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Jeremy Hotz: Misery loves an audience

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Photos courtesy of Jeremy Hotz.Photos courtesy of Jeremy Hotz.

Ottawa native and standup road warrior Jeremy Hotz will be airing his grievances on Saturday February 13th at the National Arts Centre as part of his International Man of Misery Tour, presented by Just for Laughs. Fans of comedy will recognize Hotz’ signature stance:  sideward facing, chin leaning on hand and furrowed brow.  He has a knack for pointing out the dark side to just about anything.  Not everyone can say they can make a living complaining. “Misery is my inspiration for everything.  I like to talk about the darker... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents: Mouthpiece a silent scream made audible

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Photo by Brooke Wedlock.Photo by Brooke Wedlock.

Jared Davidson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to Apt613. Follow his Twitter for more. The opening night of undercurrents closed with Mouthpiece, a play from Toronto’s Quote Unquote Collective, and a play whose title only hints at the social commentary that bursts forth from this performance in new and important ways. It is the kind of play that provokes a reaction—in some moments, anxiety, in others, triumph. The play is an examination of femininity in the modern context, replete with meta-theatrical excursions, such as the reciting of the... | Continue reading article

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“Winning isn’t enough”: Fury coach Paul Dalglish on upcoming season

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All images courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.All images courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.

In a conversation with new Fury FC coach Paul Dalglish, we find out what kind of team Ottawa can look forward to seeing in 2016. Paul Dalglish has been in Ottawa just a few weeks, but he’s been hard at work ever since he arrived.  Since being named the new coach of Ottawa Fury FC, he’s found a place to live in the Glebe but he hasn’t had time to explore any of his new city beyond his new workplace at TD Place stadium.  Even skating on the canal will... | Continue reading article

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Girl Force to increase gender equality in video game production

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Lindsay Blenkhorn is pictured at Fuel Industries, where she is Senior Producer. Photo by Livia Marina Belcea.Lindsay Blenkhorn is pictured at Fuel Industries, where she is Senior Producer. Photo by Livia Marina Belcea.

Post by Livia Marina Belcea Move over guys, Girl Force is taking over Ottawa, one game at a time! Lindsay Blenkhorn is a Senior Producer at Fuel Industries. She has been in her role for four and a half years, and oversees the production of projects such as games, mobile apps and websites. She has worked on producing games and content for brands like Warner Bros. and Mattel, to name a few. Lindsay holds a degree in computer science, and got involved in making games when she combined her love of... | Continue reading article

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Quoi faire ce weekend: What to do in Ottawa with your Valentines and Palentines

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Photo by Pierre Lachaîne from the Apt613 flickr pool.Photo by Pierre Lachaîne from the Apt613 flickr pool.

After moving to Ottawa from BC nearly a decade ago, Hannah has made it her mission to explore Ottawa. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. Ah Valentine’s Day. Some love it, others hate it. Personally, I’m more excited for Galentine’s Day, the best day of the year! No matter your preference, grab your friends and go enjoy the weekend – there’s plenty to do! You won’t be bored Friday night with Dévah Quartet, Orienteers and Zero Day Reapers at House of Targ and Partner, The Yips and BB Cream at... | Continue reading article

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Lynn Miles and Petr Cancura find magic at the crossroads

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All photos by Andre R. Gagne.All photos by Andre R. Gagne.

Folkies joined jazz aficionados at the NAC‘s 4th stage last Thursday to experience a rare cross-genre collaboration featuring beloved Ottawa singer-songwriter Lynn Miles performing with a band of top jazz players lead by Petr Cancura. The concert was the second show in Petr Cancura’s Crossroads series presented as part of the Winter Jazz Fest and NAC Presents. The band, oozing deep musicality and local talent featured Cancura on saxophones, guitarist Roddy Elias, bassist John Geggie and drummer Greg Ritchie, who came in from Montreal. There’s something about Miles’ music that has a... | Continue reading article

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Zero Day Reapers on first show, cybersecurity and free music

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Photo by Christian Villemaire, courtesy of Zero Day Reapers.Photo by Christian Villemaire, courtesy of Zero Day Reapers.

New local electro-punk band Zero Day Reapers will be playing their first show this Friday, February 12, at House of Targ, with a line-up of songs that explore sex, computers, and technology. The band consists of lead singer Tanya Janca, lead guitarist Daniel Ryan, bassist Jean-Francois Brown, and rhythm guitarist Godwin Daniel. Apartment613 sat down with Janca to find out more about the singer and what people can expect from Zero Day Reapers. Janca was born in Kitchener-Waterloo, but she grew up in Ottawa after her family moved here when... | Continue reading article

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Win tickets to Winter Brewfest at Lansdowne

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Photo from Brewfest's Facebook page.Photo from Brewfest's Facebook page.

This weekend marks the culmination of Winterlude and, to celebrate, the 2nd annual Winter Brewfest, this Friday and Saturday in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne. 35 breweries from across Ontario and Quebec will have their best kegs tapped for this event. The breweries include old favourites, like Beau’s, Muskoka, and Beyond the Pale, new kids on the block Tooth & Nail, Waller St. Brewing, and Cartwright Springs, as well as our friends from across the river, Unibroue and Brasseurs du Monde. In addition to the best beers from the best... | Continue reading article

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An uncommon combination of cartoons and cabaret + ticket giveaway

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Mimi Violette and Unetelle as Patty and Selma. All photos from the Facebook event page.Mimi Violette and Unetelle as Patty and Selma. All photos from the Facebook event page.

Mer Weinhold is an Ottawa-dwelling writer, editor, book reviewer, and costuming enthusiast. You can follow them on Twitter. Watching The Simpsons was a staple of my youth. Back when broadcast TV existed, we got two syndicated episodes every weekday evening on CFMT and CityTV (three episodes if one of my siblings climbed on the roof and wiggled the antenna until Global came in). These days, burlesque shows are a staple of my “let’s go out tonight” plans — always a variety of creative performances set to a range of music.... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship: Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard – JOHNNY VEGAS

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Ottawa's Lounge Lizard: Johnny Vegas is created by Kristopher Waddell, Art by Tom Szyc and Colours by Kelly Tindall.Ottawa's Lounge Lizard: Johnny Vegas is created by Kristopher Waddell, Art by Tom Szyc and Colours by Kelly Tindall.

We’re delighted to have Kristopher Waddell as our newest fellow. A longtime member of Ottawa’s comic book scene, Kristopher has been involved with all aspects of the trade – from creating comics to publishing books. In regular weekly installments, Kristopher presents his take on the life and times of Johnny Vegas, who has been performing in this city for decades. Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard: Johnny Vegas is a perfect wrap up for all us who ended up in Maxwell’s over the years and heard the catchy strains of Vegas and his band.... | Continue reading article

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