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

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…

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

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

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

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…