Off the Couch
Welcome to our blog! This is where you'll find longer previews and profiles on upcoming or ongoing events in and around Ottawa. We've got fresh tips on what's new and exciting in town, as well as interviews with local movers, shakers and party makers. If you're into it, you too could join our team of volunteer bloggers!
By — Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 9:56am
Before the wave of summer blockbusters plows through our theatres, cinephiles from Ottawa-Gatineau will have the opportunity to take in some independent and accessible film featured in the Outaouais Film Festival (OFF). Founded in 1999, the Outaouais Film Festival’s mission is to foster French film from Quebec and abroad. Taking place from March 14-21, the festival will be screening feature-length, documentary, short and animated films from twenty different countries. Attracting over 20,000 audience members, the festival is a great way for the region to celebrate cinema that is outside the realms of the Hollywood Blockbuster. The main focus of the OFF is to foster French auteurs and allow spectators to enjoy independent cinema from their own back yard and beyond. Most films... Read More
By — Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 10:33am
As the last gasp of this cold, harsh winter is upon us, we are looking for something fresh and new to tide us over until spring. We need to let loose, have a laugh and leave our hang-ups on the couch. Spotlight 613 is a sex-positive, live entertainment talk show. The evening will include intimate performances, local products and discussions about life in the 613, art, food and (of course) sex. The show is the brainchild of actor/comedian Jesse Reynolds, Pink Triangle Services executive director Claudia Van den Heuvel and sex advice columnist and burlesque performer Helvetica Bold, who were starved for a different type of show in Ottawa. In a world drowning in reality dating and advice based shows, Spotlight 613 takes us out of the house and brings us back to the golden days of old school... Read More
By — Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 9:51pm
We're back with another episode of Couch Assassin TV, this time featuring Ilvekyo! Not only do we have an interview with the band, but we've filmed three performances! Of course, we couldn't wait to work with the pros at Angry Neighbour Pictures again! These guys do great work and we have a blast shooting with them. Stay tuned for more episodes to come. In the meantime, enjoy Ilvekyo! Read More
By — Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:51am
People, brace yourselves! Valentine’s Day is upon us. Oh yes, that romantic yet superficial holiday that makes us spend money to buy sentimental gifts for our loved ones. Want some advice? Skip the crowded restaurants and your local Cineplex and get creative! Ottawa has lots of fun and unique events happening all year round – Valentine’s Day is no exception! Here are a few ideas of fun events happening this week that you could do in order to celebrate Valentine's Day: Head over to Raw Sugar Café on February 12th to check out Megan Bonnell & Emilie Mover, two indie artists from Toronto. Ottawa's own Peas & Carrots will be starting off the evening. Pressed will be hosting the... Read More
By — Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 8:00am
Let's kick off Valentine's day right with the deafening aural assault of Death Angel. Along with TYR, Death Angel will be making their way to Mavericks for a one off show. Currently on tour with Children Of Bodom, the band decided to use their day off to headline a show for us Ottawa fans, thanks to Blackwidow Promotions. "We're bringing back Death Angel to Ottawa since they blew our minds when they first played Mavericks in 2011," says Christina Kasper, Talent Buyer at Blackwidow Promotions. "Those guys have an amazing stage show; Mark Osegueda is phenomenal frontman and his voice is dead on live. Their new album is the best Thrash album of 2013 by far." If Death Angel's last venture in Ottawa is any indication of what's to come, I say bring on the mayhem! The band is currently touring... Read More
By — Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 11:04pm
Ever wondered what it takes to become a Couch Assassin? How you, too, could become one of Ottawa's nightlife ninjas, shining a spotlight on the worthy events all the cool kids should know about? Well, here's how it happened for me. Over a year ago, I was looking to gain more experience writing. I saw that Couch Assassin was looking for volunteers to help their team in various capacities, including writing for the blog. I thought to myself: “What do I have to lose?” So I contacted the team at Couch Assassin and quickly got a response. Next thing I know, I’m meeting one of the founders of the site in person. When I met Couch Assassin co-founder Lisa to discuss how I could help out, it became very clear. This team truly wants to help artists and musicians in the area and give them an outlet... Read More
By — Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 5:16pm
Downtown Ottawa is about to be invaded! If the likes of "Booba Fett", "Lady Galifreya" and "Del Roba" taking over your local establishment puts you at red alert, then your prime directive is to leave your bunk and check out geeKISSexy IV: SHINY NOOBS this Friday! Browncoats Burlesque's geeKISSexy is Ottawa's very first annual show "dedicated entirely to the nerdy version of burlesque," explains Kamie Lyann, both a co-producer and performer in the troupe. "It's also where the Browncoats like to showcase their bigger routines, and get the wow factor going." This is the troupe's fourth turn at bat with the event, and since 2011 the show is only growing more impressive. Lyann explains that, aside from audiences progressively becoming "a little more willing to embrace both their geeky and... Read More
By — Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 9:40am
Sometimes chaos is a relief from the everyday norm. “Template for Disaster” may just give you the guidance to get through the chaos and unwind into a blissful moment of Joy. “Template for Disaster” is the latest release from Ottawa Garage/Gypsy/Sex rockers The Haig. The group is made up of four members: Dean Morris (Guitar, Vox), Chris Davidson (Drums), Richard Michel (Bass, Vox), and Treawna Harvey (Keys, Vox). In the spring of 2013, I met the band while they were competing in Beerfest: Play for the Pot at Lunenburg Pub. Immediately, I was taken in by the band’s unique sound, which blends modern indie rock with a unique sound that makes up The Haig. The band has been playing the Ottawa scene for about a year... Read More
By — Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 2:40pm
Most of us feel at least a little warm and fuzzy when Christmas approaches, but the shopping and obligatory family time can sometimes be exhausting. How often can you smile and pretend to enjoy when your grandma pinches your cheeks? How often can you sigh and count to ten when an angry shopper cuts the line? No wonder some of us go a little too heavy on the eggnog! Never fear, fellow Couch Assassins, for Zaphod's has prepared an awesome pre-Christmas night for you to dance and drink your holiday stress away! Dress in green and jig yourself down to Zaphod's Paddy-Punk Christmas Party! Not only do you get to pretend it's St. Paddy's Day in December, but you will also be graced with one of the pioneers of Irish Punk music: The Mahones! Into the likes of Flogging Molly, or the Dropkick... Read More
By — Monday, December 16, 2013 - 8:10pm
Winter can be a difficult time for many, especially here in Ottawa, where it seems to just never ever end. Ever. It can be a struggle to get out of our cozy home and go out and socialize. It can be harder still if our home isn't actually cozy, and participating in our community is the only way to can make it through our day. If everyone is hibernating, how do we survive? How do we thrive? Lucky for us, the Toronto Queer Zine Fair is going on a Survival Tour and is stopping at Pressed on December 19th. There will be readings from zine creators, with an emphasis on representation of the voices that are often not heard. The authors on tour bring a variety of perspectives and backgrounds to the topic of winter survival, and will be... Read More
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