Governor General’s Award Winners Announced Today

March 4, 2014 1:42 pm
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The Governor General’s awards are a visual representation celebrating superior Canadian artists. This year’s winners were announced today at the Tiff Bell Lightbox in Toronto. Over $25,000 will be awarded to Canadian artists to recognize their career achievements as well as outstanding contributors in the arts field. The Saidye Bronfman […]

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Embrace Your Inner Geek

February 28, 2014 1:58 pm
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     Are you looking to support a good cause while indulging and enjoying yourself? Let me inform you of the perfect opportunity! March 1 and 2 the Geek Market is making its way back to the Nepean Sportsplex, located at 1701 Woodroofe Avenue.      The family-friendly event will […]

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Andrew W. K. on Ottawa, Partying and Figuring Out ‘How Not to be Dead’

February 27, 2014 1:25 pm
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We should probably make Andrew W. K. an honorary Canadian — he’s a singer-songwriter, multi-talented instrumentalist, author, motivational speaker and on a mission to unite the human race through the power of positive partying. Describing his shows as loud, chaotic or electrifying really underestimate his performance. Once he pushes himself […]

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TRIXX Shatters Taboos and Brings Worldly Perspective to Ottawa’s Absolute Comedy

February 25, 2014 11:26 am
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TRIXX is a comedian with a unique mission — he doesn’t want to make everyone laugh. Instead, he aims to leave every single person of any race, gender, age or background in hysterics. For him, it’s about creating an inclusive environment where anyone in the audience can relate to his […]

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Investing in Ottawa’s Youth: The YMCA-YWCA Launches 2014 Campaign

February 21, 2014 11:10 am
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Sure, Ottawa is considered by many to be an affluent city. We do after all, have one of the most educated populations in all of Canada and the highest concentration (per capita) of scientists, engineers and PhD graduates. But this shiny perspective also comes with a startling realization: there are […]

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Finnish Film ‘My Stuff’ Questions Materialistic Life

February 20, 2014 11:59 am
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Sometimes drastic measures involve being nude — both physically and emotionally, to really understand oneself and what matters in life. This is the premise behind My Stuff (Tavarataivas), Findland’s entry to this year’s Bright Nights: Baltic-Nordic Film Festival in Ottawa (February 1-12), hosted by the Canadian Film Institute (CFI). Writer, […]

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RAW Canada Launches in Ottawa to Support Local Artists

February 19, 2014 9:55 am
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No matter what side of the debate you’re on — that Ottawa artists are leaving for bigger cities or that the local scene is thriving with more artists maintaining — we can all agree on two points: Ottawa is full of talented artists and they need more support. Many lack […]

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Vote for Your Favourite #OIFF72 Film by February 20

February 17, 2014 10:16 am
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The #OIFF72 films are in – let the voting begin! Filmmakers had a gripping 72 hours to complete the Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF) 72 Hour Film Challenge over the weekend. Through endless creativity and a lot of winter insulation, 20 great films have been submitted for this year’s competition. […]

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This is War

February 15, 2014 12:10 pm
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This is War, currently on at The Great Canadian Theatre Company, may not be a great show for Valentine’s Day but it is thought provoking, poignant, at times heart wrenching and overall a fantastic play.  War is ugly, irrational and makes you do things you would never dream of doing […]

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Get hot to trot with Age of Arousal at the Gladstone

February 12, 2014 3:36 pm
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For Valentine’s Day this year, take a step back in time to 1885 and catch the incredible show, Age of Arousal, by Linda Griffiths, currently playing at the Gladstone. There is a lot going on this play. For starters, the script is absolutely brilliant.  It is eloquent, provocative, beautifully and […]

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For the Alternative Bride: Ottawa’s First Love, Handmade Show

February 7, 2014 3:37 pm
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If a Pinterest dream wedding board could come to life, complete with vintage accents, burlap decorations and personal DIY touches, then it would exist as Ottawa’s indie bridal shop The Handmade Bride. Delicate paper bunting strewn across its white-washed walls, paper flower bouquets revealing antique brooches and even an 19th […]

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Ottawa International Film Festival 72 Hour Challenge Launches Feb. 6

February 4, 2014 12:18 pm
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This weekend – Ottawa’s rising film stars might be in your neighbourhood! The Ottawa International Film Festival 72 Hour Challenge launches on Thursday, February 6 at The Lieutenant’s Pump (361 Elgin St.) at 6:30 p.m., pinning amateur to professional filmmakers in a timed competition like no other. Using assigned wildcard […]

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Explore Your Career Options at the YMCA-YWCA Job Fair Feb. 6

January 29, 2014 12:55 pm
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The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is inviting all local job seekers and anyone considering a career change to attend its Employment Access Centre Job Fair, happening February 6 at the Taggart Family Y. This annual event matches job seekers with prospective employers from a broad range of sectors including service, trades, health […]

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Meet the Ottawa Knitters that Won the Internet with their Scarves on Statues Initiative

January 28, 2014 11:02 am
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By Hannah Alper Last week, I read an amazing story of kindness, collaboration and action. Overnight in downtown Ottawa hand-knitted scarves were placed on statues. On each scarf a tag was sewn that said only “I’m not lost if you’re stuck in the cold, take this scarf to keep warm!” […]

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The Underground Comedy Railroad Tour Goes National

January 27, 2014 12:04 pm
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A comedy tour with a serious message sounds like an oxymoron but that’s exactly what makes The Underground Comedy Railroad Tour so unique. It provides a platform for a roster of African-Canadian comedians to showcase their talent on the figurative and literal stage during February, which also happens to be […]

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David Usher on Returning to the Capital and Reconnecting Through Creativity

January 24, 2014 11:03 am
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David Usher is a Canadian icon. Mention his name and many can attest to his musical genius as both a solo artist and front man for Moist. He also deserves this title for his work outside the music sphere. Usher is the founder of CloudID Creativity Labs, an ‘idea incubator’ […]

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Pulitzer Prize Finalist Detroit by Lisa D’amour

January 21, 2014 9:16 am
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In a “first ring” suburb outside a midsize American city, Ben and Mary fire up the grill to welcome the new neighbors who’ve moved into the long-empty house next door. The fledgling friendship soon veers out of control, shattering the fragile hold that newly unemployed Ben and burgeoning alcoholic Mary […]

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