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New Year’s Eve in Ottawa, 2014

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Photo by ludovick on Flickr.Photo by ludovick on Flickr.

It’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for New Year’s Eve, is it? Luckily, you have a number of fantastic parties to choose from around our great city. Wherever you end up December 31st, remember to stay safe and have fun! If you’re looking for an extravagant night, the Mad Hatter’s NYE Party is the perfect opportunity to don your most outrageous, fabulous attire for an Alice in Wonderland-themed event. You could also choose to combat the cold at the Canadian War Museum’s festive Havana Nights, a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and there’s much happening about, with so much going on, do get out of the house… For all you creative-types, Spins & Needles hosting Holi-DIY & DJ Party at Pressed this Thursday night. Come out and enjoy some funk, techno, and house beats spun by local DJs Jason Skilz, D-Mass, and Grumpy B and create some holiday themed creations. All supplies are included within the 10$ cover to the event. Follow up the funk with some new wave music at New Wave night at OZ... | Continue reading article

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Jeremy Shaw’s Variation FQ on display at the NGC

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Still from Variation FQ by Jeremy Shaw, 2011-13. 16 mm b/w film, 11:02 minutes.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2013 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation. Photo by Jeremy Shaw.Still from Variation FQ by Jeremy Shaw, 2011-13. 16 mm b/w film, 11:02 minutes. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2013 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation. Photo by Jeremy Shaw.

Post by Nicole Hurtubise. I can recall a significant part of my childhood when my sister and I were left to the company of the television. Hours spent in the glow of its presence, watched or unwatched as we played, fought or just passed the time staring into its light. Ubiquitous within those long glowing Winnipeg afternoons were NFB shorts, the Log Driver’s Waltz, The Sweater, Canada Vignettes and the short films of Norman McLaren. These came to us in the moments between TV shows. Waiting for Degrassi or the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Originals ticket giveaway

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Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa, we really should have seen this coming after yesterday’s storm warning about the Dec 10th snowfall. Now, I know how tempting it is to shake down the nearest grocery store for all the egg nog they have in stock and take to the couch until it all goes away, but you would be missing out on incredible activities this weekend like Shopify’s Makers Market, Maxwell’s Bistro Strip Cheese III: Return of the Cheese Burlesque show, or the Berdy Elegance Networking Event for fashionable men. Let’s start with Friday. ‘Makers... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + ticket giveaway

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Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.

This first weekend of the final month of the year has arrived and it seems as though the snow and cold is here to stay! Not to worry, we’ve got plenty going on to cheer up those winter blues this weekend. As always, there is plenty of music happening. Thursday night brings a night of jazz, with the Craig Pedersen Quartet at Raw Sugar. For those of you that love folk, Raw Sugar is the place to be on Friday night. Krista Muir and Friends will be putting on an... | Continue reading article

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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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Three up-and-coming ballet stars + Nutcracker ticket giveaway

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From left to right: Mikayla Shepertycki, Xander Sen and Adeline Campbell PrestFrom left to right: Mikayla Shepertycki, Xander Sen and Adeline Campbell Prest

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to the December 3 performance of the Nutcracker by the Alberta Ballet at the National Arts Centre.  To enter the contest send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “Nutcracker Contest” by 3 pm Thursday, November 27.  The winners will be picked by random draw and contacted on Thursday evening. According to the legendary painter Pablo Picasso, every act of creation is first an act of destruction. This intriguing observation could be applied to local teenager Xander Sen, whose passion for... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Les suggestions @Basement819

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Photo by Juan Monroy from Flickr.Photo by Juan Monroy from Flickr.

Winter is here (yuck) and so is the weekend (yay)! For those of you who have not begun your winter hibernation just yet, there is plenty to do out-and-about in Ottawa. Keep warm this weekend with a glass of bourbon, at the first ever Ottawa Bourbon Week, which kicks off this Friday night at Two Six {Ate}. Beginning this weekend, and continuing on through next week, you can enjoy some delicious drinks paired with inventive eats at some of the best venues in the city – all in honour of... | Continue reading article

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Come see the hypnotic steps of Israel’s L-E-V

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Photo by Christopher Duggan courtesy of the NACPhoto by Christopher Duggan courtesy of the NAC

Jerusalem-born Sharon Eyal can be considered among the top dancers to have come out of Israel. Born in 1971, the talented performer danced with the internationally acclaimed Batsheva Dance Company from 1990 to 2008.  She also served as the company’s associate artistic director from 2005-2012 and house choreographer from 2005 to 2012. After more than two decades with the Tel Aviv-based Batsheva, Eyal launched her own dance company L-E-V in 2013 with her longtime collaborator Gai Behar. Meaning “heart” in Hebrew, L-E-V performs this evening at the National Arts Centre for a one-night... | Continue reading article

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Pay your respects to the late Pina Bausch this weekend at the NAC

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Photo courtesy of the NACPhoto courtesy of the NAC

The late Pina Bausch, who died in 2009, was a legend in modern dance.  Through her works as a performer, dance teacher, choreographer and ballet director the renowned German artist is credited with creating dance theatre. Audiences from the National Capital Region can now see this cutting-edge work first hand, when Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch – the company that Bausch founded – performs Vollmond this evening (November 7) and tomorrow at the National Arts Centre in two highly anticipated shows.  Both performances start at 8 pm. “This is the Canadian premiere of a work that Pina... | Continue reading article

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