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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.

The weekend is here and winter weather may have us all inclined to make like bears and hibernate until warmer weather arrives, but I promise you that you won’t want to sleep through this weekend’s events! Fans of the Bluth family – Raw Sugar is hosting Arrested Development Trivia tonight at 7pm! Grab 3 friends, 5$ (that’s half the cost of a banana!), and be sure to arrive early – there is room for 15 teams and this party is going to be off the hook! The first Double Barrel... | Continue reading article

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Dance shows to raise money for youth mental health

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Photo courtesy of Jessica ShawPhoto courtesy of Jessica Shaw

For a second straight year, young dancers from the National Capital Region will be performing as part of a charity fundraiser that fosters social charge through dance. Dancers Give Back was originally founded in the United States in 2008 by Ali Dietz and her mother Mary Alice Dietz.  The first event was organised to help Ali’s friend Jacquie Hirsch, who was then suffering from leukemia, pay for her medical bills. While sadly Jacquie has since passed away, this original fundraiser has grown into a movement that has now spread to... | Continue reading article

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Moss Park is a brutally honest play

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Emma Slipp and Graeme McComb in Moss ParkEmma Slipp and Graeme McComb in Moss Park

Is it really necessary to always find meaning in pain and suffering?  For many people, finding lessons in sorrow is a necessity, because otherwise what is the point of experiencing anguish. But what if we can’t find any answers, let alone wisdom, from misery?  This question arose in my mind after watching Moss Park, which is running at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until February 8. This hard-hitting play tells the story of Tina and Bobby, two struggling people in their 20s who live in the inner city. Tina (played... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo courtesy of Snowday.Photo courtesy of Snowday.

This weekend is heavy with Friday events, with your pick of the mix from music to art and theatre filling the days and nights around it. Make sure to get in on some Robbie Burns celebrations this weekend honouring the famed Scottish poet and lyricist. Typical celebrations include whiskey tastings, indulging in some Scottish cuisine and readings of his most famous poems. And of course, another installment of Nature Nocturne, celebrating the Lunar Year Year with Chinatown Remixed. Tonight, the Ottawa Art Gallery opens a collection of exhibits running until... | Continue reading article

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Motion happened last friday and it was crazy

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Photo from the Bydek Group Inc Facebook page. Credit: Alex BraultPhoto from the Bydek Group Inc Facebook page. Credit: Alex Brault

On Friday night Motion happened at Barrymore’s and they had an insane turnout. Bydek Group, DNA Presents and Straight Goods were all big name organizers for the show and worked collaboratively to bring an all Canadian show to the stage. Their efforts certainly didn’t go unnoticed. The show was crazy. If you want a little taste of what you missed, Serk The Turk did a mini video that you can watch that recaps the night perfectly. The event featured Keys ‘N Krates with Thugli, and had support from locals Iggy... | Continue reading article

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Atwood’s classic sci-fi book as told through ballet + ticket giveaway

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Photo by Vince Pahkala courtesy of the NACPhoto by Vince Pahkala courtesy of the NAC

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to see The Handmaid’s Tale at the National Arts Centre on Thursday, January 22.  To enter the contest email apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line: “The Handmaid’s Tale – Contest” by noon Tuesday, January 20.  The winner will be notified on Tuesday afternoon. Margaret Atwood’s famous novel The Handmaid’s Tale is one of most successful literary works by a Canadian author.  In addition to winning a Governor General’s Award, it has been turned into a movie, an opera, play and radio drama. You can now add ballet... | Continue reading article

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Nature Nocturne celebrates the Lunar New Year with Chinatown Remixed

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Photo from the Nature Nocturne Facebook page.Photo from the Nature Nocturne Facebook page.

Looking for a way to continue the holiday celebrations? Why not celebrate the Lunar New Year, with the Museum of Nature and Chinatown Remixed at this year’s first Nature Nocturne? This is the second year that the Chinatown Remixed Collective will be partnering with the Museum of Nature to celebrate the Lunar New Year – and what a fitting year it is. For those of you unfamiliar with the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the goat. A symbol of the arts and nature, the goat represents colour, tranquility,... | Continue reading article

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Dance show explores the wonder of music and art

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Photo courtesy of the NACPhoto courtesy of the NAC

Montreal-based Marie Chouinard is known around the world as an inventive and fiery performer/choreographer of contemporary dance. The New York Times has called her work “a hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness,” while the Globe and Mail has declared her shows to be a, “grand adventure for the viewer.” Having performed several times in Ottawa over the years, this renowned artist is now back with Compagnie Marie Chouinard, the dance company she founded in 1990, as she presents two of her recent works at the National Arts Centre for a one-night only performance... | Continue reading article

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New year, new hashtag!

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Photo by Colin White.Photo by Colin White.

With the first Weekend Roundup of the year around the corner, we have exciting news for you all – the Apt613 Weekend HashtagProject is back! New year, new hashtag: #apt613wknd There are all kinds of wonderful things happening in this city all the time – especially on the weekends – and we want to be sure to see them! Hashtag all your photos from the weekend’s events and we will feature some of the best on our Instagram feed. Go out, do things, have fun, and take photos!

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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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