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Capital Chamber Choir promises evening filled with beautiful music

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Photo of Capital Chamber Choir by Diana LamPhoto of Capital Chamber Choir by Diana Lam

The National Capital Region is teeming with musical talent.  This is particularly true for choral music, as our region is blessed with numerous troupes who perform beautiful repertoires. One exciting group is the Capital Chamber Choir, a 24-person ensemble formed four years ago that focuses primarily on Canadian choral music, including the works of contemporary Ottawa-based composers.  The group will be performing this coming Friday, December 6, at the Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin). “We have evolved quite a bit since 2009,” says Cait Hurcomb, general manager of the Capital Chamber... | Continue reading article

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Trevor Finlay: Live and unplugged

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All photos by Terry Steeves.All photos by Terry Steeves.

From the first time I met guitarist/singer/songwriter Trevor Finlay and watched him perform on the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest stage last summer, I was hooked. From his searing blues solos to some serious chicken-plucking frenziness, Trevor has developed a unique style since the start of his musical journey at just nine years of age. I caught our Ottawa native this past Friday night at the Byward Market’s landmark venue, The Rainbow Bistro, who recently celebrated their 29th year in business. Trevor answered the call of Nashville a few years ago, where... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Mechanicsville Church

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

This week’s piece is for all the Presto-wielding commuters out there that hop on the back of a 95 every morning to get to school or work. If you’re going anywhere in morning rush hour, odds are you will be standing when you get on that bus. And as you chug along the Transitway heading towards downtown, while trying to avoid being sandwiched by bulging backpacks and puffy winter jackets, your typical escape is either a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, a Metro paper, or the view outside your bus. If... | Continue reading article

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Astronaut (and seriously cool dude) Chris Hadfield is coming to Ottawa

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Chris Hadfield is a Canadian national treasure.  The retired astronaut has a resume that is beyond exemplary: former fighter pilot; fluent in English, French and Russian; musician; traveled three times to outer space. What has really caught many people’s attention, however, is his down to earth attitude (no pun intended) that radiates a joy for life.  Whether singing a revised version of David Bowie’s classic Space Oddity while in space, or teaming up with the Barenaked Ladies to record a song as he orbited earth on the International Space Station, Hadfield... | Continue reading article

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Award-winning Canadian comedy lights up the GCTC stage

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Left to right: Zach Counsil, Pippa Leslie, Margo MacDonald, Sascha Cole and Geoff McBride.  Photo by GCTC Andrew Alexander.Left to right: Zach Counsil, Pippa Leslie, Margo MacDonald, Sascha Cole and Geoff McBride. Photo by GCTC Andrew Alexander.

Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet) is a triumph of Canadian theatre.  First premiering in 1988, this brilliant comedy won playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald the Governor General’s Award as well as other prizes. Playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until December 15, this work is proof that intellectually challenging plays can be a crowd-pleaser. For those not familiar with the story, it revolves around Constance Ledbelly, a timid junior English professor at Queen’s University who is working on her doctoral thesis.  Constance speculates that William Shakespeare’s Othello and Romeo and Juliet were originally comedies, and that they... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for November 27, 2013

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Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CHUO 89.1 FM. If you miss 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 and Michaella took the helm this week, and they told us all about Herd Magazine‘s first anniversary and SAW Gallery‘s 40th. Here are the tracks we played on the show this week: Your Ex-Lover is Dead - Stars Last Names and Backgrounds - Loon Choir Not Until The Tangible Ears Break Your Body - Lee Harvey Osmond... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Taste some lesser-known goodies at the Underground Chef’s Market

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There’s another food event in town this weekend. The Underground Chef’s Market is bringing together some amateur and professional food folks at the Ottawa Convention Centre to experiment with their ideas and show off some skills. It should be an interesting opportunity to taste some new stuff. There are only two names on the list (327 Wine Bar and Gong-fu Bao) that I recognize.Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and food at the show is priced between $1 and $10. We shot a few questions over... | Continue reading article

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Crosss my heart and read my tarot

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Ottawa band Bonnie Doon reads Crosss tarot cards unveiling mystic musical truths: On travelling about the Canadian music community this summer I crossed paths with Andy March, Ryan Allen and Nathan Doucet of Crosss (pronounced Crosses) on many legs of their various tours. The first time was here in my hometown of Ottawa at Pressed for a Bruised Tongue showcase. The second was during the freak flooding of Calgary, the third in the farm fields of Sackville and the fourth at Pop Montreal. Crossss released their debut full length LP... | Continue reading article

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SPAIN Arts & culture: l’Odyssée de la culture espagnole au Canada

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Propos recueillis par Mariette Delevallée. Depuis le 14 novembre dernier, la Bibliothèque des Archives accueille le 28ème Festival du Film de l’Union Européenne. Pour sa dernière fin de semaine, trois opus sont projetés, mettant l’Espagne, la Lettonie, la Grèce, la Belgique et les Pays Bas au premier plan. >Une occasion opportune de découvrir le travail des agents culturels des Ambassades qui travaillent à faire rayonner leurs artistes et leurs œuvres à travers le Canada. Paloma Linés Gomez, Agent des projets culturels à l’Ambassade d’Espagne d’Ottawa, présente son travail à BMT 819.... | Continue reading article

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