Reviews

Ottawa Event Review: Falsettos by Orpheus

Bitch, bitch, bitch, funny, funny, funny…..was how Falsettos starts off setting the tone for a unique and entertaining musical, as the latest Orpheus show hit the stage Wednesday at the Gladstone Theatre. Falsettos, Orpheus’ first of four shows this year, kicks off theatre season on a strong note. It’s an ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Smith’s Falls Shindig (Tweed)

This year’s annual Smith’s Falls Shindig took place on Saturday August 24th. This was my second consecutive year taking in this unique festival, and it was a great time once again. The festival is basically offered as a “thank you” to the Smith’s Falls community, and as such, is for ...
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Review: Avenue Q By Toto Too Theatre

I’m going to make a really bold statement: Avenue Q is the funniest musical that I have ever seen! Brought to the Gladstone Theatre stage for two weeks by Toto Too, this show is not to be missed! I have seen other TotoToo shows, and I have to admit that ...
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Event Review: God is a Scottish Drag Queen – Ottawa Fringe Festival

What if God was one of us? A stranger on the bus? Meh, we’ve all heard that. But what if... what if God was a six-foot-something, barefoot, voluptuous drag queen rocking a mauve 1980s power suit? With shoulder pads, of course! What if God was a Scottish drag Queen? No ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Priscilla Queen of the Desert by Orpheus

Orpheus Musical Theatre Society has done it again!! Priscilla Queen of the Desert opened this week at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe, and once again, Orpheus has cut no corners in creating a top quality production. The casting was excellent, the costumes and make up were perfect, and the set design ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Seussical by Suzart Productions

Last night was opening night of Seussical, presented by Suzart Productions at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe (in the studio). This is the fourth Suzart show that I have had the pleasure of seeing, and the directorial/production team of Jennifer Gabriel, Cheryl Cavell, Catherine Spear-Ducasse, Marc Seguin, Cass Marks, and Sue ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Thief Society

Tuesday night, I attended the preview of Thief Society presented by Under the Table Ensemble Theatre and Black Sheep Theatre. This latest play at the Gladstone Theatre is, simply put the funniest play I’ve ever seen live. While I have loved many shows, and may have commented in past reviews ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Lysistrata by Theatre Kraken

Theatre Kraken’s latest play, ‘Lysistrata’ opened this week at the Gladstone Theatre for a two-week performance run. I was one of a few hundred people lucky enough to have experienced this great play on opening night. ‘Lysistrata’ is a hilarious comedy that takes place in Greece in about 400BC. The ...
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Ottawa Event Review: July Talk and Metric Concert

Saturday night featured the return of two iconic bands to Ottawa, on their joint Art of Doubt Tour. July Talk has become my favourite band as of late; I absolutely love everything they do! Metric has been a staple of Bluesfest for so many years, that through both the festival, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: ‘We Will Rock You’ by Mississippi Mudds

This Mississippi Mudds have started their five-show production of ‘We Will Rock You’ and I was fortunate enough to get to attend opening night last night! For those of you who aren’t familiar with this production (I wasn’t until I went), it is conceptually very similar to ‘Mamma Mia,’ whereby ...
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Ottawa Event Review: eSAX: The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience

On Wednesday, April 17th, I once again had the honour of attending eSAX the Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience networking event held at the Horticulture Building at TD Place. As my entrepreneurial mind gets the best of me at times, I’ve been out to this event four times now. Each time, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Shrek The Musical by Greely Players

Tonight was my first experience seeing a show by the Greely Players Association. I was fortunate enough to get to take in their performance of Shrek: The Musical. As a big fan of the movie Shrek, I was excited to see the musical rendition of the movie. Two years ago, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: “Sister Act” by Orpheus Musical Theatre

Sister Act by Orpheus opened Friday night for a two-week run at Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe. This musical, based entirely on the hit Hollywood classic by the same name, is the latest in a long run of fantastic Orpheus productions. Since beginning theatrical reviews on Covert Ottawa Guy, I’m continually ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Cabaret – a Suzart After-Dark Production

Last night, I had the opportunity to see Cabaret, the most recent production from Suzart After Dark, in the studio at Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe. I haven’t ever seen Cabaret, live or in film, and so I went into this experience with very limited knowledge of the storyline, and no ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Blue Man Group

The Blue Man Group: for many, that’s all you need to say. They put on such a legendary show, and have been featured in Vegas for many years! I saw them at the National Arts Centre over a decade ago here in Ottawa and they continue to excite me when ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Weird: The Witches of Macbeth, and #Faustus

