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Screaming Females roar into House of Targ

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Photo by Lance Bangs.Photo by Lance Bangs.

Screaming Females will roar into Ottawa’s House of Targ on Thursday, April 9th.  I had the opportunity to chat with Marissa Paternoster (guitar/vocal) and Jarrett Dougherty (drums) in anticipation of their show. Apt613: I was really excited to see your band perform in Montreal last year, when you opened for The Julie Ruin on your last tour.  How have things unfolded differently so far on this tour, compared with the last one? Jarrett: We’ve done a whole bunch of shows since the ones with The Julie Ruin a year ago. ... | Continue reading article

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Goodbye Piccadilly: Secrets, surprises, and songs aplenty

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All photos by Maria Vartanova.All photos by Maria Vartanova.

This is a show that does what good theatre should, taking you completely away from yourself and immersing you in someone else’s story, besides providing a friendly mirror on your own experience.  Director Sarah Hearn brings the loveable Goodbye Piccadilly, to the Ottawa Little Theatre. With a pitch perfect script written by Ottawa-raised screenwriter and playwright Douglas Bowie this is an adventure about family, in all its forms. The story begins with Bess and “Brick” Brickley, a couple married 47 years who have always been good at keeping up appearances... | Continue reading article

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Beautiful, awesome and meditative: Ikebana exhibition

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All photos by Sanita Fezjic.All photos by Sanita Fezjic.

This weekend, the Japanese Embassy hosted its annual Ikebana exhibition, which always takes place in early spring. It was beautiful, awesome and meditative. How fitting to showcase the art of Japanese floral design as trees prepare to blossom. While we wait for the fragrance of flowers in winter’s shadow, the air is crisp with the perfume of warmer possibilities. Below is a photo essay of the event, with accompanying haikus. Purple petals and deep blue kimono penetrate the camera lens. The water is very still.   Yellow perfume enters space outside... | Continue reading article

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Reflections on the ambiguity of tourists at Atrium Gallery

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Jake Morrison, The Women are Persons Monument, 2010. Photo courtesy of the the artist.Jake Morrison, The Women are Persons Monument, 2010. Photo courtesy of the the artist.

Raymond Aubin is an artist in contemporary photography who also writes critiques and reviews in visual and media arts. Tourists: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, a collection of photographs by fine art photographer Jake Morrison, invites viewers to reflect on the ambiguity of tourism. The ghostly figures that fill Morrison’s photographs almost appear deliberately placed over otherwise familiar-looking tourist settings. These settings include museums, buildings, squares, and monuments that inherently attract tourists, such as the Parliament of Canada or the National Gallery of Canada. The backgrounds in Morrison’s photographs are softly... | Continue reading article

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Treasure hunters having a blast at Antique & Vintage Market

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

Sixties Dresses? A swivel chair from the 50′s? Artwork from the forties? Check, check and check! Treasure hunters of all ages were having a blast swooning and admiring all of the different things that were available for sale at the semi-annual Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market. It was held indoors at the Carleton University Fieldhouse, however with the astroturf footing, bright lighting and spacious high ceilings, it resembled being outdoors at a market. There was a steady stream of visitors at the entrance all afternoon on Saturday. Vendors from all... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Please pass the Brussels sprouts!

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Bartender Bruce Lamothe serves up drinks at Share Kitchen and Freehouse, Centretown's newest bar which is scheduled to open its doors to the public today. All photos by Tobi Cohen.Bartender Bruce Lamothe serves up drinks at Share Kitchen and Freehouse, Centretown's newest bar which is scheduled to open its doors to the public today. All photos by Tobi Cohen.

When Centretown’s newest restaurant opens its doors to the public for the first time today it’ll be asking customers to embrace a concept taught since the beginning of time to reluctant toddlers — the concept of sharing. Share Freehouse, the new venture by former Absinthe Cafe general manager Thomas McVeigh and his wife Maeve, is all about “fine casual” communal dining. Whether a romantic dinner for two or a night out with friends, dishes will be served with enough grub for everybody at the table and on Sunday nights, family-style... | Continue reading article

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The Mouse That Roared will leave you in stitches!

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Photo courtesy of Ben Silcox.Photo courtesy of Ben Silcox.

The Dutchy of Grand Fenwick is a country that’s three miles wide and five miles long, with a population of about 6,000, and its own national bird. Clearly not the kind of place you’d expect to start a war, especially not one against the United States. But in The Mouse that Roared’s opening act, Grand Fenwick does exactly that. Presented by Carleton University’s Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company, The Mouse that Roared opens with Grand Fenwick’s leaders watching their economy crumble around them. Tourists can’t be coaxed through their forest,... | Continue reading article

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A dysfunctional medieval family Christmas on stage at Kanata Theatre

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Photos courtesy of Wendy Wagner.Photos courtesy of Wendy Wagner.

First produced in New York in 1966, The Lion in Winter by James Goldman is the story of one family’s very dysfunctional medieval Christmas. Plots are hatched, found out, amended and re-hatched. Loyalties are tested and broken and forged again and all sorts of dark, long buried secrets come out, some for the first time and some for the hundredth. In short, it could be just about any family’s holiday gathering except that the person glaring at you across the buffet table  is unlikely to have armies at their disposal,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the first weekend of…spring? Ok, so, just because it is technically “spring”, doesn’t mean that it necessarily feels like it. We can’t promise this weekend’s weather will be any warmer, but we can promise plenty of fun stuff happening in the city. Oz Kafe kicks off the weekend tonight with Reggae Night. Join Memetic, Jas Nasty, and Chris International for a Dark N’ Stormy while they spin some great reggae. Workshop Studio Boutique is hosting their 8th Annual Spring Trunk Sale kick off party tonight, from 6-9pm. If... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for March 24, 2015

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Empty Shelves. Photo from their bandcamp page.Empty Shelves. Photo from their bandcamp page.

This week’s Apt613 Live is all about the music.  This weekend there are a lot of great folks visiting the capital to rock your socks off (and toques and mittens and never-going-to-return-to-storage winter coats). We chat with Chris Milligan, one third of the folk-rock band Sea Perry a group of “nice guys” who are taking the stage at Avant-Garde to sample some music from their upcoming album this Saturday. Throw in a little hodgepodge of every type of music you can name: footstompin’ country ala Ginger St. James; smooth jazzy-soul... | Continue reading article

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