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Magnetic North Festival: From brilliant street theatre to great stage shows

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Image: Courtesy of Mercury Opera (Edmonton)Fiamma! An Operascape Image: Courtesy of Mercury Opera (Edmonton)

For more than 10 years, the Ottawa-based Magnetic North Theatre Festival has brought great performances to audiences in the National Capital Region, as well as communities across the country. What makes Magnetic North unique from other theatre festivals in Canada, however, is its special mandate to travel across our vast land.  While the festival takes place in Ottawa every second year (including 2015), in other years it occurs in other communities. Since first launching in 2003, the festival has gone to Edmonton(2004), St. Johns (2006), Vancouver(2008), Kitchener-Waterloo(2010), Calgary(2012) and Halifax (2014).... | 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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Ottawa’s Children’s Festival offers magical joy

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Video of Les Parfaits Inconnus courtesy of YouTube My daughter’s eyes sparkled — her mouth open in disbelief — as she witnessed the remarkable acrobatic routine that was taking place on stage. With five chairs stacked like a game of Jenga beneath him, the performer used his impressive strength to balance himself like an Olympic gymnast.  Adults and children alike were gobsmacked by the amazing display of skill by the Quebec circus arts ensemble Les Parfaits Inconnus, which combine music, acrobatics, juggling and comedy to produce one mightily impressive show. Welcome to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also the start of Hintonburg Happening which highlights the beauty and eclectic collection of businesses in the Hintonburg area. Those events alone could keep you busy for a weekend, but just in case they don’t Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

True to form, the arrival of spring has brought with it spring showers. A weekend of rain may be in store for us this week, but we’ve got plenty going on to brighten up the mood. Head over to Ritual Nightclub tonight, for a hip hop showcase from the 613 to the 416. The Home Invasion Show has brought us some of the best hip hop talent from this part of the province. Friday night Urban Legends is back with a special twist on their usual form. This time ’round,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Originals Spring Craft Sale ticket giveaway

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Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".

As we blow past the middle of April, the springtime clothing swaps, wine & food shows and all ages events begin again. This weekend holds its usual eclectic array of music and family fun, with a few things like fan fiction readings, burlesque shows and an Aboriginal arts fundraiser thrown in for variety. Friday afternoon the Bridgehead on Bank and Gilmour is home base for the International Anti-Street Harassment Week put on by Hollaback! Ottawa at 3pm. They’re joining the movement to Stop Telling Women To Smile with a postering... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Scattered Clouds. Photo from their Bandcamp page.Scattered Clouds. Photo from their Bandcamp page.

This first weekend of April brings warmer weather and the passing of annual prankster day. With all the festival lineups being released, it finally feels like the fun can start. This weekend is an excellent opportunity to pick up something new with a Bubble Soccer Tourament, Glass Blowing and free hot dog parties. Thursday evening marks Fringe Festivals annual Stiff Quickies fundraiser. This collection of short films, tall drinks and deep pockets is the primary fundraiser for Fringe Festival and takes place at Arts Court with some of the best... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + subDevision ticket giveaway!

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The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.

This weekend has an intense lineup of music for all ages and genres with vintage pop ups, trivia nights and film festivals to round out activities for everyone. Spring is in the air, and everyone is itching to pack up the layers and get out into the fresh, crisp air. Lets start with he events that are running all weekend. In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Ostend will be at the Canadian Film Institute until March 28th. Tickets are free for Carleton University students, and can otherwise... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.

March has begun and with it the event season begins to rev back up. People will start to release albums in the coming months, there will be garage sales galore, and everyone’s mood improves. There’s plenty of comedy, art and music coming up this weekend to kick off some March madness! Start things off by listening to awesome people candidly talk about one of their biggest professional failures with this new monthly event, now in it’s 3rd edition: Fuck Up Nights Ottawa. On Friday, Saw Gallery has By Any Means:... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.

We’ve got a well rounded weekend ahead of us complete with art shows, killer music and SNL veteran cast members coming to town to entertain. Support artistic representation, local music and laugh yourself into good health all weekend long! This Friday in art we have Sacred Defiance at PDA projects. Aydin Matlabi commemorative exhibition pays respects to the fallen soldiers from the Iranian war. The portraits represent what the soldiers might have looked like in various calm, composed, and faithful poses in a bold contrast to the violence and needless... | Continue reading article

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