Five Places to Unwind without Unwinding your Wallet

With academic pressures, part-time jobs, internships, school expenses, and maintaining a social life, it’s no wonder that students are searching for outlets to help remedy their stress. Failing to set time aside to indulge in necessary leisure activities can lead to mental and physical limitations, and even burn-out. But, self-care methods can manifest in several ways. While self-care can come in many different forms, it can also be quite pricey. Luckily, Ottawa is home to many initiatives that can build the bridge to a healthier and happier you–and a healthier, happier wallet too. Here are five ways to take care of yourself during the school year without furthering your student debt. Carleton’s Therapy Dog, Blue Therapy dogs are trained to […]

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Ottawa stays a capital for laughs in 2015

Despite having a reputation in certain circles as being the city where fun goes to die, Ottawa had a lot of reasons to laugh in 2015. Last year, I made a resolution to check out as many live comedy shows as I could. After a year of viewing and laughing, here are my picks for Ottawa’s top five comedy shows of 2015: 1. Ron Sparks at Absolute Comedy—Sept. 15-20 One of the country’s best comedians, Sparks blew the roof off Absolute Comedy with a consistently hilarious set, including lengthy riffs on the club’s unfortunate platypus logo and Ottawa’s “train to nowhere.” After the show, our waitress shared that the girl at the next table discarded her undies in the ladies’ […]

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Editorial: Comedy is worth the cost

Ottawa’s mediocre live comedy scene isn’t because of a lack of performers, but rather a lack of audience willing to pay as much as they would for other entertainment. Live comedy shows cost approximately $25 in Ottawa, about the same price as a 3D movie with popcorn and a drink, and they’re often much cheaper than a night out at a club. Comedy shows are worth the money spent to see a live performer. Comedy specials are available for much less, but comedy is an art best enjoyed when you can interact with the comedian. Performers will often improvise and tailor their jokes according to the setting and the crowd. Listening to the person next to you laugh and being […]

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All-female comedy show comes to Ottawa

Four of Canada’s top stand-up headliners are headed to the capital for a night of comedy. Jen Grant, Christina Walkinshaw, Rebecca Kohler and Erica Sigurdson will be performing My Jokes are Up Here at the Ottawa Little Theatre on Sept. 12. Grant says it’s unusual to see all four of them together in one show—it’s a truly unique comedy experience. “This has never happened. I’ve never done a show with all four of us, ever,” she said. “It’s really not that common for me to work with one of them, let alone three of them, because we’re all headliners.” “Having all of my friends on a show is the best way to work. You get to work with people you […]

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Comedian Gilbert Gottfried returns to Ottawa

Last time comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried was in Ottawa, he said it was a nightmare. “It was freezing cold weather, even by Canadian standards, and there was a snowstorm. I was booked in this club, which closed shortly after I was there, but I wish it had closed slightly before I had arrived,” he said. Gottfried was told to do three different 20-minute sets to the same crowd, which is highly unusual. He wasn’t given an introduction, so he had to walk on, say hello to the audience and then walk off, which he said was even more unusual. “It was horrible and I was, of course, bombing miserably,” he said. “I was just saying whatever popped into my […]

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