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The PepTides

Cementing Its Focus: A New Chapter for SPAO

The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa held a grand opening party for its new location in Little Italy on Friday, November 10. After 12 years in cramped conditions on Dalhousie in the Byward Market, the new custom-designed building opened its doors to the public with a gathering and musical performance by The Peptides.

Listen Local at Bluesfest: The PepTides

Bluesfest, now in its 22nd year, is the city’s largest and fastest growing outdoor music festival. Although continuing to brim with big-named acts, the festival’s mandate also includes recognizing, nurturing, and providing a platform for local musicians ranging from budding talent to professional recording artists. This year roughly one-quarter of the acts at Bluesfest will be local. With an increasing number […]

An overview of Folk Fest 2014

September’s Ottawa Folk Fest marks the end of a summer of wonderful outdoor music festivals. Here is an account of its sights and sounds. Wednesday On a slightly cooler than usual September night, I arrived on the grounds as they were just opening. As I entered, workers were just putting the finishing touches on the […]

Review: The Powergoats album release party rocks Zaphod’s

As a musician immersed in the Ottawa music scene for the past 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of not only connecting, networking, and sharing the stage with fellow colleagues in the field, but to now have the opportunity of bringing their passions, pursuits, and performances to the public forefront as a music writer. During […]

Ringside for Youth XX: A fundraising success story

This is the story of how members of a community got together to help a financially strapped youth centre. That was 20 years ago, and the centre was the Ottawa Police Youth Centre, located in the Debra St./Dynes Ave. area…a neighbourhood which at one time, was plagued with crime. The PYC opened in 1992, inside […]

The PepTides wow in technicolour fashion

The PepTides’s May 3rd pre-album release party for new album Love Question Mark at St Alban’s was a sexy technicolour lucid dream. It was a theatrical performance experience like no other, as this professional outfit puts its mark on Ottawa. The band has fallen into a chasm of synth and is having a dance party […]

Behind the seams at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

The old-timey fair came to town this past Sunday April 13th in the form of the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. However instead of farmers and craftspeople lining up their wooden stalls side by side, open booths were set up in laneways like those I liken to the one behind my grandmother’s garden in Thunder Bay, […]

Emissions: A Climate Comedy

Review by Andrea Flewelling 60 min / Comedy / PG A satire about the human dynamics behind climate change, Emissions: A Climate Comedy brings us the tale of a modern Adam and Eve (yes, that Adam and Eve) set to the musical stylings of Scott Irving of the PepTides. This is the first play written […]

The Fringe Festival adds even more value with a free concert series

Last week, details emerged for this year’s Fringe Festival, and what a festival it promises to be. This year, Ottawa’s biggest theatre festival will get even bigger, sporting 54 productions over its ten day run. Beginning on June 20th, fringe-goers will be treated to some of the most eclectic theatre out there, and for only ten bucks […]

Portraits of an Artist – Claude Marquis Returns to the Canvas

For the people who comprise his community of supporters – friends, fans, peers, patrons – the question has lingered whether local artist Claude Marquis would ever paint again. His star had been on the rise from the mid-90s to the early ‘00s, so it came as a surprise when sometime after his critically-acclaimed “Nature Boy” […]