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SkullStore.ca offers up your natural selection of oddities

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Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.

As a collector of oddities, I often find myself lost in the online world of the weird. A short while ago, my wanderings led to my stumbling upon Chris, or @the_cornelian, on Instagram – an Ottawa-based oddity collector, artist, educator, and vendor for SkullStore.ca. Growing up, Chris had always told his father, “I want to be a paleontologist, an archaeologist, an artist” and now, he is a combination of all three – digging up fossils and bones and reassembling them (or disassembling them) into pieces of art, an ode to... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… New Swears

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Editor’s note: All this week Sandro’s been interviewing some of the act appearing at the Arboretum music festival, which ends today. Today he interviews the New Swears, local torch bearers for the fun boy noise sound. Hi New Swears. Who are the members that make up New Swears? How did you guys meet, and how did the band form? Nick Nofun Scrubar Beej eh Sammy J Scorpion We, Puppets of the illuminati, formed in a Starbuck$ wash closet…… That’s how we formed. Next question. Sandro: Which member of the band: a) skates the... | Continue reading article

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Landline: Go outside your comfort zone with this innovative walking tour/play

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Stepping outside the comfort zone. Part radio play, part walking tour, Landline spreads the stage to two cities over 1000 kilometres apart, and breaks the fourth wall completely. Two people in two cities – Ottawa and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia –  linked by cellular texting and synchronized audio script/guide, become audience to the radio play and walking tour. They also become actors for each other via text. At the end they meet face to face on a video call. Their director is the audio guide. (There is a fallback phone number to text... | Continue reading article

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Review: Skid Row plays first Canadian tour date in Ottawa

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Skid Row's bassist and founder, Rachel Bolan, sings a tribute to Tommy Ramone. Photo courtesy Terry Steeves.Skid Row's bassist and founder, Rachel Bolan, sings a tribute to Tommy Ramone. Photo courtesy Terry Steeves.

Last Sunday night in Ottawa was home to a night of pure hard rockin’ bliss with what was truly one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of 2014 for me. After nearly 28 years of a career that has seen its share of peaks and valleys, Skid Row proved tonight that they are better than ever. With the release of their newly released EP, “Rise Of The Damnation Army – United World Rebellion – Chapter Two”, they are currently on a massive world tour, with Ottawa’s Obsession Live Lounge... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: It’s Oktoberfest everyday with Brew Donkey

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What are you doing right now? Maybe you’re at work with way too much to do, inside your home with a lengthy list of chores, or drowning in debt with little money to throw down on an activity that isn’t listed on Groupon. We all have a million reasons for being stuck in the house, but once in a while we have to remember to shut off that computer, turn off the tv, and step into the outside world. I’m always looking to discover new ways to entertain myself in... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… The Yips

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Editor’s note: All this week Sandro’s been interviewing some of the act appearing at the Arboretum music festival, which ends this Saturday. Today he interviews the Ottawa-based Ouija rockers The Yips. We trudged through the thick, soggy trails; we emerged. We climbed the teetering steps, one by one, and knocked on the oak door adorned with duck feathers. It swung open smoothly. We walked through the smoke, the corn husks, the reverb, then parted the ruddy curtain that hung from the ceiling. Someone was in there, purring a motorbike. A Yip! But we didn’t know... | Continue reading article

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Geek-out your walking with Ottawa (de)tours

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Photo courtesy of lazy_artist (Mitch Carriere) from the Apt613 flickr pool.Photo courtesy of lazy_artist (Mitch Carriere) from the Apt613 flickr pool.

I love a good walking tour. I’ve been a fan of Jane’s Walk for quite a while and Apartment613 has run some pretty amazing walks over the years. That’s why I was so pleased to learn about the newly launched Ottawa (de)tours, an insightful set of walking tours and conversations that are addressing political and social issues. I shot a few questions over to Dan Monafu, one of the founders of the project, to find out more about what we could expect, and also had the pleasure of taking part in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is the kind of jam packed weekend where there is so much going on, you’re going to wish that you could be in more than one place at once. With both Capital Pride and Arboretum Arts Festival spanning the whole weekend, there is more than enough to keep even the busiest of bees busied. Thursday marks the final day to catch World Press Photos at the War Museum. A compilation of the year’s best in photojournalism, it is something you want to be sure not to miss. After the War... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 20 août 2014 :: Prestation live de MOONFRUITS. Éric se prépare pour l’International de pétanque du Vieux-Hull. LANDLINE à la Court des Arts. Événements culturels du Forum social des peuples.

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Cette semaine à Basement 819, nous sommes à trois à couvrir l’actualité culturelle pour vos beaux yeux. Jo Chapeau s’installe à l’émission comme collaborateur officiel et vous en serez encore plus heureux que nous! Il nous prépare une programmation de musique locale et des performances LIVE à l’émission pour les 12 prochaines années. D’ailleurs, parlant de ça, cette semaine, Moonfruits est venu nous visiter en studio. Les talents pas tellement cachés :: Moonfruits Voici l’entrevue complète réalisée avec Alex et Kaitlin, le chaleureux duo folk à l’origine du groupe. Deux... | Continue reading article

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