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With seven productions, including two world premieres, the 2017 Undercurrents theatre festival kicks off Wednesday February 8 at Arts Court in downtown Ottawa. Running until Saturday, February 18, Undercurrents is the winter festival of the Ottawa Fringe, who have been presenting it since 2011. Undercurrents…

The Youth Perspective: What I saw at The Ottawa International Animation Festival
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Article by Will McDonald This year was the 40th anniversary of The Ottawa International Animation Festival, and with over 2000 film entries, it really turned out well. The festival ran from Wednesday, September 21 to Sunday, September 25 and was held at such locations as Saint…

Ottawa CityFolk 2016: Friday Sept. 16 Roundup 2
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With GUIDED BY VOICES, THE LAST WALTZ, OLD MAN GRANT It was ‘Hip-Hop Night’ on the Friday main stage of Ottawa CityFolk 2016 (which begs the question to be debated at another time – do you really need a hip-hop night at a folk festival?…

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With THE DROPKICK MURPHYS, JAMES BAY, BLIND PILOT, FUTURE STATES, THE RAMBLIN’ VALLEY BAND When the first band to kick off the four-day Ottawa CityFolk 2016 at 6:15pm is veteran Boston Celtic-punk band DROPKICK MURPHYS, you know this isn’t your parents’ kumbaya, sing-songing-around-the-campire folk festival….

Ottawa Bluesfest 2016: Saturday July 13 Roundup
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With THE DECEMBERISTS, JACK BROADBENT, PIERRE KWENDERS, CARLO, SAMANTHA MARTIN & DELTA SUGAR Following a two-day on the Monday and Tuesday, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2016 resumed the second leg of its nine-night schedule on a scorching Wednesday, July 13. Very early on in the evening,…

Ottawa Bluesfest 2016: Saturday July 09 Roundup 15
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After taking a two-day breather on Monday and Tuesday following its initial five-day opening run from July 7-10, the 2016 edition of RBC Ottawa Bluesfest now gears up for its five-day finale from Wednesday July 13 through Sunday July 17. Yes, the main stage acts…

Ottawa Bluesfest 2016: Saturday July 09 Roundup 15
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With THE CULT, KIRBY SEWELL BAND, PREOCCUPATIONS   Back on the boards and with new album ‘Hidden City’ under their belts, the question was, could ‘80s post punk/goth rockers (turned hard rockers as the decade wore on) The Cult still cut it? I’m pleased to…

Ottawa Bluesfest 2016: Friday July 08 Roundup 3
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With TAL WILKENFELD, THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH, JOHN NEMETH The second day of RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2016 delivered its first real disappointment in terms of an act I was really looking forward to hearing.  New generation bass prodigy Tal Wilkenfeld and band (eventually) took…