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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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One Nation Under Gord

One Nation Under Gord

For a good life we just might have to weaken And find somewhere to go Go somewhere we’re needed Find somewhere to grow -Gord Downie “Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by” It's a sentence that brings tears to the eyes of a [...]

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The Metaphysics of Sarah Slean

The Metaphysics of Sarah Slean

Sarah Slean bought the farm. For most, that’s probably something you are trying to avoid but for the musician it was a life-changer, one that came at a much needed point as she emerged from an exhaustive tour, the smoke and ash of a crumbled marriage and into an atmosphere where her relationship [...]

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Coming Out with Scott Thompson

Coming Out with Scott Thompson

“Now I may have been born yesterday, but I still went shopping.” -Buddy Cole From coming out of the closet and into The Hall, comedy to cancer, Buddy to bombings, Brampton to Baghdad and all stops in between, Ottawa Life Magazine presents a career spanning interview with Kids In The [...]

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Unstill Waters

Unstill Waters

Photos by Dan Nawrocki The last time Roger Waters walked out onto the stage inside the Canadian Tire Centre he brought with him 35’6” high wall. Out came exploding airplanes, giant inflatable school masters and, of course, an enormous floating pig. All in all it was just bricks in [...]

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Thirty Two Short Facts About Glenn Gould’s Complete Goldberg Variations

Thirty Two Short Facts About Glenn Gould’s Complete Goldberg Variations

"It is, in short, music which observes neither end nor beginning, music with neither real climax nor real resolution, music which… rests lightly on the wings of the unchecked wind.” -Glenn Gould on The Goldberg Variations 1) Sony Classical has released the definitive version [...]

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Reflection and Hope, The National Holocaust Monument Opens

Reflection and Hope, The National Holocaust Monument Opens

Photos by Jean-Marc Carisse / Feature photo courtesy of The National Holocaust Monument In 2007 second-year University of Ottawa student Laura Grosman found herself outraged when she discovered that Canada, unlike most Western nations, did not have a place memorializing the Holocaust. She decided [...]

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It Takes a Village! Group Raises Awareness on Hunger

It Takes a Village! Group Raises Awareness on Hunger

Photos by finnsquare.com Launched in 2015, Kind Village is a network of like-minded local businesses, professionals and organizations working together to build stronger and more sustainable communities. Yesterday, the group, along with the chefs of Les Touques Blanches Ottawa, turned their focus [...]

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World-Class Sports Complex Coming to Orleans

World-Class Sports Complex Coming to Orleans

Photos by Andre Gagne / Designs provided by BlackSheep Developments As talks trudge onward to bring a new sports arena from the west to a more centralized LeBreton Flats, one group has staked a claim on the East. In fact, you could say they tumbled into it. Tumblers Gymnastics, one of the largest [...]

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A Look Back on the Path Forward with Graham Nash

A Look Back on the Path Forward with Graham Nash

My old man He's a singer in the park He's a walker in the rain He's a dancer in the dark -Joni Mitichell The cover of Graham Nash's new album sees the musician frozen within the single click of a photograph frame. His back is to the camera but his movement is forward. He walks [...]

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Recovery Day Ottawa Spreads Hope and Awareness

Recovery Day Ottawa Spreads Hope and Awareness

“If we don’t break the stigma associated with substance use disorders and process addictions, then we will never see recovery. If there is no visible recovery and support for recovery, then there is no visible hope for those suffering and those that care for them. This is a complex issue [...]

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