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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Tipi, by Andrew Power from the Apt613 Flickr Pool.Tipi, by Andrew Power from the Apt613 Flickr Pool.

The weekend has arrived in time to celebrate the longest days of the year with plenty of great things going on in this fine city of ours. The nights may be short, but they promise to have just as much happening, from dance parties, to musical performances, and even a festival (or five). The weather is beautiful today and tonight, Zipcode meets Open Air Social Club for an outdoor techno block party.  Glowfair takes over Bank Street, from Slater to James, this Friday and Saturday. Each block will have a... | Continue reading article

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Review: Dangerous Corner at Ottawa Little Theatre

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All photos by Maria Vartanova.All photos by Maria Vartanova.

In Dangerous Corner, we see that as good as the truth might be, too much can stir up some rather serious trouble. Geoff Gruson directs the Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of the psychological thriller/ mystery written by J.B. Priestley, best known for An Inspector Calls.   Dangerous Corner is one of Priestley’s “time plays” where he plays with J.W. Dunne’s theory of time. Dunne believed that past, present and future all take place simultaneously and it’s our consciousness that keeps us from seeing outside of the piece of time we’re... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Six

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Today we bring you the sixth and final episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Bonnie Robinson,  the founder of YOW Productions. A professional writer, producer and director, she talks about her favourite types of films to make and where she likes to go to see movies in Ottawa.  She also reminds us that making films is most often a collaborative endeavour and has some great tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to plug into the local filmmaker community. Have a look: Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for June 16, 2015

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Ottawa's Nightshades will be playing Ottawa Explosion Weekend on Thursday June 19 at Mugshots.Ottawa's Nightshades will be playing Ottawa Explosion Weekend on Thursday June 19 at Mugshots.

This week on Apt613 Live contributor Jean McLernon sits down to chat with Island Park Distribution co-owner Martin Conley-Wood to find out what makes them unique.  Plus we’re the fly-on-the-wall for a conversation between Jared Davidson and BIA chair Heather Garrod as they discuss this year’s Glowfair. Music as always throughout the program: we’re giving you a little teaser from folks who will be taking the stage at Jazzfest and as part of Ottawa Explosion which will be taking over music venues around town this weekend! Tune in to Apt613... | Continue reading article

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The tale of a boating adventure gone wrong

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Photo by Kenneth Ingram.Photo by Kenneth Ingram.

Three Men in a Boat is one of 56 shows at the upcoming Ottawa Fringe Festival and the hilarious tale of a boating adventure (gone horribly wrong —in many ways — to the delight of audiences). It was originally planned as a travel guide turned novel in 1889. Apt613 met up with the cast of four (including the fox terrier, Montmorency) who reveal that while there is no (real) boat in this tale, it’s inspired by one of the funniest books in English literature and includes an epic ‘apocalyptic’ pineapple... | Continue reading article

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Interview: Victor Nesrallah’s diverse musical roots

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Victor Nesrallah playing at the NAC in 2011. Still from a video from Nesrallah's YouTube channel.Victor Nesrallah playing at the NAC in 2011. Still from a video from Nesrallah's YouTube channel.

Longtime Ottawa musician Victor Nesrallah has spent his life forging a well-rounded career through his never-ending thirst for knowledge in nearly all aspects of music. He shared with me how his 35-year musical journey has been shaped by learning, experience, and answered calls of opportunity. “Earlier in the 70’s, I used to back up my brother, Stephan, who was fairly well-known back then. When I started on my own in clubs, I knew in order to make my bread and butter, I’d have to get by with playing some cover tunes.... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: The best Canadian children’s books from 2014

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CLA Childrens Books

Jessica Green has been a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips.  Last week saw a massive conglomeration of librarians descend upon Ottawa for the Canadian Library Association Conference. I was able to attend and saw some great presentations about libraries, digitization, open data, makerspaces and, of course, books! My next few posts will discuss some of the cool ideas happening in libraries. This week,... | Continue reading article

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Modern Cabaret Revival with Small Stages Canada

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Image from the NAC websiteImage from the NAC website

Twinkling lights adorned the small stage area, designating the space a dance zone, as 2-person tables in the audience quickly filled up with 3 and 4 people, and attendees dutifully waited in line for their coveted drink tickets. As more and more people filed in and the excited murmurs grew louder, I scanned the room for clues as to what the night had in store. I spotted my fiancé patiently shuffling forward as he drew closer and closer to the head of the drink line. “He has no idea what... | Continue reading article

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A weekday guide to Ottawa

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All photos by Steffani RuesgaAll photos by Steffani Ruesga

We work for the weekend: every day is a countdown until Friday. Once Friday rolls around, the weekend zooms by in a flash. Suddenly we’re back to Monday facing another week of work, and the whole dreary cycle repeats itself. But life doesn’t have to be this way. Luckily, Ottawa has dealt us some pretty entertaining weeknights. So cheer up, Monday doesn’t have to be the worst day of the week. First things first. You’re done work so head over to The Standard on Elgin. They have amazing deals all week... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: R.I.P. Ms. Focus, a Spoken Word cinepoem by V.

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Still from R.I.P. Ms. Focus, by cinepoet, V.Still from R.I.P. Ms. Focus, by cinepoet, V.

Released earlier this year, R.I.P. Ms. Focus is dedicated to the life of a recently departed 2001 5-speed, 4-door Ford Focus sedan. Ottawa-based spoken word artist V (Vanessa Rotondo) recently released an album, Watch Your Driving, a Spoken Word Album by V. The recording was partially funded by the City of Ottawa and Ontario Arts Council. Upon completion, she had a few dollars left and decided to bring one of the tracks to life through video. In a scene mostly driven by men, it’s nice to see a woman in... | Continue reading article

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