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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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Video of the week? How about video of the year!

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Photo courtesy of House of PainT.Photo courtesy of House of PainT.

When I heard Souljazz Orchestra got commissioned by House of PainT to perform a special set for HoPX’s final event, the bboy finale, I new it was going to be a special treat. Souljazz’s Pierre Chrétien and his bandmates began work on the setlist in July. The final setlist included 16 songs fused breaks and hip hop classics like DJ Kool, James Brown and DJ Shadow, woven in with afro and ethio-jazz compositions by Manu Dibango and Multatu Astatke, topped off by Souljazz originals Agoya and Insurrection. House of PainT is... | Continue reading article

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Young local dancers to perform in The Nutcracker with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet

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Left to Right: Natasha Klemen, Hailey Duncan, Chloe O’Malley, Samantha Belliveau and Santina DeMarinis.  Photo by Apartment613.Left to Right: Natasha Klemen, Hailey Duncan, Chloe O’Malley, Samantha Belliveau and Santina DeMarinis. Photo by Apartment613.

The Nutcracker is arguably the most famous ballet ever composed.  Premiering in 1892, this lovely Christmas story has captured the hearts of millions, and in the process become an annual tradition around the holiday season. This year the internationally renowned Winnipeg Royal Ballet performs this timeless classic at the National Arts Centre from December 4-8. In advance of this highly anticipated show, Apartment613 decided to do something a little different.  Rather than interviewing the principal dancers, we opted instead to go backstage and speak with some local ballerinas who were... | Continue reading article

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The magical dance show that has been called “a love letter to art” (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo by Todd RosenbergPhoto by Todd Rosenberg

Imagine for a moment that a dance stage is a giant white canvas, and that the dancers moving on top of it are human brushstrokes.  If you were a choreographer what “painting” would you draw? This fascinating question is raised by Alejandro Cerrudo, resident choreographer of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which is performing two shows this Saturday, November 23, at the National Arts Centre.  For Cerrudo, creating a dance piece can be compared to an artist working on a painting. “There is this freedom that I have when something blank is... | Continue reading article

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Review: Akram Khan’s performance of DESH is a gorgeous masterpiece

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Photo of Akram Khan performing DESH by Richard Haughton.Photo of Akram Khan performing DESH by Richard Haughton.

Awesome.  Spellbinding.  Breathtakingly beautiful. Akram Khan’s opening day performance of DESH at the National Arts Centre on Thursday, November 14, mesmerised an awe struck audience with a brilliant, brilliant show.  After watching this wonderful work, I understand why some critics have called it a masterpiece. The semi-biographical performance tells the story of a British-born man whose father has died.  As the son of immigrants from Bangladesh, the man heard numerous stories from his dad that were taken from Bangladeshi culture.  (DESH means “homeland” in Bengali). Caught between English and Bangladeshi... | Continue reading article

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Powerful new dance show offers personal reflection on father-son relationship (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo of Akram Khan performing Desh by Richard Haughton.Photo of Akram Khan performing Desh by Richard Haughton.

When British-born dancer Akram Khan started working on DESH, his new solo show, he thought it was going to be about his mother.  As he started putting together the innovative piece, however, he discovered that it was really a celebration of his father, who had told him numerous stories when he was a child that were taken from his homeland of Bangladesh. “(My mother) was the one who was always pushing Bangladeshi culture on me as a child, and I always felt closest to her,” recounts Khan in a recent... | Continue reading article

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Review: Lucy Guerin Inc. performance of Weather

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Photo of Lucy Guerin Inc. performing weather by Heidrun LöhrPhoto of Lucy Guerin Inc. performing weather by Heidrun Löhr

If you enjoy modern dance, then you should consider going to the Lucy Guerin Inc. show at the National Arts Centre, which runs until tomorrow. In an interview last week with Apartment613, artistic director Lucy Guerin explained that Weather, an original piece by the Australian dance troupe, is meant to represent meteorological conditions.  After viewing the opening day performance on November 7, I can confirm that the show accomplished this objective. As Canadians know all too well, weather is often comprised of predictable patterns, before transforming into seemingly chaotic behavior. ... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Let them eat cake!

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Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.

Today’s roundup is chock-a-block full of adventures, and also gives you the chance to win your very own delicious vegan cake. Read on to find out more. The second weekend of Support Local starts off tonight down at Flock Boutique, where Purple Urchin is setting up a pop-up apothecary. Just down the street at Twiss & Weber, you’ll find a trunk show featuring local designers, and Wunderkammer kicks off the holidays tonight in the Market. Friday night, A Curious Shop loves its customers back with fire spinning, treats and deals... | Continue reading article

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NAC dance show celebrates the wonderful power of nature

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Weather by Lucy Guerin Inc.  Photo by Heidrun Löhr.Weather by Lucy Guerin Inc. Photo by Heidrun Löhr.

Canadians are obsessed with the weather.  Whether it’s 30 degrees of humid summer heat, the dampness of  late fall, the freezing  hell that is winter, or the glorious rebirth of spring, Canucks must constantly adapt to diverse meteorological conditions. Australia, on the other hand, is often seen as Canada with lovely sunny beaches and constant blue skies.  So what could a group of Australians possibly have to say about mother nature to the citizens of the Great White North? Quite a bit in fact. Australian dance troupe Lucy Guerin Inc. is... | Continue reading article

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