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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Left: Mouse on the Keys. Right: Chocolate Hot Pockets. Both bands play the Winter Jazz Festival this weekend.Left: Mouse on the Keys. Right: Chocolate Hot Pockets. Both bands play the Winter Jazz Festival this weekend.

Hey, do you wanna feel SO ENERGETIC? Try FESTIVALS! Our rep as one of the best cities for fests is no exception in the winter. Between Megaphono and the TD Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival for music, and Cracking-Up the Capital for comedy (now that’s a tongue-twister), you’ve got plenty of reasons to leave the house or call in sick for work this weekend. Megaphono is in full swing, but you can still catch some of the music madness before it ends on February 5. Dance punks Silkken will start a... | Continue reading article

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What’s On Stage: Brad Long, a trial in passion

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Brad Long in Dream On. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Brad Long in Dream On. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

Brian Carroll of Apartment613 interviewed actor Brad Long. You’re nominated as Outstanding Actor for the Prix Rideau Awards for Re:Union. How did you get involved in this production? Brad Long: Sean Devine, who is the writer/director of Re:Union, and Artistic Director of Horseshoes and Hand Grenades Theatre, came and saw a performance of We Glow that we did here in Ottawa before we went on tour. He loved the show. He’s someone who wants to shake things up here in Ottawa, in some really interesting ways. He reached out to me and said, “Re:Union is going up... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the blog: Introducing Kristopher Waddell

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Cropped image of page 1 of Ottawa's Lounge Lizard: Johnny Vegas. Written by Kristopher Waddell, Coloured by Kelly Tindal and illustrated by Tom Szyc.Cropped image of page 1 of Ottawa's Lounge Lizard: Johnny Vegas. Written by Kristopher Waddell, Coloured by Kelly Tindal and illustrated by Tom Szyc.

In our latest installment of the Apartment613 Fellowship program, we’re pretty dang delighted to have Kristopher Waddell as our newest fellow. A longtime member of Ottawa’s comic book scene, Kristopher has been involved with all aspects of the trade – from creating comics to publishing books. As president and publisher of Winter Star Comics, an indie comic book publishing company based here in our nation’s capital, Kristopher has been investing in the scene for many years. He’s also been closely connected to the broader culture scene writ-large, which is why... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Music Conference: Jon Bartlett on Megaphono

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Photos from Megaphono's InstagramPhotos from Megaphono's Instagram

We spoke with Jon Barlett, founder of Kelp Records, and Director of MEGAPHONO, an organization focused on spreading Ottawa-area music to the world, currently holding its second annual showcase of local music. Bartlett is also the Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and sits on the Board of the newly-formed Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC). Jon Bartlett: I think the scene is doing a lot of self-reflection and, in many cases, starting to find ways to be more inclusive and ensure that everyone gets to participate. I... | Continue reading article

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Eric Coates picks four must-see performances at undercurrents

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Sarah Waisvisz in Monstrous. Photo by Christopher Snow.Sarah Waisvisz in Monstrous. Photo by Christopher Snow.

Post by Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. Full disclosure: my personal picks for undercurrents are all projects that GCTC has supported, in one way or another, so it makes sense that I want to highlight them. I’m like a hockey parent cheering for my kid’s team, and woe betide anyone who crosses me. In fact, I’d like all of the critics to wear referee shirts to the performances so I can hurl my opinions at them in the hope of influencing their reviews. I’d never... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for January 26, 2016

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This week on Apt613 Live, Michaella interviews two organizers behind Ottawa #popscope – a public astronomy night being hosted throughout the winter at the National Gallery of Canada. Follow them on Facebook to learn about upcoming dates and other events. We also feature music from bands/performers scheduled to play at Megaphono. Tune in to Apt613 Live every Tuesday night at 6pm on CHUO 89.1 FM.

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Love Letters a good play for thoughtful lovers

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Images courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Images courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

American playwright A.R. Gurney’s Love Letters is an epistolary play.  Epistolary plays – plays based on the exchange of letters – reside in a small niche in the world of theatre.  You may be familiar with plays such as 84 Charing Cross Road and Les liaisons dangereuses.   Using only dramatically read letters, Love Letters traces the complicated relationship between two people – Andrew (Andy) Makepeace Ladd III (the talented Pierre Brault) and Melissa Gardner (CBC broadcaster Lucy van Oldenbarneveld) – from age 7 to almost 60. Andy and Melissa are children of... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: A western romance from a local writer

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Review by Jennifer Carole Lewis, who you can find online and on Twitter. The Doubting Heart, the second in Brenda Gayle’s Heart’s Desire series starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up until the final page. Murder, intrigue and intimidation balance loyalty, romance and some pure old-fashioned grit in a race guaranteed to get your heart thumping. Her heroine, Shelby, begins as a classic people-pleaser but with a spine of steel that she is only beginning to unveil. Her determination to solve her partner’s murder was a real pleasure... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Batten down the hatches at The Pomeroy House

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All photos from The Pomeroy House website.All photos from The Pomeroy House website.

“Mother Nature is the true artist and our job as cooks is to allow hero shine.” — Marco Pierre White When winter creeps up, even in its mild approach, we find it hard to muster up the courage to leave the coziness of our nested wooly warmness. However, each time I stroll pass the subtle door to The Pomeroy House while witnessing the warm faces through steamy windows with their expressions of gabby light fullness about them, I thought I would let go of my jogging pants for one night.... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: New year, new skills

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DIY Library

Jessica Green is 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. Ottawa is a very crafty place and only seems to be getting more so the longer I live here. If you have ever wanted to pick up anything from tatting to making pickles, there are books available here at the library covering a vast amount of creative endeavour. This is one of my favourite... | Continue reading article

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