Arts

Annual speculative fiction conference hits Ottawa for a big weekend CAN-CON IS BACK! From Sept. 9–11, the Society for Canadian Content in Speculative Arts and Fiction will be holding their annual science fiction and fantasy conference at the Travelodge Hotel Ottawa and Conference Centre. From comics to cosplay, fiction panels to folk singing, this year’s …

Dave Russell THE MUSIC OF Sarnia-born folk artist Dave Russell is nothing but a big helping of classic Canadiana—only better. Abandoning the archetypal lyricism and overly simplistic strumming of a tired genre, Russell takes hints from folk-pop, roots, country, and rock ‘n roll to breathe new life into his obviously Ontario-inspired work. Russell’s lyrics are unparalleled …

AS THE LEAVES begin to fall and August becomes a mere memory, students begrudgingly surrender to a new school year. For most of us autumn means a new semester and slowly settling into everyday routines, but for big-shot TV conglomerates, it signals the start of fall programming. Conveniently, our favourite television shows start just when …

Captain America: The First Avenger Hollywood seems to be suffering from a superhero complex. Its latest obsession with comic-books-turned-action-movies have been flooding the box office and director Joe Johnson is no exception. Marvel comics has been resurrected, yet again, in the form of Captain America: The First Avenger. The film stars Chris Evans as Steve …

How to get involved in the arts on campus WHETHER YOU PLAY an instrument, or love to sing, act, or dance, if you would like to continue doing so on campus you’ve come to the right school. With musical ensembles and tango classes, the University of Ottawa boasts a variety of options for the artistically inclined. Theatre If you’re a true theatre guru, …

Local theatre company celebrates 25 years of productions Èva Morin | Fulcrum Contributor FOR THE PAST two decades, Odyssey Theatre has been a summer staple for the Ottawa community. The company’s summer program, aptly named Theatre Under the Stars, uses  Strathcona Park in the Sandy Hill neighbourhood as  centre stage, performing plays in front of an all-ages audience. In celebration of …

What students can expect from this year’s festivities THIS YEAR’S 101 Week is jammed with events for both new and returning students to enjoy—and Fedstock is no exception. The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) will be continuing its Fedstock tradition, hosting the outdoor concert on Sept. 10 right after a Gee-Gees football game at Frank Clair Stadium. “Fedstock is …

Alt 101 Week offers diverse events for students VEGAN BREAKFASTS, SEX workshops, and a night of political comedy are just a few of the events featured during the Ontario Public Interest Research Group’s (OPIRG) Alternative 101 Week. A radically different approach to the popular 101 Weeks organized by the U of O’s academic departments, this week-long series of dry, accessible, queer-positive, …

The Help Kathryn Stockett  A+ THOUGH A FULL two years have passed since its initial publication, there is one book making serious waves on literary lists this summer. *The Help* is the debut novel from American writer Kathryn Stockett, which details the racial segregation between African-American maids in the 1960s and the wealthy, Caucasian families …

AT APPROXIMATELY 10,000 km away from the city I have called home for the last 20 years of my life, I am beginning to wonder why so many people deem Ottawa a boring city. Being so far away from the comforts and familiarity of home has given me a new-found awareness and appreciation for a …

Èva Morin | Fulcrum Contributor HOURS BEFORE THEIR July 16 show at Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest, five-piece Canadian indie-rock band Mother Mother dished on their favourite gig together as a band, their third studio album Eureka, and the meaning behind their animalistic cover art. Mother Mother’s lead singer and guitarist Ryan Guldemond and bassist Jeremy Page …

Èva Morin | Fulcrum Contributor Not only is Cisco Ottawa Bluesfest the biggest music festival in Ottawa, but it is, for many, the most highly anticipated event of the year. Rumors of potential headliners spark debates among friends in the early spring and the announcements in March have Ottawa music lovers waiting on the edge …

Local outdoor film festival marks 10th anniversary IMAGINE SPENDING A lazy summer evening relaxing while watching one of your favourite movies in a park, surrounded by all your friends, for practically no cost. Lucky for all of us cash-strapped students, that’s a possibility here in the city. Taking place in Dundonald Park, the Centretown Movies …

New local art exhibition challenges expectations of beauty in art “WHAT THE HECK is hanging on that light post?” I exclaimed, asking my friend sarcastically, “Is that an old ratty shirt someone just hung out in public for fun?” “Well, sort of,” she responded, the smirk on her face indicating I’d either missed a crucial …

Deep Dark Woods | The Place I Left Behind Six Shooter Records A AN INTENSELY CANADIAN blend of roots and folk, the Deep Dark Woods’ timeless melodies spread warmth like a fire on a blisteringly cold winter night. In their latest album, The Place I Left Behind, the band explores the same themes of heartbreak and …

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