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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Today marks International Women’s Day – and our city has got a plethora of celebratory events for you to attend. There’s dance, a fancy dinner, special music surprises, monologues, and even an event for those of you who say “I’m a feminist, but…” Musically, you’re going to have to make some tough choices this weekend. Zaphod’s 20th anniversary celebrations continue, with DJs, The Polytones, Sound of Lions, and a bit of burlesque stopping by over the next few days. Tonight, indie rockers Plants and Animals take to Ritual, while John... | Continue reading article

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Omar Killed Me Diverciné Film Festival

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As you walk on Rideau Street bracing the cold wind, you admire the bright lights of the Bytowne Cinema which remind you of all the good memories forged inside. Strolling inside the cinema as the flock of cinéphiles exit from the previous movie, you find a cozy chair after removing your winter coat and accessories. You sink into your seat and start nibbling on some popcorn or soft candy, eagerly waiting for the red curtain to rise. After a brief speech by Erika Denis, the audiovisual attaché at the French... | Continue reading article

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Wunderkammer: Ottawa’s new curiosity shop

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Walking into Wunderkammer is like entering an apartment whose owner had recently splurged at an antique store owned by Rilo Kiley. Situated on the trendy intersection of Dalhousie and St Patrick, Wunderkammer’s bright and eclectic décor of antlers, vintage furniture, and nature-inspired artwork is a definite indication of the quirky contents of the store. Co-owners and partners Nathan Dubo and Tamara Steinborn opened the jewelry and gift store in late October 2011 and it has quickly become an Ottawa favorite. While Wunderkammer’s popularity in Ottawa has grown rapidly, its creation began... | Continue reading article

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Déjà vu? The impact of Ottawa’s smoking ban on Gatineau and its bar scene

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The City of Gatineau is once again forced to react after the Ottawa city council approved a motion, 21-2, to ban smoking in bar and restaurant patios. Beaches, playgrounds and parks among other locations will also become smoke-free after Canada Day. “It is only a matter of time before a similar law is ushered into Gatineau’s City Hall,” said Éric Gaudreault, owner of Le Troquet – Bar and Bistro, which has two patios. This seems like a déjà-vu for bars and restaurants owners in Gatineau, specifically for bars in le Vieux-Hull. On August 1, 2001 the City... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Bye Bye Sears, welcoming Bordeleau & McDonald, Ottawa Distillery district and more!

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A weird feeling of sadness and excitement came to me when I heard the Rideau Centre Sears was closing. I felt bad for 200 or so individuals that are losing their jobs, but my attention soon turned to what could take over the big vacant space left by Sears’ departure. Would a Simons be interested in coming to Ottawa? Is this finally what H&M has been waiting for to dive into the Ottawa market? Alternatively,  the space could be redivided into smaller sections to bring about greater diversity. What would you... | Continue reading article

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Happy Birthday to Zaphod Beeblebrox! Now there’s a bar that really knows where its towel is.

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Zaphod’s got more memories – sordid, sentimental or otherwise – then most 20 year olds. Located in the heart of the Byward Market, the bar is a staple of Ottawa’s nightlife frequented by students and professionals, tourists and locals alike. Like any local watering hole, the bar has some idiosyncrasies that set it apart from anyplace else on earth… or the galaxy for that matter. The strictly enforced 11pm curfew for music shows springs to mind, a policy loved by people with day jobs and hated by everyone else. There’s... | Continue reading article

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Barr Brothers are set to ignite North America’s folk scene

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On March third, the NAC will host the soulful melodies of The Barr Brothers. The Montreal band is in the midst of a massive tour in support of their eponymous first album, stopping off in Ottawa before flying down to Texas to tour the southern states. There is something of a southern folkiness to this band’s sound. At times soft and sonorous, at others vengeful and bluesy, The Barr Brothers’ music has a very traditional feel. Their stripped-down style is characterized by acoustic guitar, organ, and harp with lyrics that... | Continue reading article

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Diverciné : Les écrans de la Francophonie à découvrir

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Avis à tous les cinéphiles, le festival Diverciné : les écrans de la Francophonie du monde, est enfin de retour à Ottawa. À partir du 2 mars, et ce, jusqu’au 11 mars, plusieurs films francophones seront à l’honneur dans la capitale nationale. Vous aurez la chance de découvrir des films de divers pays francophones, dont la France, la République Démocratique du Congo et le Liban.              Il s’agit de la 10e édition du festival et selon Erika Denis, attachée audiovisuelle pour l’ambassade de France au Canada, le festival a évolué... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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Today’s the day to remember that age-old saying about March, lions and lambs, Ottawa – keep that bright hope for snow-free days going. But don’t worry: there’s a lot going on to lift your spirits this weekend, from some suburban comedy to silkscreening to learning how to write love poems. Mavericks is hosting a night of local and American punk tonight, with Pianos Become the Teeth, Constraints, Sparrows and more. On the other end of the spectrum, the Owl Eyes Project and Dynamite Motel will be at the Elmdale, and it’s... | Continue reading article

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