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Experience traditional Kozak Tavern at Ukrainian Fest’s pub night

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UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.

Korchma is the word for “tavern” in Ukrainian – and that’s exactly what the Ukrainian Banquet Hall at 100 Byron Avenue will become on the opening day of the first Capital Ukrainian Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 24 with a pub night and musical performances from Ottawa’s own UKRAINIA and Toronto’s Lemon-Bucket Orkestra. UKRAINIA, a band of four energetic men with guitar, bass and drums, is bound to steal your heart and get your feet moving with what their website deems “traditionally-based Ukrainian music [that] has been... | Continue reading article

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Dance capital: Escapade festival winds up for a sixth booming year

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Joe Ghost performing at Escapade 2014. Photo from @escapademf on Instagram.Joe Ghost performing at Escapade 2014. Photo from @escapademf on Instagram.

On June 27-28 the Escapade Music Festival is bringing a stacked lineup of electronic dance legends and emerging artists to the Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre for its triumphant return to Ottawa. Headliners include the world renowned Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren and dance music forefather Carl Cox. These men have more than 40 years of success between them, and they’ve never stopped pushing the boundaries of today’s electronic music. Both play on June 28. Coming to Ottawa for the first time is the Australian dance duo Knife Party, who take... | Continue reading article

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every one everyone an all-encompassing, craniospacial experience

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every one everyone. Photo from shannoncooney.org.every one everyone. Photo from shannoncooney.org.

For enlightened types, every one everyone, co-presented by the Ottawa Dance Directive as part of Canada Dance Festival, could be awe-inspiring, and uniting, allowing one to connect on a deeper level with other people. For me, it was a panic attack. every one everyone, masterpiece of Berlin-based choreographer, dancer, and dance educator, Shannon Cooney, is a unique all-encompassing experience, and one that I certainly will not forget. Upon arrival at the serene and dimly lit ODD BOX, we were welcomed to remove our shoes if we felt so inclined and... | Continue reading article

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Wonderful outdoor dance show is pure artistic gold

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Photo by Cameron MacLennan courtesy of Canada Dance FestivalPhoto by Cameron MacLennan courtesy of Canada Dance Festival

This past Saturday I got a glimpse into the future of dance and oh boy is it ever good. For one brilliant hour in the afternoon, only a few blocks away from the bustling crowds at Westfest, the normally quiet residential streets of Westboro turned into a dance playground.  Porch View Dances, which took place on the last day of the Canada Dance Festival, is possibly one of the best dance works I have ever seen.  Conceived by Karen Kaeja and further developed by Allen Kaeja of Toronto-based Kaeja d’Dance, this pay-what-you-can show... | Continue reading article

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Review: How to improve a dance show by failing better

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Photo of dancer Kaitlin Standeven by Ömer Yükseker (courtesy of CDF)Photo of dancer Kaitlin Standeven by Ömer Yükseker (courtesy of CDF)

Failure is considered by many as a badge of honour in Silicon Valley.  ”Fail fast, fail often,” is the supposed motto of this technological superhub. While this mantra is largely overblown, it does contain an important lesson: Don’t be afraid of failing because it’s through your errors that you will improve. Which brings me to Voyager, the opening event of the Canada Dance Festival that took place on Saturday, June 6 at the National Gallery of Canada.  Performed by the Toronto Dance Theatre, Voyager consisted of several dancers moving slowly in the Gallery’s... | Continue reading article

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Canada Dance Festival starts on Saturday! (plus ticket giveaway contest)

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Photo by Cameron MacLennan courtesy of CDFPhoto by Cameron MacLennan courtesy of CDF

In anticipation of the Canada Dance Festival that starts this Saturday and runs until June 13, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to see Frédérick Gravel’s piece for four male dancers on Monday, June 8 at the National Arts Centre Studio.  To enter, please send an email to apartment613@gmail.com by 1 pm Friday, June 5, with the subject line “CDF – Contest.”  A winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Friday afternoon. For more than 25 years, the Canada Dance Festival has been presenting high quality dance programming in... | Continue reading article

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Magnetic North Festival: From brilliant street theatre to great stage shows

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Image: Courtesy of Mercury Opera (Edmonton)Fiamma! An Operascape Image: Courtesy of Mercury Opera (Edmonton)

For more than 10 years, the Ottawa-based Magnetic North Theatre Festival has brought great performances to audiences in the National Capital Region, as well as communities across the country. What makes Magnetic North unique from other theatre festivals in Canada, however, is its special mandate to travel across our vast land.  While the festival takes place in Ottawa every second year (including 2015), in other years it occurs in other communities. Since first launching in 2003, the festival has gone to Edmonton(2004), St. Johns (2006), Vancouver(2008), Kitchener-Waterloo(2010), Calgary(2012) and Halifax (2014).... | Continue reading article

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to perform at NAC + tix giveaway

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Photo by Rosalie O'ConnorPhoto by Rosalie O'Connor

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the performance this Saturday, May 23, by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the National Arts Centre.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Thursday, May 21, with the subject line “Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – Contest”.  A winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Thursday afternoon. The 2014-15 dance season at the National Arts Centre ends this Saturday with a performance by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Founded almost two decades ago, the company brings together creative choreography,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

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Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | Continue reading article

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I bet you will love (or hate) FACETS at Ontario Scene

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Let me come clean from the start: FACETS, the new work by Ottawa-born choreographer Tedd Robinson, is not for everyone.  Some people will hate this piece, which is running until Saturday at the National Arts Centre as part of Ontario Scene.  For others, however, this work will be seen as brilliant, with its fearless ability to push artistic boundaries. (I would fall into this latter camp). This highly original show, which had its world debut on Thursday, May 7, is more like a surreal piece of performance art than a... | Continue reading article

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