio with Dean Watson while recuperating from a concussion,” she explains. “The album is primarily made up of songs I just never had a chance to put on a record before.” The busy 25-year-old musician, graphic designer and... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week? How about video of the year!

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Photo courtesy of House of PainT.Photo courtesy of House of PainT.

When I heard Souljazz Orchestra got commissioned by House of PainT to perform a special set for HoPX’s final event, the bboy finale, I new it was going to be a special treat. Souljazz’s Pierre Chrétien and his bandmates began work on the setlist in July. The final setlist included 16 songs fused breaks and hip hop classics like DJ Kool, James Brown and DJ Shadow, woven in with afro and ethio-jazz compositions by Manu Dibango and Multatu Astatke, topped off by Souljazz originals Agoya and Insurrection. House of PainT is... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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There’s plenty to keep you going this weekend, whether you want to find unique gifts or get one of your own. Craft shows continue, with Craftalicious and the Hub Market on Saturday and the Chinatown Craftwalk on Sunday afternoon. The Enriched Bread Artists are mixing it up with an 80s dance party and an art sale featuring photographs, textiles, prints and more. Get your share of foodies delights at the Holiday Locavore Artisan Food Fair, happening all day Saturday. And you can make your own gifts with the Make and... | Continue reading article

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From university romance to charitable work: The lovely story of the Stairwell Carollers

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Photo of the Stairwell Carollers singing in the ByWard Market taken by Holly MassiePhoto of the Stairwell Carollers singing in the ByWard Market taken by Holly Massie

If you listen to the moving songs of the Stairwell Carollers Choir, you may feel your heart glow a little brighter.  There is a good reason for this –  the local group, which has been singing for more than 35 years, was literally founded on love. Back in 1975, Holly Massie was a theatre student at the University of Ottawa.  In the same student residence where she lived, she met music undergraduate Pierre Massie, who is today her husband. From this campus connection a romance was born, as well as the founding of... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Laughing at the insanity that is the federal public service

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As federal civil servants know all too well, strange things happen inside the Canadian government. How weird?  Well, if you read The Cube People and Cube Squared, two uproariously funny novels by local writer Christian McPherson, you may never see the National Capital Region in the same way again. Published by Nightwood Editions, the two books revolve around Colin MacDonald, a government IT worker who dreams of being a published writer.  While typing away at science fiction and horror stories, he has to deal with a bizarre cast of co-workers, as well as hyper-bureaucratic managers who... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: The unofficial holiday gift list for 2013

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OPL does publish official holiday gift lists, so I thought it would be fun to look at some of the random books I have enjoyed over the past year which probably won’t feature on those lists. Even though my day job is in Children’s Services, I read all kinds of books. I have some picks for kids, teens and adults, and have tried to keep it short, but there were so many good ones… Best subversive princess picture book – The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp  I read this to... | Continue reading article

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Six years of CRUSHing laughter

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Photo by Andrew Alexander.Photo by Andrew Alexander.

I have a soft spot for improv. I love that it is so positive. The main rule being; Yes and, then what happened? Anything is possible, except stagnation, boredom or no thank yous.  It is a pleasure to witness fast minds, serious about silliness, creating new realities as the audience comes up with ideas to keep the story moving to new and unexpected places. Ottawa is very lucky to have a thriving improv community. If you have never been, there is no better chance to see the range of what... | Continue reading article

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Yoan St-Onge imagine un monde éternel

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Qu’est-ce que deviendrait la terre si on découvrait un remède anti-vieillissement? C’est ce que l’auteur Yoan St-Onge nous fait découvrir dans son récit, La fin des vieux jours, présentement disponible en téléchargement gratuit. Écrit entre 2008 et 2010, ce roman publié par St-Onge lui-même raconte principalement l’histoire de deux familles à différentes à différentes époques – les Lafontaine et les Champagne. Les Lafontaine sont deux – père et fils. Hubert, le paternel est un aventurier et un charmeur. Certains de ses traits se sont transmis à son fils, Félix, le... | Continue reading article

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