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Music for good causes with Divertimento Orchestra

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All photos from Divertimento Orchestra's website.All photos from Divertimento Orchestra's website.

Post by Alex Binkley Music from movies and vintage stage productions highlighted the Divertimento Orchestra’s 2016 Pops Concert with two local charities benefiting from the full houses Feb. 5-6. The audiences were treated to a sampling of John Williams’ compositions for the Harry Potter movies and the soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean, written by Klaus Badelt. As featured was the Hoedown piece from Rodeo by Aaron Copeland and Frank Loesser’s handiwork from Guys and Dolls. Interspersed among those selection were some gems of classic music including Mars, the foreboding work from Gustave Holst’s The Planets. The selections gave the 60 members of the orchestra, headed by Gordon Slater conductor and music... | Continue reading article

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The Bytown Museum mixes fire and ice this Winterlude

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Photos courtesy of the Bytowne Museum.Photos courtesy of the Bytowne Museum.

The Bytown Museum is one of the oldest structures in its vicinity, no small claim for a building flanked on either side by Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier. Though those stately buildings house plenty of history, they are all predated by the structure that became the Bytown Museum (commissioned in 1827) by nearly one-hundred years. All, that is, except the Library of Parliament, which survived the fire of 1916, a fire that pretty much levelled the rest of the Hill. It’s that fire that serves as the focal point... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa spice maven Jodi Samis

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Jodi Samis. Photo by Kelly Hotte.Jodi Samis. Photo by Kelly Hotte.

I can’t help but think that Jodi Samis has an upper hand when it comes to playing scrabble. After all words like epazote, fenugreek and vadouvan come naturally to her as the owner of Cardamom & Cloves, the online neighbourhood spice shop. The business hasn’t always been a solely online endeavour. Like most aspiring entrepreneurs, Jodi yearned for a bricks and mortar presence. As she found out, however, being a start-up has hurdles. “Finding suitable retail space wasn’t easy. I wasn’t able to commit to a 3 or 5 year... | Continue reading article

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Gallery 101’s There’s Room explores global mass migrations

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Borderline, by Rachel Kalpana James. Images courtesy of Gallery 101.Borderline, by Rachel Kalpana James. Images courtesy of Gallery 101.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth engagement coordinator/arts educator.  You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. When we saw the picture of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, the world stopped to feel the impact of such a horrific tragedy. That single picture caused tidal waves. Politicians took to the podium to speak; scholars and ordinary people debated views in the news and in boardrooms; social media feeds blew up with “unlikes”, viral shares and heated commentary; social scientists... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Left: Mouse on the Keys. Right: Chocolate Hot Pockets. Both bands play the Winter Jazz Festival this weekend.Left: Mouse on the Keys. Right: Chocolate Hot Pockets. Both bands play the Winter Jazz Festival this weekend.

Hey, do you wanna feel SO ENERGETIC? Try FESTIVALS! Our rep as one of the best cities for fests is no exception in the winter. Between Megaphono and the TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival for music, and Cracking-Up the Capital for comedy (now that’s a tongue-twister), you’ve got plenty of reasons to leave the house or call in sick for work this weekend. Megaphono is in full swing, but you can still catch some of the music madness before it ends on February 5. Dance punks Silkken will start a... | Continue reading article

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What’s On Stage: Brad Long, a trial in passion

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Brad Long in Dream On. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Brad Long in Dream On. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

Brian Carroll of Apartment613 interviewed actor Brad Long. You’re nominated as Outstanding Actor for the Prix Rideau Awards for Re:Union. How did you get involved in this production? Brad Long: Sean Devine, who is the writer/director of Re:Union, and Artistic Director of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre, came and saw a performance of We Glow that we did here in Ottawa before we went on tour. He loved the show. He’s someone who wants to shake things up here in Ottawa, in some really interesting ways. He reached out to me and said, “Re:Union is going up... | Continue reading article

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