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The word of God comes to Ottawa

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Broadway’s hottest show, The Book of Mormon, is coming to Ottawa. The Tony Award winning musical is the brain child of Trey Parker, Matt Stone (both of South Park fame) and Robert Lopez (co-creator of Avenue Q and songwriter for Frozen) and has received critical praise around the globe. South Park fans may remember the 2003 episode entitled “All About Mormons” which told the story of Joseph Smith and the founding of Mormonism as a religion. It was a hilarious episode and for many of us, a first look at... | Continue reading article

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Waller St. Brewing brings “free-market alternative” beer to Rideau Street

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Post by Karie Dufour. There was a time when The Beer Store was not the private multinational corporation it is today, but rather a cooperative of Ontario brewers. The Brewers Warehousing Company Ltd., established in 1927 following prohibition, was created to protect local breweries and owned by every brewer in the province. Waller St. Brewing hopes to bring back that post-prohibition flavour to Ottawa’s craft beer scene. It will open later this summer in the basement of 14 Waller, the home of Lunenburg Pub and The Loft Board Game Lounge.... | Continue reading article

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Write on Ottawa: Palawan Story by Caroline Vu

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Caroline Vu. Photo from Palawan Story's Facebook Page.Caroline Vu. Photo from Palawan Story's Facebook Page.

Caroline Vu’s Palawan Story is about the young Kim Nguyen’s unwitting and traumatic escape from the 1970’s Communist Vietnam to the Palawan refugee camp in the Philippines, to her eventual arrival in the United States thanks to a case of mistaken identity. While the story of survival told from a child’s perspective and later re-dissected through Kim’s adult eyes is one that merits readers’ attention alone, it is Vu’s ability to keep her readers emotionally aligned with her narrator that really secures this novel’s literary merits. Vu displays an uncanny... | Continue reading article

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Kalle Mattson today at the Ottawa Bluesfest

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Kalle Mattson is having a great year and we thought it would be good to check in with him quickly before his Bluesfest performance. He plays the Clariage Homes Stage today at 2pm. You are our hometown hopeful on the Polaris list this year. What went through your mind when they announced it? How do you think this type of program can help your career? I knew there was a chance that the record would be nominated, but I really had no idea if it legitimately had a shot or... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Things to do in Ottawa and Celtfest package giveaway!

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Given the timing of Canada Day, you’ve probably been partying from last Friday to this Tuesday. Hope you had time to recover because the weekend’s already back again! This year’s RBC Ottawa Bluesfest begins on Thursday. Weekend highlights include Tegan and Sara, Danny Brown (Thursday), Journey & Zedd on Friday, Lady Gaga on Saturday and Mac Demarco, St. Vincent and Violent Femme on Sunday. There are tons of local bands playing throughout the fest. Big shoutout to our friends at Ottawa Showbox for showcasing the many local talents playing at this year’s festival. If... | Continue reading article

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Jésus les filles et Crabe vont rocker la Casbah!

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Oyé! Olé! Jesus les filles présentera leur tout dernier album ce vendredi soir au très intime et déluré Temporaire. Pour ceux qui ont envie de se dégourdir l’esprit, c’est certainement une occasion à saisir. Vos yeux deviendront grands à l’écoute active de leur deuxième album Le grain d’or. Ils performeront en compagnie de leurs amis art-punkers Crabe qui eux aussi, profiteront du moment pour présenter à la région leur dernier opus-à-grands-vents Anti-vague. Les cinq membres de Jésus les filles ont roulé leur bosse assez intensément dans les dernières années. Leur dossier de presse cumule des... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 2 juillet :: Le Bluesfest est arrivé! Tournée de lancement d’albums pour Jésus les filles et Crabe. Expo à La Petite Mort Gallery – Shoot me, please

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Basement 819 fait des choix pour mieux vous servir. Nous avons décidé cette semaine de faire la promotion de toutes nos recommandations via nos plateformes Facebook et Twitter @Basement819. Toujours, on pense à votre bonheur et cette semaine, on risque de courir à gauche et probablement à droite aussi pour alimenter vos ardeurs culturelles. Sans vouloir être subliminal, l’idée derrière est de vous encourager à nous écouter et à vous coller à nous quotidiennement! Nous sommes très attachants et divertissants (surtout). Voici notre podcast de cette semaine. Il est joufflu... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Reimagining the cosmos

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What do you feel when you look up at the heavens?  For many people – if not most – contemplating the vastness of the cosmos is a deeply humbling experience. The universe is so large, and our planet Earth in comparison so small, we can be forgiven for thinking that humanity is mere dust on an infinite cosmic broom. But is this feeling of insignificance justified?  In his fascinating book Vanishing Stars: Unravelling the appropriation of art by science, Ottawa-based photographer Sanjeev Sivarulrasa offers a radical new way of thinking... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: On the Line by The Red Rails

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Photo by Sean Sisk Photography.Photo by Sean Sisk Photography.

The Red Rails are a relatively new rock trio based in Ottawa. A love of minimalist rock and roll brought friends Kim Vincent (Vocals, Guitar), Chris Slaney (Bass, Vocals) and Steve Brogno (drums) together just over two years ago. “On the Line” is the first single from their forthcoming album A Living Fiction set to be released on Tuesday, July 15. For me, the song has a bit of a late 70s rock vibe to it: a heavy guitar combined with a sweet melody making it easy to groove along... | Continue reading article

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