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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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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

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Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | 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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Write On Ottawa: Great poems and lousy junk

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I am a war poem monger.  I love the inherent tension of war poems.  I don’t mean the patriotic stuff.  I mean war poems that are blistering and authentic.  I love the way violent and traumatic experiences can strain poetic language to the breaking point.  I love poems that struggle to assemble the inexpressible into words. This is the voyeuristic fix I expected from Matt Jones’ chapbook White Flowers and Landmines.  It is exactly what the title seems to promise.  But Jones is one coy bastard.  In addition to a... | 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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Pulitzer Prize winning journalist to speak in Ottawa

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Chris Hedges is not a subtle man.  In his latest book Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt, the former longtime New York Times foreign correspondent offers a blistering attack on corporate power and political institutions. Local residents can hear him first-hand on Wednesday evening, when he is scheduled to speak at Centretown United Church (507 Bank Street) at 7 pm. So what can we expect from a talk by this internationally renowned Pulitzer Prize winning journalist?  Well, from my perspective — and this is only my view — I had mixed feelings after reading Wages of Rebellion. ... | Continue reading article

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