5 poets, 8 cities, 9 days. The Worst Case Ontario (WCO) tour has been on the road since August 21 and is heading for the home stretch, performing at Black Squirrel Books in Ottawa on August 29 (after their show on August 28th, at Ted’s Loft in Montreal). The tour features five young Canadian writers touring to eight cities in…

UPCOMING AT THE GLADSTONE: The Norman Conquests By Alan Ayckbourn

Directed by John P. Kelly, featuring AL Connors, Michelle LeBlanc, Julie Le Gal, Margo   MacDonald, Steve Martin and David Whiteley Three hilarious plays back to back –and then all three on one day! Each show stands on its own, but the hilarity multiplies when you catch multiple shows! Running August 28 to October 10, 2015   This is Plosive‘s…

Review of: I'm Not Jewish But My Mother Is 1

 …a quick-witted, entertaining and energetic piece of theatre.   I’m Not Jewish But My Mother Is (Gladstone Theatre, July 28 to August 8, 2015) is a fun filled romp through language that pits a (maternally litigious) middle-aged son against his straight-talking, shoot from the lip mother as he prepares for a dinner-and-dancing date with Felix. It is superbly written and…

Ottawa Bluesfest 2015: Friday July 17 Roundup 8

(All photos copyright Roch Photos) Celebrating 50 years since their formation in 1965, venerable American blues-rockers CANNED HEAT kept the week-long streak alive at Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 of fielding a superb blues set in the 7pm slot at the Monster Energy Stage. ‘Classic era’ members – drummer Adolfo “Fito” de la Parra and bassist Larry “The Mole” Taylor – were…

Ottawa Bluesfest 2015: Tuesday July 14 Roundup 2

Following a day of respite on Monday, Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 rebooted on Tuesday July 14 with a diverse menu served up amidst the adversity that only several hours of steady drizzle can provide. For the early Bell Stage set held on the main field, Baltimore’s FUTURE ISLANDS virtually did serve as an oasis against the climatic conditions – indeed, it…

Ottawa Bluesfest 2015 - Friday July 10 Roundup

While the July 10 Ottawa Bluesfest mainstage field gradually filled to bursting with Kanye West fans, once again the side-stage nooks and crannies buzzed with the sounds of substance. Blues once again held court in the daylight slot at the Monster Energy Stage, with one my very favorites from the British Blues Rock Boom of the late-‘60s/early-‘70s, KIM SIMMONDS &…

Fringe ’15 Review: “Finished Girls” A Tale of Colonial Sex Trade

 A Fun Fringe Frolic Through Ottawa’s Den of Sin “Finished Girls” A Tale of Colonial Sex Trade is a fun Fringe frolic through Ottawa’s den of sin. But not the one on Parliament Hill. This one is Cluster Armstong’s Finishing School for Young Ladies in the Byward Market. Set at the time when Ottawa was a bustling lumber town of…

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RBC Bluesfest is exploring the world of fashion this summer, highlighting the styles worn by performers and found in the crowd. The campaign, which is influenced by what is seen at major music festivals like Coachella and Osheaga, will give festival-goers an immersive fashion experience. This includes access to hair and make-up tents, samples of fragrances and regular video updates…

The Luke Austin Band Rocks The Bourbon Room 4

  The Luke Austin Band is not a country band. Despite the Stetson and spurs imagery their name conjures, their style is as far from country and country alternative as you can get which is exactly the way they like it. Comprised of Luke Austin (Vocals), Bryan Swartz (Bass Guitar), Kenny Pollard (Lead Guitar), and Mike Ferguson (Drums), The Luke…