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Live! on Elgin: Theatre and music in the heart of Ottawa

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Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful
voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Lawrence and Jon Evenchick, the father and son team behind the anticipated Live! on Elgin, invited media this Sunday to show what they have in store for their local arts venue set to open on May 1st. Surrounded by Confederation Park, Parliament, and the hub of shops and restaurants on Elgin St, the location is ideal for this unique and welcomed establishment. Mayor Jim Watson was in attendance, donning the hard hat and sledgehammer to christen the ensuing demolition by driving the first hole in the wall. He also presented... | Continue reading article

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The cutting-edge art of Propeller Dance

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Photo of Rob Chartier, Julia Gutsik, Moni Hoffman, Jessie Huggett and Liz Winkelaar by Erika Ferrarin (courtesy of Propeller Dance)Photo of Rob Chartier, Julia Gutsik, Moni Hoffman, Jessie Huggett and Liz Winkelaar by Erika Ferrarin (courtesy of Propeller Dance)

What is a disability?  Is it something to be fixed and rehabilitated, or can it open up artistic possibilities that would otherwise not be available? For Ottawa-based Propeller Dance, the art of human movement can be found in all kinds of bodies. Co-Founded by Shara Weaver, Renata Soutter and Alan Shain, it is the only dance company in Ontario with the sole mandate of promoting integrated dance between able-bodied dancers and those who are “disabled.” Dividing the company’s members into two categories, however, would miss the entire point of the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Bank Street Bridge in Winter. Photo by Kym Shumsky from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Bank Street Bridge in Winter. Photo by Kym Shumsky from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

The snow just keeps coming down, and the temperature refuses to rise – even though many Ottawa residents are fed up with wet feet and cold noses. This has been a huge week for events like Megaphono, and the events just keep on coming as we look to distract ourselves until spring arrives. All weekend long at the Shaw centre Sexapalooza is happening. Indulge your dirtiest desires and take in the novelty of this annual convention for sex seminars, shopping and workshops. Adult film star Tori Black will make an... | Continue reading article

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Experience African modern dance with Face 2 Face + ticket giveaway

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Photo of Faustin Linyekula by Agathe Poupeney (courtesy of the NAC)Photo of Faustin Linyekula by Agathe Poupeney (courtesy of the NAC)

In anticipation of the Face 2 Face series that starts this week, we are giving away one pair of tickets for Faustin Linyekula’s performance on Wednesday, and another pair of tickets for Qudus Onikeku show on Friday.  To enter this contest email apartment613@gmail with the subject line “Face 2 Face Contest” by noon Tuesday, February 3.  The two winners will be picked shortly thereafter and notified on Wednesday afternoon. For the third straight year, the Face 2 Face series is bringing to Ottawa some of the world’s best dance talent. The... | Continue reading article

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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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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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