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Backbeat Drivers host June Blues Jam at Harmonie German Club

By 16 June 2015

[ 21 June 2015 at 2:00 pm; ]

Backbeat Drivers is one of Australia’s most original blues/R&B acts, with Steve Hartnett on Vocals Harmonica and Guitar, Mike Hardy on Guitar and backing vocals, Ben Connelly on Bass and backing vocals and David “Doc” Rennie on drums.

The band is a local legend in Canberra and our longest continually gigging blues band, playing originals, as [...]

Rattenbury heads lineup at next North Canberra Community Council meeting


[ 16 June 2015 at 7:30 pm; ] Shane Rattenbury (Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Justice, Sport and Recreation; Minister Assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) will present to the North Canberra Community Council meeting on 16 June.

Steve Doszpot (Shadow Minister for Education and Training, Sport and Recreation, Ageing and ICT) will also make a brief presentation.

The Economic Development Directorate will [...]

Wild wild west theme party

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[ 20 June 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Yee-haw! Welcome to the Wild West Theme Event. Your cowboy/cowgirl hat is starting to collect dust. You’re humming the theme song to the classic TV western ‘Bonanza’. Rather than talk in your sleep, you’re calling out square dance directions. You’re drawn to pointy snakeskin boots and chaps.

Step in to our saloon and enjoy a wild [...]

Mandolin concert, 28 June

By 15 June 2015

[ 28 June 2015 at 4:00 pm; ]

Come and enjoy a program of beautiful music played by COZMO (Capital of Australia Mandolinata) and our learning group COZYMO!

COZMO will present delightful music from Arcangelo Corelli; Australian composers Richard Charlton, Stephen Lalor and Rob Kay; and traditional tango, Italian and Latin tunes.

COZYMO will also delight you with a short program that includes Croatian pieces [...]

The New Savages at Harmonie German Club

By 12 June 2015
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[ 26 June 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Melbourne duo The New Savages built their reputation by digging out long lost grooves from pre WWII era blues music, with an emphasis on creating a dark and hypnotic beat that punters can dance to.

Lead singer and guitarist Milan has built a career on finding lost blues riffs and transforming them into something modern yet [...]

Women who love to sing, try Brindabella Chorus!


[ 17 June 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

Love to sing? Join us in June!

Brindabella Chorus is inviting interested singers to join our new members program, commencing on 17 June.

Let us help you to develop your singing and performing skills in a fun environment. Join our eight-week program and perform with us at the National Eisteddfod at Llewellyn Hall on 22 August.

Brindabella Chorus [...]

Canberra weekend garage sale guide (13 and 14 June 2015)

By 12 June 2015

[ 13 June 2015 to 14 June 2015. ]
Canberra garage sales this weekend in Waramanga, Jerrabomberra, Aranda, Hackett, Giralang, Turner, Conder, Kambah, Spence, Ngunnawal and Wanniassa. Happy Friday!
Saturday 13 June
40 Maple Crescent Jerrabomberra
7am to 12pm
Furniture items, Mongoose push bikes, books, puzzles, board games, toys, magazines, CDs, DVDs, gym set, etc. Great prices!!
6 Minda Place Jerrabomberra
7am to 12pm
Downsizing, most items under $10. Books, kitchenware, camping [...]

Harmony James at Harmonie German Club

By 11 June 2015

[ 19 June 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Although Brisbane based Harmony James is often classified as a country artist, her music draws on many genres, including folk, pop, rock and blues. In 2006 Harmony first came to the attention of the music industry when she became the only Australian songwriter to have won the country category of the International Songwriting Competition, with [...]

Take a hike: Molonglo Gorge trail


Last month Lisa Martin asked for your suggestions for new Canberra hiking trails to test out. In the second of her trail reviews based on reader recommendations, she tries the Molonglo Gorge trail.
My first impression is that Molonglo Gorge is a hidden gem in the Canberra region –   I wouldn’t have known about it except for a [...]

14 things to do in Canberra this weekend (13th and 14th June)

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Lots to do in Canberra this weekend, including free graffiti workshops for young people, Andy Bull performing at ANU Bar and a family film screening at the National Portrait Gallery. What are your plans?

1. Warehouse Circus mid-year show
Every six months Warehouse Circus celebrates the achievements of its members through a massive showcase of performances. It’s [...]

The Groove Kings at the Keller Sessions

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[ 13 June 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

The gold standard for tough Texas shuffles, Chess-era Chicago blues, and greasy Louisiana-style swamp pop – the Groove Kings grew out of the legendary Blind Freddie and feature some of the fattest toned, dirtiest blues harp and guitar on the Australian blues scene.

