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Review: In a word, Face 2 Face is “Awesome”

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Photo of Anne Plamondon by Michael SlobodianPhoto of Anne Plamondon by Michael Slobodian

The Face 2 Face dance festival opened last night at Arts Court with two fantastic shows.  If you are a dance lover and don’t have tickets yet, rush out and get them as this series is shaping up to be a wonderful event. Canadian Anne Plamondon began opening night with her brilliant performance Les mêmes yeux que toi, a deeply personal story about her father’s struggles with mental illness.  Combining narration with beautiful movements, this piece is a touching look at a very difficult subject, as well as a first-rate work of art.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.Photo of Olenka by Patrick Schmidt.

2014: the Year of the Horse! Yup, it’s Chinese New Year this weekend – celebrate down in Chinatown at Shanghai or party with jazz group Bamboo Groove Saturday night. At Babylon Thursday night, it’s another edition of “I can’t believe it’s not“, with Nirvana’s Nevermind being played full-out with more than a dozen local musicians. In other covers, Jonesey and The GreyTones continue their quest to cover the Beatles’ 1964 content. On Friday, it’s a night of folk at Pressed with Olenka, Bosveld and Jos Fortin, while The Standstills are down at... | Continue reading article

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Face 2 Face: Four solo artists, 12 fantastic shows, one amazing dance series

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Photo of Aakash Odedra by Chris NashPhoto of Aakash Odedra by Chris Nash

Following last year’s smashing success, the Face 2 Face dance series is coming back to Ottawa with a roster full of first-rate performances. Programmed by the National Arts Centre, the 2014 series brings together the work of four solo artists from Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom. “We wanted to have an addition in our (dance) program in Ottawa of works that do not require a full stage,” explains Cathy Levy, executive producer of dance at the NAC. Running between February 5 to 8, this series of intimate shows will take... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Home Reno Show giveaway

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Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.

So, it’s cold. You’ve probably already discussed this around the water cooler today – there’s nothing like weather to get people riled up. So change the conversation and talk about your weekend plans – the city is hopping this weekend! Chinatown Remixed, that summertime street festival, has joined up with the Museum of Nature this Friday for one of the Nature Nocturne events. They’ll have life-sized board games, bubble tea, live art and of course, karaoke with China Doll. They’ll also have the usual dance parties throughout the museum. It’s... | Continue reading article

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The artistic beauty (and technical brilliance) that lies at the heart of Swan Lake

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Photo by Bruce Zinger courtesy of The National Ballet of CanadaPhoto by Bruce Zinger courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada

Within the dance world, Swan Lake is recognised as one of the most famous – and interesting – classical ballets ever created. To begin with, this artistic masterpiece does not have a definitive narrative.  The traditional story recounts how the young Prince Siegfried falls in love with Odette, a princess who has been turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer.  Since its premiere almost 140 years ago, however, some ballet companies have played with the plot (one performance in recent years was loosely based on the breakdown of the marriage between Lady... | Continue reading article

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New dance show to explore sound, movement and communications technology

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Photo of Alexis Andrew by Lorne FinlayPhoto of Alexis Andrew by Lorne Finlay

For more than a decade, Ottawa-based dance company collective (gulp) dance projects has been performing a wide range of innovative works. From the very clever TALK SHOW, which explored the world of celebrity culture, to errors in logic when faced with uncertainty, a piece that looked at probability theory, randomness and our faith in predictions, the local troupe has been pushing the boundaries of what is dance. Formed in 2002 by Alexis Andrew and Elizabeth MacKinnon, the group is now preparing to showcase two new works on January 24 and 25 at the Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Wakefield winter warm up giveaway!

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Photo of Running Red Lights by Lisa Macintosh Photography courtesy their Facebook page.Photo of Running Red Lights by Lisa Macintosh Photography courtesy their Facebook page.

Need a winter getaway this weekend? Read on to find out how you can escape to Wakefield for a show and overnight stay! First, though, a bit of music closer to home. If you missed Josef Mieto a few weeks back, you can catch his folky sounds tonight at Maxwells, where he’ll be joined by James Leclaire and Ray Harris. Also tonight, you’ll find DJ Nu-Mark at Babylon as part of his 7″ of Pleasure tour – his night of all 45 vinyls will feature a big lineup of other... | Continue reading article

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End of an era: Timekode at the Eri is no more

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Illustration by Colin White to commemorate the TimeKode ending at Eri.Illustration by Colin White to commemorate the TimeKode ending at Eri.

To the surprise of many, it was announced on Monday that last month’s Timekode will be the last one to be held at Eri Cafe on Somerset St. W. From the Timekode Facebook group: “Some unexpected circumstances beyond our control have led to the somewhat shocking revelation that December 2013’s jam was the final TIMEKODE ever at the Eri Café. We can hardly believe it either. After 8 years, nearly 100 straight jams, an ocean of sweat, and tens of thousands of soles moved to music that you’d never hear anywhere else,... | Continue reading article

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The Gatsby New Year’s Ball is one hot ticket

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Photo credit: Gatsby New Year's Ball.Photo credit: Gatsby New Year's Ball.

New Year’s eve in Ottawa is not going to be the same again for those who attend the Gatsby New Year’s Ball, which is expected to be the most glamorous party in town this week. The organizers, Tami Varma, Scott Porter, Sam Patil and Poppy Vineberg, expert party planners, wanted to create the biggest new year’s event this city has ever seen. They secured the Former Grand Trunk Union Railway Station (now the Canada Conference Centre) and will transport the building back to its glory days. NEW YEARS GALA 2014... | Continue reading article

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New Year’s Eve roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy scott.a.hooker on Flickr.Photo courtesy scott.a.hooker on Flickr.

We at Apartment613 wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday! We’re taking a bit of a break this week, but still wanted to give you the low down on what you can do to ring the new year in. In typical Ottawa fashion, we’ve got everything from comedy to music to galas and more. It’s your last decision of the year, so choose your plans wisely! Babylon is known for throwing hopping dance parties, and this year will be no exception. Taking the stage will be Silkken Laumann,... | Continue reading article

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