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Theatre in the Raw with Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune

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David Whiteley as Johnny and Alexis Scott as Frankie, photos by Julie LaurinDavid Whiteley as Johnny and Alexis Scott as Frankie, photos by Julie Laurin

If you’re looking for an entirely different kind of night out you have to check out Vacant House Theatre’s Frankie and Johnny in the Claire de Lune which opened Thursday May 21 at 122 Stewart St. That’s right, 122 Stewart. Vacant House is inviting you right into Frankie’s basement apartment for an altogether immersive theatre experience. In the intimate comedy written by Terrence McNally and set in New York City in 1987, we meet Frankie and Johnny, everyday people who work at the same diner and who, in the very... | Continue reading article

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Chocolate Hot Pockets release Chocolate Dreamz at Ritual tomorrow

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Photo from the Chocolate Hot Pocket's Facebook page.Photo from the Chocolate Hot Pocket's Facebook page.

One of Ottawa’s slinkiest, stankiest and bodaciously-bopping quartets The Chocolate Hot Pockets  is funking up Ritual on Saturday eve with the CD Release  of  Chocolate Dreamz. We dove in the goo-pocket with the forever-phat Alex Moxon to gab about their project. Apt613: Let’s dig into the Cacao of the Chocolate Hot Pockets. It says on your bio that the rhythm section met while studying music at Carleton U. Tell us a bit about the Carleton experience. Alex Moxon: Carleton is wide open stylistically speaking- I learned about a lot of... | Continue reading article

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Ridin’ with Memetic from Rideau2Richmond

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Photo courtesy of the artist.Photo courtesy of the artist.

You might know DJ Memetic from Timekode, possibly the best, and definitely the sweatiest, dance party in Ottawa. The not-so-hidden gem has been rocking eager crowds every month for ten years now. Now Memetic is releasing his ambitious debut album, Rideau2Richmond, a 28-track double LP concept album based on the OC Transpo #2 route. Using records dug from record stores along the #2 route and field recordings documenting the sounds of the trip for source material, Memetic went to work sampling, looping, chopping, re-playing and altogether creating a new body... | Continue reading article

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Historica Canada’s Heritage Minutes a Blast from the Past

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Photos and article by Christopher Ryan “I can smell burnt toast!” “But I need these baskets back.” “Nice women don’t. want. the vote.” Mention any of these lines to a person of a certain age and you’ll likely find yourself with a willing and enthusiastic partner on a lengthy nostalgia trip. Now under the wing of Historica Canada, Heritage Minutes were first introduced in 1991 as part of an initiative to improve Canadians’ knowledge of their history. The eighty minute-long shorts cover a wide variety of subjects in Canadian history... | Continue reading article

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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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Jen & John bring their beautiful duets to Raw Sugar Cafe

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Photo of John Antoniuk and Jen Lane by BorjaPhoto of John Antoniuk and Jen Lane by Borja

Sometimes the best artistic collaborations arise from love.  In the case of married couple-cum-musical partners John Antoniuk and Jen Lane this is clearly the case. While both have successful solo careers, the Saskatoon-based duo released last year Jen & John, a seven-song album comprised of five originals and two covers.  With rich vocal harmonies, soothing melodies and strong country and folk influences, the record is a perfect soundtrack for an intimate evening. Ottawa residents can hear the Prairie duo play live this Friday at 8 pm at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset St. West). ... | 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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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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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to perform at NAC + tix giveaway

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to the performance this Saturday, May 23, by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the National Arts Centre.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Thursday, May 21, with the subject line “Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – Contest”.  A winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Thursday afternoon. The 2014-15 dance season at the National Arts Centre ends this Saturday with a performance by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Founded almost two decades ago, the company brings together creative choreography,... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa composer Colin Mack debuts violin concerto

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Colin Mack has an impressive musical resume.  In addition to composing numerous chamber music works, he has also written — among other things  — a symphonic poem for orchestra, film scores for two short documentaries, and a choral anthem. What the Ottawa-born composer had never done until recently, however, was create a concerto. This will change on Friday when Thirteen Strings, Ottawa’s premiere chamber orchestra, perform the world debut of his violin concerto Elegy. Also on the programme is Distant Light by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, who was born in 1946, an Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber,... | Continue reading article

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