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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This next few days look very promising: when we’ve got something like FerretFest happening, the weekend has to be great. Tonight, Arboretum Arts Festival brings PHÈDRE, Boyhood and Ken Park to Pressed, while there’s a 60s Franco-jazz revival down at Maxwell’s with Les Petits Fours and The Sick Sick Sicks. Tomorrow, Zaphods has a night of rock/pop with Eric Gilmore and The Mad Hatters, along with The City Gates and By The Lights. Down at the Sheep, you’ll find Claude Munson and the Storm Outside, while it’s a crazy dance party... | Continue reading article

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Tango Legends come to the NAC stage

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The tango has always had a special place in my heart.  When I was a young boy, I was enthralled by family stories about how my grandfather in Chile danced this passionate baile, whose eroticism and sense of danger was intoxicating. Years later as a young man, I traveled to Argentina where I watched in awe regular people dance gorgeous tango in a public plaza.  One of my favourite souvenirs from this trip is a photograph of two women dancing the tango, as a sign overhead in Spanish reads, “If I... | Continue reading article

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With raw physical energy, dance show explores human relations and desire (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo by  Marie Philibert-Dubois Photo by Marie Philibert-Dubois

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to the Friday, April 4, performance by la compagnie Virginie Brunelle.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com by 4 pm today, April 1, with the subject line “Virginie Brunelle NAC Contest”.  We will randomly pick both winners after the 4 pm deadline. Many human relationships radiate with sexual energy.  How we face such situations often tells us a lot about how honest we are being with ourselves. One artistic group that is not shy about exploring human desire is la compagnie Virginie Brunelle. Founded in 2009, the Montreal-based group... | Continue reading article

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The Broadway genius of Kander and Ebb arrives in Ottawa (+ ticket giveaway)

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Saturday, April 5, show of All That Jazz at the National Arts Centre.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com by 3 pm Tuesday, April 1, with the subject line “All That Jazz Contest”.  We will randomly pick a winner after the 3 pm deadline. Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb wrote some of the most memorable songs in Broadway history.  Their brilliant body of work includes such classic musicals as Chicago, the Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. This fantastic repertoire... | Continue reading article

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Review: Rodin/Claudel is a beautiful and sensual tour de force

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If you love ballet, then please do yourself a favour and go see Rodin/Claudel that is playing at the National Arts Centre until Friday, March 29. Performed by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, this neoclassical ballet tells the story of the turbulent romance between famous French sculptors Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel. After attending the opening day performance yesterday, I fell in love with this Canadian-made work. There are so many things to love about this ballet.  There is the 12-member ensemble (six women and six men) who brilliantly play the role of sculptures.  Representing the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So this weekend is a weekend of choices – you’re going to have to make some tough ones, since the city is hopping. In the music world tonight, you’ve got your pick of indie darlings Basia Bulat and The Head and The Heart, or a bit of a pop punk party with Andrew W.K., We were Sharks, and Robots! Everywhere!!, or some wild trombone down at Zaphods. Just in case that wasn’t enough, Claude Munson and the Storm Outside will be down at the Mercury Lounge. Friday brings indie rockers... | Continue reading article

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Ballet production of Romeo and Juliet comes to Centrepointe Theatre in Nepean

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Photo by Charlene McIntosh Photo by Charlene McIntosh

Eating well and promoting the arts have important things in common.  Let me explain. If you want to eat healthy food, make sure that fruits and vegetables are in the front of your refrigerator.  Why?  People gravitate to what is closest to them. The same goes for the arts.  If you want a large number of people to attend artistic performances – be it the ballet, musical concerts or gallery showings – then you should organize them in easy to reach spots. For more than 25 years, Ballet Jörgen has... | Continue reading article

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Canadian-made ballet recounts fiery love affair between two legendary artists (+ ticket giveaway)

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We are giving away two pair of tickets to the opening night of Rodin/Claudel on Thursday, March 27. To enter email apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “NAC Ballet Contest” by noon Monday, March 24.  The two winners will be contacted on Monday afternoon. Auguste Rodin is one of the most famous sculptors of all time.  His brilliant body of work includes The Thinker, an iconic piece first unveiled more than 100 years ago, as well as his masterpiece The Gates of Hell, which  was inspired by the first part of Dante’s epic... | Continue reading article

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The World of Dance Shakes Up the Kapital

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Photo from shenkmanarts.ca.Photo from shenkmanarts.ca.

Ottawa, it’s time to let loose! Shake your hips! Flare your hands! Stomp and kick your feet! The sensual sights and sounds of world dance are coming to Ottawa this weekend for the Dans/ce Kapital Festival. Organizer Saveeta Sharma’s infectious love of dance and desire to share its beauty are apparent “When I came to Ottawa, there was little dance activity in the community. Having grown up with dance, … I wanted a platform that I could use to introduce all types of dances to the Ottawa community.” Sharma is... | Continue reading article

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Timekode makes moves

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Photo from Timekode's Facebook page.Photo from Timekode's Facebook page.

It was on an unusually warm, sunny day in January when Zattar, one of Timekode’s DJs, received word that the Eri was closing. The abnormally nice weather for this abysmal winter helped to ease the blow, but as the sun set and the weather changed, so did Zattar’s mood. An extraordinary sense of nostalgia took over and he sent a text to fellow TK DJ, Memetic, to break the news. Memetic was on his way back to Ottawa after holidays, when he turned on his phone in the Toronto airport... | Continue reading article

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