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Philip Sayce brings Influence to the Rainbow

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Philip Sayce performs at The Rainbow. All photos by Terry Steeves.Philip Sayce performs at The Rainbow. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Canadian musician Philip Sayce, known for his brand of powerhouse blues, has begun a journey across Canada commemorating the launch of his fourth upcoming album, Influence, which will be released in Canada April 7, 2015 through Warner Music Canada. Although previously out in Europe and already garnering rave reviews, Canadian audiences will look forward to a deluxe edition which includes two additional tracks produced by Michael Nielsen, “On The Road Again”, and “I’d Love To Change The World”, which has been released as a single and receiving massive airplay. The... | Continue reading article

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Happiness™ returns to Arts Court for one week only

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Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.

According to James Lemon and Peter Barrell, a couple of “Happiness Crusaders” for HPL, the worldwide self-help conglomerate at the centre of Happiness™, the driving question of the millennium is: “Can you really affect personal change from the outside in?” and the answer is a resounding “yup!” The performance uses both the Arts Court Studio and Theatre to great effect. The audience begins the Happiness™ experience in the Studio where a couple of chirpy, slightly wild-eyed acolytes lead guests on walking tours of the HPL line of products beginning “in exactly... | Continue reading article

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Still time to check out Winter Market at Lansdowne

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All photos by Emil Mateja.All photos by Emil Mateja.

Have you ever wanted to head down to the farmer’s market on a snowy winter Sunday and then realized that: a) it’s winter, b) there is still snow on the ground and c) there is no farmer’s market in the winter time? Well, times are a changin’ and while it is still winter and there is still snow on the ground, the farmer’s market is indeed open. For those of you who haven’t heard yet, the Ottawa Farmer’s Market is now open year round, with the addition of the Winter... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Made Noon play Zaphod's on Saturday. Photo courtesy their website.Made Noon play Zaphod's on Saturday. Photo courtesy their website.

It seems that daylight savings not only kicked us ahead an hour, it kicked the temperature ahead to bring us some fine spring weather. Get out to celebrate St Paddy’s Day early and soak up a bit of this sunshine! Tonight things get groovin’ down at Babylon, with the Motown Showdown set to keep you dancing all night long. Things will stay hot down at Mugshots on Friday, with Soda Shop presenting King of the Beach dance party featuring the best of surfing tunes, bubblegum pop and garage rock. Out... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for March 9, 2015

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Photo from the Covet & Co. Facebook page.Photo from the Covet & Co. Facebook page.

This week on Apt613 Live we’ve got an interview with Julie Gauthier from Covet &Co.  Officially the boutique’s grand opening is in May, but in the meantime they’re introducing themselves and their love for paper-based salutations (remember the world pre-texting?) by offering Letterpress workshops each weekend in March.  We sat down and chatted about the boutique, the lost art of the handwritten letter and the benefit of rolling up your sleeves and learning to do some things for yourself. Music from Jon Hynes, John Jacob Magistery, The Tourist Company and... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for March 3, 2015

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From You Are Here by Leslie Supnet, a short film featured in the By Any Means animation program at Club SAW.From You Are Here by Leslie Supnet, a short film featured in the By Any Means animation program at Club SAW.

We catch up with Emily Pelstring,  co-curator of By Any Means, an animation program that screened last Friday night at Club SAW. The event features women animators taking on a wide range of stories, in a wide range of aesthetics made within a DIY ethos. Listen to Apt613 Live on CHUO 89.1 FM every Tuesday night at 6:00 pm.

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.

March has begun and with it the event season begins to rev back up. People will start to release albums in the coming months, there will be garage sales galore, and everyone’s mood improves. There’s plenty of comedy, art and music coming up this weekend to kick off some March madness! Start things off by listening to awesome people candidly talk about one of their biggest professional failures with this new monthly event, now in it’s 3rd edition: Fuck Up Nights Ottawa. On Friday, Saw Gallery has By Any Means:... | Continue reading article

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Winter exhibitions at CUAG: Not quite three peas in a pod

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Akram Zaatari, Letter to Samir. Letter from Nabih Awada to Samir al-Qintar, wrapped eight times in plastic and sealed (2009). C-print. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery.Akram Zaatari, Letter to Samir. Letter from Nabih Awada to Samir al-Qintar, wrapped eight times in plastic and sealed (2009). C-print. Courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery.

At the reception earlier in January for the opening of CUAG’s winter exhibitions, I entered the gallery from the second floor. On one side, to the right, is the exhibition Art on a Green Line curated by Johnny Alam, and to the left, the Making and Marketing Art History in 18th-Century France curated by W. McAllister Johnson. I was pulled to the right amidst the artwork of at least five artists, all in a tiny corner overlooking Akram Zaatari’s Tomorrow Everything Will Be Alright, a looped 12 minute video playing... | Continue reading article

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Taste of the Arctic shares unique flavours, sights and sounds with Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.

When I was asked to attend a tasting and preview of the upcoming fundraising event A Taste of the Arctic at the National Arts Centre, I was admittedly hesitant. While I was definitely eager to learn more about Canadian Inuit culture, my unadventurous stomach had reservations. The invitation informed me that the event’s cuisine would feature staple ingredients to Inuit cooking, such as arctic char, caribou, seal, and whale. I was nervous. Would I eat seal at this preview? Would I enjoy Inuit food in general? The answer to both questions... | Continue reading article

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Bankrupt: A sexy comedy/musical mashup at the Gladstone

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Photo by David Whiteley.Photo by David Whiteley.

Bankrupt is a very enjoyable – and slightly smutty – comedy by Ottawa playwright Stéphanie Turple.  Her 2011 French play, Banqueroute, was translated into English and workshopped in 2013, and has now been brought to The Gladstone by Plosive Productions.  It’s a dandy bedroom farce/musical mashup with some great comic moments.  Judging from the laughter during the play and the comments in the lobby afterwards, the opening night audience really enjoyed themselves. I’m not sure if the original play featured songs written by Ottawa’s superb soul/funk/blues group, The PepTides, but their lyrics... | Continue reading article

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