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Theatre in the Raw with Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

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David Whiteley as Johnny and Alexis Scott as Frankie, photos by Julie LaurinDavid Whiteley as Johnny and Alexis Scott as Frankie, photos by Julie Laurin

If you’re looking for an entirely different kind of night out you have to check out Vacant House Theatre’s Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune which opened Thursday May 21 at 122 Stewart St. That’s right, 122 Stewart. Vacant House is inviting you right into Frankie’s basement apartment for an altogether immersive theatre experience. In the intimate comedy written by Terrence McNally and set in New York City in 1987, we meet Frankie and Johnny, everyday people who work at the same diner and who, in the very... | Continue reading article

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Keep the beer flowing and the buses rolling: Brew Donkey’s legal battle

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Boarding the Brew Donkey bus. Photo from their Facebook page.Boarding the Brew Donkey bus. Photo from their Facebook page.

If you’re a craft beer lover – and let’s be honest, over the last few years the local beer scene in Ottawa has exploded, making it extremely difficult not to hop on the beer wagon (or in this case, beer bus)  – chances are you’ve already heard about Brew Donkey. Just last week, the beer-delivery service and brewery tour operator was selling out their meticulously put together excursions while expanding on what they already offer just to keep up with demand. But as if overnight, this small business has come... | Continue reading article

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Ridin’ with Memetic from Rideau2Richmond

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Photo courtesy of the artist.Photo courtesy of the artist.

You might know DJ Memetic from Timekode, possibly the best, and definitely the sweatiest, dance party in Ottawa. The not-so-hidden gem has been rocking eager crowds every month for ten years now. Now Memetic is releasing his ambitious debut album, Rideau2Richmond, a 28-track double LP concept album based on the OC Transpo #2 route. Using records dug from record stores along the #2 route and field recordings documenting the sounds of the trip for source material, Memetic went to work sampling, looping, chopping, re-playing and altogether creating a new body... | Continue reading article

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Summer sun and Boogat’s beats

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Boogat. Photo by Carlos Guerra, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Boogat. Photo by Carlos Guerra, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

The sun is shining something fierce as I bike over to the NAC to meet up with Boogat, the Montreal-based hip-hop artist who has recently released his latest album Neo-Reconquista and who will be performing the venue this upcoming Friday.  Walking with Boogat to the NAC’s café, where we’ll sit by the canal for a chat, he gets excited to learn that I spent five years in Medellin, Colombia. He passionately reflects on the changing political climate in the country, and we instantly connect over our shared love for ESPN’s... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Four

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Still From Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Four: Howard Adler.Still From Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Four: Howard Adler.

Today we bring you the fourth episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Howard Adler, a filmmaker and curator and founder of Ottawa’s Asinabka Film Festival.  Howard tells us about his first experience with video editing in high school, how he worked with a group of friends to start a new film festival and what makes Ottawa an amazing place for a media artist. Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie Film include: Episode One:  Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions talk about their love of film Episode... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for May 19, 2015

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Ravenswing. Photo from their Tumblr page.Ravenswing. Photo from their Tumblr page.

Tonight on Apt613 Live our contributor Kabriya Coghlan interviews Sean Xio and Sheena Kalmakova about this year’s Ravenswing Arts & Music Fair taking place Sunday May 24th at Minto Park. Plus we chat with Amy Jenkins about the annual OAG silent auction fundraiser le pARTy which kicks off a new season of supporting local artists this Thursday May 21st (today!) at Arts Court. Music from Ponygirl  (new single!), Pipahauntas, Robots!Everywhere! and Jen Lane& John Antoniuk. Tune in to CHUO 89.1 FM every Tuesday night from 6pm.

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Q&A with Kid in the Hall, Mark McKinney

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The Kids in the Hall. Photo by David Hawe, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.The Kids in the Hall. Photo by David Hawe, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.

Comedy fans in Ottawa will soon have a chance to revisit a nineties classic. The sketch comedy show Kids in the Hall was renowned for bringing absurdist humour and unrepentant Can-Con to the world. The Kids in the Hall will be bringing their live show to the NAC on May 24th. Apt613 spoke with Mark McKinney, who you may know better as the Chicken Lady, about life on tour, growing up in Ottawa, and his new show, Superstore, which will be airing on NBC. Apt613: How has the tour been... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Love fantasy? Read Caroline Fréchette.

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If you like fantasy novels then you should read the work of Gatineau-based writer Caroline Fréchette.  I am a big fan of her Family by Choice series, which revolves around the complex character of Alex Winters, a  brooding young man who can create fire with his thoughts. Having really enjoyed the first book, which came out in the fall of 2013, as well as the sequel that was published last year by Renaissance Press, it was with eager anticipation that I read Kindred Spirits, the third book in this five-part series.  (The... | Continue reading article

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Kickstarter campaign seeks to fund new card game

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Ottawa-based Renaissance Press is best known for publishing the works of up-and-coming authors. The company’s desire to promote creative works, however, is no longer limited to the printed page thanks to the launch of their new gaming division. The first game that the local publisher hopes to release is A Match Made in Austen, a card game based on the works of the legendary writer Jane Austen.  Drawing from her popular novels Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey, the aim of the game is to... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 2)

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Photo by Bust it Away Photography (Apt613 Flickr pool)Photo by Bust it Away Photography (Apt613 Flickr pool)

This is part two of our special guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style. (See here for part 1).  In coming posts, expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. Today’s guide stop takes you to the individual multi-taskers, whose literary blogs cover a range of purposes from showcasing their work, reviewing other’s work, capturing day-to-day life, and highlighting events and conversations.  Here’s you’ll find stories of road trips, insider interviews, stunning poetry, narrative power, literary... | Continue reading article

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