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Oh boy, Dirty Dancing the musical is pretty bad

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Photo by David ScheinmannPhoto by David Scheinmann

Here at Apartment613 we tend to be fairly positive.  When we are asked to review a play, concert, musical or art exhibit, we like to focus on the good aspects and give constructive criticism whenever possible. It therefore takes a really unusual situation for us to declare, “wow, that performance was really, really terrible.”  The musical Dirty Dancing, currently playing at the National Arts Centre until Sunday, April 19, is an example of such a situation. How bad was it?  My date for the opening night on Tuesday left at... | Continue reading article

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New dance season at the NAC looks fantastic

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Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  Over the next few days, Apartment613 will preview what local audiences can expect in the near future.  Today we review the upcoming dance season at the National Arts Centre. Whenever someone complains that Ottawa is not a world-class city when it comes to the arts, I quickly turn their attention to the fabulous dance program at the National Arts Centre. Year after year, the NAC showcases some of the best dance artists in the world, in a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.

This weekend was quick to arrive after the Easter break and we are back at it with another weekend full of greatness. Get Fresh tonight at Babylon, with a showcase of Ottawa’s hip hop community. There will be performances by Lost Kids, Ivan Ndikuriyo, and Cee Craig Thorn and beat showcases by Prophet-One One-Produkshuns and Andre King Thibault. That won’t be all, though; be sure to check out the event page for a full list of artists. Coming off of Versefest, you can catch Urban Legends and their April feature... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Emmett Morrison

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Photo courtesy of Emmett Morrison.Photo courtesy of Emmett Morrison.

Emmett Morrison’s love of records was passed on to him at a very young age by his parents. They both shared a love of music and there was always something spinning on the record player. His parents would take him on weekly trips to the record store to add to their impressive collection and, naturally, it followed that Emmett began collecting records himself. As Emmett became older, his love of records grew, and just over 11 years ago he started DJing. His DJing career began when a few friends, who... | Continue reading article

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Ballet brings the magic of Wonderland to NAC stage + ticket giveaway

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Sonia Rodriguez in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Photo by Bruce Zinger 
courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada.Sonia Rodriguez in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Photo by Bruce Zinger courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the evening performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Sunday, April 12.  To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “Ballet Contest – Alice in Wonderland” by 2 pm Thursday, April 2.  The winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Thursday afternoon. Lewis Carroll’s classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has inspired artists for more than 150 years.  Whether through theatrical adaptations, modern operas or even art exhibits, this timeless children’s story has captured the imagination... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the first weekend of…spring? Ok, so, just because it is technically “spring”, doesn’t mean that it necessarily feels like it. We can’t promise this weekend’s weather will be any warmer, but we can promise plenty of fun stuff happening in the city. Oz Kafe kicks off the weekend tonight with Reggae Night. Join Memetic, Jas Nasty, and Chris International for a Dark N’ Stormy while they spin some great reggae. Workshop Studio Boutique is hosting their 8th Annual Spring Trunk Sale kick off party tonight, from 6-9pm. If... | 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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The modern beauty of L.A. Dance Project

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Photo of Aaron Carr and Rachelle Rafailedes in Moving Parts by Laurent PhilippePhoto of Aaron Carr and Rachelle Rafailedes in Moving Parts by Laurent Philippe

Do you love dance? Looking for something fun to do on Wednesday evening?  Then consider checking out the L.A. Dance Project performance tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the National Arts Centre. Founded in 2012, this modern dance company is dedicated to creating new works as well as reviving seminal pieces. Two original works are on the programme for Wednesday’s show at the NAC.  Moving Parts (see below for an excerpt) is choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, the new Director of the Paris Opera Ballet and a co-founder of L.A. Dance Project. Millepied created Moving Parts... | Continue reading article

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The mesmerizing drums and dance of Kodo

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Photo by Takashi Okamoto courtesy of the NACPhoto by Takashi Okamoto courtesy of the NAC

For more than three decades, Japan’s performing arts ensemble Kodo have been captivating audiences around the world with their brilliant shows that combine taiko drumming, dance and theatre. No stranger to Canada’s capital city – previous performances in Ottawa have sold out – the internationally renowned group is now back to perform Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery at the National Arts Centre.  This one-night only show, which features a cast of 26 musicians and dancers, takes places on Monday, March 9 at 8 pm. For those not familiar with Kodo’s work, the popular group performs taiko drumming, an... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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