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Strength in diversity: Ottawa’s first-ever women’s poetry slam a rousing success

Review by Averie MacDonald. Pictures by Joel Eastwood. To call it “girl power” wouldn’t really do it justice. But there was definitely something powerful hanging in the atmosphere last Saturday night at Ottawa’s first Women’s Slam Championship. To be sure, it was a night about women. The line-up featured a handpicked selection of Ottawa’s finest […]

Fantomatique is spine-chilling

On a cold winter morning, with a snowstorm blowing in the air, a crowd of 5,000 people gathered in downtown Ottawa to watch a man being publicly hanged for murder. Many in the crowd believed he was innocent. The execution of Patrick J. Whelan on February 11, 1869 at the Carleton County Gaol, (today the […]

Still Standing You? A relationship in dance

The National Arts Center launched an engaging new dance series this week called Face 2 Face, featuring work of four international companies presented at three venues in Ottawa (NAC Studio, ArtsCourt Theatre and ArtsCourt studio). Face 2 Face presents duets as the thematic focus to tie the series together. The duet provides a perfect idiom […]

Weekend roundup: not Bluesfest yet edition

The headline says it all folks. Yesterday’s lineup announcement for Ottawa’s largest blues festival that also features electro, hip hop and prog rock sparked a flurry of online discussion and excitement. But if this weekend is any indication, we don’t need to wait until July to take in some wicked-ass music. The organizers of the […]

Weekend roundup: May the Fourth be with you edition

May 4 has for long been a landmark date for Star Wars fans. But recently, it’s moved beyond being a reason for private snickering between sci-fi devotees with a penchant for wordplay, becoming a holiday of sorts for geeks of all stripes. If this sounds like you, be sure to take part in a double […]

Crush Improv presents My Summer Crush + ticket giveaway!

If you’re tired of seeing productions where you know what’s going to happen (spoiler warning, Hamlet kills Claudius), or if your summer is just feeling all too rote and predictable, it may be that some improvisation is in order.  The Ottawa-based improv comedy group Crush Improv is putting on a full slate of improvised and […]

Review: In a word, Face 2 Face is “Awesome”

The Face 2 Face dance festival opened last night at Arts Court with two fantastic shows.  If you are a dance lover and don’t have tickets yet, rush out and get them as this series is shaping up to be a wonderful event. Canadian Anne Plamondon began opening night with her brilliant performance Les mêmes yeux que toi, […]

City Pulse: Arts Court Redevelopment – Part 2

In last week’s article, we showcased the existing Arts Court building at 2 Daly Avenue. Now it’s time to switch gears and take a look at how the Arts Court and its surroundings will change over the next few years. At the heart of this transformation is the $34-million Arts Court Redevelopment project by the […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] So maybe the winter blahs have you down. Have no fear! Fun can be had despite the cold weather – or, if you’re headed to the Winter Village Meshkawadoon, fun will be had because of the cold. There’s something for everyone music-wise this weekend. Zaphod’s will feature The Jerry Cans and Saali, […]

Trois: 3 Short Productions create comfortable ménage a trois

Arts Court is hosting a trio of theatre productions for the next two nights. “Trois (Three)” brings three 30min productions from fringe favourites MayCan theatre, Dead Unicorn Ink and GrimProv. To sweeten the deal the theatre lobby is set up nightclub-style complete with a well priced bar. Playing on the name there is even a […]

Hidden Gems: Art Battle!

A few weeks back, on a Saturday night late in March, I decided to stop by the Arts Court and check out the latest edition of Art Battle. For those that have never been, Art Battle is a live painting competition held each month at the Arts Court. Ten participants face off in two initial […]