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Weekend roundup: What to do + a giveaway

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This weekend has a mash up of music, food, and outdoor adventures – and you can top it all off by winning a pair of tickets to the Friends with Benefits event! Read on to find out more. Let’s start with the music: if you’re in a country mood, Gil’s Hootenanny down in the Glebe is where you should be. Eagleson gets celebratory at Ritual, launching their debut EP with Tall Trees and Tasty Susan. On Friday, Grre en Famille and The Cardboard Crowns are at Zaphod’s for a bit... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Mirror Comics and the geek culture renaissance

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Image from the graphic novel Challenger courtesy of Mirror ComicsImage from the graphic novel Challenger courtesy of Mirror Comics

The creation of comic books is not something that many people would associate with Ottawa – unless, of course, you include the cartoonish behaviour that regularly occurs on Parliament Hill. If you peer a littler closer, however, you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that Canada’s capital city is booming with local artists.  In fact, the growing number of locally produced comics is so impressive, the word “renaissance” has been used by some to describe the emerging geek culture in town. One of the leaders in this creative boom is Ottawa-based Mirror... | Continue reading article

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The PepTides: Enzymatic pop for the pre-apocalypse

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Photo by Bonnie Findley.Photo by Bonnie Findley.

Ottawa’s favourite nine-piece art pop band, The PepTides, is back with new tongue-in-cheek dance moves and songs for a new record called Love Question Mark being released May 3rd at St Alban’s Church. As we all live and love in complicated times, reading the latest extremes of cynicism and optimism available in the blogosphere, the PepTides are getting on this love train with new hypotheticals about what this enigma called love is all about. As a love-filled answer to their hate album, “For those who hate human interaction,” the title... | Continue reading article

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Dave Gunning: Stories and songs from a man with big shoes to fill

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Dave Gunning performs at the NAC. The crowd is brought down to a hushed silence during his performance of "Saltwater Hearts." All photos by Terry Steeves.Dave Gunning performs at the NAC. The crowd is brought down to a hushed silence during his performance of "Saltwater Hearts." All photos by Terry Steeves.

“It was rock and roll to me. He might as well have been the King. Now I could walk a thousand miles, and it would be like I stood still. Spend my whole life trying, and I’ll never fill those shoes.” Words penned by Dave Gunning, from his song, “Big Shoes” (We’re All Leaving, 2009), about Canadian iconic folk musician, Stan Rogers. It was during a 1981 concert, a double bill with Stan Rogers and John Allan Cameron, that would heavily inspire eight year old Dave Gunning, and set him... | Continue reading article

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Skepticamp Ottawa 2014!

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This coming Sunday May 4th, the Ottawa Skeptics will be hosting their 4th annual Skepticamp at the Shopify Lounge in the Byward Market, an all day event for those believe in the importance of evidence-based practices and the scientific method. The idea for Skepticamp began in Denver, by a critically minded software engineer. Skepticamp events would facilitate dynamic community discussion around the topics of science, skepticism, and critical thought. Following the barcamp unconference model, talks are led by members of the community and audience questions and participation are highly encouraged. After the... | Continue reading article

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The dream of the 90s is alive in HERVANA

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HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.

Though each of us begins In Utero, when it comes to rock, seldom do we see any musicians with a uterus getting much public attention – let alone a four piece collective. This is exactly what makes all-female Nirvana cover band, HERVANA, so fascinating. Well, that and their stage names (Skirt Cobain, Miss Novoselic, Dave Grrrl and Pap Smear). Four grunge-loving, Torontonian feminists converged this past year, after a rather enticing tweet prompted them to assume the challenge. Each were musicians anyway, just busy, and hadn’t really thought to form a... | Continue reading article

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When the Walrus Talks, Ottawa listens

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Screen shot from the documentary, Hands On, women, climate, change. Directed by Mary Kiio, Kenya.Screen shot from the documentary, Hands On, women, climate, change. Directed by Mary Kiio, Kenya.

This Monday evening, a group of Ottawans gathered at the Canadian Museum of Nature to hear a series of short, varied presentations on the topic of climate change: how we got here, what’s happening, and what can and should be done. The event was a collaboration between The Walrus Foundation, who put out the magazine of the same name, the Canadian Museum of Nature, who hosted the talk, and Concordia University, who were the evening’s sponsor. Shelley Ambrose, the gregarious executive director of the Walrus Foundation, commented that the three... | Continue reading article

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IFCO premiered 7 new films at Film/Scape gala

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Still from Deniz Berkin's Room Service.Still from Deniz Berkin's Room Service.

The Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa (IFCO) premiered seven new films at Club SAW for IFCO’s Film/Scape gala on April 26. The films were all made by Ottawa-based filmmakers and members of IFCO. Films ranged from being as short as three minutes to as long as 20 minutes. Filmmakers used a range of analog film types, mostly 16mm film. One filmmaker used 35mm and another decided on super eight film. “We have both established and up-and-coming artists from the Ottawa area, so it’s a nice range,” says Patrice James, IFCO... | Continue reading article

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My Brilliant Divorce is a quirky, relatable night at the theatre

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Kate Hurman in My Brilliant Divorce, photo by Lois Seigel.Kate Hurman in My Brilliant Divorce, photo by Lois Seigel.

Divorce, so often an un-mined topic from the female perspective, is rich fodder for theatre and it was with anticipation that I headed to the Gladstone Theatre. A charming introduction from Director John P Kelly opened the evening and soon we were off on Geraldine Aron’s one-hander tale My Brilliant Divorce. Katie Hurman features as Irish-Catholic Angela Kennedy Lipsky: middle aged, abandoned by Jewish husband Max and cycling through a roller-coaster of emotional stages over a period of several years. Not a great fan of the solo performance but here... | Continue reading article

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