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House of PainT: A Photo Essay

House of PainT, Ottawa’s best urban culture festival under a bridge, wrapped up on Sunday. It was my first time checking out this annual party that pays homage to the legalization of graffiti on the walls of the underpass in 2003. True to its promise, the festival attracted an eclectic crew of artists, slam poets, […]

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: What to do in Ottawa

Hey, hey Ottawa – another exciting weekend ahead! Not only is there a birthday party for a dance party, but we’re giving away tickets to a dance show this weekend. Read on to find out more! Indie/folk band Joe Pug is up from Chicago to share some of their tunes, and Serena Ryder is also stopping […]

3 O’Clock in the Afternoon is an evening well spent

Presented by Carte Blanche, Norway’s National Company of Contemporary Dance, 3 O’Clock in the Afternoon debuts at the NAC this weekend. For this piece, Carte Blanche commissioned well-known and respected Norwegian choreographer and long-time Carte Blanche collaborator, Ina Christel Johannessen. In 3  O’Clock in the Afternoon, Johannessen questions the notion of boundaries – geographical, political and […]

Party & Bullsh*t brings back the 90s

Here’s a question: do you like Biggie? I mean Notorious B.I.G.; do you like him? He’s a rapper. He died 16 years ago (gawd I feel old). He was a pioneer, a visionary, an exceptional rapper. And so, this month, some of the localest of local deejays and rappers are throwing a big party in […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway!

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] It’s St. Paddy’s day this weekend, folks, and we’ve got just the burlesque show to celebrate. Need something a little more traditional? Head out to your local pub, Irish or not! Guaranteed they’ll be in a festive mood. Tonight at the NAC, you can catch the hip-hop/rock/soul music of Sound of Lions, […]

Weekend roundup: What to do this long weekend

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] Kicking things off, we’ve got Chinatown Remixed all day Saturday. From jellyfish in cafe windows to a main stage o’ fun, you’ll want to be wandering Somerset Street from dawn til dusk. Don’t fret too much if you can’t make it – the exhibits will continue on for the next month. Tonight, […]

Birds with Skymirrors at the NAC this Weekend

Birds with Skymirrors is an irresistible title. At once it conjures images of god-like creatures whose omnipresent mirrors reflect back to earth their privileged perspective of us. This is the mystical work from Samoan born, New Zealand based choreographer Lemi Ponifasio, who in his latest piece considers the degradation of current state of the environment, […]

Modern Cabaret Revival with Small Stages Canada

Twinkling lights adorned the small stage area, designating the space a dance zone, as 2-person tables in the audience quickly filled up with 3 and 4 people, and attendees dutifully waited in line for their coveted drink tickets. As more and more people filed in and the excited murmurs grew louder, I scanned the room […]

Children’s Fest launches with a bang

She Who Must Be Obeyed (but rarely is) blogs about food, travel and homeschooling five kids at travellargefamily. On May 24, you’ll find her dispensing travel tips at the Westboro Brainery. The 31st installment of the fabulous Ottawa Children’s Festival is kicking off.  Back in the day when I only had three kids, we used to […]

“If you can breathe, you can dance”

This Friday and Saturday, the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) is presenting ROAR, a collection of three new dance pieces by Propeller Dance that challenge some common assumptions about dance. Since their founding in 2007, Propeller Dance has been striking back at conceptions of what it means for a body to be able, of the types of […]

Fringe Review: raw footage

By Alex Katayama 40 minutes | Dance, Solo | PG When I was first assigned to review raw footage, the first thing I did was look up “contemporary dance” on Wikipedia and then desperately searched Youtube for “contemporary dance examples” — I figured a basic education couldn’t hurt. Then Friday night rolled around, I took my seat in […]

Fringe Review: ArborAmor

By Amanda Dookie  30 min | Comedy, Clown, Family | G Two cheerful, energetic mimes love to dance to the music of a quirky accordionist and all is happy in the world… until an unsuspecting tree comes to life with the music and shakes things up. Everything is said through music and dance in this funny little […]