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Write On Ottawa: Twisted Reasons is suspenseful and tantalizing International thriller

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Detail of Twisted Reasons cover art. Image from Geza Tatrallyay's Google+ page.Detail of Twisted Reasons cover art. Image from Geza Tatrallyay's Google+ page.

Although the first book in Geza Tatrallyay’s Twisted Reasons trilogy does follow many of the now popular spy/thriller conventions, the author has set it apart with incredible detail and evident research. Published by Alymer, Quebec-based Deux Voiliers Publishing, the story opens with Greg Martens, an unsuspecting American with Hungarian heritage, who is set to meet his long-time friend Adam in Vienna. However, horror strikes and Greg learns that Adam has been brutally killed a couple of hours prior to Greg’s arrival in Austria. That day, not only does Greg find out about his friend’s... | Continue reading article

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Nature Nocturne celebrates the Lunar New Year with Chinatown Remixed

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Photo from the Nature Nocturne Facebook page.Photo from the Nature Nocturne Facebook page.

Looking for a way to continue the holiday celebrations? Why not celebrate the Lunar New Year, with the Museum of Nature and Chinatown Remixed at this year’s first Nature Nocturne? This is the second year that the Chinatown Remixed Collective will be partnering with the Museum of Nature to celebrate the Lunar New Year – and what a fitting year it is. For those of you unfamiliar with the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the goat. A symbol of the arts and nature, the goat represents colour, tranquility,... | Continue reading article

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Singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge returns to the NAC + ticket giveaway

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Justin Rutledge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Justin Rutledge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Post by Christine Seguin. Guys, it’s cold out there. The holidays are over and it would be so easy for all of us to hide away in our homes and hibernate until May. Sometimes though, this city offers a reason to take the ten minutes to bundle up and face the cold. Toronto based singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge will be gracing the National Arts Centre on January 23rd. This time around, he’s hoping for some good luck. “I played it once before and CBC Radio was recording it for a live... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 14 janvier 2015 :: On part à la découverte de nouveaux talents à Contact Ontarois! La patinoire du Ruisseau de la Brasserie réserve des événements hors du commun.

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Contact Ontarois du 14 au 17 janvier au Centre des Arts ShenkmanContact Ontarois du 14 au 17 janvier au Centre des Arts Shenkman

Basement 819 bat son plein dans le cadre d’un spécial Contact Ontarois. Il s’agit de la 34e édition de cet événement qui permettra cette année à 37 artistes francophones de la relève de se présenter sous leurs plus beaux atours. C’est donc une occasion rêvée de découvrir de nouvelles énergies de la scène qui permettent par le fait même de faire rayonner la culture francophone à travers le pays. L’événement se tiendra jusqu’à ce samedi soir. N’hésitez donc pas à consulter la programmation de l’événement pour trouver la liste complète des... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.

This year is off to a running start and the weekends are as fast-paced as the rest of the week, only way more fun! This weekend is keeping up its end of the bargain, promising plenty of awesome to keep you busy. Ottawa winters may be cold, but there are ways to get out and enjoy the winter weather. The canal opened just this past weekend, so grab your skates and head over to the world’s largest skating rink. Be sure to complete the trip with a beaver tail and... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Hurts to Breathe by Neverfriend

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Photo from neverfriend.com.Photo from neverfriend.com.

The opening of Ottawa-based band Neverfriend’s “Hurts to Breathe” features lead singer Gina desperately pleading for some love and relief, a vulnerability echoed in the images of a woman’s bare back covered in intricate flower tattoos. As the song progresses, however, the lyrics, the vocals and the instrumentals all build-up, fully expressing the angst and pain of unrequited love. Although not a full-blown metal or rock tune, Neverfriend delivers in its lyrics and provides listeners with a passionate yet composed sound. Neverfriend, first founded in 2006, are Gina, Fraser, Logan... | Continue reading article

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M. C. Escher at the National Gallery: An incursion into the reality of illusions

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M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.

Printmaker Maurits Cornelis Escher is like an Old Master who would have lost his way in the 20th century. He produced some 450 prints over his 50 year career. Throughout, he remained obsessed with the representation of space. Fifty-four of his prints are on display at the National Gallery until May 2015. A rare opportunity – and a real treat. Escher captured popular imagination with his “impossible architectures”. What to think of a circular flight of stairs that you can climb indefinitely? The result is both tangible and bewildering. Any... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for Jan 13, 2015

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La Radio by  Maritè Toledo on Flickr. La Radio by Maritè Toledo on Flickr.

Hey kids! Well here we are- a new year and a new home!  Apt613 Live! is now airing each Tuesday night from 6:00-6:30 on CHUO 89.1 FM.  Tune in and get to know your 613 as the workday winds down and the night’s possibilities open up before you! This week we kick off the 2015 season by interviewing V: poet extraordinaire and proud creator of a newly launched album Watch Your Driving, a Spoken Word Album by V.  Apt 613 chatted with V about her life as a poet and... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 7 janvier 2015 :: Artistes à surveiller en 2015! Arts visuels EXIT / SOUND. On fait une incursion légale dans la Galerie PDA Projects

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L'exposition EXIT / SOUND sera présentée du 8 janvier au 7 février à la Galerie PDA ProjectsL'exposition EXIT / SOUND sera présentée du 8 janvier au 7 février à la Galerie PDA Projects

Basement 819 se réjouit d’un temps des Fêtes fort fructueux. Non seulement nous avons repris des forces mais nous avons la tête bien prête à jouer dans la culture locale! Voici donc un premier résumé d’émission pour cette année 2015 qui s’annonce festive et prospère. Gardez l’oeil ouvert! Voici notre sélection d’artistes à surveiller Éric-flair-de-lynx s’est affairé à la tâche pour nous soumettre une fine sélection d’artistes à surveiller cette année. Une chronique à conserver sur son bureau pour vous y référer et pour prouver la justesse de l’intuition d’Éric.... | Continue reading article

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New year, new hashtag!

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Photo by Colin White.Photo by Colin White.

With the first Weekend Roundup of the year around the corner, we have exciting news for you all – the Apt613 Weekend HashtagProject is back! New year, new hashtag: #apt613wknd There are all kinds of wonderful things happening in this city all the time – especially on the weekends – and we want to be sure to see them! Hashtag all your photos from the weekend’s events and we will feature some of the best on our Instagram feed. Go out, do things, have fun, and take photos!

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