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Breaking the Code: A look into life of Alan Turing + chance to see Enigma machine up close

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All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Last year the highly popular movie The Imitation Game introduced the masses to the story of Alan Turing and his work cracking the Nazis’ “unbreakable” Enigma code in WWII. It was estimated that cracking Enigma shortened the war in Europe by two years. But Hollywood demands nonstop edge of your seat excitement and sometimes, especially when the subject is the tedious work of code breaking, that kind of mass appeal comes at the cost of historical accuracy. That’s where the theatre comes in.  Director Klass van Weringh has brought Hugh... | Continue reading article

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Get ready for the Ottawa International Music Conference + Pass Giveaway!

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Photo from Nomadic Massive's Facebook page.Photo from Nomadic Massive's Facebook page.

The Mercury Lounge – aka The Merc – knows what’s up. Drawing from both local and international acts, its music programming has been top notch for years. Brazilian-born Claudia Balladelli – the Mercury Lounge’s Music Programmer/Promoter for the past 14 years – is a big reason why. Her long experience has given Balladelli great insight into the ever-changing music industry. John Criswick, owner of the Merc, approached Balladelli last year to ask her if she would take the lead to create a music conference in Ottawa. Building off of the... | Continue reading article

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goods shop: North Dalhousie’s newest neighbour

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Photo courtesy of goods shop.Photo courtesy of goods shop.

Walking into goods, Ottawa’s newest variety shop, it’s clear that owners Jessica Wilson-Frenken and Josie Videto have great taste. Like, really great taste. From silk screened prints to cocktail supplies, and pottery mugs to intoxicating essential oils, the shop is full of perfect items to make your home even homier, your workspace more appealing, and to fill your garden with flowers to protect you from zombies. What started as a few shelves in local clothing boutique Victoire, quickly grew into this actual bricks and mortar shop. Open since March 2015, goods... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Showbox interviews PUP

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Still from Interview with PUP - Ontario Scene 2015.Still from Interview with PUP - Ontario Scene 2015.

The Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre came to a seemingly quick close. In that time, Ottawa Showbox had the opportunity to catch up with a few bands at House of Targ. Here’s their interview with Toronto’s PUP. The punk rock band has made some waves since their debut LP last August, raising eyebrows amongst veteran bands like Billy Talent & Fucked Up. They headlined an Ontario Scene event with Big Dick & Bond Girls on May 7 at House of TARG. Check them out below: This exclusive... | Continue reading article

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The spirit moved that Sunday

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Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This past Sunday, Ken Whiteley lead his gospel train into town and invited us all on board. Whatever beliefs listeners brought in with them, by the end there was no denying the power of this music.  For years Whiteley has hosted gospel matinees at Hugh’s Room in Toronto, featuring a rotating cast of guest musicians joining together for an old-timey hymn sing. Thanks to Ontario Scene we got to experience the magic of these gospel shows here in Ottawa at the NAC’s 4th stage. This particular afternoon featured Whiteley and... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Great poems and lousy junk

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I am a war poem monger.  I love the inherent tension of war poems.  I don’t mean the patriotic stuff.  I mean war poems that are blistering and authentic.  I love the way violent and traumatic experiences can strain poetic language to the breaking point.  I love poems that struggle to assemble the inexpressible into words. This is the voyeuristic fix I expected from Matt Jones’ chapbook White Flowers and Landmines.  It is exactly what the title seems to promise.  But Jones is one coy bastard.  In addition to a... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Showbox interviews Zoo Legacy for Ontario Scene

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Still from Interview with Zoo Legacy - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.Still from Interview with Zoo Legacy - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.

Just before the end of the Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre, Shawn, from Ottawa Showbox, had the opportunity to sit down with our own Zoo Legacy. The indie rock/hip hop hybrid opened for Shad on May 2 at the Bronson Centre. Check them out below: Ottawa Showbox, Ringbill Records and Apt613 present this exclusive Ontario Scene interview filmed at House of Targ.

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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist to speak in Ottawa

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Chris Hedges is not a subtle man.  In his latest book Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, the former longtime New York Times foreign correspondent offers a blistering attack on corporate power and political institutions. Local residents can hear him first-hand on Wednesday evening, when he is scheduled to speak at Centretown United Church (507 Bank Street) at 7 pm. So what can we expect from a talk by this internationally renowned Pulitzer Prize winning journalist?  Well, from my perspective — and this is only my view — I had mixed feelings after reading Wages of Rebellion. ... | Continue reading article

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Ron Sexsmith captivates NAC crowd

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Ron Sexsmith performs at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ron Sexsmith performs at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Canadian recording artist and multi-Juno Award winner, Ron Sexsmith, along with his supreme 4-piece band gave a captivating performance in front of a near sold out crowd inside the marvellously warm acoustics of Ottawa’s NAC Theatre this past Saturday night as part of Ontario Scene. The show marked the final stop on this leg of the tour, which swept across Ontario this past week, and will resume next month throughout the U.S. The tour is a two-fold celebration, first, to commemorate the newest release of his 14th album, Carousel One... | Continue reading article

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