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The Burden of Self Awareness: Q&A with Eric Coates and Arthur Milner

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Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Eric Coates is the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. He also plays the character Michael in The Burden of Self Awareness. This production marks his stage debut at the GCTC. We caught up with him in advance of the production’s launch. Our interview with Arthur Milner follows. Apt613: It’s the GCTC’s 39th anniversary season and it’s coming to an end with The Burden of Self Awareness. Why have you saved it for last? Coates: That was partly just a scheduling necessity because of the availability of other... | Continue reading article

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Capital Pride promises to offer an edgier festival this year

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A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.

In its ever-lasting quest to be more fabulous, fantastic and flamboyant than the year before, the Capital Pride Committee is releasing a program that’s edgier than its predecessors. This year’s Capital Pride Festival will kick off at the Museum of Nature. As part of the museum’s popular Nature Nocturne event series, revelers will launch Pride, while checking out the Museum’s exhibits in a night club-esque setting. The Village Movie Night is also evolving. This year’s night in front of the silver screen will include a fully licensed bar. The committee’s... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 11 juin 2014 :: La Nouvelle Scène nous sort en grand! Trouvez les meilleurs sièges pour la Coupe du monde de la FIFA! Festoyez, c’est l’été!

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C’est parti pour vrai. L’été est débarqué avec la promesse de faire briller la région avec des événements festifs. La Nouvelle-Scène toute emballlée Le jour du lancement de la programmation 2014-2015, le théâtre de la Nouvelle-Scène obtenait son permis de construction pour prendre pignon sur rue sur King Edward à Ottawa. En attendant d’obtenir un tout nouveau lieu tout frais, plusieurs salles qui ont de la classe vont recevoir les événements de la programmation 2014-2015. Éric nous présente à l’émission une série d’événements à ne pas manquer dans les prochains... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: The Original Burger Joint is under new management

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Photo by John Olsthoorn.Photo by John Olsthoorn.

When you see “Under New Management” sometimes you have no idea how long the place has actually been under the new management. What does it really mean? My companion had eaten at the Original Burger Joint on Bank Street near Fifth Avenue in the Glebe under old management and swore she would never go back. I suggested we give it a try anyway so we rummaged through her black bin looking for the coupon offering Glebe residents a free cheesecake with any hamburger combo order. The restaurant was almost empty... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Beechwood gets a market!

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Photo by SMcGarnigle on Flickr.Photo by SMcGarnigle on Flickr.

This post first appeared in Vanier Now. It’s been a rough couple of years for farmers’ markets in Ottawa. We’ve experienced a spate of market closures, the most recent being the highly publicized Sparks Street market cancellation. But local market goers should take heart in Beechwood’s new market, which is great news for those of us in Vanier and other east-end neighbourhoods. East-enders were left in the lurch in 2013 when the lone farmers’ market in the area was cancelled abruptly. The cancellation was controversial. Several longstanding market vendors made... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with George F. Walker, Playwright

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George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.

George F. Walker, 66, is a distinguished Canadian playwright and screenwriter. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1996 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Governor General Awards. His The Burden of Self Awareness premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) earlier this month. We sat down with him on May 29th to talk about the production, its inspiration and what drew him to the GCTC. Apt613: In the blurb that everyone will read[about the play], there are three magical ingredients: sex,... | Continue reading article

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Best of: Ottawa’s dance parties

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The Kitchen Party dance floor. Photo from Hobo & SweetCheeks' Facebook page. Credit: Rémi Thériault.The Kitchen Party dance floor. Photo from Hobo & SweetCheeks' Facebook page. Credit: Rémi Thériault.

Ottawa is home to a bunch of great DJs who host creative and eclectic events that are worth checking out. Nearly every weekend there are awesome dance parties held in pubs, clubs, restaurants, and one what-used-to-be jail throughout the city. There’s more to Ottawa than the Byward Market – especially when it comes to dancing. For those of you who like to dance, here’s a list of some of the best dance parties being held regularly in our city: Timekode Held on the third Friday of every month, Timekode is... | Continue reading article

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Bowling & beer Big Lebowski style, dudes

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Still from The Big Lebowski.Still from The Big Lebowski.

Jean McLernon is the Executive Assistant / Event Planner for the Ottawa International Film Festival. On Saturday, June 14th join Beau’s Beer and the Ottawa International film Festival for The Big Lebowlski: A far out bowling and feature beer night. The event is a fundraiser for the Ottawa International Film Festival which runs later this fall in October, and is an opportunity for Beau’s to lead Ottawa into Ontario Craft Brew Week which kicks off on the 13th and runs until June 20th. The Ottawa International Film Festival is a... | Continue reading article

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aVibe fest delivers in its debut year

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A couple enjoying the music of the Slowcoasters. All photos by Terry Steeves.A couple enjoying the music of the Slowcoasters. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“Providing an environment where people can come together to celebrate great music, food & drink, art, culture, peace, and positive vibes.” The credo on the aVibe Music & Arts Festival website says it all. It delivered everything it set out to do in spades, in its debut year at the beautiful and massive Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa. The park is very centrally located on Heron Rd., and stretches from Riverside Dr. to the Rideau River. It’s known for its well groomed grassy rolling hills and fields, BBQ pits, picnic... | Continue reading article

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The Burden of Self Awareness premieres at the GCTC

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From left: Michael (Eric Coates), Phil (John Koensgen) and Lianne (Samantha Madely). All photos by Kenneth Ingram.From left: Michael (Eric Coates), Phil (John Koensgen) and Lianne (Samantha Madely). All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Over the course of 85 minutes (including one intermission) we follow a cast of five characters though a cascade of profanity, questionable ethics, infidelity, violence — even self-mutilation. The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) is ending its 2013-14 season with the world premiere of The Burden of Self Awareness, a dark comedy written by Canadian playwright George F. Walker. You can feel an excited energy in the theatre as ticket holders take their seats before the show. Some have been waiting a year for this moment, notably since the GCTC... | Continue reading article

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