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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the first weekend of…spring? Ok, so, just because it is technically “spring”, doesn’t mean that it necessarily feels like it. We can’t promise this weekend’s weather will be any warmer, but we can promise plenty of fun stuff happening in the city. Oz Kafe kicks off the weekend tonight with Reggae Night. Join Memetic, Jas Nasty, and Chris International for a Dark N’ Stormy while they spin some great reggae. Workshop Studio Boutique is hosting their 8th Annual Spring Trunk Sale kick off party tonight, from 6-9pm. If... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Made Noon play Zaphod's on Saturday. Photo courtesy their website.Made Noon play Zaphod's on Saturday. Photo courtesy their website.

It seems that daylight savings not only kicked us ahead an hour, it kicked the temperature ahead to bring us some fine spring weather. Get out to celebrate St Paddy’s Day early and soak up a bit of this sunshine! Tonight things get groovin’ down at Babylon, with the Motown Showdown set to keep you dancing all night long. Things will stay hot down at Mugshots on Friday, with Soda Shop presenting King of the Beach dance party featuring the best of surfing tunes, bubblegum pop and garage rock. Out... | Continue reading article

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Countdown to FIFA 2015: A family’s friendly feud

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As a countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Apartment613 is embarking on a six-part series that will take a look at women’s soccer in and around the city. Our inaugural piece focused on Pilar Khoury, star striker for the University of Ottawa’s varsity squad. But what about the city’s other resident university women’s squad? Part two delves deeper into the rivalry between the uOttawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens. But after speaking to head coach Raz El-Asmar, we were surprised to find out that the two opposing teams share... | Continue reading article

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Look ahead at the National Gallery

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To Prince Edward Island (1965, acrylic emulsion on masonite, 61.9 x 92.5 cm) by Alex Colville. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.To Prince Edward Island (1965, acrylic emulsion on masonite, 61.9 x 92.5 cm) by Alex Colville. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.

Mark your calendars. The National Gallery of Canada recently revealed what art lovers can expect to see at the gallery in 2015, from Colville to Chagall to Monet. Here is a preview of what to expect during the year: Tracing this Canadian artist’s entire career, the Alex Colville exhibit will include nearly one hundred paintings, some of which date from Colville’s time as a student making it the largest Colville retrospective. The exhibition, running from April 23 to September 7, 2015, will also include 150 preparatory drawings selected from the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.

We’ve got a well rounded weekend ahead of us complete with art shows, killer music and SNL veteran cast members coming to town to entertain. Support artistic representation, local music and laugh yourself into good health all weekend long! This Friday in art we have Sacred Defiance at PDA projects. Aydin Matlabi commemorative exhibition pays respects to the fallen soldiers from the Iranian war. The portraits represent what the soldiers might have looked like in various calm, composed, and faithful poses in a bold contrast to the violence and needless... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Punch Up needs to be punched up

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Tim Walker (left) and Colin Munch in Punch Up. Photo by Zaiden.Tim Walker (left) and Colin Munch in Punch Up. Photo by Zaiden.

Theatre Brouhaha from Toronto pitches their creations as “theatre for the HBO generation” and as “pitch black comedy”. This play by writer/director Kat Sandler won both Best of Fest at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival and Patron’s Pick.  So I was expecting to laugh a lot at Punch Up.  But I didn’t.  Neither did my theatre/life companion, who is known for having one of the loudest most infectious laughs in Ottawa.  But others in the audience did laugh a great deal, even at the jokes which were not supposed to... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: The PepTides take Love + Hate to new heights

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Image courtesy of The Peptides.Image courtesy of The Peptides.

When remounting a Fringe show, most people just re-block the previous production to fit into a new space. Then they tweak a few weak lines in the script and wait for the tickets to sell. The PepTides ain’t most people. At last year’s Ottawa Fringe, cramming nine people onto the diminutive Mercury Lounge stage meant making some definite site-specific choices. When undercurrents offered them the opportunity to use the much bigger Arts Court Theatre, the PepTides asked themselves: “What can we do differently?” The answer was lots: costumes, hair styles,... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Far & Near & Here – a memorable journey

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Karen Balcome and Geoff McBride in Far & Near & Here. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Karen Balcome and Geoff McBride in Far & Near & Here. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

In 2005-06, during the worst hurricane season in recorded history, Julie Angus became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean (yes, row) from mainland to mainland.  She was accompanied by her fiancé (now her husband), Colin Angus.  It took them 145 days.  Julie wrote a best-selling book about their experience, Rowboat in a Hurricane. The story of their adventure inspired Karen Balcome and Geoff McBride (THUNK!theatre) to create the short play, Far & Near & Here, which they are performing at the undercurrents theatre festival, at Arts Court.  It’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Le weekend de la Saint-Valentin + Winter Brewfest giveaway

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Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the  weekend of love (and dance parties). We’ve got at least one, if not many, happening tonight through Sunday! DJ Jas Nasty and Friends, will be taking you back to the Seedy Seventies tonight, at Oz Kafe. They will be playing all the best rock, punk, and funk from the decade. If jazz is more your style, the Lunenburg has you covered with Jazz Thursdays. And, if jazz is your thing, be sure to check out the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival this weekend too! There’s a Kitchen Party... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, meet Scott Helman

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Scott Helman. Photo by Chris Payne.Scott Helman. Photo by Chris Payne.

Scott Helman is on the cusp, armed with a left-of-centre poppy sonic identity and just enough songs to leave his hometown, brimming with an expansive energy of what’s yet to come. The Toronto native caught the attention of labels exces at Warner Music Canada while still a teenager and since releasing his debut EP, Augusta last fall, has been steadily building a following, helped along by the radio play of the ever –so-catchy “Bungalow.” Helman has two shows coming up at the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival this Saturday. Early in... | Continue reading article

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