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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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Second City’s Brandon Hackett on comedy, Beavertails, and musical theatre

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All images from the Second City website.All images from the Second City website.

We spoke with with Brandon Hackett, who is part of the Touring Company of the storied improvisational comedy troupe The Second City.  Hackett, with the rest of the Touring Company, will be in Ottawa tonight performing The Best of The Second City, which features some of the best-loved sketches from the company’s long history, as well as the improvisation for which they’re best known. How long have you been performing with The Second City, and what have your experiences been like so far? I have been performing with The Second City for... | 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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Choreographer Mark Godden of Going Home Star on telling residential school stories through dance

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Liang Xing and Sophia Lee in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation,  photo by Vince PahkalaLiang Xing and Sophia Lee in Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation, photo by Vince Pahkala

Written by Leah Geller Commissioned by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) with the support of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Going Home Star  explores the trauma and healing of Aboriginal residential school survivors. The story, written by novelist Joseph Boyden and staged by choreographer Mark Godden, revolves around a pair of contemporary First Nations young people coming to terms with the past. The ballet premiered in Winnipeg in 2014 and has won critical acclaim for its ability to “turn darkness into beauty” (Globe and Mail) . Going Home Star’s Canadian tour begins with... | Continue reading article

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Artist Profile: Manasseh Tagoe and his philosophy of “tears unknown”

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Painting by Tagoe, from his website.Painting by Tagoe, from his website.

When he isn’t busy excelling in his rigorous industrial design program at Carleton University, the creative and talented Manasseh Tagoe is inspiring other with his Tears Unknown philosophy that has carried him throughout the years, using art as a means of transmitting his mantra to others. Manasseh is an international student from Ghana spending his second year abroad here in Ottawa. The young artist has always used painting and drawing as a creative outlet but has now  come to find deeper meaning to it. As he grew older, he began... | Continue reading article

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Venus Envy wants you to come… to their 15th anniversary party!

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Shelley Taylor, photo courtesy of Venus Envy.Shelley Taylor, photo courtesy of Venus Envy.

Find Sheri Levine on Twitter at @sherlevine. Venus Envy, Ottawa’s education-oriented sex shop, is celebrating the Big One on January 30th, marking 15 successful years in O-town. It’s easy to escape Ottawa’s bitter winter chill by hibernating your weekends away, but attending Venus Envy’s big bash is the perfect way to add some much needed heat to your Saturday night. It’s a perfect excuse to get out from under your warm blankets, off of the couch and out of those cozy pajamas. Don’t be shy to come decked out in something sexy... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Motivational mugs from a hidden gem in Kanata

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All photos courtesy of Cookery Bistro.All photos courtesy of Cookery Bistro.

After years of working in busy kitchens for large restaurants, Cookery Bistro owners Cat and Darren decided to open up a place that kept things simple, healthy and delicious. Their gourmet menu contain sandwiches, salads and soups made from scratch, and a selection of fresh raw juices. While the staples of his business are sandwiches, Darren ventures into some more complex dishes very week which are the Bistro’s specials. They also offer soups, salads and some baked goods for take out or catering. The Bistro is only 125 sq.ft and... | Continue reading article

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Adventures in dubstep, coming soon to Barrymore’s

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Photo from Adventure Club's Facebook page.Photo from Adventure Club's Facebook page.

Jonesing for your first show for 2016? Montreal-based duo Adventure Club will be playing at Barrymore’s January 23rd, 30th and 31st, and will bring all the wanderlust feels. As one of their stops on their Made in Canada homecoming tour, Apt613 had the chance to chat with Leighton James of the electronic music pair. Before Escapade, WayHome, and other festivals of that ilk, Adventure Club’s Christian Srigley and Leighton began forming their story through a screamo band during their formative university days. Eventually, they got bored of the pop-punk scene... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with storytellers Nicole Lavigne and Marie Bilodeau

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All photos courtesy of Ottawa StoryTellers.All photos courtesy of Ottawa StoryTellers.

A storytelling performance of The Wizard and the Dragon is happening for one night only at the NAC Fourth Stage this Thursday. In anticipation of this event, we caught up with Nicole Lavigne and Marie Bilodeau, experienced storytellers, published authors and co-creators of the performance for Apt613 Live on CHUO 89.1 FM. Have a listen or read an edited version of the interview below: The Wizard and the Dragon is about the legendary King Arthur and his mentor, the wizard Merlin. Apt613: Why King Arthur? What’s your feeling about why... | Continue reading article

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