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Tap Room Sessions pour a little life into Kanata + ticket giveaway

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Photo from Big Rig's website.Photo from Big Rig's website.

Kanata is not exactly known for its nightlife. Once a haven for technological development, Kanata has become a place that many Ottawans simply don’t think about that often, unless it is in the context of our hockey team. But if the plan hatched by Big Rig and Ottawa Showbox is successful, that is about to change. The new partnership is about to bring a touch of downtown to the centre of Kanata as Matías Muñoz of Showbox and Travis Persaud of Big Rig move to shape Kanata into a destination in... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Human by S.M. Carrière

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Post by Laurie Stewart. Human is the story of Aleksandar Svetoslav, a centuries old vampire from Eastern Europe. He’s sent to America to rebuild the territory of the last Prince and his House, after he and his entire line are slaughtered by vampire hunters. The story begins with Aleksandar’s rescue and conversion in the face of the Mongol invasion in Eastern Europe. It then lightly touches on the ensuing centuries, to cast a brief but glowing eye on pre-war Europe in 1910. Then jumps straight to present day. But things... | Continue reading article

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10 can’t miss bands at Megaphono

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Pipahauntas. Photo from megaphono.tv.Pipahauntas. Photo from megaphono.tv.

One of Ottawa’s newest festivals is already one of its best. Megaphono is back for a second edition of 613 music from February 2-5, filling local venues as well as unexpected places (three words: skating bonfire party) with sounds, talks, and mixers that you can’t miss out on. Whether you’re looking to discover more awesome bands in your backyard, or you’re totally new to the capital and half-expecting a Justin Trudeau DJ set, we have your Megaphono schedule sorted. Here are 10 artists at that will get you dancing and... | Continue reading article

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Shakespeare for people who don’t like Shakespeare

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Tristan D. Lalla, Quincy Armorer and Kayvon Kelley in 12th Night. All photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Tristan D. Lalla, Quincy Armorer and Kayvon Kelley in 12th Night. All photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

A year and a half ago, Jillian Keiley, the Artistic Director of English Theatre at the National Arts Centre, asked Calgary’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop to collaborate on a production of one of Shakespeare’s most loved comedies – Twelfth Night.  However, she wanted them to imagine the play without puppets.  As the Old Trouts say in the program, “We don’t typically design shows with actual living actors in them” but they decided to take the plunge.  I’m glad they did.  Their abundant creativity has given us a delightful production.  First... | Continue reading article

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Choreographer Mark Godden of Going Home Star on telling residential school stories through dance

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Liang Xing and Sophia Lee in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation,  photo by Vince PahkalaLiang Xing and Sophia Lee in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, photo by Vince Pahkala

Written by Leah Geller Commissioned by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) with the support of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Going Home Star  explores the trauma and healing of Aboriginal residential school survivors. The story, written by novelist Joseph Boyden and staged by choreographer Mark Godden, revolves around a pair of contemporary First Nations young people coming to terms with the past. The ballet premiered in Winnipeg in 2014 and has won critical acclaim for its ability to “turn darkness into beauty” (Globe and Mail) . Going Home Star’s Canadian tour begins with... | Continue reading article

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The Crucible: Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s latest is something of a trial

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Photo courtesy of Sock 'n' Buskin Theatre Company.Photo courtesy of Sock 'n' Buskin Theatre Company.

Joseph Hutt is a freelance writer and editor in Ottawa, and a radio host on CKCU. You can find links to his various endeavours on his website, at www.cuppajoebooks.com. I absolutely loved Sock ‘n’ Buskin‘s performance of Dr. Faustus, so when I was offered the chance of seeing their most recent production, The Crucible, I was stoked for another fun-filled evening. While it kept with the interesting theme of demonic temptation, I was not so easily seduced by this production. The Crucible takes places in the midst of the Salem witch trials,... | Continue reading article

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LIFT Restaurant presents: a True Canadian Experience

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Photo from Lift Restaurant's Facebook page.Photo from Lift Restaurant's Facebook page.

LIFT Restaurant, at 101 Lyon Street, will be hosting a “True Canadian Experience” this week to showcase local culinary delights and local arts and culture. The innovative event is taking place January 27 – 29 and promises to excite all the senses. Executive Chef of Delta Ottawa City Centre Jason Duffy will be creating delicious plates representing Ontario, while guest chefs from other Marriots and Delta will be representing their Canadian territories. The menu includes tasting stations highlighting flavours from the Maritimes, Quebec, the Prairies and Ontario.  The high-end fare spans... | Continue reading article

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Review: A Little Fire at Arts Court Theatre

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Photo courtesy of TACTICS.Photo courtesy of TACTICS.

I don’t think it’s all that unusual for small children to have a relationship with God, whatever they conceive that to be. The early years of life are a strange and bewildering time; a prolonged shaking off of the dreams of oblivion. You don’t think about it all that often anymore once the options of a career in insurance are being brought to your attention, or what interest rates mean to you, or who might be willing to go home with you when the bar closes, but it’s not such... | Continue reading article

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Feb 5. Bronson Centre. Coeur de pirate. Be there. Soyez-y! + ticket giveaway

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Photo courtesy of Coeur de piratePhoto courtesy of Coeur de pirate

Béatrice Martin, a.k.a. Coeur de pirate, plays the Bronson Centre February 5th.  We spoke to her in both official languages about Ottawa, her new record, and bilingualism. Coeur de pirate on Ottawa “I have a nice relationship with Ottawa. I was 15 years old and I used to take the bus from Montreal to visit friends who lived in Ottawa. When I was an emo, we’d stand in front of the Shoppers at the Rideau mall. Like a lot of people did. Yeah, I was one of those.” “I have... | Continue reading article

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