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Bright Nights Film Festival Premiere: The Hour of the Lynx

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Still from The Hour of the Lynx.Still from The Hour of the Lynx.

Danish film by acclaimed director, musician and song-writer Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, The Hour of the Lynx bears his signature. This dark and complex drama centers on teenager Drengen (Frederik Christian Johansen), who for no apparent reason savagely kills two seniors and stages their corpses in a perverse, yet aesthetically tender way. Institutionalized in a high-security facility, and following a suicide attempt which he says was instructed by God, his psychiatrist Lisbeth (Signe Egholm Olsen) seeks the help of female priest Helen (Sophie Gråbøl). What follows is an incredible story of cruelty,... | Continue reading article

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The Good Son: A Finnish premiere in Ottawa

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Still from The Good Son.Still from The Good Son.

Director Zaida Bergroth’s second feature is a must-see. Cinematographically stunning, this is a complex drama about family life, focusing on a mutually destructive relationship between a mother and her oldest son. Leila is an actress that compulsively seeks attention, positive or negative. Always entertaining, she is surrounded by scandal. Accompanied by her two sons, she escapes to a beautiful country villa surrounded by water. Immediately the audience sees the manipulative and dark aspects of her personality from the way she depends on her son, Illmari, played by the talented Samuli... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Bank Street Bridge in Winter. Photo by Kym Shumsky from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Bank Street Bridge in Winter. Photo by Kym Shumsky from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

The snow just keeps coming down, and the temperature refuses to rise – even though many Ottawa residents are fed up with wet feet and cold noses. This has been a huge week for events like Megaphono, and the events just keep on coming as we look to distract ourselves until spring arrives. All weekend long at the Shaw centre Sexapalooza is happening. Indulge your dirtiest desires and take in the novelty of this annual convention for sex seminars, shopping and workshops. Adult film star Tori Black will make an... | Continue reading article

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The Excursionist at the Bright Nights Film Festival

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Still from The Excursionist.Still from The Excursionist.

The Canadian Film Institute brings international contemporary cinema to town in partnership with Winterlude and the Baltic and Nordic countries. This year marks the 5th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival. Eight countries will be showcasing their best features from Friday, February 6 to Saturday, February 14 at Carleton University’s River Building. One movie per night will play for the duration of the festival and the selection is truly remarkable. Left in their original language, sub-titled in English, they are all Ottawa premieres. True story directed by Audrius Juzenas, the 2013 Lithuanian film... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 28 janvier 2015 :: Entrevue avec l’illustre Philippe B. Chronique historique : le canal Rideau. Entrevue avec Raphaël Potvin du groupe Caravane. MEGAPHONO : un festival de musique bilingue!

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Philippe B sera en concert à la Quatrième salle du CNA le vendredi 30 janvierPhilippe B sera en concert à la Quatrième salle du CNA le vendredi 30 janvier

Basement 819 a ratissé large cette semaine. Le calendrier culturel déborde d’événements et de prestations francophones! On revit les Mille et une Nuits! Écoutez notre podcast pour tout tout savoir! Entrevue avec l’illustre Philippe B Nous avons appris la semaine dernière que Philippe B était en nomination aux prix Juno dans la catégorie Album francophone de l’année. Il avait remporté le Félix de l’Auteur ou compositeur de l’année au Gala de l’ADISQ en 2014. Artiste résolu, après les succès pour Variations Fantômes et Ornithologie la nuit, il s’adonne, entre autres,... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for January 27, 2015

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Photo by gynti_46 on Flickr.Photo by gynti_46 on Flickr.

As you may already know, all week long Apartment 613 is presenting “The Future of Ottawa” series: a week-long collection of guest-written posts aimed at promoting discussion around Ottawa’s development and its future as a growing city. In a similar spirit, this week on Apt613 Live you can catch my discussion with Chris Osler, Trevor Haché and Suneeta Millington: three organizers behind this Thursday’s FREE screening of The Human Scale over at the Bytowne. We chatted about their personal take on what can make Ottawa neighbourhoods great going forward and... | Continue reading article

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New year, new hashtag!

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Photo by Colin White.Photo by Colin White.

With the first Weekend Roundup of the year around the corner, we have exciting news for you all – the Apt613 Weekend HashtagProject is back! New year, new hashtag: #apt613wknd There are all kinds of wonderful things happening in this city all the time – especially on the weekends – and we want to be sure to see them! Hashtag all your photos from the weekend’s events and we will feature some of the best on our Instagram feed. Go out, do things, have fun, and take photos!

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Le weekend @Basement819

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From Left Eric Hitsman,  Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.From Left Eric Hitsman, Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.

Less than a month till Christmas, and already we’re alternating between snowfall and flooding. The true Canadian way is to persevere through the most bipolar of weather, and the best method of forgetting your dwindling bank account is to get out and do things! Let’s start off with what the musical community has to offer this weekend, starting with Ill Scarlet playing Mavericks Thursday night with Lemon Cash, Stereokid and Remember the Fire. Patty Bolands is holding their 5th Annual No Pants Party Thursday night as well, allowing the people... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 26 novembre 2014 :: Paint Nite ou comment délivrer l’artiste qui sommeille en vous. Figureworks et l’art humain. La Belgique à l’honneur au CNA. Et tellement +

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FigureworksFigureworks "The Only Chair Left" par Roy Whiddon

Basement 819 ne vous laissera pas sans rien faire en fin de semaine. C’est novembre, il fait froid avant le temps, nous décrétons donc que le début du weekend commence le jeudi. C’est comme ça. Éric part le bal cette semaine avec une première chronique d’art visuel à son actif. Tel un poisson dans l’eau, il saura vous inspirer. Paint Nite — Pour réveiller le peintre qui dort Voici une belle occasion de développer votre côté artistique et qui sait, qui pourrait même faire de vous l’un des plus grands... | Continue reading article

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EU Film Festival must-see: Latvia’s Rocks in My Pockets

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Still from Rocks in My Pockets.Still from Rocks in My Pockets.

As the European Union film festival comes to a close, I highly recommend Thursday night’s animated feature, Rocks in My Pockets. The artist-director Signe Baumane says, “I sometimes call it ‘a funny film about depression’ but it is not always funny and not always about depression. It is a family’s history of mental breakdowns from 1903 in Latvia until New York in 2014.” The animated film, narrated in Latvian with English subtitles, is beautiful and striking. Baumane uses papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand drawn animation in order for viewers to... | Continue reading article

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