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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

Hey kids! If you’re anything like me you’re well aware that autumn is upon us (I can’t be the only one waking up at 2 A.M. suffering through the challenging eternal question: do you get out of bed to grab another blanket or hope your shivering body can just shake itself back to sleep?) Despite […]

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Marvest: High Waters release Goodnight Mara at Marvest

Marvest is an offshoot of the CityFolk festival that runs between September 16th and 20th, at the Aberdeen Pavilion, and along Bank Street. These mostly free shows feature local artists, and we’ll be profiling some of those artists. Ottawa locals and recent transplants complaining about Ottawa’s lack of a”vibe” should walk on over to the House of Targ […]

Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Ottawa Creatives: DJ Hobo and Sweet Cheeks

Pawel and Jose became friends in 2008 and spent the winter, both unemployed, making dinner and playing records. Jose had been playing in a band, My Dad vs Yours, since 2000 and Pawel had been djing at notorious houseparties with other local DJs. After having left his CDJ in Jose’s care while travelling earlier that […]

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Marvest: Local open mic veteran Amanda Lowe takes on the Wild Oat

Amanda Lowe, an emerging artist on the Ottawa music scene, will be performing on Saturday September 19 as part of CityFolk’s free Marvest festival – showcasing local talent, food and beverages. Amanda has been singing, composing, and songwriting for 10 years now. To date, she has released only singles, but is currently working on her […]

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The 39th Ottawa International Animation Festival

Animation aficionados rejoice! It’s Ottawa International Animation Festival season once again, with five full days of fantastical images and stories from Canada and around the world being presented on the big screen. Now in its 39th year, the OIAF is a well-established fixture on the Ottawa festival scene, and a much loved and anticipated one […]

Julie Le Gal and AL Connors in Living Together. All photos by David Whiteley.

Norman continues to conquer in Living Together

There’s a not-to-be-missed theatrical treat at The Gladstone! Living Together is the second of a theatrical triple-header called The Norman Conquests.  You can read my review of the first play, Table Manners here.  I’ve learned since then that Alan Ayckbourn wrote this brilliant trio of plays in a mere 10 days.  One patron on opening night […]

Kalle Mattson. Photo courtesy of NAC Presents.

NAC Presents turns five with one incredible line-up

NAC Presents is back with another exciting season of Canadian music and to mark its 5th anniversary it’s an especially rich and diverse lineup with nearly 50 shows all taking place between October and May. In five years NAC Presents has grown up quickly from about 20 concerts all staged at the Fourth stage in […]


Apt613 Fellowship: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Dante

Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Dante About: He used to work in a kitchen in Little Italy and still enjoys coming here. […]

Scarlett Jane. Photo by Jen Squires.

Roots duo Scarlett Jane find their groove

Toronto musicians, Andrea Ramolo and Cindy Doire had solo careers of their own before they united in the fall of 2011 to become Scarlett Jane. They had been friends for some time, occasionally performing together and even appearing on each other’s albums. After separately spending years honing their skills writing music and performing, it was […]