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Review: Cirque's Volta transcends mundane inspirations, blossoms into dazzling display

The Cirque du Soleil production runs until Aug. 27 under a big top on the Zibi Site in Gatineau's Hull sector.

Cirque du Soleil's Volta brings hair-raising spectacles to Zibi site

Volta When: Aug. 3 to 27, except Mondays; 8 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday; 4:30 Thursday to Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday Where: Zibi Site, 2 Laurier St., Gatineau (Hull sector) Tickets: starting at $39 at  Last week, Danila Bim vacationed in Ottawa and was able to catch up on her personal […]

Preview: Louis RielA operaA takes on new meaning in a modern age

By Lauren La Rose Louis Riel was originally created to mark Canada’s centennial in 1967, but a new incarnation of the opera about the famed Metis leader has an added poignancy given the current era of truth and reconciliation with indigenous peoples, says director Peter Hinton. “They could have chosen a story that was much idealized, that celebrated […]

Adam West, 1960s Batman, has died

Actor Adam West, who played Batman in the campy 1960s television series, has passed away at the age of 88 after a short battle with leukemia, according to his family. A major star in the ’60s, West appeared in films such as Geronimo, The Outlaws Is Coming and Robinson Crusoe on Mars. He has voiced […]

Neon Dreams return to Ottawa to play Glowfair's main stage Friday

Glowfair, the free, two-day festival that will take up 10 blocks of downtown Bank Street, takes place June 16 and 17.

National Arts Centre concert series goes national

The NAC is supporting 40 concerts by emerging Canadian artists in 10 Canadian cities in the 2017-18 season.

Facebook Live Replay at JunoFest: Here's what happened on the Red Carpet

The Junos are this weekend in Ottawa, which means we’re treated to tons of good shows all over the city. Our reporters are out on the town to see what’s happening. Keep checking here for their updates:

Vigilante: A ghostly look back at the tale of the Black Donnellys

Theatre Review Vigilante A Catalyst Theatre (Edmonton) Production National Arts Centre Theatre March 29-April 15 From a dark and stormy chapter of Canadian history comes a mesmerizing, Celtic rock-infused ghost story. The infamous Black Donnellys come to life in Vigilante, Jonathan Christenson’s colourful adaptation of the tale of the hard-edged Irish immigrant family who settled […]

Cappies: Notre Dame's inspiring Les MisA(c)rables filled with hope

Show #12: Les Misérables Where: Notre Dame High School Director: Amy Lenser-Twolan Will Prieur, Lead Critic Mother Teresa High School Though dark, desolate and sad in circumstance, Notre Dame High School’s production of the classic tale of Les Misérables was inspiring and filled with hope as the audience was brought back to the bleakness of […]

At JUNOFest Friday, Toronto jazz groups fill Live on Elgin with entrancing sounds

Live on Elgin hosted JUNOFest's jazz showcase on Friday night.

Riding the JUNO Express

After first debuting in 2003, and again in 2012, the Juno train returns in 2017. Aboard? Some of the nominees, industry types and contest winners will ride the two trains leaving from Toronto and Montreal en route to Ottawa. “ Apparently the first ride was a full on party on wheels. But it was toned down […]

Ottawa chef Jonathan Korecki returns to TV on Sunday night on Top Chef Canada: All-Stars

The likeable chef who ran the kitchens at Restaurant E18hteen and Sidedoor is a contestant in the new Food Network Canada show.

Pirouet Records takes a pause (Jochen Rueckert, Jorge Rossy, Frank Kimbrough CDs reviewed)

It's too bad that the German jazz label Pirouet has suspended operations, at least temporarily, after releasing many great albums.

Follow your favourite 2017 Juno Award nominees

The Junos are in town this weekend, and there are a ton of events happening all over the city. Not everyone will be here in person, of course. But if you’re looking to spot some stars in town, keep an eye on these feeds for tips on where they’ll be… And click here for more information […]

Musicians face off on stage for JUNOCup jam

After hockey practice, the Juno Cup team of rockers blew off steam on Thursday night by doing what they do best: playing music for fans. But instead of each artist hogging the spotlight at the Juno Cup Jam, egos were set aside and they brought a team approach to the stage of the Bourbon Room. […]

"Music was always my secret thing," Juno nominee Ruth B says

The 21-year-old Edmonton singer-songwriter who hit it big with Lost Boys is up for three Junos this weekend in Ottawa.

