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Crush Improv presents My Summer Crush + ticket giveaway!

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Photo courtesy of Crush Improv.Photo courtesy of Crush Improv.

If you’re tired of seeing productions where you know what’s going to happen (spoiler warning, Hamlet kills Claudius), or if your summer is just feeling all too rote and predictable, it may be that some improvisation is in order.  The Ottawa-based improv comedy group Crush Improv is putting on a full slate of improvised and non-improvised comedy performances and workshops over the next three weeks. Crush Improv, who call their work “professional make-believe”, began in 2007 as a “weekly workshop play date” at the University of Ottawa, but have grown... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Show Me Your Fears by Pony Girl

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Next month, Ottawa’s Pony Girl will be releasing Show Me Your Fears, an album that, if the video above is any indication, promises to be a harmonious and intricate offering of art-rock music. The video is a take-away show of the title track from the upcoming album, and it highlights the band’s talent for spinning beautiful soundscapes. It’s just one element of the album’s accompanying project, one that seeks to play up the art in art-rock: the band has recorded take-away shows like the one above for every song on... | Continue reading article

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Meet a Hubber: Ian Murchison and Rohan Thakar, Industrial Designers and Co-Founders, The Federal

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Ian Murchison (left) and Rohan Thakar, co-founders of The Federal. Photo by Ian Murchison.Ian Murchison (left) and Rohan Thakar, co-founders of The Federal. Photo by Ian Murchison.

HUB Ottawa is a co-working community, learning academy and incubator with a mission to activate new social enterprises and drive social innovation through collaboration. In this series, Kristen Macdonald introduces us to interesting members of the diverse HUB Ottawa community (Hubbers) and takes a look at the collaborative actions they are taking to make Ottawa and the world a better place. I sat down with Ian Murchison and Rohan Thakar in one of HUB Ottawa’s private meeting rooms overlooking the bustling junction of Bank and Queen Streets in the heart... | Continue reading article

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Latin vibes and sunsets at the Bytown Museum

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Market Scene Figurines by Dona Josefina Aguilar, San Antonio Ocotlan, Oaxana. 1980s. Photo by Sanita FejzicMarket Scene Figurines by Dona Josefina Aguilar, San Antonio Ocotlan, Oaxana. 1980s. Photo by Sanita Fejzic

If the heat makes you wish you were sipping lemonade with your feet gently resting on the warm sand, the ocean waves marking the melody of summer and the wind carrying its salty waters all the way to your nostrils—then you may be daydreaming about Mexico. If you can’t make it down south, perhaps you’d enjoy the Bytown Museum’s latest exhibition, México Fantasico! Culture, Diplomacy and Community. A splendid array of colourful artifacts are presented, including vibrant textiles, clothing, masks and ceramics; all the typical handcrafts and folk art you... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: In praise of the literary brilliance of Michael Blouin

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The National Capital Region is full of fantastic poets.  To showcase this amazing talent, we will feature in the coming months many of our local poetic wordsmiths.  Today we focus on one of our region’s literary pioneers. Michael Blouin is one of the best writers currently working in Ottawa.  Like a DJ who mixes and matches from different genres to produce a magical flow, his literary efforts combine fiction, poetry and music to produce a hypnotizing narrative. His most recently published book, Wore Down Trust, is a mesmerizing poetic-novel.  ”I would... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Meet the “Happy Generalist,” Ottawa’s resident travel bug

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Photo of Katie Shapiro courtesy of Kate’s PlatePhoto of Katie Shapiro courtesy of Kate’s Plate

Though she’s had her nose pierced in Warsaw and kayaked in Croatia, this high-flying Canuck still calls the suburbs of Canada’s national capital home. Katie Shapiro, or the self-declared “happy generalist,” is a blogger from Ottawa’s west-end who documents her day-to-day culinary endeavours and international escapades on Kate’s Plate. “I was craving a creative outlet,” says the University of Ottawa environmental science student.  “I started the blog during a little fit of science-fatigue and end-of-semester-procrastination a couple winters ago.” Since then, Katie’s kept busy blogging about everything from homemade ice... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Harvest Table 2013 brings farm-to-fork to life

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Guests at Harvest Table 2012. Photo by Ron Eade.Guests at Harvest Table 2012. Photo by Ron Eade.

At noon on Sunday, August 18th, 200 or so locavores will sit down to a family style gourmet feast under canopies at the Savour Ottawa Harvest Table – in view of the Ottawa Farmers’ Market at Brewer’s Park. For this third installment of an event dedicated to highlighting both the bounty and culinary talent of the National Capital Region, chefs from eight establishments – Thyme & Again, Beckta, Courtyard, The Fairmont Château Laurier, le café at the National Arts Centre, Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen, Brother’s Beer Bistro, and Susan Jessup (formerly of 42... | Continue reading article

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Tall Tales at the Billings Estate: Storytelling and marshmallows by the fire

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Phil Nagy gives his take on the life of Thomas MacKay, head stone mason of what was the rough, rowdy town of Bytown. Photo by Jason Yung.Phil Nagy gives his take on the life of Thomas MacKay, head stone mason of what was the rough, rowdy town of Bytown. Photo by Jason Yung.

Do you like stories? Do you like campfires? Do you like marshmallows? Do you like stories based on local Ottawa historical figures? I said yes to the first three, and begrudgingly said OK to the fourth one. Tall Tales is a series of Friday evening campfire storytelling events put on by the Ottawa Storytellers that happens every Friday of August on the front lawn of the Billings Estate National Historic Site, the colonial-style mansion (turned museum) that was the home of the guy whom that Bridge along Bank St. is... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for August 8, 2013

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Brewery Market

Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Thursday at 5pm on CHUO 89.1 FM. If you missed it, you can catch this week’s show using the handy Soundcloud widget below. And remember to subscribe to the podcast version of the show on iTunes. Karen was alone in the studio this week but she was joined by Taralyn Marshal, the organizer of the Ottawa edition of the Brewery Market. The next event takes place at the Parkdale Market on Sunday, August 25. Here’s what we played on the show this week: A... | Continue reading article

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