Ottawa DJ crew paints the Ob red

By Dan Taccone   The Ottawa-based Aboriginal electronic DJ crew A Tribe Called Red (ATCR) brought its unique, MTV-dubbed “Powwow-step” music to the Observatory on March 20, in a performance punctuated with chanting, war cries, and ATCR’s distinct...

Stories brought to life by pros

By Erich Engert This first Hot House event brought an artistic director and seven professional actors from the New Ottawa Repertory Theatre to bring stories written by scriptwriting students to life in a stage-reading Monday night, Feb. 3. A stage-reading is a form of theatre...

Hicks leaves students buzzin’

By Ian Brannan On Feb. 7, hundreds of Algonquin students and general fans lined up to watch Rory Gardiner, Kira Isabella, and Tim Hicks put on a ‘Hell Raising Good Time.’ However Hicks was sitting in his green room talking with members of the band, staff and a reporter. Though he...

Sheepdogs ahead of the herd

By Dan Taccone   When the main act rolls on stage on an ice-cream cart, finishing their drinks from before the show, it may make the odd concert-goer concerned. But there was no need for concern when Juno-winning, Saskatoon natives the Sheepdogs took the stage at the...

Band battle shows off musical talents

By Tyler Labonte The bar’s atmosphere was tense the moment before the winner was announced. Five talented acts performed but only one would advance: an old-school rock and roll revival called The Ecstatic. In what was said by a judge to be a close decision, Crazy Bones, an...

Local band has first success

By Dylan Conway-Hartwick It’s not often that a band comes out with a 10-set playlist and two music videos within it’s first few weeks of playing together, or even meeting. But for Ottawa alternative rock band Crossing Jane, that’s just how it went after finding each other online...

Commons crowd left Wanting more

By Breanna Adams The crowd cheered as Wanting stepped onto the stage and into the light. This was the moment everyone had been waiting for and as she opened her mouth to begin the first song, everyone was silent and waiting. She embraced the crowd with smiles and confidence as...

Your eyelids are becoming heavy

By Erich Engert Tony Lee: XXX Hypnotist came to Algonquin on Jan. 21 for a two-hour show to bring entertainment and hypnosis to fans and newcomers for his show. Seats were filled in the Algonquin Commons Theatre with people ready to be hypnotized or watch as others fell und...

Local comedian brings jokes to Algonquin

By Dylan Conway-Hartwick Local comedian John Hastings and Nova Scotia native Kyle Hickey took the stage at the Observatory on Jan. 15 for a crowd-rousing performance full of wild antics and show-stopping jokes. As the first Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Night of 2014, there were more than a...

Play highlights life on the edge

By Erich Engert An old woman who knows too much and her callous caretaker. A psychiatrist missing a marble or two. Some partiers with different personalities. A couple with a dark twist. A man on the edge. If you think those characters sound like the introduction of a jok...