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WuFest brings together all that is good in Ottawa

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AroarA. All photos courtesy of The Black Sheep Inn.AroarA. All photos courtesy of The Black Sheep Inn.

WuFest brings together all that is good in Ottawa. No, unfortunately it doesn’t celebrate the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, but it does bring together some of Canada’s (untapped) talent in a celebration of creativity — specifically the musical and photographic kind. Ming Wu is the prolific and omnipresent concert photographer who has been snapping away at whatever interesting cultural events Ottawa has hosted since 2008. He also serves as one of the main driving forces behind the weekend-long WuFest. Along with The Black Sheep Inn, Ottawa Showbox, CHUO 89.1 FM, and... | Continue reading article

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One million new trees for Ottawa

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Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa could be looking a lot greener in the years to come, or at least it will if Tree Ottawa gets its way. This local, community-based initiative is the brain-child of Ecology Ottawa, and has set itself the lofty goal of having 1 million new trees planted within Ottawa’s city limits before Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Beyond this goal, Tree Ottawa is looking to engage with YOU, and every other member of the Ottawa community. The organization has set itself up around three fundamental pillars: to Protect, Plant, and... | Continue reading article

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Nonprofit Band brings reinvented rock ‘n roll to Ottawa

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All images from thenonprofitband.com.All images from thenonprofitband.com.

Allow me to introduce you to Nonprofit Band, the musical group who have reinvented rock ‘n roll music. How could they have possibly done this? Easy. There’s no electric guitar to be found in their work. Instead, they employ a violin, plugged into an amplifier, and utilize pedal effects to add different textures to the music. Nonprofit Band, founded by international violinist Michael Greilsammer, has gone beyond the sonic to redefine rock ‘n roll music. Whereas this genre generally summons the idea of the prototypical ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n... | Continue reading article

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Come see the hypnotic steps of Israel’s L-E-V

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Photo by Christopher Duggan courtesy of the NACPhoto by Christopher Duggan courtesy of the NAC

Jerusalem-born Sharon Eyal can be considered among the top dancers to have come out of Israel. Born in 1971, the talented performer danced with the internationally acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 to 2008.  She also served as the company’s associate artistic director from 2005-2012 and house choreographer from 2005 to 2012. After more than two decades with the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva, Eyal launched her own dance company L-E-V in 2013 with her longtime collaborator Gai Behar. Meaning “heart” in Hebrew, L-E-V performs this evening at the National Arts Centre for a one-night... | Continue reading article

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The battle between good vs evil takes centre stage at Kanata Theatre

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All photos by Wendy Wagner, courtesy of Kanata Theatre.All photos by Wendy Wagner, courtesy of Kanata Theatre.

It’s a tale as old as time, the battle and balance between good versus evil that pits temptation against weakness, and it takes center stage in Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Kanata Theatre. The play is a reworking of the 1886 novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, widely known as a classic and, although you may not have read it yourself, you’ve likely come across some form of it in an episode of Looney Tunes or Arthur. In Hatcher’s version,... | Continue reading article

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Concours :: Dans le tapis avec Lisa Leblanc! — Une paire de billets à gagner!

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Crédits photo : BonsoundCrédits photo : Bonsound

Le 4 novembre dernier Lisa Leblanc a lancé un mini-disque qui casse la baraque Highway, Heartaches And Time Well Wasted (Bonsound). 80 000 albums vendus plus tard pour son premier disque (2012), Lisa Leblanc revient en très grande forme.  Cette suite s’inscrit dans l’exploration d’un nouveau monde musical; elle nous offre ses premières chansons an anglais. Pas subtiles dutout, les unes après les autres, on retrouve l’authenticité crue de Lisa à travers des pièces aux allures très western, voire folk trash par moment – Gold Diggin’ Hoedown. Lisa nous fait... | Continue reading article

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Win tickets to see Jennifer Castle and the Acorn on November 14

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Photo by Jaime Barash, courtesy of ideefixerecords.com.Photo by Jaime Barash, courtesy of ideefixerecords.com.

This is going to be a great show. We’ve long understood that we can trust Arboretum. They take things seriously, and when they ask you to show up, it’s probably going to be worth it. We played some Jennifer Castle on Apartment613 Live (our weekly show on CHUO) last week and it was awesome. She’s a smart song-writer, with a perfectly warming tone for these chilly November nights. As if that wasn’t enough, she’ll be joined by The Acorn. Rolf Klausener promises us some new music after a three-year hiatus... | Continue reading article

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Tanya Tagaq plays the best punk show ever

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Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

The folks at the NAC might be kicking themselves for having booked Tanya Tagaq into the small Fourth Stage instead of one of their larger rooms: the show was booked before she won the Polaris Prize, reignited the debate in Canada over the seal hunt, and changed the way many Canadians think about Inuit musical traditions. Tanya Tagaq grew up in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. She is 37 years old and has been performing for over 13 years, collaborating with Bjork, the Kronos Quartet, and others. However, it was only this... | Continue reading article

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Pay your respects to the late Pina Bausch this weekend at the NAC

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Photo courtesy of the NACPhoto courtesy of the NAC

The late Pina Bausch, who died in 2009, was a legend in modern dance.  Through her works as a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and ballet director the renowned German artist is credited with creating dance theatre. Audiences from the National Capital Region can now see this cutting-edge work first hand, when Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – the company that Bausch founded – performs Vollmond this evening (November 7) and tomorrow at the National Arts Centre in two highly anticipated shows.  Both performances start at 8 pm. “This is the Canadian premiere of a work that Pina... | Continue reading article

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