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Ballet brings the magic of Wonderland to NAC stage + ticket giveaway

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Sonia Rodriguez in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  Photo by Bruce Zinger 
courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada.Sonia Rodriguez in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Photo by Bruce Zinger courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada.

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the evening performance of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland on Sunday, April 12.  To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “Ballet Contest – Alice in Wonderland” by 2 pm Thursday, April 2.  The winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Thursday afternoon. Lewis Carroll’s classic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has inspired artists for more than 150 years.  Whether through theatrical adaptations, modern operas or even art exhibits, this timeless children’s story has captured the imagination... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the first weekend of…spring? Ok, so, just because it is technically “spring”, doesn’t mean that it necessarily feels like it. We can’t promise this weekend’s weather will be any warmer, but we can promise plenty of fun stuff happening in the city. Oz Kafe kicks off the weekend tonight with Reggae Night. Join Memetic, Jas Nasty, and Chris International for a Dark N’ Stormy while they spin some great reggae. Workshop Studio Boutique is hosting their 8th Annual Spring Trunk Sale kick off party tonight, from 6-9pm. If... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + subDevision ticket giveaway!

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The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.

This weekend has an intense lineup of music for all ages and genres with vintage pop ups, trivia nights and film festivals to round out activities for everyone. Spring is in the air, and everyone is itching to pack up the layers and get out into the fresh, crisp air. Lets start with he events that are running all weekend. In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Ostend will be at the Canadian Film Institute until March 28th. Tickets are free for Carleton University students, and can otherwise... | Continue reading article

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The modern beauty of L.A. Dance Project

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Photo of Aaron Carr and Rachelle Rafailedes in Moving Parts by Laurent PhilippePhoto of Aaron Carr and Rachelle Rafailedes in Moving Parts by Laurent Philippe

Do you love dance? Looking for something fun to do on Wednesday evening?  Then consider checking out the L.A. Dance Project performance tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. at the National Arts Centre. Founded in 2012, this modern dance company is dedicated to creating new works as well as reviving seminal pieces. Two original works are on the programme for Wednesday’s show at the NAC.  Moving Parts (see below for an excerpt) is choreographed by Benjamin Millepied, the new Director of the Paris Opera Ballet and a co-founder of L.A. Dance Project. Millepied created Moving Parts... | Continue reading article

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The mesmerizing drums and dance of Kodo

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Photo by Takashi Okamoto courtesy of the NACPhoto by Takashi Okamoto courtesy of the NAC

For more than three decades, Japan’s performing arts ensemble Kodo have been captivating audiences around the world with their brilliant shows that combine taiko drumming, dance and theatre. No stranger to Canada’s capital city – previous performances in Ottawa have sold out – the internationally renowned group is now back to perform Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery at the National Arts Centre.  This one-night only show, which features a cast of 26 musicians and dancers, takes places on Monday, March 9 at 8 pm. For those not familiar with Kodo’s work, the popular group performs taiko drumming, an... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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Skating like you’ve never seen it before + ticket giveaway

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Photo by Rolline Laporte courtesy of the NACPhoto by Rolline Laporte courtesy of the NAC

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to the Saturday, February 28 matinee performance of Le Patin Libre at 2 pm.  To enter send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line”Patin Libre – Contest” by noon Thursday, February 26.  The winners will be notified on Thursday afternoon. When the 2014-15  National Arts Centre dance season was first announced a few shows caught the attention of Apartment613.  Among those on top of the list is the upcoming performance this week by Le Patin Libre, a five-member collective of performers who specialize in contemporary... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.Moonfruits perform at Lowertown Brewery tonight. Photo from their website, moonfruitsmusic.ca.

We’ve got a well rounded weekend ahead of us complete with art shows, killer music and SNL veteran cast members coming to town to entertain. Support artistic representation, local music and laugh yourself into good health all weekend long! This Friday in art we have Sacred Defiance at PDA projects. Aydin Matlabi commemorative exhibition pays respects to the fallen soldiers from the Iranian war. The portraits represent what the soldiers might have looked like in various calm, composed, and faithful poses in a bold contrast to the violence and needless... | Continue reading article

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Get down and dance for a local fundraiser!

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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Dance DirectivePhoto courtesy of the Ottawa Dance Directive

Legendary soul singer James Brown knew how to put life in perspective.  ”The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing,” the father of funk once said. With this lovely thought in mind, let’s cue next week’s innovative fundraiser by the Ottawa Dance Directive that is scheduled for Saturday, February 21.  Taking place between 11 am to 5 pm, the charity event will consist of a day-long series of dance lessons. “You can buy a day pass for a flat fee of $45 and join any class during the day,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Le weekend de la Saint-Valentin + Winter Brewfest giveaway

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Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the  weekend of love (and dance parties). We’ve got at least one, if not many, happening tonight through Sunday! DJ Jas Nasty and Friends, will be taking you back to the Seedy Seventies tonight, at Oz Kafe. They will be playing all the best rock, punk, and funk from the decade. If jazz is more your style, the Lunenburg has you covered with Jazz Thursdays. And, if jazz is your thing, be sure to check out the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival this weekend too! There’s a Kitchen Party... | Continue reading article

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