Put on your high heeled sneakers, wear your wig hat on your head, [...]

A Shot & a Beer – Stand up comedy and live podcast

By 9 June 2015

[ 11 June 2015 at 8:00 pm; ] Come join us at Canberra’s newest comedy night. Half stand up comedy, half live podcast. First show and we are very excited to bring the hilarious, talented and very tall comedy stylings of John Cruckshank. John is coming off the back of a successful run in the Sydney Comedy Festival with his avalanchely (?) [...]

Public talk: Techno-fixes for climate change

By 9 June 2015

[ 7 July 2015 at 5:30 pm; ]

Climate change has spawned its very own science-fiction sub-genre, cli-fi, which explores techno-fixes as much as doomsday scenarios. Some of the imagined solutions are seriously off the planet, but not all techno-fixes are purely fictional.

Professor Barry Brook will square up to the mounting problems of climate change, pollution, energy security and dwindling supplies – and [...]

Review – Streetwise: contemporary print culture at NGA


The latest exhibition on display at the National Gallery of Australia’s lakeside contemporary exhibition space, Streetwise: contemporary print culture, is a curious affair. If you are interested in contemporary printmaking, then a visit to this exhibition is recommended.
The exhibition’s marketing collateral states that: “Streetwise: contemporary print culture is a bold and vibrant exhibition which surveys the [...]

Music camp to teach Canberra girls to rock in more ways than one

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Would you be brave enough to learn a new instrument, form a band and write a song to perform at a live venue in just one week?
For some, the prospect is terrifying, but for the young women who participate in Girls Rock camps around the world every year, it’s an opportunity to develop creativity, teamwork and leadership [...]

We try speed dating – with a geeky twist


Dating can be a tough business, and no one knows this better than everyone’s favourite pixelated plumber, Mario.
If you, like our brave Nintendo hero, are having trouble finding your geeky prince or princess, have you considered that maybe you’re looking in the wrong place?
Enter Reload Bar and Games. This week, the geek-friendly establishment hosted the [...]

The Chris Mawer Band at Harmonie German Club

By 6 June 2015
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[ 12 June 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

Chris Mawer has performed at major festivals around Australia, has shuffled through cities, remote areas, promoting his unique blend of blues, and recently expanded operations into Asia and the UK.

Chris has had a interesting and colourful music career spanning over a decade, and has performed and recorded with many Australian and international blues acts Newly [...]

The Art of Anthropology: Photographs from the Field

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[ 1 June 2015 to 14 June 2015. ]
The Art of Anthropology showcases the work of 28 ANU anthropologists at different stages of their career, working on a variety of topics.
Despite the varying subject matter covered in these photographs, there is a shared ethos, a commonality of purpose: that of giving a glimpse into the worlds of the people who told us their [...]

Arboretum hosts Italian bonsai expert


[ 12 June 2015 at 5:00 pm; ]

The National Arboretum Canberra is inviting bonsai and penjing enthusiasts, or anyone looking to enjoy a wonderful evening at the Arboretum, to spend a few hours with Italian architect and renowned international bonsai artist, Mauro Stemberger, for a live demonstration on creating a beautiful bonsai artwork.

National Bonsai and Penjing Collection Curator, Leigh Taafe, said Mauro [...]

Smokin’ up in Hall

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[ 12 June 2015 at 3:00 pm; ]

As Winter sets in, we can anticipate the joys and comfort of fires, warm hot pots, roasts, and rustic living. For those of us are ambitious enough to leave our cocoons of warmth in these chilly days, Poacher’s Pantry in offering a tour of their smokehouse as part of the Canberra Environment Centre’s SUSTAINability workshops.

Poacher’s [...]

Weekend garage sale guide (June long weekend 2015)

By 5 June 2015

Canberra garage sales this weekend in Macgregor, Karabar, Queanbeyan, Wanniassa, Giralang, Flynn, Jerrabomberra and Chisholm. Enjoy the long weekend!
Saturday 6 June
Fiaschi Street Macgregor
7.30am to 3pm
Antique carpenter tools, builders tools, excess building material, halogen work lights, cement mixer,  jack hammer, household items, cane chairs, sun lounger, 2 drawer filing cabinets, fluffy toys, nerf guns and more.
5 [...]

Canberra Gay & Lesbian Qwire and In Full Swing do it their way

By 4 June 2015

[ 27 June 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

Qwire’s mid year concert will be something truly awesome! As the theme for the year is connections, what better way to reach out, through music, than to hold a combined concert with another community music organisation!

