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Autograph: Reformed and revamped

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Autograph band members from left to right: Steve Lynch (lead guitar, bkg vox), Simon Daniels (lead vocals,  guitar), Randy Rand (bass, bkg vox), Marc Wieland (drums). All photos by Terry Steeves.Autograph band members from left to right: Steve Lynch (lead guitar, bkg vox), Simon Daniels (lead vocals, guitar), Randy Rand (bass, bkg vox), Marc Wieland (drums). All photos by Terry Steeves.

Last Friday night, I set out with my camera, my notepad, and weeks of compiled research, to interview and take in a rock band that is back with a vengeance after 25 years. Their name is Autograph, and they have returned bigger, stronger, and louder than ever, adding a fresh, new and powerful flavour to their music. But first…a brief history… Before Autograph was even a band, it was a man by the name of Steve Plunkett, a singer/guitarist/songwriter who had written songs he wanted to develop and record as... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Simone Deneau of NAC Presents

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Simone Deneau. Photo by Rémi Thériault. All other photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Simone Deneau. Photo by Rémi Thériault. All other photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Not only a bastion of high culture, the National Arts Centre prides itself on exposing Ottawa to the work of up-and-coming musicians of all genres. The NAC does this through its Scene festivals, which feature the music of a given province or region of Canada, and through its NAC Presents series, now entering its fourth season. The NAC Presents series features all Canadian artists, but aims to strike a balance between established artists, who in previous years have included Rufus Wainwright, Ian Tyson, and Ron Sexsmith, and emerging musicians. The... | Continue reading article

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Last day to support Jill Zmud’s “Small matters of life and death”

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If you’re a fan of local singer/songwriter Jill Zmud‘s work, you’ve got until the end of the day to jump in and support her indiegogo campaign. Her new record is a bit of an homage to an uncle she met for the first time through his recordings. It’s a fascinating story and we caught up with Jill to quickly give us the run-down of her project and the campaign. You can find all the details online here. Apt613: Can you tell us a bit more about your Uncle Eddie? Jill:... | Continue reading article

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New boutique will help EcoEquitable better serve Ottawa

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Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and  Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.

A local social enterprise is hoping to broaden its capacity while better serving the community through a brand new boutique. For twelve years, EcoEquitable has provided employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. While participants develop valuable skills to achieve financial independence, a huge amount of what would have been waste gets repurposed through the program. Last Thursday, the organization opened the doors of its new space to show off a new boutique that will feature creations generated by the program. I had the... | Continue reading article

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Enter the Mannequin: an interview with Ooluu

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Photo by Matt C.Photo by Matt C.

I’m sitting in a dim, black light-equipped room in the basement studio of one of the most peculiar Ottawa bands to date. Present with me are Eric Landry, and Asa Holloh, the lead singer and bassist of Ooluu, respectively. Their debut EP Mannequin is being released on February 14th. Any significance behind the date? “It’s a Friday,” Eric explains, grinning. On the desk, a miniature Spock and Buddha are having a staring contest, with classical music leaking out of an unseen pair of speakers. (“Chopin,” mumbles Asa when I ask... | Continue reading article

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Long-time ice sculptor dishes on Winterlude’s annual competition

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Kenny Hayden poses with his ice sculpture. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Kenny Hayden poses with his ice sculpture. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Elaborate ice carvings have temporarily transformed Confederation Park into a crystal garden this year for the 36th Winterlude. Kenny Hayden, 64, is a local competitor who participates in the event each winter. “This year we had a fantastic competition,” says Hadyen as we sit near the fountain where about a dozen ice carvings are on display. “We have had the perfect temperatures this year for [preserving] the ice. If it continues like this they could last another week,” he remarks with pride. Hayden is among twelve members of the Canadian... | Continue reading article

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Height-of-the-party vibe before the sun goes down

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Every year, restaurants, galleries and clubs sprout up around the city, offering new and undiscovered spaces for artistic and culinary talent, cultural and social activities, and opportunities to meet new people. Sometimes though, places that have been in the scene for what seems like ages change how they do things and offer up a traditional space for reinterpretation. That’s exactly what’s been happening every Monday night at the Mercury Lounge since the start of this year, where a few dance lovers have taken over the floor albeit in a different... | Continue reading article

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Treepot presents The Reel Deal: a screening of short indie films by women

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Still from Unburden.Still from Unburden.

Ottawa-based film production company Treepot Media aims to support local talent and to foster a community of filmmakers and filmgoers here in the capital. This weekend they’ll be hosting Reel Deal: a program featuring six films by women, and curated by Jennifer Mulligan. Apartment613 caught up with her and got some insight into her perspective on women’s film and her curatorial approach. Apartment613: Tell us a bit about your background in film: is it something you studied formally or is it more of a passion you feed on-the-side? Jennifer Mulligan:... | Continue reading article

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Thaw/Dégel beats the winter blues

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Manon Labrosse stands in front of her work.Manon Labrosse stands in front of her work.

Manon Labrosse’s new series “THAW” currently on exhibition at the Council For The Arts (2 Daly Ave, Ottawa) is a thing of wistful beauty. The paintings, (oil & graphite on wood panel) illustrate Labrosse’s keen sense of design and although reminiscent of previous work, have evolved into a harmonious, calming collection of dripping jewel tones used to describe the imminent spring thaw. Logs float and dangle like weightless toggles suspended amid the clouds. Like a mobile they sometimes spin apart and then re-gain balance. It is the melting landscape in... | Continue reading article

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This Saturday the NAC becomes a musical playground courtesy of Peter and the Wolf

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Graphic taken from NAC web siteGraphic taken from NAC web site

In the annals of children’s music, a special place is reserved for the magical work Peter and the Wolf by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.   Created in 1936 , this timeless classic tells the story of a young boy who ignores his grandfather’s warning about a dangerous wolf lurking outside.  When the stubborn Peter comes face-to-face with the wolf, however, he sets in motion a hair-raising adventure. Children and adults alike can enjoy this musical masterpiece this Saturday, February 8, when the NAC Orchestra joins with the Magic Circle Mime Company to perform this brilliant work.... | Continue reading article

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