Going out best bets, March 30 to April 4

Citizen arts writers suggest outings for the next week.

Chamberfest 2017: From Stephen Hough to Sgt. Pepper to the Syrian Experience

Chamberfest 2017 is mindful of where it falls during Ottawa’s summer of wall-to-wall festivals and celebrations during Canada’s sesquicentennial, and is programming accordingly, says its artistic director, Roman Borys. “We really know that people are going to have a lot of options this summer, throughout the summer,” Borys says. “We’ve made a big effort to ensure […]

Metric, Sheepdogs rock Stanley Cup celebration

The Stanley Cup had a heck of a 125th birthday party at the Canadian Tire Centre on Friday.

Cappies: Colonel Byas Once Upon a Mattress was exuberant and enjoyable

Show #10: Once Upon a Mattress Where: Colonel By Secondary School Director: Greg Crossett Maya Harris-Harb, Critic Notre Dame High School With a pea, 20 mattresses, and a princess nicknamed Fred, Colonel By Secondary School’s rendition of Once Upon A Mattress was delightful! Once Upon A Mattress is a musical comedy with a breathtaking score […]

Grammy winners Donny McCaslin and Robert Glasper to play 2017 Ottawa Jazz Festival, their websites say

The TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival runs this year from June 22 to July 2, and is to announce its lineup next week.

Concert review: Angela Hewitt begins her Bach Odyssey at Dominion-Chalmers United Church

Angela Hewitt's concert on Thursday night was the first of 12 so-called Bach Odyssey concerts that she will give in Ottawa over the next four years.

Juno Awards show adds Billy Talent, July Talk, Dallas Smith

This year’s Juno Awards show bolstered its talent Thursday with the additions of Mississauga punk rockers Billy Talent, B.C. country rocker Dallas Smith, and Toronto indie rock band July Talk to the lineup. The 2-1/2-hour April 2 show, co-hosted by 19-time Juno winner Bryan Adams and comedian Russell Peters, will be broadcast from the Canadian […]

Where you can celebrate Saint Patrick's Day in Ottawa (with an option not to)

On March 17, the day when everyone’s an honorary Irish person, there’s no shortage of shamrock-themed goings-on in Ottawa. As a bonus, it’s a Friday. While the Saint Patrick’s Day parade is long over, here’s a sampling of local entertainment to help you plan your St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans. As a rule of thumb, any place with […]

Cappies: Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Annie was inspiring and cheerful

Show #9: Annie Where: Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School  Director: Sonya Schrum Zelia Fang, Lead Critic Earl of March Secondary School Wake up at four in the morning to scrub the floor just for some cold mush — seems like vacuuming the house is nothing to groan about after all. In Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s spirited […]

Lumineers, soul music and female Muslim artists shine in Arts Best Bets for March 16-22

SPOTLIGHT The Lumineers, a band that entranced Ottawans during a downpour at Bluesfest last summer, return to the capital on Tuesday as part of their ongoing Cleopatra world tour. If anything, the Denver-based folk-rock band anchored by Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites and Neyla Pekarek are even more popular than they were last summer, having recently […]

Concert preview: Matthew Good revisits his hit 1999 album Beautiful Midnight

Matthew Good with Craig Stickland 8 p.m. March 16, Southam Hall, National Arts Centre Tickets: $35-$65 plus fees, available through The latest recording by Vancouver-based rocker Matthew Good is an EP that takes another look at some of the songs from his hit 1999 album, Beautiful Midnight. In a conversation with Lynn Saxberg, the […]

