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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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Israel Galván’s dance show La Edad de Oro brings golden flamenco to the NAC stage

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Photo of Israel Galván by Felix VazquezPhoto of Israel Galván by Felix Vazquez

Spanish flamenco artist Israel Galván has been called a genius and revolutionary choreographer. Known for mixing rapid-fire steps, intricate movements and stillness in his performances, the Seville-born dancer has been hailed the world over for his work. Local audiences now have a chance to see him first-hand when he performs at the National Arts Centre on Tuesday, March 18. “I’ve had the great fortune of seeing a number of Galván’s works in various cities, and I’m thrilled that we were able to bring La Edad de Oro  (The Golden Age) for his first Ottawa appearance,” says... | Continue reading article

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Arrows & Anchors celebrate their musical and romantic partnership with flapper-themed Stag and Doe

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Nicolas Crisafi and Danielle Allard of Arrows & Anchors. Photo by John Wenzel.Nicolas Crisafi and Danielle Allard of Arrows & Anchors. Photo by John Wenzel.

When local chanteuse Danielle Allard arrived at the Avant-Garde Pub for a gig in the spring of 2011, romance wasn’t on her mind. After a stressful day of university midterms, she was aggrieved to see a large amp on the already crowded stage. It soon became apparent that the amp belonged to bassist Nicolas Crisafi. “Is my amp in your way?” he asked. It was, but as the night went on it seemed increasingly less important. Within a couple of weeks Allard and Crisafi were dating and playing music together, eventually... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Giveaway to NAC’s Casual Friday

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So it’s true: you have one less hour to have fun this weekend. But that’s really just an excuse to pack as many adventures into the rest of the time as you possibly can. Plus, throw your hat in the ring for four tickets to the NAC! Thursday night is heavy with vernissages: Ottawa School of Art has new work by Aganetha Dyck, while Norman Takeuchi’s work down at Cube Gallery explores the duality of being Japanese Canadian. Down at the Ottawa Art Gallery, the curator of their latest exhibit... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s top young dancers get ready to perform in charity fundraiser

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Group shot courtesy of Dancers Give Back Ottawa Group shot courtesy of Dancers Give Back Ottawa

Some of Ottawa’s most talented young dancers will perform this Friday to raise money for children’s cancer support programs. A joint collaboration between 11 local amateur studios, three professional companies and special guest dancers, Dancers Give Back Ottawa is part of a growing movement to foster social change through dance. Interestingly, the inspiration to help the wider community stems from competition between U.S. and Canadian dancers. “Dance is a particularly competitive industry, and even with teens they regularly compete,” says Jessica Shaw, an organizer of Dancers Give Back Ottawa and an instructor at Leeming Danceworks dance studio... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Dance Directive set to perform three varied works in Gatineau

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Turbulences by Lana Morton.  Photo of Marc-André Charette and Lana Morton by Michel Dozois. Turbulences by Lana Morton. Photo of Marc-André Charette and Lana Morton by Michel Dozois.

Since opening its doors at Arts Court in September 2010, the Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) has been an important local force for modern dance. Founded by four local artists, the not-for-profit organization acts on numerous fronts, including performing contemporary dance shows, offering residency programs, providing professional development, and allowing its downtown space to be rented by the community. “The dance scene in Ottawa is vibrant,” says Lana Morton, ODD associate director in an email to Apartment613.  ”With the [National Arts Centre], us as co-presenters, seasonal presenter with Series Dance 10 and all the dance independents that... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Bridal Show Giveaway & Winter Jazz!

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This weekend is dusted in snow, ice and romance with both Winterlude and Valentines Day and its  jam packed with activities once again for singles and couples alike. It’s also an extended weekend for some with Family Day Monday. On Thursday, if you are in the mood to treat yourself or buy your sweetheart a Valentine’s gift head down to Wellington West between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. where Flock, Victoire, Jasmine Virani Jewelry and viens avec moi will have treats, deals, and giveaways. Later, stop by Shanghai for the Art is Up,... | Continue reading article

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Win a pair of tickets for Thursday’s dance performance by Kyle Abraham at the NAC

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Photo of Kyle Abraham by Steven SchreiberPhoto of Kyle Abraham by Steven Schreiber

Dance choreographer Kyle Abraham has been hailed as “one of the brightest creative talents to emerge in New York City” in the last four years.  The Pittsburgh-raised artist is now bringing his Bessie Award winning The Radio Show to Ottawa, which will be performed tomorrow at the NAC at 7:30 pm. With seven dancers, The Radio Show combines the freedom of street dance with the precision of ballet, while tackling the theme of loss – both of Abraham’s father and a defunct urban radio station. Apartment613 has a pair of tickets to giveaway for this critically acclaimed show.  (A... | Continue reading article

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Height-of-the-party vibe before the sun goes down

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Every year, restaurants, galleries and clubs sprout up around the city, offering new and undiscovered spaces for artistic and culinary talent, cultural and social activities, and opportunities to meet new people. Sometimes though, places that have been in the scene for what seems like ages change how they do things and offer up a traditional space for reinterpretation. That’s exactly what’s been happening every Monday night at the Mercury Lounge since the start of this year, where a few dance lovers have taken over the floor albeit in a different... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 5 février 2014 :: Éric, nouveau collaborateur à la langue déliée, The Yips, Antoni Gilbert, Cinéma : Pumped Up Flix

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Basement 819 du 5 février 2014 Voici notre quatrième et fière édition! Occupé, le duo de BMT 819, avec tous ces shows le samedi 8 février! Mais avant tout, ce mercredi 5 février a marqué l’entrée en ondes de notre collaborateur Éric! Bienvenue Éric! Qui nous a apporté une belle chronique sur Philémon Cimon et son nouvel Album “L’été”! Et pour ce 8 février… - Antoni Gilbert et Francis Belmont seront au Le Troquet à partir de 22h30 ! C’est par ici et aussi par là. - Pour les plus... | Continue reading article

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