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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa is quickly becoming a beer-fanatic’s wonderland, with new breweries like Broadhead and Ashton Brew Pub bubbling up everywhere to compliment Ottawa’s many beer festivals. The latest addition to this city’s craft beer craze is the National Capital Craft Beer Week, which kicks off this Friday at D’Arcy McGee’s. The kickoff party runs from 6-9 and admission is free. In addition to the obligatory craft beer, the party will feature music from Andre and the J-Tones, and so the funk will most certainly be brought. The festival continues through the 18th with plenty of... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in O-town

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Humidity is down this weekend, folks, so all you need is sunscreen and you should be fine outside. And who wouldn’t want to be outdoors for the most creatively named festival of the summer: Zaphodsfestamusica?! What would you do with the Voice of Fire if you could have it for a day? Artist Rene Price will talk about this contentious painting and his weekend with it down at Blink Gallery this weekend. Afterward, take a little wander through Beechwood with the Photo Walk - or stop by the Printmakers Connective Exhibition... | Continue reading article

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One soundtrack to bring them all and in the darkness bind them!

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The low driving bass notes that told you Jaws was on his way, the nerve-jangling screeching of strings from Hitchcock’s Psycho that changed showering forever, the brazen trumpets of the Star Wars theme that gave you hope for the rebel alliance, these are all quintessential examples of the importance of music in spinning a tale.  Without music, these iconic films lack the same emotive quality they have when backed by a well-executed score. Music helps set the tone, foreshadow events – in essence, tell the story. One such epic saga... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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For those of you sweltering out there today, we’ve got good news – while we can’t control the weather, we can suggest oh-so-cool things for you to do this weekend. And if all of these activities sound like too much work in this heat, just park yourself at Feverfest or the Jazz Festival all weekend long! We’re giving away tickets to some shows at the Jazz Festival – find out how you can win below. Tonight, head down to the Fringe Festival to catch Mabel’s Last Performance (stellar review over... | Continue reading article

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Existential filmaking in the heart of Little Italy

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Video of the construction of Gott Ist Tot’s set in Little Italy. A long-awaited dream comes true in the form of a short film for Ottawa Producer Marc-Antoine Cuerrier. “Doing this movie is definitely a check mark on my to-do list,” said Cuerrier. On April 14, 2012 after installing the green screen, cameras, among other essentials, the sci-fi drama entitled Gott Ist Tot (God is dead), directed by Chris Chitaroni, started becoming reality in a small studio in Little Italy. The title emanates from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous words... | Continue reading article

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A film fest is born: Interview with Asinabka’s Howard Adler

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Next month from June 19 to 24, Ottawa’s newest yearly film festival will be born. The Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival will highlight aboriginal artists and issues while entertaining the masses. Howard Adler, one of the festival’s co-directors, sat down with Apartment613′s Alessandro Marcon to discuss Asinabka, aboriginal cinema and The Business of Fancydancing. Apt613: Hi Howard, Can you tell us about the Asinabka festival? What is it and what can people expect to see at events? Howard Adler: Asinabka is an Indigenous themed film and media arts festival, taking... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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The Bronson Centre is a happening place this weekend, people – the Joel Plaskett Emergency and Frank Turner tonight, and Measha Brueggergosman Friday night – both shows that promise to bring it. Tonight you can also get your punk/hardcore fix with Dayglo Abortions and EndPrograms at Mavericks, while jazz aficionados can hear inspirations from Dave Frishberg’s songs. Also? The Wooden Sky is out at the Black Sheep – their indie rockings are well worth the trek out there. Rawbeat rockers StillNative will stop by The Daily Grind on Friday, while... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in Ottawa

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With our Neighbourhood Wars just around the corner, we’re extra sensitive to any neighbourhood-specific activities going on. Want chickens in your backyard? Curious about how a neighbourhood, razed 50 years ago, is going to stage a comeback? You’ve got ‘hood options for this weekend, folks. And for the rest of the weekend, you can bust out your Scrabble board, actually Bust a Move, or experience Shakespeare’s Interactive Circus. If you like bustin’ a move, this is your weekend of endless dance parties. Start out with the Electric Ballroom at Zaphod’s... | Continue reading article

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Best Music Video by a Local Artist

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What makes a great music video? An awesome song helps for sure, but the best videos makes full use of both mediums by combining a catchy tune with eye-popping cinematography. The combination of Juno fever with a bout of crappy spring weather last weekend put us in the mood to go searching on YouTube for the best of what the local music scene has to offer. We also asked the Ottawa twitterati to help us out. The result was our five picks for the best videos to have come out of Ottawa.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Happy World Water Day, Ottawa! Pour yourself a celebratory glass of the stuff and head over to enjoy all things H2O down at Raw Sugar tonight. Music wise, things will be busy over at Babylon on Friday night. The Nearly Naked Truth fundraiser for Planned Parenthood kicks off the evening, featuring Rockalily Burlesque and DJ Bad Guy. Later that night, the decks will be passed to a plethora of local DJs from Ottawa’s best dance parties to raise a few funds for CHUO. While The Pelts take to the Rainbow,... | Continue reading article

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