Magnetic North Theatre Festival postpones launch over funding issues

Organizers of the Magnetic North Theatre Festival have postponed Tuesday’s launch of this year’s program, suggesting they need more time to sort out funding issues “It’s important for us to be able to take the time to speak with our stakeholders,” said Nancy Oakley, the festival’s managing director, when asked if the festival might not […]

Chantal Kreviazuk, Colin Linden, Lisa LeBlanc join Juno song circle

The rest of the lineup for the Juno Songwriters’ Circle has been announced, and tickets are already sold out. Joining previously announced host Bruce Cockburn, the Ottawa-born songwriting icon, on stage at the National Arts Centre theatre on April 2 are six of this year’s nominees: Chantal Kreviazuk, who’s vying for the best adult contemporary album, blues […]

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Nintendo delays the Legend of Zelda Wii U beyond 2015

Nintendo co. Ltd’s upcoming Wii U Zelda game won’t hit its originally announced 2015 release date, according to an update released today by series producer Eiji Aonuma.

GDC 2015: Montreal-based Clever Plays targets PC and mobile market with upcoming game Leap of Fate

Montreal-based development studio, Clever Plays, was formed in 2013 by Matthieu Bégin and his wife Angela Meja, after the pair left Ubisoft Montreal to set out on their own and create a new independent development studio.

theScore launches new eSports-focused app

On Wednesday Toronto-based media company theScore announced it’s launching a new eSports-focused mobile app and website, set to cover the growing professional gaming industry at the same level it reports on traditional sports. theScore’s audience has grown to over 10 million […]

The Legend of Zelda: Majoraas Mask 3D review: An underappreciated classic is revived

The first time I played The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask I was 11. My experience felt rushed because of its strange time-shifting system, the game’s tone was strangely dark and in general, Majora’s Mask didn’t feel like it was a true […]

eSports league limits number of gay, transgendered women in League of Legends tournament

A relatively large eSports league based in the Philippines called Garena eSports, has created a stir in the professional gaming community after revealing its gender-specific woman-only tournament, dubbed The Iron Solari, will restrict the number of “lesbian, gay [and] transgendered women” to […]

Sony Online Entertainment sold to management firm and renamed Daybreak Game Company

After almost 20 years, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), the developer of EverQuest, Planetside, DC Universe Online and the recently released H1Z1, has been sold by Sony to an investment firm called Columbus Nova. The developer is set to operate as […]

Life Is Strange a Episode 1 review: Awkward but promising

Life Is Strange flew completely under my radar. After playing most of Telltale’s adventure game series I’ve been feeling burnt out on the genre lately, but the internet furor surrounding Life is Strange caught my attention. Still, even after reading a […]

Dying Lightas free running system is what makes the game compelling

After spending around six to eight hours with Techland’s latest zombie epic, Dying Light, I’ve realized the act of taking down zombies isn’t the most interesting part of the game – it’s the death defying leaps that stem from its […]

Sega announces over 300 job cuts as the company restructures

On Friday Sega announced it has plans to cut as many as 300 jobs, offering many of those affected “early retirement,” which also includes severance packages, as the company restructures its business with a focus on PC and mobile games. […]

Microsoft sells 6.6 million Xbox consoles in Q4 2014, makes $26.5-billion

Microsoft has revealed it sold 6.6 million Xbox consoles during the fourth quarter of 2014, the shopping season leading up to Christmas, earning revenue totaling $26.5-billion. The tech giant’s total company income was $5.8-billion. Despite a rise in revenue, overall […]

Resident Evil 4 killed horror games in the best way possible

The classic blend of action and horror gameplay is pretty much dead, and it’s all Resident Evil 4’s fault.

