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From vampire slaying to dressing fabulously: The 7th Annual Village Movie Night

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Just before Wesley Snipes starred in Blade – in which he bulldozes his way through hundreds of grotesque vampires plotting to conquer the world – he played a sassy drag queen in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar. Needless to say, it was a bit of a surreal experience watching the two movies back-to-back. If you really want to giggle, watch Snipes play his macho, blade wielding self before you head off to the Village Movie & Night Market to watch To Wong Foo, this Friday. It’s quite... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… Bosveld.

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On Wednesday eve, Ottawa’s Bosveld will combine with Evening Hymns and Julie Dorion and the Wooden Stars to create a savory folk buffet sure to gratify a wide range of tastes. Grab your musical fork, your musical spoon, your musical toothpick, your musical… can-opener? Bosveld explains. Sandro Marcon: Describe the kind of restaurant that would have “Bosveld” on its menu as its feature dish? Bosveld: There’s this diner-style restaurant chain that’s big in South Africa called Wimpy’s. Terrible food, but conceivably they would have a Bosveld platter on the menu. A can of pork and beans,... | Continue reading article

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One Door Closes, One Opens – Central Bierhaus takes over Irish Pub in Kanata

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Think back to your younger years to that bar everyone would tend to gravitate to on a Friday or Saturday night. As a “kid” (I use that term loosely) who grew up in Kanata, my go-to spot was O’Connor’s Irish Pub. It was Kanata’s iconic bar, although most of my memories of O’Cons (as we usually referred to it) are admittedly hazy. On the day it was officially announced that O’Connor’s was closed for good, it felt like the end of an era. With one door closing, another one always... | Continue reading article

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Jordan John: A modern Motown phenomenon

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Photo by Terry Steeves.Photo by Terry Steeves.

Toronto’s Jordan John absolutely wowed the crowds over his 3-day stint of shows in the capital this weekend. I caught 2 out of the 3, with his first show last Friday night at Wakefield’s landmark venue, The Black Sheep Inn, where he played to a packed house. The shows I attended were on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon at Ottawa’s west end music club Bassline Pub & Eatery, a place Jordan calls home: it’s where he made his official launch as a solo artist 6 years ago. Now 28 years... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… Her Harbour

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If you’ve never heard of Her Harbour, then tonight is as good a time as any to sail the seas. The act will be playing alongside Jesse MacCormack at Le Troquet on Rue Laval in Hull. Expect cascading, enigmatic, beautifully powerful soundscapes that are magisterially rendered and charged like lightening. Sandro (S): First off, where does the name ‘Her Harbour’ come from? Her Harbour (H): From a misunderstanding actually. I knew I didn’t want to release the record under my own name and had been weighing project names for a while.... | Continue reading article

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Hull your ass across the River! Arboretum will make it worth your while

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Arboretum is taking the party to Hull with a full night of programming across the river, including shows at Le Troquet and Le Petit Chicago. This will be a great opportunity to increase our cultural dialogue  across the river and help extend the festival audience. Nicolas Sylvestre, of the Fau Mardi collective, (a group that links DJs, VJs, producers and other technology-engaged artists together for events and shows) believes that people who cross the river to work should really think more about getting to know the community after hours. “Reality... | Continue reading article

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Arbor acts, eat’m: Branching into… Adam Saikaley

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Just over 20 years ago, New York’s Beastie Boys released their fourth album, Ill Communication.  Weaving together the sounds of punk, funk and hip-hop with live instrumentation and inventive, abstract sampling, the album touched on much of what many would consider delicious from the 90s. Now is a rare chance to hear the whole thing live, performed tonight at the Manx by non-other than Ottawa’s own Adam Saikaley and crew. That’s the scoop, so don’t be a bobo on the corner, tough guy. Get it together, and do it. Sandro... | Continue reading article

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Tonight! Rideau Hall Movie Night

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Let’s face it – Augtober is bringing a lot of us down. It feels like the summer is ending too soon. Not so! There’s still plenty of life in the city and we’re just getting ready for the second half of the warm season. If you’re somewhat of a homebody like me, you’re probably looking for something more relaxing yet still social this Sunday. Look no more, and check out Rideau Hall Movie Nights put on by the Governor General David Johnston’s team to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the... | Continue reading article

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Check out the Maker Faire this weekend – it’s bigger than ever

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It is no secret that Ottawa is full of talent of both an artistic and technical nature. Doors across the city conceal people working on special projects. This Saturday and Sunday (August 16 and 17) a number of these hidden works will be on display  at the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology in the fun and interactive event – Maker Faire. I spoke with Remco Volmer who is Program and Development Manager at ArtEngine, the Ottawa-based  collective  focused on technology-based art that organizes the event. The first Maker Faire was held in 2010 and... | Continue reading article

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