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Sight singing at St. Giles

by Joachim Moskau
To “face the music” gets a new twist at St Giles Presbyterian Church in the Glebe. Organist and passionate choir master Desmond Hassell has launched a tutorial avalanche to teach all comers, young or old, rich or poor, the surprisingly simple basics of singing a song straight off the printed score. The philosophy is simple – even Mozart, Verdi and Bach began with “do-re-mi.”

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Arboretum Festival relishes local music and food

By Liz McKeen
The first thing you should know is, the Arboretum Festival is not held at the Experimental Farm’s Arboretum – so don’t go to the Farm expecting anything but lovely trees.

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House of PainT Festival 2014

The annual House of PainT Festival is a free outdoor hip-hop festival that features the best in Canadian urban arts and culture, showcasing graffiti, breakdancing, DJs and MCs from across Canada. This year’s festival, now in its 11th year, will take place from September 4 to 7 in Brewer Park and under the massive, concrete Dunbar Bridge (where Bronson crosses the Rideau River, next to Carleton University.)

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House of TARG: punk, perogies and pinball

By Erin Bender Kerbel
When an old arcade machine was dropped off in Ottawa musician Paul Granger’s rehearsal studio four years ago, he never imagined it would lead to the creation of a popular music venue and pinball bar. The Targ arcade game, given to 40-year-old Granger by a friend, ended up being a hit at the studio, where over 25 local punk bands rehearse. “All the bands started playing Targ when they came to rehearse,” said Granger. “Then one of my friends stopped by and saw the machine, and he owed me a couple months of rehearsal time so he gave me a pinball machine instead of paying me.”

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Book reviews

Summer is here! Sit back and relax on the beach with one of these great books.

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