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The sexy circus of Spiegelworld’s Empire

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All photos from spiegelworld.ca.All photos from spiegelworld.ca.

The circus has come a long way since carnies and elephants. Now performances like Spiegelworld’s Empire incorporate traditional clowning slapstick and acrobatics with dirty language and mind-blowing acts from around the world. I don’t say this lightly: You have never seen anything like this before. As a huge fan of anything to do with the circus, I take in as much as I can. I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil and steampunk BMX-style acrobatics, but Speigelworld is the most jaw-dropping show among them. The atmosphere is straight out of the big top circus of your childhood dreams, but inside are burlesque style acrobatics based on classic acts seen around New York,... | Continue reading article

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Alex Colville, painter of the ordinary

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Alex Colville. Church and Horse, 1954.Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 x54.2 cm.
Art Gallery of Hamilton,
Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc.
Photo by Robert McNair.Alex Colville. Church and Horse, 1954.Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 x54.2 cm. Art Gallery of Hamilton, Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo by Robert McNair.

There are just a few more weeks left to visit the exhibition of Canadian painter Alex Colville at the National Gallery. It is not to be missed. Mozart wrote that the virtue of the concerto lies in the fact that it offers something to both the connoisseur and the amateur. This can be said of Colville’s paintings too. And that may be why the artist’s popularity has been unrelenting. In many ways, Colville’s paintings are unassuming. Their dimensions are relatively modest by today’s standards. There is nothing monumental about them.... | Continue reading article

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Q & A with Fury President John Pugh, the man who brought professional soccer to Ottawa

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John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.

We spoke with John Pugh, President of Ottawa Fury FC, and the man responsible for bringing professional soccer to Ottawa. Apt613: Where did you grow up? A place called Hereford, it’s on the border between England and Wales, Pugh is a Welsh name. It’s famous for Bulmer’s Cider and Strongbow, and obviously Hereford cattle. What was your favourite team growing up? I always supported Manchester United. They had a certain aura about them. My boyhood hero was a guy called Denis Law. He was a goalscorer and that’s what I... | Continue reading article

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World Press award-winning photos capture moments of tenderness and danger

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World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. 

St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment.
Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

Award-winning images from around the world are now on display at the Canadian War Museum for a limited time, marking the eighth year that World Press Photo has chosen Ottawa as the premier Canadian location for its annual exhibition. “The images of World Press Photo 2015 were jury selected from among 98,000 entries submitted by close to 6,000 photojournalists from 131 countries,” explains Mark O’Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian War Museum. “The exhibition really does present the finest work by many of the world’s top photographers.” While a... | Continue reading article

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Spectacle aquatique multimédia gratuit à Gatineau

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AGWÀTÀ.AGWÀTÀ.

Ottavienne, je l’avoue, il n’est pas souvent que je fais la touriste de l’autre côté de la rive. Pourquoi? Bref, c’est un concours de circonstances, j’imagine. Cela dit, vendredi dernier, je suis sortie en date avec mon chum pour la première fois depuis la naissance de notre petit Léandre, et voilà que notre choix de divertissement s’arrêta sur le spectacle aquatique multimédia AGWÀTÀ, présenté à la tombée du jour, du 24 juillet au 2 août. Un délice expérientiel : le fruit de la créativité d’artistes et de collaborateurs locaux. AGWÀTÀ : 15... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? – The beat the heat edition

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Owen Davies performs at the BlackSheep on Saturday, August 1 with Bosveld and High Waters. Photo by Isaac Vallentin.Owen Davies performs at the BlackSheep on Saturday, August 1 with Bosveld and High Waters. Photo by Isaac Vallentin.

Welcome to the August long weekend. For those of you not escaping the heat at a cottage, or off camping, there are plenty of ways to enjoy yourselves here in this fine city. There are dance parties every night this weekend. Open Air Social Club kicks off the weekend with DJs Sarita and Shooting Blanks on Thursday night. DJ Magnificent brings you Double Barrel, with the Gaff, at Mercury Lounge on Friday night. VJ Daisy is hosting an Outdoor Electronic Music Festival on Saturday night at Parc des Portageurs. Join... | Continue reading article

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