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Compagnie ODD performs three highly physical works

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Photo of Compagnie ODD by Ben WellandPhoto of Compagnie ODD by Ben Welland

Since being founded in 2010, the Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) has provided a vital space for local artists working in contemporary dance. One of the key roles that ODD plays is providing a home to their resident dance company Compagnie ODD, which begins this evening a two-day run at Arts Court as part of Ontario Scene.  (The second performance is scheduled for Saturday). Directed by the company’s artistic director Yvonne Coutts, an award-winning choreographer from Ottawa, Compagnie ODD will be presenting three different works. The programme includes the world debut... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s female-led bands form the Next Wave

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Members of Bonnie Doon. Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Members of Bonnie Doon. Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine. Between the four female-led musical acts to be featured in Ontario Scene’s Next Wave: Ottawa Music Spotlight, there are Pizza Sharks, Ouija rockers, legal discussions with a certain legendary Canadian astronaut, and, of course, plenty of dance-worthy beats. Ottawa’s diverse and fun music scene will be showcased at Next Wave, just around the corner on Thursday, April 30 and taking place at... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Kwende Memetic Kefentse

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Photo courtesy of the artist.Photo courtesy of the artist.

Kwende Memetic Kefentse grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, surrounded by people who were serious about music. Young and curious, he emulated them and began collecting music himself. Once his collection had grown to a substantial size, he began playing his music for people at parties. It was then that Kwende realized playing music for people was something he truly loved doing. Upon moving to Ottawa, Kwende continued making music. He became involved in the Ottawa music scene, engaging in radio at CKCU and connecting with DJs Zattar and... | Continue reading article

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Scène Ontario: 600 raisons de justifier votre fierté !

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Stef Paquette. Photo by Photocaptiva.Stef Paquette. Photo by Photocaptiva.

Cet article apparaît dans la version originale de Scène, une publication imprimée; un prologue pour Scène Ontario présenté par le Centre national des Arts. Cette année, le public de la région de la capitale nationale pourra découvrir la septième édition des « Scènes », une série de festivals nationaux présentés par le Centre National des Arts depuis 2003. Après avoir fait découvrir aux yeux du Canada les artistes de l’Atlantique, de l’Alberta, du Québec, de la Colombie-Britannique, des Prairies et du Nord, c’est la scène artistique de l’Ontario qui est cette fois... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Is a new era in dance on the horizon?

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Photo by J. Michel Carriere (Apt613 Flickr pool)Photo by J. Michel Carriere (Apt613 Flickr pool)

This is the final part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Julie Houle Cezer,  the coordinator of the Dance Network from 1995-2006 and a longtime observer of Ottawa’s dance scene, offers her thoughts on the local dance community.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. If you are a dance aficionado, you have every reason to feel hopeful and optimistic about the future of the local dance scene in Ottawa. As a past coordinator of Dance Network, I... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

True to form, the arrival of spring has brought with it spring showers. A weekend of rain may be in store for us this week, but we’ve got plenty going on to brighten up the mood. Head over to Ritual Nightclub tonight, for a hip hop showcase from the 613 to the 416. The Home Invasion Show has brought us some of the best hip hop talent from this part of the province. Friday night Urban Legends is back with a special twist on their usual form. This time ’round,... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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Photo by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr poolPhoto by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr pool

Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This past January we published the Future of Ottawa series that looked at some of the major urban development projects in our city.  The original plan was to have a one-off group of posts, but after receiving a lot of positive feedback from readers we decided to do another series of articles. As we thought about the future of our region, however, we realised that we should not limit ourselves to urban affairs.  The National Capital Region is... | Continue reading article

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Oh boy, Dirty Dancing the musical is pretty bad

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Photo by David ScheinmannPhoto by David Scheinmann

Here at Apartment613 we tend to be fairly positive.  When we are asked to review a play, concert, musical or art exhibit, we like to focus on the good aspects and give constructive criticism whenever possible. It therefore takes a really unusual situation for us to declare, “wow, that performance was really, really terrible.”  The musical Dirty Dancing, currently playing at the National Arts Centre until Sunday, April 19, is an example of such a situation. How bad was it?  My date for the opening night on Tuesday left at... | Continue reading article

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New dance season at the NAC looks fantastic

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Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  Over the next few days, Apartment613 will preview what local audiences can expect in the near future.  Today we review the upcoming dance season at the National Arts Centre. Whenever someone complains that Ottawa is not a world-class city when it comes to the arts, I quickly turn their attention to the fabulous dance program at the National Arts Centre. Year after year, the NAC showcases some of the best dance artists in the world, in a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.

This weekend was quick to arrive after the Easter break and we are back at it with another weekend full of greatness. Get Fresh tonight at Babylon, with a showcase of Ottawa’s hip hop community. There will be performances by Lost Kids, Ivan Ndikuriyo, and Cee Craig Thorn and beat showcases by Prophet-One One-Produkshuns and Andre King Thibault. That won’t be all, though; be sure to check out the event page for a full list of artists. Coming off of Versefest, you can catch Urban Legends and their April feature... | Continue reading article

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