In Full Swing is a 20 piece big band that has been playing in and around Canberra for over 20 [...]

Escape the cold and discover something magic at a library this winter

By 4 June 2015

As the weather cools down, Libraries ACT is offering events, classes and activities to keep locals entertained this winter.
From the media release:
“Our winter program has begun and offers a range of free activities that are not only entertaining but educational too,” said Vanessa Little, Director, Libraries ACT.
“There are special events to keep kids busy and [...]

15 things to do in Canberra this June long weekend


[ 5 June 2015 to 8 June 2015. ] Raise your hand if you’re more than overdue for another long weekend. Thought so.

Whether you plan on staying in bed for the best part of the Queen’s birthday public holiday or want to cram as much as possible into the next few days, our weekend guide has you sorted. Here’s what looks interesting in Canberra [...]

Tuggeranong Bulldogs 40th gala dinner

This is why we do what we do

[ 8 August 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

Tuggeranong Bulldogs Junior AFL Club turns 40 this year and is hosting a gala dinner to celebrate. All past and present players, members, family and friends of the Bulldogs community are invited.

Tickets are $80 per person, which includes canapés, a three-course meal, drinks on arrival and live music.

When: Saturday 8 August 2015
Time: 7pm
Where: The Hellenic [...]

Fundraising dinner for Heavy Horse Heaven at Le Tres Bon

By 3 June 2015

[ 2 July 2015 at 6:30 pm; ]

Le Tres Bon in Bungendore would like to invite you to enjoy a wickedly scrumptious Christmas In July dinner to raise funds for horse rescue organisation Heavy Horse Heaven.

Here’s the menu:


Amuse bouche – tarte flambee


Slow cooked duck confit, coalesced with a fragrant orange sauce. Served with potato pommes dauphines (gluten free option available on request) OR
Home-made leek [...]

Quad save the Queen!

By 1 June 2015

[ 6 June 2015 at 9:00 am; 7 June 2015 at 9:00 am; 8 June 2015 at 12:00 am; ] Canberra Roller Derby League presents QUAD SAVE THE QUEEN, an explosive colony-wide roller derby tournament on the June long weekend!

Two tracks, three days, and twelve teams makes this a roller derby spectacular not to be missed! Knock-out structure means there is no predicting who will conquer all and rise to the throne.

Whether you’re a derby [...]

Canberra Latin Dance Festival – 16-18 October

By 31 May 2015
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[ 16 October 2015 to 18 October 2015. ]

If you love Latin music and dancing, do not miss Canberra’s Latin Dance Festival. The festival brings together leading international/national artists & the best of local talent. It is a chance for everyone and anyone to get immersed in the amazing Latin dance scene!

The Canberra Latin Dance Festival brings together leading Latin artists to perform, [...]

Trivia enthusiasts all let us rejoice – Team Australia

By 30 May 2015

[ 30 May 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

Come on down for a night of trivia to support Canberra’s own UITF Taekwondo World Championships team.

There will be great prizes, taekwondo demonstrations, auctions, games.  Nibbles at the table and meals and drinks from the bistro and bar at Deakin Football Club.

The UITF team are off to London for the World Championships are fully self funded [...]

Ali Penny and the Money Makers and the Lachy Doley Group album launch

By 30 May 2015
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[ 5 June 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]

An amazing pianist with an honest vulnerability in her vocals, rawness and emotion are what strikes you when you hear what Ali Penney and The Money Makers play for you. Ali knows how to put on a show – a funny and entertaining show – and play songs which get the audience toe-tapping and dancing. [...]

Civic Pub comedy club featuring Matty B

By 29 May 2015
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[ 3 June 2015 at 8:00 pm; ]
June Comedy Club at the Civic Pub features the philosophical bogan Matty B, along with a host of great acts including interstate guests Mitch Garling and Will McKellar, as well as Shahed Sharify and more.
Matty B is a stand up comedian moulded from the school of hard knocks that is the Newcastle comedy scene. He has [...]

Friday fun night tonight at Pizza Hut

By 29 May 2015
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[ 29 May 2015 at 6:00 pm; ]

Pizza Hut stores across Canberra and Queanbeyan will tonight donate five per cent of sales between 6pm and 8pm to Communities@Work’s social programs. 

Make it a fun night for you and friends or family by grabbing a pizza for dinner.
Pizza Hut is proudly partnering with Communities@Work’s Social Programs, who provide food and essential items to those most vulnerable [...]

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