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Sonatas, Screams and Silence: An Ode to Ingmar Bergman

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Still from Persona.Still from Persona.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. You can follow her on Twitter. Ottawa New Music Creators and the Mayfair Theatre present Sonatas, Screams and Silence on Thursday, March 5th, an evening dedicated to the artistic brilliance of Swedish director, writer and producer Ingmar Bergman. Ottawa musicologist Dr. Alexis Luko will explore Bergman’s use of music, sound and silence in Persona, a 1966 modernist horror film that has been called his masterpiece and one of the greatest works of art from... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Sweet Surrender by Hyfidelik the Gypsy Sun

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Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.

Hyf the Gypsy Sun describes himself as an “Interplantary frijole eating islamic hispanic sufi rapper guy.” Based in Ottawa, he’s also one of the hip-hop MCs that founded Nationless Mind Records back in 2012.  More than a label, Nationless is building a community of support for artists who are typically on the cultural fringe. Its members create music that is politcal, powerful and relevant all the same. “Sweet Surrender” is no exception. A lesson on the meaning of love, this song infuses spoken word poetry with soulful beats to remind... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 25 février 2015 :: Du cinéma plein la vue. La 19e édition des Francouvertes est ouverte! Salon du livre de l’Outaouais. Musique : une série de concerts à ne pas manquer!

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#OIFF72 Image tirée de la page Facebook du Festival international de films d'Ottawa#OIFF72 Image tirée de la page Facebook du Festival international de films d'Ottawa

Basement 819 s’écoute dorénavant en pièces détachées! Retrouvez ici nos chroniques les plus édifiantes de notre 53e édition de l’émission.  On vous propose de grandes choses et surtout, on vous fait jouer des pièces musicales – des fiertés locales et nationales – judicieusement choisies. *Le très adoré Patrick Watson a révélé un premier extrait de son prochain album Love Songs For Robots. On vous le fait entendre à l’émission. Ya! Ya!* Oh! Et ne manquez pas de consulter le volumineux Weekend Roundup de cette semaine! Dans un cinéma bien près... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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Marat and de Sade bring a mad revolution to Ottawa

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Photo by Marianne Duval.Photo by Marianne Duval.

Post by Eric Murphy. The title says it all: The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. If the name has your head spinning, let me explain. Marat/Sade is a play within a play. In it, University of Ottawa actors play inmates who are putting on their own performance. This apparently, is the way an “enlightened” insane asylum helps its residents let off steam. The lunatics’ subject is the death of Jean-Paul Marat,... | Continue reading article

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Sip ‘n Slurp 2015: Winners and losers

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Raon Kitchen Dumplings and Glass Noodles. All photos by John Aung.Raon Kitchen Dumplings and Glass Noodles. All photos by John Aung.

Privé hosted the second annual Ottawa NoodleFest this past weekend at the Shaw Centre. Twenty Ottawa and Gatineau chefs and businesses all gathered together under one roof and provided a couple of their dishes for everyone to sample. We sipped. We slurped. We waited in line… a lot. Anybody familiar with the Ottawa start up company’s past events would have immediately noticed some improvements from its previous ventures, and yet, would have also felt a sense of familiarity as the format was largely unchanged. I do give Privé credit for... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for February 24, 2015

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Alphabet Soup II by Chrissy Wainwright on Flickr.Alphabet Soup II by Chrissy Wainwright on Flickr.

We interview Stephanie Joyal from Soup Ottawa a recurring event that serves up hot soup, fresh baked bread and a vote for your favourite community-minded project proposal. She joins us on the show to tell us more about this unique dining experience. Just in time for Project Wild Thing’s screening at the Mayfair we’re joined by director David Bond . He talks to us about this film-driven project aimed at getting kids off the couch and back into the great outdoors. Musical guests: Derek Harrison and Pocket Writer It’s like... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Faces in strange places

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All photo by Matt Edwards.All photo by Matt Edwards.

Do you identify as a “Kidult”? Have you heard of That Faces Book? If not, you’ll want to keep reading because according to editor/photographer Matt Edwards, That Faces Book is perfect for you. And no, we’re not talking about the social media site. So what is it? Simply put it’s a book about faces in the strangest of places, and Edwards wants to share them all with you. In order to do so he’s started a Kickstarter campaign to get his photo book printed and share what might be the... | Continue reading article

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Skating like you’ve never seen it before + ticket giveaway

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Photo by Rolline Laporte courtesy of the NACPhoto by Rolline Laporte courtesy of the NAC

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to the Saturday, February 28 matinee performance of Le Patin Libre at 2 pm.  To enter send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line”Patin Libre – Contest” by noon Thursday, February 26.  The winners will be notified on Thursday afternoon. When the 2014-15  National Arts Centre dance season was first announced a few shows caught the attention of Apartment613.  Among those on top of the list is the upcoming performance this week by Le Patin Libre, a five-member collective of performers who specialize in contemporary... | 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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