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Benchworks is back!

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Night Fliers, by Amy Thompson. Image courtesy the artist.Night Fliers, by Amy Thompson. Image courtesy the artist.

What happens when a few local artists are asked to step outside of their comfort zone? Benchworks happens, that’s what. Coordinated by Magpie Jewellery, Benchworks features five local artists who have left their typical medium behind, instead creating an inspiring new piece of jewellery. This year, Magpie approached Erin Robertson, Remi Theriault, Marc Adornato, Amy Thompson, and Guillermo Trejo, and asked them to develop a unique piece, carving their idea into a wax mold. Magpie took these carvings and cast them into jewellery  - the final reveal for all of the... | Continue reading article

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Got a craving for some EFT-up comedy?

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Dani Alon, Kevin Mongeon, Joel Garrow and Chris Hannay for EFT-up at Pressed. Photo from their Facebook page.Dani Alon, Kevin Mongeon, Joel Garrow and Chris Hannay for EFT-up at Pressed. Photo from their Facebook page.

Chris Hannay did. That’s why when he first moved to Ottawa with his EFT-up co-founding girlfriend Dani Alon, getting involved in the limited improv scene was a must. He quickly investigated and built relationships with other improv enthusiasts and groups like GRIMprov that has workshops for people wanting more exposure to improv; and Crush Improv that has a core group of individuals that performs shows and special events when they can. With a cross-over of artistic talents and acting support, the Experimental Farm Theatre group was born. Experimental Farm Theatre... | Continue reading article

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Toronto supergroup, Sheezer hits Zaphod’s on Thursday

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Sheezer, from left to right:  Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.Sheezer, from left to right: Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.

We often have the strongest attachments to music we listen to in our teens. Members of Sheezer, like many of their listeners, discovered the angsty alternative rock band Weezer at a formative time in their lives.  On October 23rd, Ottawans will have the opportunity to relive their own teen years when Sheezer plays at Zaphod’s. As their name suggests, Sheezer is a group of female musicians who play covers of Weezer songs. The band is something of a Toronto supergroup: members of the band also play or have played in... | Continue reading article

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Anita Majumdar shines in double-bill performance at GCTC

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Photo by Andrew Alexander.Photo by Andrew Alexander.

Canada is a special place. With a vast geography, relatively small population spread over a huge land, and a multicultural mix that makes this country one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world, Canada is able to produce an array of voices with multiple viewpoints. The magic of the Great Canadian Theatre Company is that it allows a wide spectrum of Canadian playwrights — each with their own unique story and style — to showcase their talents. Until November 2, local theatre lovers can enjoy the brilliance of... | Continue reading article

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Tru Love opens the upcoming InsideOut Film Fest

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This light romantic film is also a definite tearjerker if you’re sensitive or oblivious to foreshadowing. It’s the story of three women whose lives intersect serendipitously and intertwine to bring about credible character change. The heart does crack open through heartbreak; if you’ve never experienced this kind of loss, then you may not fully understand the profound change that characters go through in the end. Tru is a lesbian player who cannot commit to an intimate relationship or hold a job for longer than a few months. She helps out... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Sylvie Hill launches poet-meets-artist collaboration on Kickstarter

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Cover art for Russell Square Station: mine the trash. All images provided by Sylvie Hill and Juan Carlos Noria.Cover art for Russell Square Station: mine the trash. All images provided by Sylvie Hill and Juan Carlos Noria.

Questions linger in a world of online relationships formed tweet by tweet and like for like: Who is the person behind the avatar? What are they promising? Why are we engaging and where is this all going? Sylvie Hill, spoken word poet, lover of James Joyce, and in-your-face ex-Ottawa XPress Shotgun columnist can tell you a few things about online flirtations turned real world encounters. Meshing her tell-all, sexually explicit poems with full colour Juan Carlos Noria ‘dixon’ art, she’s banking on crowdfunding to launch this poet-meets-artist collaboration. “This is not... | Continue reading article

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An unrecognized place: The forgotten home of the Pattees and Freimans

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Army Officers Mess at 149 Somerset St. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Grant Peters.Army Officers Mess at 149 Somerset St. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Grant Peters.

Have you ever walked down Somerset Street towards the Rideau Canal, glanced over at a redbrick mansion near the corner at Elgin Street and wondered, “What could possibly have happened there?” At one point I did as well, and discovered that the house standing at 149 Somerset is perhaps one of the most historically important yet unrecognized places in Ottawa. Built in 1891 by the Pattee family, a private and prominent industrialist family, the building’s exterior was decorated with bullnose pillars and a frieze lining the upper edifice that depicts... | Continue reading article

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Almonte: How a small town became an artistic hub

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Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.

Post by Kris Riendeau, editor of Almonte’s arts publication TheHumm, part of our Support Local series featuring local folk. Don’t forget to head out to Almonte for Support Local day on October 25! Bus shuttle tickets available here. Tired of being a slave to your Google calendar? Looking to escape from the hectic pace of city life? Well, you may want to steer clear of Almonte, because there’s just so darned much going on all the time. On the other hand, if you’re searching for a vibrant arts and cultural... | Continue reading article

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Ottawa this weekend

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Photo provided by Truly Happy.

Post by Ketevan Chigogidze, a volunteer and instructor for The Art of Living Foundation. She can be reached on Twitter. “If people can get access to inner peace, then outer peace is a reality. Peace is not just absence of conflict; it is a positive phenomenon inside of us. When our mind is quiet, our intellect becomes sharper, our emotions become positive and lighter, and our behaviour becomes much more palatable. These are the effects of finding peace. Inner peace is the key for world peace.” – Sri Sri Ravi... | Continue reading article

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