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Q & A with Dan Mangan

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Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Photo from danmanganmusic.com.Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Photo from danmanganmusic.com.

Post by Curtis Perry. After a two-year hiatus, including fatherhood and some time to regroup, Dan Mangan recently released his 4th LP, Club Meds under the name Dan Mangan + Blacksmith (John Walsh, Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen, and often JP Carter, Jesse Zubot and Tyson Naylor). I was able to catch up with Dan over the phone in January, and we shared a wide-ranging discussion, from production work, to kitsch, to YouTube comments. Apartment613: Maybe the most obvious difference with your return is the new name – who is Blacksmith;... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents: Un Cabaret Trendy-Trash

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Image from undercurrentsfestival.ca.Image from undercurrentsfestival.ca.

Le Cabaret Trendy-Trash is an interconnected series of pieces by the writers’ collective Les Poids Plume, presented in a well-rehearsed reading as a unified text by five of its members. The pieces explore what it means to be a francophone of the Ottawa-Gatineau region, or more simply, the Outaouais, because as we’re reminded, “Ottawa n’est pas Hull, Hull n’est pas Ottawa, mais l’Outouais c’est les deux cotés de la rivière.” Curiously, there’s no English way to say it, though the OOH-da-WAY does have its charms.  It is a place of... | Continue reading article

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Art alive and well in east end

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Panel 4 (of 6) by Allyson Glenn in her show, “The Human Animal”. All photos by John Olsthoorn.Panel 4 (of 6) by Allyson Glenn in her show, “The Human Animal”. All photos by John Olsthoorn.

No fewer than four Meet the Artist events were hosted at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans last Sunday afternoon, February 15, helping make access to the arts a lot easier. Each of these exhibitions is open for public viewing giving viewers plenty of time to get their fill of some excellent art from Ottawa area artists. In the LaLande + Doyle Exhibition Space, Jennifer Stewart’s collaborative piece, Silent Stories attempts to open up dialogue between survivors and the public about domestic violence and to eliminate the stigma surrounding this... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Jerk It is a straight to the point exercise in storytelling

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Madeleine Boyes-Manseau, Tony Adams and Cory Thibert in Jerk It. Photo by Pat Bolduc.Madeleine Boyes-Manseau, Tony Adams and Cory Thibert in Jerk It. Photo by Pat Bolduc.

The concept of Jerk It: A Collection of Masturbation Stories (by Tony Adams, Madeleine Boyes-Manseau and Cory Thibert, of May Can Theatre) is a straight to the point exercise in storytelling: anonymously crowd-sourced personal stories of masturbation are read by five different performers; no sets or costumes, just unselfconscious readings of unselfconsciously written stories, a collaboration between anonymous writer and reader. Adams and Thibert acted as Masters of Ceremony and Boyes-Manseau read the final piece. Since each night will feature different stories and different readers I can’t spoil it for... | Continue reading article

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Jump into the rabbit hole with Flofferz

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From left: Jesse Alberto (House of Barons), Chelsea Vickers, Ramata Coulibaly and Domenico Tomei (House of Barons). All photos by John Aung.From left: Jesse Alberto (House of Barons), Chelsea Vickers, Ramata Coulibaly and Domenico Tomei (House of Barons). All photos by John Aung.

Flofferz knows that we live in a world that isn’t perfect and aspires to showcase this through a variety of mediums including photography, digital arts, illustration, painting and fashion. That is what makes this Ottawa production agency and magazine different. The founder and Editor in Chief of Flofferz, Ramata Coulibaly, is no stranger to being immersed in a world of perfection. Coulibaly has travelled the world modeling for various designers, shows and events where she was always having to live up to societal standards of perfection. Flofferz was created to... | Continue reading article

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Festibière brought Brewfest to Lansdowne

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All photos courtesy of Brew Brahs.All photos courtesy of Brew Brahs.

The 1st annual Ottawa Winter Brewfest, held last weekend happened on the unluckiest and luckiest days of the year: Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day. The good people of Festibière de Gatineau crossed the mighty Outaouais to bring their magical event to Lansdowne. This was the first time this event was held in Ontario, but it is expected to be an annual event. Knowing they had a willing and thirsty market next door from the hordes of Ontarians that would attend the Gatineau festivals, Winter Brewfest had no problem packing... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Parry and a vintage bicycle Spin stories of liberation

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Left: Photo courtesy of Evalyn Perry. Right: Photo by Tanja Tiziana.Left: Photo courtesy of Evalyn Perry. Right: Photo by Tanja Tiziana.

Oh, my! What stories Evalyn Parry spins! And how she and Brad Hart tell them! With song, music, poetry, and theatre. Stories of freedom, power, emancipation and courage spanning three centuries: 19th, 20th and 21st. Stories from our past, but told with music, song and poetry of today. Told using instruments of the 20th century: Rickenbacker and Gretsch electric guitars. Plus an instrument that spans all three centuries: a bicycle updated with 21st century electronics to become a percussion instrument. But all this technology is subservient to the storytelling, starting... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.

We’ve got a well rounded weekend ahead of us complete with art shows, killer music and SNL veteran cast members coming to town to entertain. Support artistic representation, local music and laugh yourself into good health all weekend long! This Friday in art we have Sacred Defiance at PDA projects. Aydin Matlabi commemorative exhibition pays respects to the fallen soldiers from the Iranian war. The portraits represent what the soldiers might have looked like in various calm, composed, and faithful poses in a bold contrast to the violence and needless... | Continue reading article

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Sabrina Fair has it all: Romance, fairytale transformations and the uber rich

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All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Romance, fairytale transformations and a peek into the lives of the uber rich – this show has everything you need to leave the mid-winter blahs behind. Director Venetia Lawless brings Samuel Taylor’s, romantic comedy Sabrina Fair to the Ottawa Little Theatre stage. I am consistently impressed by the talent of Ottawa’s amateur theatre community and this production is no exception. A show of this calibre doesn’t come together without a real love for the craft, something this cast and crew display in abundance. Sabrina Fair takes us to the 1950s... | Continue reading article

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