New Ottawa art hub opens on Somerset

Ottawa’s arts community welcomed the Art House Café with open arms on Feb. 10. The opening of the art space comes after the closing of Raw Sugar and the Daily Grind cafés on Somerset. Co-founders Geneviève Bétournay and Josiah Beaton only met less than a year ago through a mutual friend, but Bétournay said they got along well right from the beginning. “We had the same intentions, the same motivation and the same kind of space in mind so it was kind of a perfect fit,” Bétournay said. In the six months since they bought the house, the space has undergone a big transformation. The main floor is adorned with modern light fixtures hanging from the ceiling and fancy blue-cushioned […]

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Arkells play private show for residence students

Hamilton-based rock band Arkells have played at several Canadian university campuses over the years, but they can now add a Carleton University residence lounge to their list of campus venues. The band played a private, unplugged show in the Raven’s Roost residence lounge for Carleton University residence students on Feb. 13. The show was a collaboration between the Arkells and Carleton’s Student Experience Office (SEO). The band put on a short acoustic performance for around 50 students, taking song requests and pausing in between songs to chat with the audience. Near the end of the show, the band moved to the centre of the room and asked students to pull their seats in close around the group while they played […]

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COMMENTARY: Sherlock Holmes and the West End Horror

Anthony and Marcia Milgrom Dodge’s Sherlock Holmes & the West End Horror bills itself as a loving pastiche of all things Sherlock. Its cast of characters features Holmes and Watson alongside an assortment of cultural figures from late-19th-century London, such as Gilbert & Sullivan, Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde, and George Bernard Shaw. What kind of sparks will fly as Holmes and Watson mingle alongside celebrated Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry, or engage in a duel of wits with Wilde? How will they respond when confronted by Holmes superfan H.G Wells? The theme of history vs. fiction is a big one for this play. “It’s a 21st-century play, based on 20th century characters, based on 19th century stories,” director Lauren Stiers wrote […]

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REVIEW: Angry Inuk

In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial anniversary, ByTowne Cinema has been screening movies for free every Sunday afternoon and Monday evening until June 26 to celebrate the country’s best film productions, dubbed “Cinema 150.” Last week, the award-winning documentary, Angry Inuk, took the spotlight. The documentary directed by Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, presents an Inuk perspective on the seal hunt, a traditional and sustainable practice many animal activists groups deem evil and inhumane. The theatre was packed, hosting one of the largest audiences the Cinema 150 has seen this year, with many attendees sporting their sealskin clothing. Arnaquq-Baril, an Inuk woman and seal-hunting advocate herself, takes the audience to her hometown of Kimmirut, Nunavut, to explore the seal hunt that is essential to […]

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Review: André Aciman’s Enigma Variations

André Aciman’s fourth novel, Enigma Variations, is more of an exercise in tone than anything else, which makes sense. The title is taken from an eponymous composition by Edward Elgar and is, in an odd sort of way, a literary interpretation of the piece. The book is broken into five sections, each of them tracing the relationships that Paul, a classicist, has with a significant romantic partner. As a whole, Enigma Variations is short on plot and substance, but its stream of consciousness narrative and naked display of emotion make the experience a rewarding one. “First Love,” the opening and best section of the book, sets an impressively high bar for the rest of the story. On vacation with his […]

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