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The Mouse That Roared will leave you in stitches!

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Photo courtesy of Ben Silcox.Photo courtesy of Ben Silcox.

The Dutchy of Grand Fenwick is a country that’s three miles wide and five miles long, with a population of about 6,000, and its own national bird. Clearly not the kind of place you’d expect to start a war, especially not one against the United States. But in The Mouse that Roared’s opening act, Grand Fenwick does exactly that. Presented by Carleton University’s Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company, The Mouse that Roared opens with Grand Fenwick’s leaders watching their economy crumble around them. Tourists can’t be coaxed through their forest,... | Continue reading article

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A dysfunctional medieval family Christmas on stage at Kanata Theatre

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Photos courtesy of Wendy Wagner.Photos courtesy of Wendy Wagner.

First produced in New York in 1966, The Lion in Winter by James Goldman is the story of one family’s very dysfunctional medieval Christmas. Plots are hatched, found out, amended and re-hatched. Loyalties are tested and broken and forged again and all sorts of dark, long buried secrets come out, some for the first time and some for the hundredth. In short, it could be just about any family’s holiday gathering except that the person glaring at you across the buffet table  is unlikely to have armies at their disposal,... | Continue reading article

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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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Apt613 Live for March 24, 2015

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Empty Shelves. Photo from their bandcamp page.Empty Shelves. Photo from their bandcamp page.

This week’s Apt613 Live is all about the music.  This weekend there are a lot of great folks visiting the capital to rock your socks off (and toques and mittens and never-going-to-return-to-storage winter coats). We chat with Chris Milligan, one third of the folk-rock band Sea Perry a group of “nice guys” who are taking the stage at Avant-Garde to sample some music from their upcoming album this Saturday. Throw in a little hodgepodge of every type of music you can name: footstompin’ country ala Ginger St. James; smooth jazzy-soul... | Continue reading article

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SELFIE: A photo exhibition on crossed identities at Karsh-Masson

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Jennifer Stewart, muse, 2014, inkjet print, 68 x 90 cm. Photo courtesy of the the artist.Jennifer Stewart, muse, 2014, inkjet print, 68 x 90 cm. Photo courtesy of the the artist.

Raymond Aubin is an artist in contemporary photography who also writes critiques and reviews in visual and media arts. Through their photographic self-stories, artists Magida El-Kassis, Olivia Johnston, and Jennifer Stewart invite us to reflect upon the contemporary fragmentation of the identity. Walking into the SELFIE exhibition at the Karsh-Masson Gallery is an overwhelming experience. Right in front of the entrance, one is greeted with a diptych by El-Kassis bearing a prophetic title: “it’s what you do to me”. The visitor is forced to branch left or right where a... | Continue reading article

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Premiere: My Focal Point by Chris Page

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Chris Page. Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.Chris Page. Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.

Ottawa musician, Chris Page is set to release his anticipated album, Volume Vs. Voice on April 21st, 2015. We know him for fronting the bands Camp Radio and The Stand GT but love him for the stripped down sound of his solo recordings. The combination of Page’s sexy earnest vocals and acoustic guitar blend well to create catchy folk-punk tunes. Apartment613 is pleased to premiere the album’s first single, “My Focal Point”. This song continues to evoke a 90s nostalgia, picking up from his previous album – A Date With... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Haneen freedomwriter Alhassoun

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Haneen Alhassoun. Photo courtesy of House of Paint.Haneen Alhassoun. Photo courtesy of House of Paint.

Haneen Alhassoun was 9 years old when she began writing poetry, in Arabic, about her homeland of Palestine. She wrote so many poems that her mother used to tease her, calling her names of Palestinian politicians. For Haneen, poetry was a means of expression that, at that young age, she wasn’t taking seriously and, eventually, she stopped writing. Inspired by having seen Apollo the Child perform his poems at her elementary school, Haneen began writing poetry again. And in the 8th grade, her teacher Shauna Pollock invited two spoken word poets... | Continue reading article

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Figaro holds you rapt from start to finish

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Photo from the Opera Lyra Ottawa Facebook page.Photo from the Opera Lyra Ottawa Facebook page.

The NAC was teeming with excitement Saturday night as throngs gathered, dressed to the nines for a night at the opera. And what a night it turned out to be! Opera Lyra’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro pulls you into Figaro’s world under the spell of great music and sumptuous setting then holds you rapt from start to finish. The Marriage of Figaro is a comedic opera or opera buffa in Italian and this production really embodies the true spirit of this operatic style, opera for the people,... | Continue reading article

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Welcome to Poetry Week

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Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

If you are a lover of poetry then this coming week will bring a smile to your face.  VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival, starts on Tuesday, March 24, and runs until next Monday, March 30. To help celebrate this gathering of talented wordsmiths, Apartment613 is launching today Poetry Week, which will include extensive coverage of both VERSeFest activities and local poets from the National Capital Region. Our week-long series of stories begins on Monday with a post from Kenneth Ingram that provides an overview of what audience members can expect... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Lowertown Throwdown features stout beer in fierce friendly competition

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Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.

When I first heard about Lowertown Throwdown I’ll be honest- I was expecting to arrive in a crowded room full of amped-up foodies all with their attention turned to a kitchen full of dueling chefs going head-to-head to prepare a meal against the clock. Instead what I got was a room of well-spaced stations, each manned by a chef (or chefs) from various Ottawa restaurants who were serving up pre-prepared dishes.  The rabble-rousing crowd was in fact a group of folks seated about the space chowing down and chatting politely.... | Continue reading article

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