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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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Toronto supergroup, Sheezer hits Zaphod’s on Thursday

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Sheezer, from left to right:  Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.Sheezer, from left to right: Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.

We often have the strongest attachments to music we listen to in our teens. Members of Sheezer, like many of their listeners, discovered the angsty alternative rock band Weezer at a formative time in their lives.  On October 23rd, Ottawans will have the opportunity to relive their own teen years when Sheezer plays at Zaphod’s. As their name suggests, Sheezer is a group of female musicians who play covers of Weezer songs. The band is something of a Toronto supergroup: members of the band also play or have played in... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: The Seventh String by Snowday

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Photo from snowdaymusic.ca.Photo from snowdaymusic.ca.

Though Snowday is about to release their debut album, As We Travel, on November 25, this “chillout electronic duo” have been making beautiful music together for over eight years. Bonded by a mutual love of underground hip-hop and inspired by the sounds of Brian Eno and Steve Reich, these friends (Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner) will be bringing their laid back sounds to Ottawa this weekend. “The Seventh String” is the first single from their forthcoming album and one of six videos produced in a series of live recordings called... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.

As we move out of a warm week of beautiful weather and into the third weekend of this great month, we have a whole lot of music (and plenty more) in store for you. Thursday is World Food Day and the Good Food Box is hosting a World Food Day Ottawa event at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. There, you can enjoy some delicious bannock and learn about sustainable food production. With bellies full, there is still room to savour some art. Thursday night marks the vernissage of Claudia... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Montreal's Maica Mia play Pressed on Saturday Night. Photo from their Bandcamp page.Montreal's Maica Mia play Pressed on Saturday Night. Photo from their Bandcamp page.

Thanksgiving weekend is upon us, and with that marks the season where the outdoor activities wind down and the indoor activities rev up. There’s plenty of Thanksgiving themed fun all over the city, and whether you’ve got kids or you’re still one yourself, make sure you get out and enjoy all the fall festivities. Saturday starts with the Metcalfe Farmers Market during the day at the Metcalfe Fairgrounds. Starting at 6:30am, The Farmers Market promises farm fresh produce, plants, pottery and furniture.  Only two weekends are left in its season,... | Continue reading article

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Mesmerising dance show coming to NAC (+ ticket giveaway)

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Louise Lecavalier (photo courtesy of the NAC)Louise Lecavalier (photo courtesy of the NAC)

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Louise Lecavalier’s October 9 performance at the National Arts Centre.  To enter the draw, email apartment613@gmail.com by 2 pm Tuesday, October 7, with the subject line “Louise Lecavalier contest”.  The winner will be notified on late Tuesday afternoon. World renowned Canadian dancer Lousie Lecavalier is an iconic figure in contemporary dance.  Her sparkling resume – and oh boy, what a resume! – is testament to her incredible skill and talent, which has won her admirers around the globe. Among her numerous accolades,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Beach House giveaway

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Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.

Welcome to the greatest month of the year (please forgive my personal bias)! Apples, pumpkins, leaves, layers, and Halloween! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – there is a ton of awesome events happening this weekend. A great start to a great month! This weekend is launch weekend for Support Local, a month long festival of art, culture, food, music, beer, and all around local awesomeness. With over 75 participants, including restaurants, shops, and our homegrown artists, this month is chock full of fun things to do and see,... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: We build this city

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It’s clear that there’s a lot of love for Ottawa these days. Heck, our city is even shaped like a heart. And so, to show our love for this city, we’ve brought Support Local month back for its fourth year. What is Support Local? It’s a month-long series of unique, collaborative events, showcasing the best our creative side has to offer. We’ve got breweries taking over restaurants, crafters making small special batches of goods, and an awesome day out in Almonte on the 25th with pop-up shops and patio parties... | Continue reading article

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