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Photo by Andrée Lanthier. All photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Belles Soeurs is an absolute home run

Les Belles Soeurs is Michel Tremblay’s most frequently produced and translated play.  Alive with caustic joual-speaking women its strong matriarchal themes fairly rocked Quebec society in the late 60’s. Tremblay ignited controversy with his use of low-brow dialect, mockery of the restrictive grip of the church and his straightforward presentation of disillusioned, pining working class […]

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Join us for #Grow613 Day

The region we live in is incredible for food—we can find local vegetables, eggs, fruit, honey, grains, microgreens and so much more practically in our backyards. The local farmers and growers that provide Ottawa with all of this fresh, local produce is a very long list. When you add in the food makers—those chefs and […]

Photo by Sydney Smith

Canterbury HS takes on ambitious modernist drama with A Dream Play

Post by Ari Mazur-Mathieu and Patrick Little The Arts Canterbury High School Drama Program’s graduating class will be performing Michael Meyer’s translation/adaptation of A Dream Play by August Strindberg. A Dream Play follows the daughter of a god (played by three actresses throughout the show: Sarah Olberg, Sydney Smith, Kenna Jacobs) as she descends from the heavens […]

Showing the love for Maria, who continues to inspire many young people. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Rainbow hosts fundraiser for Maria Hawkins

Kind friends and supporters of Ottawa’s Queen of the Blues, Maria Hawkins, showed up in droves to her fundraising concert at The Rainbow this past Sunday, which featured an enormous list of performers from Ottawa and abroad. One act after another flowed seamlessly through a variety of musical styles ranging from roots, folk, and blues, […]

Hey Ocean! at Zaphod's in 2009. All photos by Ming Wu, from the Apt613 flickr pool.

Zaphod’s enters Chapter 2 under new owner

“Our philosophy: no racism; no aggression; no gender bias; entertain and enlighten; no attitude or pretensions; fair prices and fair measures; a musical and social alternative; friendly staff and fast courteous service; respecting our audience and gaining their respect; all our guests, especially women, should feel comfortable and safe here.” Ottawa’s live music landmark, Zaphod […]

Photo from the band's Facebook page.

Video of the Week: Drop and Dance by Harea Band

As the release of their second EP, All the Hits, prepares for launch, Canadian pop/soul group, Harea Band, drops an energetic music video to make you dance. While the track itself is groovy and spirited, it’s the pacing of the video that really sells the story. The video features the journey of a man, bored […]

All photos by Stephanie Godin.

Mesmerizing performances take hold in Woyzeck’s Head

We know from the beginning what’s going to happen because it is the first thing we see – a grisly murder plays out to the opening strains of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata with a drum and bass backing; a good opening, no less moving for its stylishness. A man who could have been perfectly ordinary is […]

Photo by Fernando Farfan in the Apt613 Flickr Pool.

Music for the season

There are undoubtedly many ways to celebrate the arrival of spring with music. The Divertimento Orchestra delivered an enjoyable and inspiring tribute to the end of winter at its final concert of the season April 22 and 23. It opened with Gaetano Donizetti’s Overture to Don Pasquale, a short piece that frequently changes tone and […]

All photos by Kelly Hotte Photography.

Foodie Friday: Zolas celebrates 30 year milestone

Thirty years in business is an accomplishment. Those same 30 years in the hospitality industry is increasingly uncommon. Bells Corners’ Zolas Restaurant, co-owned by siblings Gina and Chef Tony Vacchio, will be celebrating this very milestone later this year. “We are so fortunate, and very grateful to have such wonderful customers.”, Gina told me during […]

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