Tonight was opening night for a two week double bill at The Gladstone Theatre running, until February 9th. Theatre Kraken’s pair of shows consisted of “Weird: The Witches of Macbeth” and “#Faustus”. You can purchase tickets for either, or both shows together for only a small upcharge. Each show runs ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Minding Frankie

Tonight,  I attended opening night of Minding Frankie at The Gladstone Theatre. This play is based on the book by Maeve Binchy, and was adapted for the stage beautifully by Shay Linehan. This marked the debut for Minding Frankie in Ottawa, and I am so glad that I was able ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Elf: The Musical

Thursday night was a Sparkle Jolly Twinkle Jingle time thanks to Suzart’s latest production of Elf: The Musical!! If you’re a fan of the classic Christmas film “Elf” starring Will Ferrell, then you’ll absolutely love this performance! Directed by the talented Ellen Seguin, produced by Cass Marks (who beautifully choreographed ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Nature Nocturne

“When darkness falls, the museum comes to life!” I had the privilege of attending this iconic monthly party this past Friday night, and what an amazing night!! Perhaps you’ve attended these in the past, but if you haven’t, it truly is an incredible experience and a do-not-miss event for Ottawa. Nature ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Orpheus

Friday night, I was happy to be invited to go and attend Orpheus’ latest play, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. When I first heard this was coming, I had memories from my childhood of the car making the “chitty chitty bang bang, chitty chitty bang bang” noise as it drove/flew along ...
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Ottawa Event Review: FIERCE by George Walker

This past Wednesday night, I had the honour of being invited to The Gladstone Theatre for the Black Sheep Theatre and Criminal Girlfriends joint production of Fierce. After initially reading the write up of the play on the Gladstone’s website, I was immediately intrigued, as it sounded so remarkably different ...
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Ottawa Event Review: The Last Five Years by Orpheus

I just took in Orpheus Musical Theatre’s production of The Last Five Years, on opening night, Wednesday September 19th in the Meridian studio theatre at Centrepointe. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the story, it is an intimate look at a couple’s tumultuous relationship over the course of ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Cloudburst

I had the pleasure of taking in TotoToo’s production of Cloudburst last night (Thursday, September 13th) at The Gladstone Theatre. For those of you unfamiliar with the show, Cloudburst is the story of two women, partners in love and life for over 30 years, who, when faced with possible separation, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: 3rd Annual Tweed Shindig

This year was the third annual Tweed Shindig hosted by Tweed Inc. Tweed, if you’re not familiar with it, in its most simplistic description, is a recreational cannabis readiness company. Due to recent federal legislation, recreational marijuana will be legal as of October 17th. Tweed has become a massive international ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Music and Wine from the Music and Beyond Festival

On Monday, July 9th, 2017, I attended the Music and Beyond Festival event ‘Music and Wine.’ For those of you who are unfamiliar with Music and Beyond, it is a classical music and arts festival that takes place annually each summer. The festival includes not only music, but visual art, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Mamma Mia! An Orpheus Musical Theatre Production

Orpheus Musical Theatre’s latest production, Mamma Mia! started this Friday night at Centrepointe Theatres. I was one of the lucky ones who was able to get out and see it on opening night. This performance was absolutely fantastic!! I have to say it’s not only my favourite Orpheus production that ...
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Ottawa Event Review: James and the Giant Peach

Tonight, I had the pleasure of attending opening night of Suzart Productions’ James and the Giant Peach at Centrepointe Theatres. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Suzart, they are a non-profit musical theatre company that prides themselves on offering affordable entertainment for the entire family. The show, James ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Harry’s Musical World

This week’s event review takes me back to Centrepointe Theatres, one of the greatest places in Ottawa to catch live entertainment. Friday night offered a very unique experience that I was fortunate to be able to take in: an Ottawa Pops Orchestra presentation of “Harry’s Musical world”. The description of ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Cry Baby the Musical

I had the opportunity to attend Kraken Theatre’s production of “Cry-Baby” for opening night on Friday May 10th at The Gladstone Theatre. It was my first experience at The Gladstone, and it’s something I’ve wanted to take in for some time. I’m happy to say that I loved my experience, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Poutine Festival

PoutineFest- The Quick and ‘Curdy’ Highlights: I attended Poutinefest on Saturday, and was lucky enough to be asked to sit as a ‘Celebrity’ judge on the panel to pick the best poutine! A festival dedicated to the wonder that is poutine is really enough to get me there, but throw ...
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Ottawa Event Review: James Bond, A Convenient Lie

