Tag Archives: Mercury Lounge

‘A confluence of what’s happening in Ottawa poetry’: VERSeFest draws to a close

Pearl Pirie (blog/Twitter) is a local arts enthusiast who blogs about the city’s literary events in both word and image. Her most recent poetry collection came out last year. Thirsts (Snare, 2011) launches at Tree on Jan. 24. She will be one of the readers at VERSeFest in March. Evan Thornton at Sneezers said: “Gain a sense of scale: […]

Something in the Ottawater: Rusty breaks down the city’s Slam scene

Rusty Priske (blog/Twitter) is the Slam Master at Capital Slam and has represented Ottawa on the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word a record four times. He is an unabashed Slam proselytizer. The slam scene in Ottawa is my home, just as much as any place with four walls and a roof could be. It has […]

Behind the scenes of the Ottawa Rock Lottery: Music doc latest focus of OIFF Spotlight Series

Samantha Everts (blog/Twitter) is a writer, freelance journalist, event promoter and music lover. She’s also the driving force between the Ottawa Rock Lottery, a music-focused charity event that’s now the subject of a documentary that’s part of the Ottawa International Film Festival‘s ongoing Spotlight Series. Local film-making crew, The Indefinite Project, filmed the documentary in […]

Start the weekend early: Ottawa gets down on Thursday nights

‘Chris Clark’ works in PR by day and sings soul music by night. She is an Ottawa enthusiast, a terrible dancer, a Centretown hipster and loves to talk all about culture in the capital.  We’ve all heard it before: Ottawa is where culture goes to die. Bigger metropolises look down their noses at us and out-of-towners lament about […]

A perfect Saturday in Ottawa: the Bytowne Cinema, Capital Slam and Play Food & Wine

Jessey is a writer, digital communications strategist, and the founder of Local Tourist Ottawa. I had such a great day yesterday, I thought I’d share with everyone what a perfect Saturday in Ottawa looks like from my perspective. Here we go… 1:30 p.m. – The Bytowne Cinema We haven’t yet had a guest blogger take the […]

This weekend: Sex, slam poetry and beyond

So what are you doing this weekend? … because we can’t decide! We did a little digging to find out what is going on in Ottawa this weekend, and this is what we found: The Sexapalooza consumer trade show at Lansdowne Park The Wedding Palace Bridal Show at The Westin The Capital Slam kick-off at the […]

NYE in the 613; Ways to ring in 2011

New Year’s Eve and all its glitz, glam and hype is upon us. (If you thought jostling the pre-Christmas crowds was tough, the combination of fighting boxing-week shoppers while seeking party favours and the perfect pair of pumps should be terrifying!) But no matter what 2010 has brought to you and yours, NYE is a […]