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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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Breaking the Code: A look into life of Alan Turing + chance to see Enigma machine up close

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All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Last year the highly popular movie The Imitation Game introduced the masses to the story of Alan Turing and his work cracking the Nazis’ “unbreakable” Enigma code in WWII. It was estimated that cracking Enigma shortened the war in Europe by two years. But Hollywood demands nonstop edge of your seat excitement and sometimes, especially when the subject is the tedious work of code breaking, that kind of mass appeal comes at the cost of historical accuracy. That’s where the theatre comes in.  Director Klass van Weringh has brought Hugh... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Showbox interviews PUP

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Still from Interview with PUP - Ontario Scene 2015.Still from Interview with PUP - Ontario Scene 2015.

The Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre came to a seemingly quick close. In that time, Ottawa Showbox had the opportunity to catch up with a few bands at House of Targ. Here’s their interview with Toronto’s PUP. The punk rock band has made some waves since their debut LP last August, raising eyebrows amongst veteran bands like Billy Talent & Fucked Up. They headlined an Ontario Scene event with Big Dick & Bond Girls on May 7 at House of TARG. Check them out below: This exclusive... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Showbox interviews Zoo Legacy for Ontario Scene

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Still from Interview with Zoo Legacy - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.Still from Interview with Zoo Legacy - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.

Just before the end of the Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre, Shawn, from Ottawa Showbox, had the opportunity to sit down with our own Zoo Legacy. The indie rock/hip hop hybrid opened for Shad on May 2 at the Bronson Centre. Check them out below: Ottawa Showbox, Ringbill Records and Apt613 present this exclusive Ontario Scene interview filmed at House of Targ.

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Ottawa Showbox interviews Nightshades for Ontario Scene

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Still from Interview with Nightshades - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.Still from Interview with Nightshades - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.

As we near the end of the Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre, Matías Muñoz of Ottawa Showbox had the opportunity to sit down with our very own Nightshades at House of Targ. The three-piece garage band have garnered a lot of attention in Ottawa and are set to open up for Fucked Up, DOOMSQUAD, and Lady Girl on Saturday, May 9, 2015 (Tonight!) at Ritual. Check them out below: Tickets for the show are $18 and can be purchased here. This event is included in the 5/$99... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for May 5, 2014

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Saint Clare. Photo from their Facebook Page.Saint Clare. Photo from their Facebook Page.

Hey kids! May has arrived in all its glory.  The perfect opportunity to open up some windows, let the fresh air in and tune in to find out what’s going on in Ottawa (and with a mere few months of good weather you’d better believe it’s a lot!) This week Live contributor Ania Szneps sat down with Saw Video director Penny McCann to get an idea about their ambitious Cultural Engineering project: how it got started and what they’re hoping it will contribute to the Arts Court redevelopment as we... | Continue reading article

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Let’s be ready

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The Wooden Sky. Photo from their Facebook page.The Wooden Sky. Photo from their Facebook page.

Ontario Scene has been delivering a whirlwind of fantastic shows and there’s still plenty of goodness in store as we head into its final weekend. One show I feel I must highlight lest it be lost in all the noise is Friday night’s roots-rock triple bill featuring The Wooden Sky, the Sadies and Ottawa’s own Kalle Mattson. I got in touch with the Wooden Sky’s Gavin Gardiner over the phone from his Toronto studio to talk about the energy of playing live, what drives him to make music and what... | Continue reading article

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