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Your guide to the best wintery songs by Ottawa musicians

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This post comes to us from artist consultant Samantha Everts of YouRockRed. The snowy weather is upon us and artists all around this fair city use it to their advantage for beautiful visuals in their videos, even when they shoot outdoors in sub-zero temperatures dressed in beach wear only! Some artists altogether threaten to leave for warmer weather and others achieve bone-chilling quality in their vocals. Grab a hot chocolate and settle in for my winter-themed list of videos by great local bands doing more than building snowmen. White Wires: Let’s... | Continue reading article

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Bring your singing voice to the NAC’s production of The Sound of Music

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The cast of The Sound of Music. All photos by Andree Lanthier.The cast of The Sound of Music. All photos by Andree Lanthier.

Sometimes a reviewer has to reveal his/her biases, so I might as well do this up front. If a live performance moves and excites children, it’ll win me over. Children are a tough audience. Let down your guard and you lose them. Fast. I like to go to theatre for kids because performers have to be good to keep their attention. This production does just that. At intermission, I was surprised (and delighted) to see how many children were in the audience. They’d been quietly attentive throughout the first half.... | Continue reading article

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Ethan Claymore is delightful theatre for the Christmas season

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Sarah Finn (Teresa), Tim Oberholzer (Ethan) and Paul Rainville (Douglas) in Ethan Claymore. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Sarah Finn (Teresa), Tim Oberholzer (Ethan) and Paul Rainville (Douglas) in Ethan Claymore. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

At this time of year, most of us, whatever our religious beliefs, enjoy stories with messages of redemption and happy endings.   Charles Dickens knew what he was doing when he wrote A Christmas Carol, as did Frank Capra when he directed It’s a Wonderful Life.  And so did Canada’s prolific playwright Norm Foster when he penned Ethan Claymore, which is playing at The Gladstone until December 22. Ethan Claymore is a struggling egg farmer and amateur painter.  He’s been a bit of a recluse ever since his beloved wife... | Continue reading article

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Meredith Luce & The Mandates perform music from Creatures

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Meredith Luce’s latest album, Creatures, has taken two years to complete. Luce has been focused on other things. She got married last year and bought a 100-year-old farmhouse on a one-acre lot in Kemptville. Then a horseback riding accident left her with some time on her hands. “I had an opportunity to record at Gallery Studio with Dean Watson while recuperating from a concussion,” she explains. “The album is primarily made up of songs I just never had a chance to put on a record before.” The busy 25-year-old musician, graphic designer and... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: The unofficial holiday gift list for 2013

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OPL does publish official holiday gift lists, so I thought it would be fun to look at some of the random books I have enjoyed over the past year which probably won’t feature on those lists. Even though my day job is in Children’s Services, I read all kinds of books. I have some picks for kids, teens and adults, and have tried to keep it short, but there were so many good ones… Best subversive princess picture book – The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp  I read this to... | Continue reading article

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Six years of CRUSHing laughter

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I have a soft spot for improv. I love that it is so positive. The main rule being; Yes and, then what happened? Anything is possible, except stagnation, boredom or no thank yous.  It is a pleasure to witness fast minds, serious about silliness, creating new realities as the audience comes up with ideas to keep the story moving to new and unexpected places. Ottawa is very lucky to have a thriving improv community. If you have never been, there is no better chance to see the range of what... | Continue reading article

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Bee Work at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, one night only

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Portrait of the artist with Florid. All Photos courtesy of Pierre Laporte Photography.Portrait of the artist with Florid. All Photos courtesy of Pierre Laporte Photography.

When Chelsea’s Sarah Hatton was faced with the loss of thousands of honeybees from her hives, she did what she could as an artist. She turned distress into creation. The result is Bee Work, a beautiful and dizzying collection of tableaus composed entirely of glued-on bees. Apartment613 had the opportunity to ask the artist a few questions ahead of Wednesday’s one-night-only exhibit at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill. Apt613: How long have you kept honey bees? Tell us about your hives. Sarah Hatton: I am at the end of my second season keeping honeybees. It... | Continue reading article

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Trevor Finlay: Live and unplugged

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From the first time I met guitarist/singer/songwriter Trevor Finlay and watched him perform on the Calabogie Blues & Ribfest stage last summer, I was hooked. From his searing blues solos to some serious chicken-plucking frenziness, Trevor has developed a unique style since the start of his musical journey at just nine years of age. I caught our Ottawa native this past Friday night at the Byward Market’s landmark venue, The Rainbow Bistro, who recently celebrated their 29th year in business. Trevor answered the call of Nashville a few years ago, where... | Continue reading article

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Crosss my heart and read my tarot

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Ottawa band Bonnie Doon reads Crosss tarot cards unveiling mystic musical truths: On travelling about the Canadian music community this summer I crossed paths with Andy March, Ryan Allen and Nathan Doucet of Crosss (pronounced Crosses) on many legs of their various tours. The first time was here in my hometown of Ottawa at Pressed for a Bruised Tongue showcase. The second was during the freak flooding of Calgary, the third in the farm fields of Sackville and the fourth at Pop Montreal. Crossss released their debut full length LP... | Continue reading article

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Let’s Get Fresh Initiative continues Ottawa’s fight against HIV/AIDS

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Post by Katherine Palbom At first glance the war on HIV AIDS is a good story, with headlines like ‘End in sight’ popping up in newspapers and all over the internet. New drug treatments have transformed what was once a death sentence into a chronic illness, and there are even babies getting ‘cured’ from the virus (or at least going into long term remission).  However look deeper and it is evident that, while there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is still a long way to go before HIV/AIDS is truly... | Continue reading article

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