Bond……James Bond! Who doesn’t love this classic espionage series featuring the world’s most popular spy?! He’s been depicted by many different actors including Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery and most recently, Daniel Craig. Throughout his reign, 007 is still able to draw a plethora of fans, new and seasoned ...
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Ottawa Event Review: The Illusionists

Sunday night I attended Broadway Across Canada’s final Ottawa presentation of The Illusionists at the National Arts Centre. This is a well-hyped show, and I was curious to see it for myself. This show is part of a large franchise of magicians and performers who travel the world performing as ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Nelly Concert

Monday night, a true Hip Hop legend played at the Algonquin Commons Theatre, adding to the long list of incredible shows that they have featured over the past couple years. Nelly, on his first trip to Ottawa since Bluesfest 2016, demonstrated exactly why he’s able to sell out venues wherever ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Grease, by Orpheus Musical Theatre

I, like many, grew up watching the movie Grease. I loved watching the students of Rydell High, getting a glimpse into high school life in 1959. So, when I heard that Orpheus Musical Theatre would be performing the stage production of Grease, I was very excited. I most recently saw ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Beau’s St. Patrick’s Day Party

On Saturday, March 10th, I attended the St. Patrick’s Day party hosted by Beau’s Brewery at the Aberdeen Pavilion. This is the second major Beau’s event that I’ve attended, and wow- what an amazingly well-run event! It ran from noon until 10pm, with the stragglers leaving closer to 10:30. The ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Brew Donkey Tour!

I was honoured to have the opportunity to attend a Brew Donkey tour this past Saturday. This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a long time, so this was an exciting opportunity that I couldn’t miss! I am a beer fan, not a connoisseur, by any means, but ...
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Ottawa Event Review: The Fan Experience of a Sens Game

I’d like to preface this review by explaining that while it is a review of the recent Ottawa Senators versus Boston Bruins game at the Canadian Tire Centre; it is not a review of the game itself, but rather of the overall experience of attending an NHL game. This off-ice ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Faces Magazine Awards 2018

On Saturday night, I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 Ottawa Faces Magazine Awards. This extravagant evening is hosted annually by Faces Magazine, and presents ‘People’s Choice’ type of awards in dozens of categories, which include everything from Ottawa’s favourite Bartender to Chiropractor to Veterinarian, and everything in between ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Shrek the Musical

I just saw Orpheus Musical Theatre’s production of Shrek: The Musical at Centrepointe Theatres (www.centrepointetheatre.ca). Despite having heard nothing but great things about their productions in the past, I have to admit that this is the first production that I have seen by Orpheus, and now I’m kicking myself for ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Signatures Show

Today I had the privilege of attending the 35th anniversary edition of the Ottawa Signatures Show. This was a unique and enlightening experience, giving me the chance to engage with a room full of very talented artists. The show is being held this week from November 15 – 19th at ...
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Ottawa Event Review: If the Walls Could Talk Theatre Production

I had the pleasure last night of attending the world premiere/opening night performance of ‘If the Walls Could Talk,” in Osgoode. This show was presented by Around and About Rideau Theatre (www.aartheatre.com ), which is a volunteer-based, not-for-profit community theatre group based in Osgoode. The show itself was written, directed, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: eSAX, Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience

I had the opportunity to attend the most recent eSAX. This event is The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience. What does this mean? Their website describes it best: “eSAX events are large entrepreneur networking extravaganzas. Held every 3 months, they promote small business and collaboration among regional Chambers of Commerce in ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Beau’s Oktoberfest!

Today I had the opportunity to attend an amazing annual event that I have never attended before: Beau’s Oktoberfest. While a bit of a drive away, in beautiful Vankleek Hill, this event is absolutely worth the trip. And with buses traveling regularly between Ottawa and the site, dropping you off ...
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Ottawa Event Review: LeMeow at the Atomic Rooster

Last night I got to check out one of my favourite local bands, Le Meow, at The Atomic Rooster on Bank street. If you weren’t there, you missed an awesome show! I thought I would take the opportunity to review the event for those of you who couldn’t make it, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: TacoFest 2017

“Tacos are like what the voices of a hundred angels singing Bob Dylan while sitting on rainbows and playing banjos would taste like if that sound were edible.” ― Isabel Quintero Today was the 4th annual Tacofest here in Ottawa held at the Shaw Centre. I decided to attend this event ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Brewery Market Beer Festival

