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Chamber Theatre Hintonburg lets the beast out

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Donnie Laflamme and Brent Rouleau (foreground) in The Hairy Ape. All photos by Glen McIntosh.Donnie Laflamme and Brent Rouleau (foreground) in The Hairy Ape. All photos by Glen McIntosh.

Hunched over, shovels in hand, the firemen get to work feeding coal into the belly of the beast. The rhythmic sound of laboured grunts fill the silence. Welcome to the bowels of an ocean liner, an all too real picture seamlessly painted by the cast of The Hairy Ape: a Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life in Eight Scenes. The Chamber Theatre Hintonburg takes on Eugene O’Neill’s complex tale of an exploited working class and their hatred for the capitalist structure. The intelligent, albeit ignorant, Yank (Donnie Laflamme) quickly emerges... | Continue reading article

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The reason every 613 punk woke up hungover last Saturday morning

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Divers. Photo from their Facebook page.Divers. Photo from their Facebook page.

There’s a reason every 613 punk sounded extra raspy when they woke up hungover on Saturday morning. Ottawa got a sweat-soaked close-up of contemporary, high-voltage Portlandian punk on the weekend. This past Friday, April 3, the highly-acclaimed boys of DIVERS managed to fit our sleepy Capital into their North American tour schedule for the very first time. Awash in PBR, body odor and unkempt facial scruff, this eccentric West coast foursome were given a very enthusiastic welcome to House of Targ, care of a drunken, mixed bag crowd of grey-haired... | Continue reading article

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Venus in Fur is a sex comedy turned on its birch-switched bottom.

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Actors David Whiteley and Chandel Gambles in Venus in Fur. Phto courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Actors David Whiteley and Chandel Gambles in Venus in Fur. Phto courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

Kinky? Serious? Dramatic? Comic? Suspenseful? Warped? Disturbing? Playful? Political? Role-bending? All of the above? Venus in Fur is a sex comedy turned on its birch-switched bottom. Don’t come expecting a frothy farce like Noises Off. Yes, there’s a scantily clad attractive woman. Yes, there’s a pedantic tight-assed frumpily dressed man. Yes, there’s a play within a play. But that’s where the resemblance to a standard sex comedy ends. For we soon discover that little is as it first appears. A battle of wits emerges and the audience must follow multiple... | Continue reading article

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Creativity, passion and the heart of two amazing sisters

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Photo by John Aung.Photo by John Aung.

Vincent is a women’s fashion boutique nestled right in the heart of Little Italy, at 444 Preston Street to be exact. This store represents the creativity, passion and heart of two amazing sisters named Amanda and Angie. From the minute you walk into the boutique, you will be instantly greeted as they welcome you into the store as if it were their home.  No detail has gone unnoticed from the décor, to the carefully thought out product selection and the personalized customer service. You can’t help but fall in love... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Soulful “Graven” in CBC Searchlight: The Hunt for Canada’s Best New Artist

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Matt McKechnie of Graven. Photo by Micheal Pacitto.Matt McKechnie of Graven. Photo by Micheal Pacitto.

Ottawa musician Matt McKechnie also known as ‘Graven’ is a singer –song writer with moving, poetic, thoughtful lyrics. He is also a contender in CBC’s Searchlight 2015: The Hunt to Find Canada’s Best New Artist. His entry song is called “Movies of the Mind”, which is part of his album “Channelsurfing the Seas of the Cinematic Mind”. You can listen to his song and vote every day until April 13: here. For Matt, music has a way of illuminating things. “Sometimes when you’re looking back in your life, it can... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa is Getting Juiced!

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I recently moved home to Ottawa from Vancouver, where the juice craze is in full force. Vancouver’s The Juice Truck, a florescent-coloured kitchen on wheels, parks in trendy Gastown every day – serving cold-pressed juices and scrumptious smoothies to business-people and yogis alike. Retailers like Glory Juice Co and the Juice Box have moved from online sales to storefront shops, stopping virtually every Kitsilano jogger and their dog. The petite round bottles with funky labels are replacing reusable coffee mugs branded with the Starbucks logo. But Ottawa has been quickly... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for April 7, 2015

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Tonight on Apt613 Live we’ve got a new voice: Catherine Brunelle (who some of you might already know from the blog or from the fantastic podcast Write Along Radio! Catherine sat down to interview Brendan de Montigny and Gillian King from PDA Projects to talk about…well their most recent project: PDA Press whose ongoing Indiegogo campaign is currently raising funds for three new publications. Michaella chats with Jeremey Dias about the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (previously Jer’s Vision) to get the scoop on the organization, their participation... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.

This weekend was quick to arrive after the Easter break and we are back at it with another weekend full of greatness. Get Fresh tonight at Babylon, with a showcase of Ottawa’s hip hop community. There will be performances by Lost Kids, Ivan Ndikuriyo, and Cee Craig Thorn and beat showcases by Prophet-One One-Produkshuns and Andre King Thibault. That won’t be all, though; be sure to check out the event page for a full list of artists. Coming off of Versefest, you can catch Urban Legends and their April feature... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 8 avril 2015 :: Théâtre – Un peu de Tardieu SVP !!! Le Théâtre français du CNA lance une programmation éclatante. Nouveautés musicales Coeur de Pirate, Doldrums et Miracles

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Photo tirée de la page Facebook de l'événement.Photo tirée de la page Facebook de l'événement.

Basement 819 pose cette semaine un regard bien curieux sur les nouveautés théâtrales qui ont cours dans la région. En début d’émission, nous avons reçu Théo Martin, metteur en scène de la pièce Un peu de Tardieu SVP !!! accompagné de Valeria Contreras Perez, responsable des communications pour la Troupe Désinvolte. La pièce sera présentée du 17 au 25 avril et constitue un regroupement original de six petites pièces du poète, écrivain et dramaturge français Jean Tardieu. Un peu de Tardieu SVP !!! nous plongera au coeur des Années 30,... | Continue reading article

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Help PDA Press come to life

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Still from the PDA Press Indiegogo campaign video.Still from the PDA Press Indiegogo campaign video.

One of Ottawa’s newest galleries is asking for help with a new venture that will bring the work of local and Canadian artists and creators to a wider audience. PDA Press, which is part of PDA Projects, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the publication of their first three books, which feature art and writing by contributors both from Ottawa and from across Canada. PDA Projects’ physical space is PDA Gallery, which opened on Elgin St., between the Lieutenant’s Pump and Kochu Sushi, in the summer of... | Continue reading article

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