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Mer Weinhold

Arts Writer

By day a writer and editor, and by night asleep, Mer spends some of their intervening time experiencing and writing about live entertainment, tasty food, board games, and events with costumes.


Fringe Review: GARY

60 minutes |Comedy, Drama | Mature GARY defies description for a number of reasons. To give away too much of the plot would diminish the experience, for one thing. Explaining every detail of what happens would take nearly as long as the show itself — there’s a lot going on in just an hour, on […]

Fringe Review: A Room of Wolves

60 minutes |Comedy | PG Some theatre shows strive to be universally appealing, with varied results. Other shows choose to focus on a specific subject of interest to a smaller audience, and specialize. A Room of Wolves is most enjoyable for those whose university days are a fresh or ongoing memory, especially anyone involved with […]

Fringe Review: Fugee

60 minutes | Mature | Drama The energy and enthusiasm that young actors bring to the stage is always impressive, and Third Wall Academy is giving them an opportunity this year at Fringe. The story of Fugee is a good fit for teenaged actors, centring as it does on a 14-year-old refugee from Côte d’Ivoire, […]

Fringe Review: Searching For Party

60 minutes | Comedy, Drama | PG  I have a confession to make: I’m not much of a video gamer. I don’t own any of the major consoles, I don’t spend much time gaming, and I haven’t spent money on a game in years. Nonetheless, I hugely enjoyed Searching for Party. It’s a series of […]

Fringe Review: Division 161

40 minutes | Mystery, Sci-fi | PG  If you never hear anything interesting when you eavesdrop, take this opportunity to listen in on an intense, guarded conversation between two people with a complex history. Division 161 delivers on being both a mystery and sci-fi, with a gradual reveal of information and some unexpected twists. The […]

The Sentries are bringing ska back to Ottawa

Like the seasons, fashion, and cicadas, music goes through cycles. Ska, originally a Jamaican style of music similar to reggae, has been a part of Ottawa’s music scene for many years. For a while it’s been experiencing a lull, but it’s recently regained some of its previous popularity. Voice of the People is a monthly […]

New directions for Capital Pride

As winter slowly draws to a close some of us are looking ahead to warm weather and summer festivals such as Pride in August. Fierté dans la Capital(e) Pride has ambitious plans for the festival’s second year under new management, planning a wide variety of events with the aim of bringing out a range of […]

Theatre world premières, queer history, & vintage costumes: all in one place!

Mer Weinhold is an Ottawa-dwelling writer, editor, book reviewer, and costuming enthusiast. You can follow them on Twitter. Ottawa has a vibrant theatre scene, comprising a multitude of venues hosting shows, troupes and companies performing them, and programs of study producing new actors, playwrights, and stage managers. From Centrepointe to the Shenkman, and many places […]

An uncommon combination of cartoons and cabaret + ticket giveaway

Mer Weinhold is an Ottawa-dwelling writer, editor, book reviewer, and costuming enthusiast. You can follow them on Twitter. Watching The Simpsons was a staple of my youth. Back when broadcast TV existed, we got two syndicated episodes every weekday evening on CFMT and CityTV (three episodes if one of my siblings climbed on the roof […]