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Tango Legends come to the NAC stage

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The tango has always had a special place in my heart.  When I was a young boy, I was enthralled by family stories about how my grandfather in Chile danced this passionate baile, whose eroticism and sense of danger was intoxicating. Years later as a young man, I traveled to Argentina where I watched in awe regular people dance gorgeous tango in a public plaza.  One of my favourite souvenirs from this trip is a photograph of two women dancing the tango, as a sign overhead in Spanish reads, “If I... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: DIY books of all kinds

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Craft Walk 2011, photo by blurasis on Flickr.Craft Walk 2011, photo by blurasis on Flickr.

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. I’ve simply had enough of this incessant winter or not-spring as the season seems to be. In times like this, I get creative, so I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the books we have about all kinds of creativity. Creative hobbies are good for you as they... | Continue reading article

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch – A rocking good show

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Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

90 minutes (no intermission) | Rock Musical | Mature content including explicit sexual and coarse language. I approached this Vanity Project production with some trepidation. The last time I saw Hedwig and the Angry Inch was in another city where a professional rock singer and a punk band sold out every night of a 12 day run in a one of the roughest and seediest bars in town. I am pleased to say that Vanity definitely exceeded my expectations. If you like rock and roll and aren’t afraid of adult... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Zoo Legacy’s CRWD

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Zoo Legacy, one of the starts of the NCR’s hip hop scene, launched this video for their single CRWD this week. Their third video features their characteristic blend of rap and indie rock as well as some cameos by some well-known Ottawa locations. The band is currently running a kickstarter campaign to help them fund a trip to New York to record their next album with JUNO award-winning Canadian producer Gus Van Go (The Stills, Said the Whale, The Trews, Hollerado, etc.) and Steve Foley (Big Boi, Tyga). Check it... | Continue reading article

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Buck N’ Nice just sound like they are

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Post by Jared Davidson and Scott. “Rather than doing what people want, you take it outside, do what you want, and then make that what people want… if that makes any sense,” says SawBuck, gesturing with a french fry. We’re in a pool hall. It’s a Wednesday night. What he says does make sense, but I’ve got to supply some context: SawBuck, Ottawa rapper, has teamed up with another local music making enthusiast, DJ So Nice. They’re calling the project Buck N’ Nice. They’re kind of a hip hop super-group... | Continue reading article

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Mac DeMarco Our contributor talks music videos, rock and Salad Days

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Photo by Brad Elterman.Photo by Brad Elterman.

A couple of weeks ago I got the pleasure of interviewing Mac DeMarco. Even though some people may question his being vaulted to international stardumb, Mac’s music has seemed to strike an artistic vein within the populous and at the right time too. For me, he hit an artery connected to my heart and whatever is connected to me wanting to streak through the streets naked. Is Mac an auteur? Or does he place somewhere else on a spectrum of misrepresentation? Find out what he likes in music videos, rock,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: LAFF ticket giveaway

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On the set of Solo, playing Thursday night at the Latin American Film Festival.On the set of Solo, playing Thursday night at the Latin American Film Festival.

Looking to get your fill of Latin American film with free passes? Read on! Let’s break the weekend down by day. Thursday, kick things of with a fundraiser or two: the Ottawa BFA students are raising money for their year end show, the Lunenburg Pub is hosting one for autism research, and there’s a fundraiser featuring a few local bands and burlesque babes down at the Rainbow. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the A B Series down at the library, or catch the Uncooperatives at the Dominion. On Friday, The Wooden... | Continue reading article

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Find your cake and eat it too! at the Gluten Free Utopia

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Cupcakes from Bez Gluten Free Baking.Cupcakes from Bez Gluten Free Baking.

In recent years we’ve heard gluten free go from a foreign concept, to a term and lifestyle adopted by so many. You’d be hard pressed these days to meet someone who isn’t eating gluten free or know someone who is. Enter Samantha Maloney. Owner of local business Bez Gluten Free Baking, she saw the opportunity to create an event centered around gluten free eating and living – a first of its kind here in the nation’s capital. Gluten Free Utopia will bring together local businesses that specialize in gluten free... | Continue reading article

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Ian Kelly pleased the crowd at the Shenkman last Friday

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Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

On Friday March 28th The Shenkman Arts Centre showcased the wonderful musical talent of Ian Kelly. I confess that going into the show I had no idea who Kelly was. This is rather a sad state of affairs on my part, given that Kelly not only has quite the following in French Canada, his sophomore album Speak Your Mind has been certified gold. With music and lyrics that remind me of a mix of the Counting Crows and Blue Rodeo, Ian Kelly was a very pleasant surprise from the moment... | Continue reading article

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