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

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 […]

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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 […]

Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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 […]

Oh boy, Dirty Dancing the musical is pretty bad

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 […]

New dance season at the NAC looks fantastic

[youtube][/youtube] 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 […]

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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 […]

Ottawa Creatives: Emmett Morrison

Emmett Morrison’s love of records was passed on to him at a very young age by his parents. They both shared a love of music and there was always something spinning on the record player. His parents would take him on weekly trips to the record store to add to their impressive collection and, naturally, […]

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

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 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 […]

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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 […]

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

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 […]

The modern beauty of L.A. Dance Project

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 […]

The mesmerizing drums and dance of Kodo

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 […]

Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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 […]

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

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 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 […]