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Honouring Canada’s music, dance and theatre artists

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Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala honoured the country’s best artists in music, dance and theatre at the National Arts Centre this Saturday, May 10. In alphabetical order, the 2014 laureates are Anik Bissonette for her career as a dancer, teacher and artistic director; Canada’s most travelled rock band, Blue Rodeo; Brent Carver for his acting and singing career; actor, singer-songwriter and humanitarian Tom Jackson; Louise Lecavalier for her dance and choreography; actress and teacher Janine Sutto; Jean Giguère, Winnipeg arts patron, received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for... | Continue reading article

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The PepTides wow in technicolour fashion

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The Peptides in Concert May 3rd, 2014.
All photos courtesy of: Birgit Oelze.The Peptides in Concert May 3rd, 2014. All photos courtesy of: Birgit Oelze.

The PepTides’s May 3rd pre-album release party for new album Love Question Mark at St Alban’s was a sexy technicolour lucid dream. It was a theatrical performance experience like no other, as this professional outfit puts its mark on Ottawa. The band has fallen into a chasm of synth and is having a dance party in the abyss of love. The performance can be likened to a cabaret show complete with shiny costumes, funky neon hair, fun props and new characters for every song. It reminds one very much of... | Continue reading article

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Like ballet? We’re giving away a pair of tickets to Coppélia.

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Photo of Lillian Di Piazza by Alexander IziliaevPhoto of Lillian Di Piazza by Alexander Iziliaev

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the matinee performance of Coppélia by the Pennsylvania Ballet on Saturday, May 3, at 2 pm.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “NAC Coppélia Contest” by noon Tuesday, April 29.  The winner will be notified on Tuesday afternoon. Ever since it first premiered in 1870, Coppélia has warmed the hearts of countless dance lovers from around the world.  A beautiful comedic work, this ballet tells the tale of the mysterious toy maker Dr. Coppélius, who makes a life-size doll called Coppélia. The story recounts... | Continue reading article

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How dance proves that Ottawa is cool

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Photo of FAR (choreographed by Wayne McGregor) by Ravi DeepresPhoto of FAR (choreographed by Wayne McGregor) by Ravi Deepres

“To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” - George Orwell Sometimes people insist on repeating a myth.  Case in point: Ottawa is regularly mocked as the city that fun forgot and where creativity goes to die.  There is just one problem with this critique: It is a massive pile of bollocks. I have been fortunate enough to live in several cities around the world, visited more than 30 countries and been to each Canadian province.  This has allowed me to compare Ottawa with other urban centres... | Continue reading article

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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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Photo by Oz Productions Photo by Oz Productions

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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Image taken from NAC web siteImage taken from NAC web site

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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Photo by John Hall Photo by John Hall

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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