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Andre Gagne

Music Writer and Web Editor

Andre R. Gagne is an indigenous species generally found in Ottawa, ON, though he has been spotted by some in Paris, Tokyo, New York, Vegas, Vancouver, Ireland, London and various stops in between. Camouflaged within the local music scene, he is sometimes pounding pinball to punk, wedged between vinyl new releases, boppin' to the beats, contorting himself around bar speakers or crunched against the steel at a local festival. He is always firmly attached to his camera, except that one time he dropped it in a fountain at the Louvre. Oops! More on this strange creature at: argagne.wix.com/argagnephotography.
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CTA: Repair Prince of Wales Bridge or Sell It

CTA: Repair Prince of Wales Bridge or Sell It

Is the Prince of Wales a bridge too far gone? The debate on what to do with the inter-provincial railway crossing came to a head on February 16 when the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) placed the City of Ottawa at a fork in the lengthy road for the 136-year-old bridge. The signs were not reading [...]

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The Ice Queen’s Blues – Q&A with Sue Foley

The Ice Queen’s Blues – Q&A with Sue Foley

Photos curtosey of SueFoley.com / Feature image by Scott Doubt Old man winter may have put a lock on her heart but Sue Foley’s new album Ice Queen is a sizzling sampling of blues with tundra melting guitar licks and the Juno winners signature sultry thermostat raising vocals. The heat is [...]

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Looking Back, Gazing Ahead -- It's all Beautiful to Alan Doyle

Looking Back, Gazing Ahead -- It's all Beautiful to Alan Doyle

“They came to see you. So you be you and nobody else,” Gord Downie once told Alan Doyle. They are words he’s never forgotten. Words that remain as the one time member of Great Big Sea, Canada’s biggest party band, continues his career as a solo musician. Once, in what may seem [...]

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A Mesmerizing Maze of Memory Awaits in ELLE-MOI. D’un bout du monde à l’autre

A Mesmerizing Maze of Memory Awaits in ELLE-MOI. D’un bout du monde à l’autre

Photos by Nicolas Ruel SERIES DANCE 10 SEASON 2017-2018 Production KATIA GAGNÉ / Les Créations Ozar et Danse Cité February 22, 23 & 24 2018 / 7:30 pm ODD BOX Studio, Arts Court ___ As it is in the oasis of the mindscape where memories weave and intertwine around [...]

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Jumpin' Joel Flash & The Magic Machine

Jumpin' Joel Flash & The Magic Machine

Photos by helensphotography.ca and ryanlindseyphoto.com Let’s time travel! For lack having a readily available DeLorean, we’re gonna’ jimmy-rig a blender, some duct tape and a couple wire I found in Uncle Eddie's toolshed. Kids, don't forget to ask your parents’ permission [...]

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Les Misérables redux is still “Master of the House”!

Les Misérables redux is still “Master of the House”!

Ottawa fans of the popular musical phenomenon Les Misérables no longer have to wait “One Day More” to return to the streets of 19th century Paris. Just in time for a “Heart Full of Love” Valentine’s Date with your sweetie, all the romance, action, drama and songs [...]

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LOOEEGEE – The New Magic Toilet Wand!

LOOEEGEE – The New Magic Toilet Wand!

You know, I never thought I’d be writing a line like “the future of toilet brushes is bristleless and amazing” but, well, there you go. Let’s face it, we all like a clean bowl while we take care of business but after a squirt of our favorite cleaner, a few swishes of the brush [...]

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33z Are Back to Jazz Up the King of Pop

33z Are Back to Jazz Up the King of Pop

Was it “Billie Jean”? “Bad”? “Smooth Criminal”? While we may not all recall the first song we heard from the King of Pop, we probably have a memory or two about the impact Michael Jackson’s music made on our lives, especially those of us around to remember the [...]

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Sardinian Sorcerer Set to Cast Spell Over Winter Jazz Festival

Sardinian Sorcerer Set to Cast Spell Over Winter Jazz Festival

Photos courtesy of paoloangeli.com and TD Ottawa Jazz Festival The instrument was once a guitar of wood and wire. It rang out beautifully over the Island of Sardinia, the music drifting off above the crashing waves that kissed the shore before the notes vanished somewhere over the Mediterranean. [...]

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5 Winter Jazz Festival Shows You Shouldn’t Miss

5 Winter Jazz Festival Shows You Shouldn’t Miss

Ok, I get it. For most, festival season begins when colourful patches of spiky topped flowers start punctuating the parks and landmarks of the Nation’s Capital. The sun beams, you get to toss off your 467 layers and slip into something that doesn’t weigh the clothing equivalent of a family [...]

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