James Leclaire: The Sing-a-Long Sounds of Storytelling and Sorrow

August 31, 2015 11:00 am
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Album cover by Brett Clarke. James Leclaire’s fourth album, These Weights, combines the soulful storytelling of folk and country music with the anthemic energy of punk, to create a sound he calls ‘dirt country.’ “There is a country twang to it but it’s got an edginess that is a little […]

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Cue the Cure!

August 28, 2015 12:08 pm

This time two years ago, Jennifer Mielke and Jennifer Mulligan probably felt like cancer was coming at them from every angle. In August 2013 Mielke found out that a lump in her breast was “indicative of cancer.” A month before that, Mulligan lost her mother to pancreatic cancer. In the […]

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The 411 on Ottawa’s Zine Scene

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Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Look back over the last 10 years, and you’ll spot a resurgence of the old Do-It-Yourself ethos. From self-published zines to craftivism, a new generation is being encouraged to challenge society through handmade items. Zines (pronounced ‘zeens’), in particular, have found new homes both online […]

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Local Poets Hit the Road in International Tour

August 24, 2015 1:02 pm

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, a group of five young Canadian poets are on the road. The Worst Case Ontario poetry reading tour kicked off on August 21 in Toronto, Ontario. The poets are scheduled to visit nine North American cities in as many days. OLM sat down with […]

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Top Five Alternative Things to do in Ottawa

August 21, 2015 11:00 am

Instead of taking a trip around the world and picking out the best things to do in foreign lands, we’ve decided to stay closer to home this issue and highlight some of Ottawa’s finest things to do. However, in the interest of variety, we’ve decided to stray slightly from the […]

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Boater’s Paradise Heads to Auction

August 18, 2015 1:50 pm
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Eagle Point mansion has customized landscaping, two gourmet kitchens, a spa with a stone waterfall, and of course, a killer view of the water. Located in the Thousand Islands, this gorgeous 15-acre estate is going up for auction on August 22. Previously listed for $22.9 million, the mansion will be […]

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Lanark County Connections is a Nostalgic Walk Through Memory Lane

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In her latest collection of short stories, author Arlene Stafford-Wilson remains loyal to the past; faithfully reconstructing the rural Ontario of her childhood. She has crafted these stories, once again set in Lanark County in the 1960s and 70s, with attention to detail. In Lanark County Connections, people and places, […]

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Ariana Grande Lights Up the CT Centre

August 17, 2015 10:06 am
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The Ariana Grande show started with a bang, or more precisely, a “Bang Bang.” The hit song by Jessie J, nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015, was the opener for Grande’s Honeymoon Tour in Ottawa, on August 7th. Screaming young girls, accompanied by […]

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What Happened to ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ After They Robbed the Casinos?

August 13, 2015 12:03 pm

The American Comedy Ocean’s Eleven (2001) was an unusual work by Steven Soderbergh. The light hearted movie was a remake of a 1960 movie bearing the same title. The movie had an all-star cast, featuring big names like George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. The two sequels, namely Ocean’s […]

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Chatting with the NAC’s Jillian Keiley

August 12, 2015 3:34 pm
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Photo credit: David Leclerc If the federal election already has you wanting to look elsewhere for theatrics, cast your eye to the National Arts Centre. Have you wondered how the plays at the NAC are chosen? I have so I jumped at the chance to ask the NAC’s English Theatre […]

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Kick up your Heels with Kinky Boots

August 10, 2015 9:50 am

You may recall the 2005 independent movie Kinky Boots. In it, main character Charlie Price unexpectedly inherits his father’s shoe company. He discovers that the company is in deep trouble as comfortable, sturdy and practical men’s footwear is no longer in demand. As Charlie looks to save the company, he […]

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The Safe Water Project: Clean Water for the Community

August 7, 2015 1:00 pm
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Above: The Keewaytinook Centre of Excellence All photos courtesy of Keewaytinook Okimakanak The issue of drinking water and boiling water advisories in First Nations communities has been a prominent concern for many years. A report released by the Council of Canadians indicated that as of January 2015 there were 169 drinking water advisories in 126 […]

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The Journey of ‘Five Crooked Lines’

August 5, 2015 2:00 pm

Finger Eleven has made a bold return to the Canadian music scene with the release of their sixth studio album, Five Crooked Lines. For the new record’s launch, the band has lined up a full summer tour across North America which includes a stop in Ottawa on August 13. Five Crooked […]

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Adrenaline Junkies Rejoice: Cliffhanger is Back

August 4, 2015 3:40 pm
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All photos by John Enaje Are you looking for an adventure? A challenge? A thrill? Well, look no further, you can get all three right here in downtown Ottawa on August 20. The YMCA-YWCA is bringing back their Cliffhanger event for a second year. Put your helmet on, strap in and get read […]

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‘The Creation of the World’ is Worth Your Time

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All photos by Andre R. Gagne. When The Creation of the World and Other Business opened in 1972, the New York Times reviewer said “…the whole thing has the air of a comic-strip version of Genesis.” As the years went on, Creation’s press didn’t get much better. 20 years later […]

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An Urban Getaway to Montréal’s 16th Edition of MUTEK

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Farewell to the departed polar vortex. Outside, the drone of air conditioners is interrupted by fast afternoon thundershowers. The height of summer. Adventures await. Plans are pushed into action in hopes of creating everlasting memories. As summer approaches, the great outdoors are still too cold, however there is an omnipresent […]

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Can You Guess Which Heroes Star in the Fantastic Four Reboot?

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Hollywood is at it again, giving a brand-spanking-new reboot to an all-time favourite. The Fantastic Four are coming to cinemas on August 6, with Marvel newbies Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell and Miles Teller taking the roles of The Four under the aegis of director Josh Trank. Have […]

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