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Ottawa’s first ever Burlesque Fest debuts this weekend

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Coney Bow from Auckland, performing on Saturday night. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Burlesque Festival.Coney Bow from Auckland, performing on Saturday night. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Burlesque Festival.

It isn’t all Christina Aguilera and Cher singing “Show Me How You Burlesque” in sequined costumes. It’s a form of art. Well, maybe it’s a little about the sequins and singing as Ottawa’s first ever Burlesque Festival debuts this weekend with an exceptionally diverse roster of performers. “There’s a hint of what you see in movies actually in the real thing,” said James Demjan, festival co-founder. But movies like Burlesque (2010) and even further back to Moulin Rouge (2001) are a driving force behind reducing the stigma surrounding the sultry... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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You’d think that with back to school and the re-start that comes every September, things would quiet down around the city. Except it’s Ottawa, where we organize as many events as possible to take advantage of any warm-ish weather. Spend the whole weekend outdoors at the Ottawa Folk Fest, with a diverse line-up that includes everyone from Lorde to The Wiggles to The National to Wooden Sky. They’ve also got a Food Truck Rally and a Craft Beer House to keep you satiated all weekend long. If you’re in the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Jean Grae, scheduled to perform at House of PainT on Friday, September 5. Photo from her Facebook page.Jean Grae, scheduled to perform at House of PainT on Friday, September 5. Photo from her Facebook page.

This weekend is a big one for hip hop in the city, with House of PainT happening, all weekend long! Thursday marks Day 1 of House of PainT, and the OG 500 Poetry Slam and Art Expo at the Mayfair Theatre. 12 spoken word poets will go head-to-head, for a chance at the 500$ grand prize. This year’s slam features Urban Legends team captain, ApollotheChild, and 2012′s UL team captain, King Kimbit. Best of all, the event is free for Carleton University students! There is also a Bluesprint Series Showcase happening... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.

The long weekend is upon us, Ottawans! Kick things off with Soup Ottawa, the local micro-grant participatory dinner event. Who doesn’t love soup, and who doesn’t love hearing great ideas? This event has plenty of both. My Summer Crush improv series continues, tickling your funny bone with some musical comedy, Ladystache from Toronto, and a few late night laughs. Burlesque and comedy come together at Tits + Giggles, the monthly show at Zaphod’s. Local indie artist Farewell Davidson plays Thursday evening at Festival House, while Moon Destroyer and Brandon Allan play... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is the kind of jam packed weekend where there is so much going on, you’re going to wish that you could be in more than one place at once. With both Capital Pride and Arboretum Arts Festival spanning the whole weekend, there is more than enough to keep even the busiest of bees busied. Thursday marks the final day to catch World Press Photos at the War Museum. A compilation of the year’s best in photojournalism, it is something you want to be sure not to miss. After the War... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.

This long weekend, for those who are lucky enough, sees July roll into August and for those not taking off to spend it lakeside, there is plenty going on in this great city. As always, we here at Apt613 like to keep you in the know, so here you have it: the Weekend Roundup! Thursday night starts the fun early with an evening of dancing under the stars at Open Air Social Club’s POP Edition held at Parliament Pub, with Matty McGovern and Atherton. If POP is not your thing,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

It’s shaping up to be a lovely weekend, Ottawa. Get out and enjoy the city! If you’re hankering for a trip across the ocean but your budget won’t allow it, head to the Parkdale Market for Paris in July – Ottawa Velo Vogue and The Studio Cafe are teaming up to help you create a whimsical French market scene. Tonight, creativity will explode at Club SAW, where House of PainT’s Recognize. fundraiser is happening. They’ll have six visual artists creating new works on 14 different bar stools (donated by Union613),... | Continue reading article

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Punkpocalypse takes Montebello by storm: A review of Amnesia Rockfest 2014

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An estimated 200,000 colourful revellers decended on Montebello for the 9th annual Amnesia Rockfest over the weekend. Photo by Emily Fudakowski.An estimated 200,000 colourful revellers decended on Montebello for the 9th annual Amnesia Rockfest over the weekend. Photo by Emily Fudakowski.

The little festival that could may be all grown up, but Amnesia Rockfest remains the laid back, gritty punkpocalypse it always was. The community ball diamond, cement bleachers and tiny beer shack I remember from my first Rockfest four years ago are long gone and organizers have finally figured out how to tend to the toilet needs of thousands of beer guzzling rockers with mega munchies — particularly on days like Saturday when Cypress Hill took to the stage and the entire grounds erupted in a plume of pot smoke.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + movie pass giveaway

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It’s set to be another busy, sunny Ottawa weekend, folks – this week, we’re giving away tickets to the first-run screenings of We Are the Best down at the Bytowne. Read on to find out how you can win! Ottawa Explosion Weekend kicked off their music festival last night, but don’t worry – you’ve got plenty of chances to catch the rest. Ottawa band The Tropical Dripps starts off the night at Club Saw tonight, and the rest of the weekend features shows by The Creeps, New Swears, Slow Mover... | Continue reading article

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Best of: Ottawa’s dance parties

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The Kitchen Party dance floor. Photo from Hobo & SweetCheeks' Facebook page. Credit: Rémi Thériault.The Kitchen Party dance floor. Photo from Hobo & SweetCheeks' Facebook page. Credit: Rémi Thériault.

Ottawa is home to a bunch of great DJs who host creative and eclectic events that are worth checking out. Nearly every weekend there are awesome dance parties held in pubs, clubs, restaurants, and one what-used-to-be jail throughout the city. There’s more to Ottawa than the Byward Market – especially when it comes to dancing. For those of you who like to dance, here’s a list of some of the best dance parties being held regularly in our city: Timekode Held on the third Friday of every month, Timekode is... | Continue reading article

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