Shrek the musical doesn’t disappoint

The Orpheus Musical Theatre Society’s Shrek the Musical was a fun twist on an iconic childhood classic that reached a diverse audience. For those who have never seen Shrek in its original glory, the play was a rendition of a traditional princess movie. The plot follows Princess Fiona (Vivian Melsness), a feisty young woman who has been locked in a tower awaiting her knight in shining armor. However, in this case, the knight that came to the rescue was an irritable ogre (Justin Hills) and his annoying yet lovable donkey (Damien Broomes), with the only incentive to get his beloved swamp back which has been overrun by rejected fairytale creatures by Lord Farquaad (Rejean Dinelle-Mayer). Clearly, the standard was set […]

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Commentary: Sunday Night Fan Fiction shows fanfic’s funny side

Ottawa was rather gloomy on the night of March 27, but it was anything but gloomy at LIVE! On Elgin as people gathered in for the fourth edition of Sunday Night Fan Fiction. Presented by the Morning Person Theatre Company, the hilarious series was resurrected—ironically enough—on Easter Sunday. Fans of all fiction filed in to the tiny theatre, some adorned in feathers, others in Star Wars pyjamas, and even one or two with bunny ears atop their heads. While most were having dinner with their families and enjoying their extra-long weekend, the crowd prepared themselves as best they could for some of the raunchiest fan fiction around, dredged up from none other than the notorious fanfiction.net. Paul J. Piekoszewski—the director […]

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Q&A: Protomartyr bring post-punk edge to Ottawa

Protomartyr is a post-punk band formed in 2008 hailing from Detroit, Michigan. They just released their second full-length album, Under Color of Official Right, on Hardly Art. The Charlatan‘s John Forte sat down with Joe Casey, Greg Ahee, and Scott Davidson in the basement of Club SAW before their show at Ottawa Explosion Festival on June 13. TC: What’s the deal with Butt Babies? GA: That was a band Alex and I started in like 2008, where we would just write songs in our parent’s basements and record them onto the built-in speaker of a laptop computer. We would do like a song a day. We recorded like a couple hundred songs. But then we started to play live a little […]

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