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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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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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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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Librarian in Residence: New year, new skills

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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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Write On Ottawa: Human by S.M. Carrière

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Post by Laurie Stewart. Human is the story of Aleksandar Svetoslav, a centuries old vampire from Eastern Europe. He’s sent to America to rebuild the territory of the last Prince and his House, after he and his entire line are slaughtered by vampire hunters. The story begins with Aleksandar’s rescue and conversion in the face of the Mongol invasion in Eastern Europe. It then lightly touches on the ensuing centuries, to cast a brief but glowing eye on pre-war Europe in 1910. Then jumps straight to present day. But things... | 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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Write On Ottawa: A tale of a tenacious sleuth who lets nothing stop her

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Review by Molly O’Connor. A fast paced mystery with likable characters, Journey of a Thousand Steps is a valiant effort as a debut novel. Naya, the protagonist, immediately grabs the reader’s attention: she is an unusual sleuth, since she has mobility issues. Author Madona Skaff-Koren, and her protagonist, Naya, both have multiple sclerosis (MS).  Skaff-Koren describes the limitations Naya experiences and the therapies she undergoes, and makes the reader feel her character’s frustrations. Naya becomes reacquainted with Valerie, a high school friend, whom she hasn’t seen for a number of years. When... | 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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