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Five bands I loved at OIMC

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Kaze. Photo from circum-disc.com.Kaze. Photo from circum-disc.com.

The Ottawa International Music Conference (OIMC) wasn’t just about incredible panels given by industry diehards, it also had some of the best music you’ve likely never heard of. Luckily we’ve got a break down of the top five artists you may have missed, and what you can look forward to from them. French musician and music producer Rone was a notable favourite over the weekend. Rone is an electronic DJ that often has intensely engaging visual effects accompanying his music, best exemplified in his music video for Bye Bye Macadam.... | Continue reading article

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Five Things I Learned at the Ottawa International Music Conference

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Q&A with the band Tortured Soul at OIMC. Photo from the OIMC Facebook page.Q&A with the band Tortured Soul at OIMC. Photo from the OIMC Facebook page.

The first Ottawa International Music Conference was held recently at Maker Space North. The Conference featured international artists and panelists, who shared their knowledge with a room full of industry hopefuls. The three day event was successful, both in attendance and information obtained by attendees. The panels ranged from how to turn music into a business, to festival programming, to the changing landscape of parties. In case you missed the conference, I’ve broken down the 5 things I learned at OIMC: 1. Know your audience and play to it. If... | Continue reading article

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Re: Union – Inside the mind of a martyr

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Emily Morrison in Re: Union, played by Alexa Devine. Photo by Ron Reed.Emily Morrison in Re: Union, played by Alexa Devine. Photo by Ron Reed.

When most people find an injustice that strikes at the very heart of their sense of right and wrong they sign a petition, join a group, march in the streets, maybe raise some money. When Norman Morrison felt that same kind of outrage at the Vietnam War, the young father and Quaker drove to the Pentagon with his infant daughter, a jug of kerosene and a box of matches. Standing below the office of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara he set himself on fire in a last act of protest... | Continue reading article

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Album review: Concession 23′s Walter and Alice

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Concession 23 at Bluesfest. Photo from their website.Concession 23 at Bluesfest. Photo from their website.

Regulars at Pressed‘s Bluegrass Night will already know and love Concession 23, a bluegrass quartet known for their strong vocal harmonies, rhythmic energy, and their ability to build a rapport with their audiences.  Walter and Alice is the band’s third CD, and represents a step up for the already accomplished band from the Ottawa/Ottawa Valley region. Walter and Alice is fresh, often playful, full and yet sometimes appropriately sparse. The band’s choice of songs is part of what makes this collection fresh – these are not songs you hear on “every other... | Continue reading article

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Community-driven fest celebrates renewal + change

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Artists scheduled for live painting at Chinatown PREMIXED.Artists scheduled for live painting at Chinatown PREMIXED.

Each May for the past eight years, Ottawa’s Chinatown has come alive for a celebration of the arts – Chinatown Remixed. What began as an initiative of the Somerset Business Improvement Association (BIA), the month long event paired local artists with local businesses in which to display their work. The festival kicks off with a giant party where people mill up and down Somerset Street, checking out the music, installations, and art, all the while enjoying some delicious food and drink. Now in its eighth year, Chinatown Remixed is switching... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Awaken your inner chef with Culiniste

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Ingredients for Bavette Steak, delivered by Culiniste. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.Ingredients for Bavette Steak, delivered by Culiniste. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

As a foodie, I certainly can’t knock the novelty and decadence of frequenting a restaurant for dinner. From the expertly crafted ambiance to (hopefully) attentive service, the experience extends beyond your meal. Still, often there’s something even more delicious about a quiet, comfortable night in. And, in my mind, a leisurely evening at home and a tasty dinner should not be mutually exclusive. Neil Cuggy & Jonathan Ferrari, the brains behind recipe delivery service, Culiniste, had a similar notion. Longing to prepare interesting meals utilizing fresh and sometimes exotic ingredients,... | Continue reading article

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Comedy Explodes in Ottawa this Weekend

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Chris Locke, and his cat Bernadette, from the Comedy Explosion Facebook pageChris Locke, and his cat Bernadette, from the Comedy Explosion Facebook page

If you’ve ever found yourself walking about this city and thinking something the lines of, “I’m simply not laughing anymore,” you might be in for a surprise treat this weekend. Why? Because this weekend will see a veritable explosion of stand-up comedy in the form of Comedy Explosion, a pre-Ottawa Explosion explosion of comedy! Featuring the Toronto-based headliners Mark Little and Chris Locke, and showcasing some of the best of Ottawa’s local comedy scene, the festival will run this Friday and Saturday at the Gladstone Theatre with ticket prices at... | Continue reading article

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Photos from the GG Performing Arts Awards Gala

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The harps of the NAC Orchestra. All photos by Terry Steeves.The harps of the NAC Orchestra. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Earlier this week we ran highlights from the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Gala that took place over the weekend. Apt613 was invited to the red carpet. Here are some of the award recipients and special guests of the evening plus a few of the performers. Sarah McLachlan and Geoff Courtnall – Sarah McLachlan was awarded the 2015 Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Popular Music) Atom Egoyan – 2015 Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Film) Former Canadian Prime Minister, Jean Chretien and his wife, Aline Chretien Michael M. Koerner – 2015 Ramon John Hnatyshyn... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo from Ottawa Velo Vogue's Facebook page.Photo from Ottawa Velo Vogue's Facebook page.

Welcome to the first weekend in June. This weekend promises to be another great one, with a whole lot going on. There are art shows, comedy shows, a fashion show, and some great dance parties. Plus the Canada Dance Festival opens this Saturday. For more than 25 years, CDF has been presenting high quality dance programming in the nation’s capital. Check our blog for a ticket giveaway! This weekend is so ripe with great things, the hardest part will be deciding which events to go to! Tonight, Drew Mosley is... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Five

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Still from #OttawaIndieFilm, episode five: Roger D. Wilson.Still from #OttawaIndieFilm, episode five: Roger D. Wilson.

Today we bring you the fifth episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Roger D. Wilson. Roger’s films have screened at festivals across Canada. Roger describes himself as an experimental film scientist.  His films are infused with thematically-related techniques such as layering images, adding textures and hand processing and printing the film. Find out about his passion for physically manipulating and hand processing film, how grape juice interacts with celluloid and what camera-less animation is in this episode of #OttawaIndieFilm: Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie Film include:... | Continue reading article

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