Shotgun

The Wrongs We’re Doing for Mr. Right

Ottawa XPress, Shotgun, December 15, 2005 And sometimes the most lost and wasted attract the most balanced and sane And the wild and reckless take up with the clock and the timed and the mixture is all of us and we’re still mixing. From “She Came Along to Me,” Wilco, Bragg and Guthrie Sometimes when […]

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Capital Capital Music’s fall… off the radar?

Ottawa XPress – Shotgun – December 1, 2005 You know that old saying “Build it and they will come”? Capital Music Hall on Rideau Street was built in the fall of 2003, and bands and fans came. But now that it’s closing in January to make way for Claridge condos, will this un-building also crumble […]

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Devil’s Broom

Ottawa XPress – Shotgun – November 24, 2005 “Devil’s Broom” is the fourth track off Joseph Arthur’s album Our Shadows Will Remain. It’s a memorable song about hopelessness, alcoholism and homelessness. “Since you’re gone ain’t nobody else gonna save me/ ’cause I can’t trade a bottle for an empty room/ I just pray that the […]

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Best kept Ottawa secrets

Ottawa XPress – Shotgun – November 17, 2006 A “Best Of” New York City list comes out in the Village Voice every year, like our Best of Ottawa in the XPress. And boy, can you ever tell a lot about a city-as you can with a person-by what they boast are their best features. New […]

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Crazy talk, mumbo-jumbo

Ottawa XPress – Shotgun – November 10, 2006 Now that I’ve quit drinking and smoking, let me tell you, socializing at parties is a whole new ballgame. It’s like walking around with a plastic bathing cap when everyone’s let their hair down. The good news is I always leave the festivities the way I got […]

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A tale of two cities

Ottawa XPress – Shotgun – October 27, 2005 Once upon a time, The Rolling Stones made a video called “The Streets of Love” in Ottawa (rollingstones.com/abiggerbang). But it was a fairy-tale make-believe Ottawa, and all the little Ottawans got silly with glee! A downtown Ottawa nightclub owner, a head honcho at an Ottawa-Gatineau film office, […]

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New huts, are you nuts?!

Ottawa XPress – Shotgun – October 20, 2005 Taking the bus is already a pain in the ass-must OC Transpo rub our faces in it too? OC Transpo raises fares to the extortionate rate of $2.75 a trip while it is needlessly replacing some of the city’s bus stop shelter huts with newer ones. Now […]

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Health or hygiene

Ottawa XPress – Shotgun – October 6, 2005 Would it be for health or hygiene that you’d cut your period out of your life? And do you think you’d be more independent and self-assured? The makers of Seasonale® (www.seasonale.com) think so. I learned about Seasonale® through a documentary called Menstruation Suppression that aired a while […]

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Up Shit Creek

Ottawa XPress, Shotgun, September 29, 2005 I’m not Sean Penn. But I’ll try to be kind like him. OK, so I didn’t help Katrina victims, but I tried to save Ottawans from boredom and disappointment at shitty sex-stores. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many Hollywood celebrities offered their services, like John Travolta who flew […]

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Bleeding Barbies

Ottawa XPress – Shotgun – September 22, 2005 I’m pretty pissed about something. And yes it’s also my PMS talking, thanks. Feminists are ragging on the latest Always Have a Happy Period feminine hygiene campaign (www.beinggirl.com) that encourages women to treat and pamper themselves during the cursed Time of the Month. “It’s like Barbie gets […]

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