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The World of Dance Shakes Up the Kapital

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Photo from shenkmanarts.ca.Photo from shenkmanarts.ca.

Ottawa, it’s time to let loose! Shake your hips! Flare your hands! Stomp and kick your feet! The sensual sights and sounds of world dance are coming to Ottawa this weekend for the Dans/ce Kapital Festival. Organizer Saveeta Sharma’s infectious love of dance and desire to share its beauty are apparent “When I came to Ottawa, there was little dance activity in the community. Having grown up with dance, … I wanted a platform that I could use to introduce all types of dances to the Ottawa community.” Sharma is... | 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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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So maybe the winter blahs have you down. Have no fear! Fun can be had despite the cold weather – or, if you’re headed to the Winter Village Meshkawadoon, fun will be had because of the cold. There’s something for everyone music-wise this weekend. Zaphod’s will feature The Jerry Cans and Saali, bringing the sounds of the north to Ottawa. Get some rock with Danko Jones, Say Yes, and The Red Rails down at Mavericks, and a mix of punk and indie math rock with Bonnie Doon, Notta Comet and... | Continue reading article

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Get your geek on this weekend at the Wonder Geeks Activate anniversary party

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Members of Wonder Geeks Activate at FanExpo 2013. Photo from wondergeeksactivate.com.Members of Wonder Geeks Activate at FanExpo 2013. Photo from wondergeeksactivate.com.

They’re everywhere. Learning in our universities, working in our restaurants and bars: some of them have even infiltrated the government and are working on the Hill. You’ve probably passed them in the streets, brushed up against them on the bus, and even shared the intimate confines of an elevator with them. All the while never guessing that beneath their veneer of normalcy lays a secret self… It’s true. Geeks live among us! They come from all walks of life and there are as many different types of geek as there... | Continue reading article

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Party German-Style for Winterlude

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Canadian artists Zek and Striker. Photo by Sanita Fejzic. Canadian artists Zek and Striker. Photo by Sanita Fejzic.

Winterlude moved up a few levels of cool with last Saturday’s German-Canadian Graffiti Jam. Hosted by the Embassy of Germany, the event included live graffiti painting, hip hop and techno music, free German sausage, pizza and a truly foreign way of staying warm: hot mulled wine (also known as Glühwein) and warm apple cider. I can’t say I like my red wine any other way than room temperature, but the cider was good. And they had a vegetarian option, which is not too shabby for a country that boasts sausage... | 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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613 Casual Choir wants to reclaim the experience of communal singing

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Members of Toronto's Choir!Choir!CHoir! sing their hearts out. Photo from blogto.com.Members of Toronto's Choir!Choir!CHoir! sing their hearts out. Photo from blogto.com.

Shower singers, karaoke stars, and radio hummers-along unite! A new group in Ottawa wants to help us reclaim the experience of communal singing that has been lost to many of us in the era of the earbud. The 613 Casual Choir aims to provide an informal, non-judgmental setting for singers of all experience and skill levels to interpret pop songs together. The choir is organized by Andrea Stokes and Apt613 contributor Pam Kapoor, who were overwhelmed by Ottawa’s enthusiasm for the concept. Originally, the choir’s inaugural session was to be... | 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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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Another beautiful winter weekend, folks. Head out sledding on some of the best hills, or strap on your skates for a bit of a glide. Or, stay cozy inside with any of these exciting activities… Kick off your weekend tonight with Tara Holloway at the Lunenburg Pub, playing her trusty guitar. Toronto indie rocker Brendan Canning stops by Zaphod’s on Friday, playing the early stage with The Gallop. Kitchen Party guarantees to be an awesome sweaty dance-a-thon, as always. The Tiny House Mansion Concert series is back, this time celebrating... | Continue reading article

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