Category: Spotlight

DUTCH TREAT

DUTCH TREAT

  Jackie (The Netherlands) directed by Antoine Beumer  Sunday, December 1, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Why do rabbits go to bed so early? Because they only have to brush two teeth. Bad jokes only work well in the right setting, as in a beautiful desert night around a roaring campfire, over a couple of […]

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TEENAGE KICKS

TEENAGE KICKS

Les Geants (Belgium) directed by Bouli Lanners Saturday, November 30, 9pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival   Drinking, toking, stealing, driving and squatting teenagers, equals a charming and leisurely slice of summer life film – in Belgium that is. Brothers Seth (15 year old driver) and Zack (13 & 3/4 year old booze hound) turn a […]

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HOOP DREAMS

HOOP DREAMS

Dream Team 1935 (Latvia) directed by Aigars Grauba Friday, November 29, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Jump ball! What is now but a ceremonial opening tap of inconsequence, used to be a major advantage in the early days of basketball. There was a jump ball after every score, which meant a team with the tallest […]

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Vintage Vinyl REISSUE: The Hot Nasties

Vintage Vinyl REISSUE: The Hot Nasties

Don’t you just love vinyl reissues of vinyl treasures from the ancient past? Ugly Pop Records has made a business of reissuing a whack of old gems, including this one from the famed (well, if you were a punk in Calgary around 1980) The Hot Nasties. 3 songs, with the title track (Invasion of the Tribbles) being the one you […]

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Mundo Musique: Jason Isbell, “Traveling Alone”

Mundo Musique: Jason Isbell, “Traveling Alone”

When I travel for work, like I am right now, I often travel alone.  After the meetings are over, it can be a lonely place.  Often, I’m just too tired to get out to see the town, or I have an early morning departure home so I’m stuck at the hotel.  The room is quiet and there isn’t the warm […]

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Mundo Musique: Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), “Chamakay”

Mundo Musique: Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), “Chamakay”

There’s the old adage that behind every great woman/man there is a great person.  This often holds true for musicians and bands, where a producer can make a good album great and a songwriter can make the music uplifting and the lyrics mesmerizing.  Such is true with Devonté Hynes.  He’s collaborated with notable bands like The Chemical Brothers and written […]

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Mundo Musique: Australia’s Boy & Bear, “Southern Sun”

Mundo Musique: Australia’s Boy & Bear, “Southern Sun”

Whether you are a highly invested music fanatic (like we are) or a casual fan, you’ve probably been exposed to artists from Down Under, where the music scene has exploded the past decade.  No longer can Australia be associated with Midnight Oil, INXS, or AC/DC, there’s a new generation of talented musicians making waves around the world (even Russell Crowe […]

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Mundo Musique: Max Frost, “White Lies”

Mundo Musique: Max Frost, “White Lies”

I stumbled upon this song by Austin-based Max Frost while searching for music earlier this year. This track, “White Lies”, is one of my favourites of the year, easily in my top-10. There are hints of Beck (when he goes electric – I’m borrowing this phrase from my friend Jon in Virginia) and Danger Mouse. It’s a groovy track that […]

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Mundo Musique – Neko Case’s “Night Still Comes”

Mundo Musique – Neko Case’s “Night Still Comes”

In the inaugural review of Mundo Musique, I thought it would be appropriate to feature an artist who frequently visits Ottawa – either at Bluesfest or performing at the Bronson Centre or hopefully at Folkfest one day – and could be considered an honorary Canadian, having spent time in British Columbia and is a member of super-indie, Canadian outfit The […]

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Album Review: Fevers burn it up on their full-length debut

Album Review: Fevers burn it up on their full-length debut

My love for Fevers is true. After an uber-promising debut EP last year (Passion is Dead), they have grown into a full-fledged album act. Their debut full-length, No Room For Light is classic synth-pop. A tight mix of live instruments and electronics (not to mention hella groovy vocals), Fevers are going to turn your iPod into a dancefloor. The songs drift […]

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