Feminist Frequency plans to create two new video game-focused series

Feminist Frequency, the non-for-profit organization run by Anita Sarkeesian, known for its popular and controversial video game series, Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, announced it has plans to create two new video series, one focused on, “the representation of […]

Microsoftas HoloLens wants to enhance your world with holograms

During the company’s Windows 10 press conference today, Microsoft revealed what it hopes will be its next big innovation: HoloLens. HoloLens aims to create an augmented reality experience that’s decidedly different from what the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus […]

Elegy for a Dead World Review: So Byron, Shelley, and Blake walk into a cemeterya|

Imagine you’re floating, effortless and alone, in the deepest chasm of space. By now you’re numb to the cold, and the pastel, purple skies twirl with you as you tease the thrusters of your rocket pack. Surrounding you are working […]

Player invents way to level up in Destiny while sleeping

To participate in Destiny’s “end-game” leveling system, players need to invest a significant amount of time, and also hope they’re lucky enough to get their hands on rare weapons and items during random drops, but to get to make it […]

Evolve preview: All for one, you monster

When Game Informer unveiled Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock’s new co-op shooter, Evolve, last February, I wasn’t very interested in the game. Players play against a huge monster, or assume the role of that monster and kill other players – […]

JumpJet Rex review: A radical a90s tribute

Under Rex's radical, retro-inspired exterior there's a beating heart of modern game design, patterned after popular indie games like Super Meat Boy. Rex is only retro on the surface, and that's a great thing.

Kingdom Hearts HD II.5 Remix review: Final Fantasy and Disney is still a compelling mix

I was always weirded out by the concept of playing a Square Enix game featuring characters with spikey hair and the ability to cast elemental magic from their giant finger tips, alongside Disney characters. Donald Duck as a spell caster? […]

The New 3DSa six most interesting features

I’ve spent most of this week playing around with Nintendo’s latest handheld console, the New 3DS, and so far I’m impressed with the device. It solves a number of the issues I had with the original 3DS and also improves […]

Nintendoas Wii U has its best sales month ever in December

On Friday Nintendo of America announced the sales of its struggling Wii U console have raised 29 per cent and that game sales for the console have gone up 75 per cent, when compared to December sales in 2013, resulting […]

Vancouver Island-developed game The Long Dark sells more than 250,000 copies

The Long Dark, an exploration-survival title set in the Canadian north, developed by Vancouver Island-based Hinterland Studio, has sold more than 250,000 copies since its Sept. 22 launch. The game is currently still in development but is available though Steam’s early-access […]

Assassinas Creed Unity: Dead Kings review: Arnoas angsty adventure

Ubisoft’s latest Assassin’s Creed got off to a rough start. Frame rate glitches, server issues, and endless bugs hindered the game’s playability almost entirely. Despite the problems, there was a good game underneath Unity’s grime and Ubisoft has tried to fix the […]

New 3DS XL review: Silly name but a worthy upgrade

The New 3DS’ name might be ridiculous, but thankfully the console is a significant upgrade over Nintendo’s original 3DS, released three and a half years ago ago in 2011. The console itself is a strange decision for Nintendo, effectively splintering the […]

How Toronto YouTuber VanossGaming is passing Ellen, Justin Bieber in subscribers

Michael Oliveira TORONTO — Twenty-two-year-old Toronto native Evan Fong is about to crack the Top 25 list for most YouTube subscribers, passing Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber. And he’ll do it by playing video games. Approaching 11 million subscribers and […]

New 3DS XL coming out Feb. 13 in North America, features enhanced 3D and processing

On Wednesday during the company’s latest online press conference, Nintendo revealed the U.S. release date for the North American New 3DS XL, Feb. 13, the same date as the console’s European release. The new handheld is set to be more powerful […]

7 most anticipated video games of 2015

What games are there to look forward to in the coming year? Turns out there are quite a few. 2015 is set to feature a barrage of unique games, as well as some of the first titles developed from the […]

$1-million in prize money up for grabs at upcoming Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament

Next month in Los Angeles, Activision, Xbox, Major League Gaming (MLG) and Sledgehammer Games, are hosting a Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare tournament featuring the world’s top 32 Call of Duty teams, all competing to take home a $1-million prize […]

PlayStation 4 sells 18.5 million consoles worldwide, 4.1 million during the holiday season

According to a recent press release from Sony, the company’s newest game console has sold 18.5 million units worldwide. 4.1 million of these sales occurred during the 2014 holiday shopping season between Nov. 23, 2014 and Jan. 4, 2015. Sony’s […]

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