This past weekend, there were three beer festivals hosted in the Ottawa area. I decided to spend some time on Sunday at the smallest one, which was located at Hintonburg Park. This festival was hosted by the Brewery Market and was a really great little event!! Hintonburg Park, nestled right ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Mud Hero Run June 3rd

On Saturday, June 3rd, I attended the Mud Hero Run/Obstacle course at Commando Paintball in the South-East end of Ottawa. I’ve never been to the event before, nor have I been to Commando Paintball, so both were new to me. I spent roughly seven hours on site, checking out the ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Ottawa Children’s Festival

One of many exciting events held in Ottawa this weekend was the Ottawa Children’s Festival at Lebreton Flats. This annual event is designed for the enjoyment of children of all ages and their families. Each year, when I pass the event as it is being set up, I excitedly think, ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Ottawa Poutinefest

This past weekend, I was able to attend the Poutine Festival that was being held in Festival Plaza beside Ottawa City Hall. I spent most of the day hoping I’d be hungry enough to try a variety of the offerings from the multiple vendors set up on site. However, each ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Ottawa Welcomes the World: Mexico

As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, the city of Ottawa has its own events planned including the Redbull Crashed Ice, La Machine, The Juno Awards, and many others that will be taking place throughout the year. One featured series of events is the “Ottawa Welcomes the World” cultural exhibitions ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Egg Drop

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the Egg Drop put on by Kingdom Culture at the Aviation and Space Museum. This event had been advertised lightly for at least a month prior to the event but from the people whom I’ve spoken with, it’s details were not widely ...
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Juno Awards Review…as a Seat Filler!

I was one of the very lucky people who got to attend the Juno awards this past Sunday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. These awards honour the greatest musicians in Canada in a glamorous affair rivaled (arguably) only by the Oscars and possibly Grammy's. This event filled the stadium ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Ambush Concert Barley Mow

Saturday night marked the first time that Ambush has played the Barley Mow chain of restaurants and I was in attendance to see the concert. Ambush always draws a great group of people as they play all the crowd favourites to dance the whole night. They’ve won a CMA for ...
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Piff the Magic Dragon Review

This past Thursday night, there was a pretty special and unique performance held at Algonquin College in the Student Commons Theatre. Many of you may not know who this is, but if you’re familiar with America’s Got Talent, you likely know Piff the Magic Dragon. But first, I have to ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Tea Party Concert – Feb 27

I was honoured to attend The Tea Party concert Monday night at the Algonquin Commons Theatre. I want to preface this review by stating that I am a Tea Party fan and have enjoyed their music for twenty years. “Temptation” was one of my favorite songs growing up and I ...
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Ottawa Event WINTERLUDE Review (David Usher and Ice Dragon Boats)

I’ve finally made it out to Winterlude this year and just in the nick of time to catch some activities on the last weekend of the festival. I went out and took in the sights of Dows Lake and then, later on in the night, Confederation Park. It was a ...
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Faces Awards Night Review

On Friday night, I had the honour of attending the Faces Magazine annual awards banquet/gala. I’ve known about this event for a couple years, and have enjoyed reading the magazine for even longer, but I’ve never had the pleasure of taking part in this exciting evening party. In case you ...
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National Skating Championships – Ottawa

I’m going to preface this review by disclaiming that I know almost nothing at all about figure skating. I enjoy watching it, and can appreciate the athleticism of the sport, but I certainly wouldn’t be the guy giving a running commentary on the particulars and the technical elements of a ...
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USS Concert: January 18, Ottawa Events

Three words come to mind for the Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS) concert Wednesday night: Energetic, Fun, Intimate. Ashley and Jason, the two lead members of USS, aided by Matt on percussion put on a high-energy show in the Algonquin Commons Theatre (@ACT_Ottawa on twitter). I hadn’t seen them live before so ...
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#eSAX Event Review (Ottawa) January 11th

I recently attended the @eSAXnetworking  event held at the Horticulture Building at TD Place on Bank Street. This was my first time attending this recurring event, so I went into it uncertain of what to expect. I have to say that overall, I was very impressed with both the professionalism ...
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Golden Globe’s Review and Recap

I’m making an attempt at writing up an intelligent yet entertaining re-cap and summary of my thoughts and the results of the Golden Globe awards held Sunday night. I’ll start off by saying that I have never previously taken much of an interest in an awards show but I’m intrigued ...
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