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Basement 819 du 14 janvier 2015 :: On part à la découverte de nouveaux talents à Contact Ontarois! La patinoire du Ruisseau de la Brasserie réserve des événements hors du commun.

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Contact Ontarois du 14 au 17 janvier au Centre des Arts ShenkmanContact Ontarois du 14 au 17 janvier au Centre des Arts Shenkman

Basement 819 bat son plein dans le cadre d’un spécial Contact Ontarois. Il s’agit de la 34e édition de cet événement qui permettra cette année à 37 artistes francophones de la relève de se présenter sous leurs plus beaux atours. C’est donc une occasion rêvée de découvrir de nouvelles énergies de la scène qui permettent par le fait même de faire rayonner la culture francophone à travers le pays. L’événement se tiendra jusqu’à ce samedi soir. N’hésitez donc pas à consulter la programmation de l’événement pour trouver la liste complète des... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.

This year is off to a running start and the weekends are as fast-paced as the rest of the week, only way more fun! This weekend is keeping up its end of the bargain, promising plenty of awesome to keep you busy. Ottawa winters may be cold, but there are ways to get out and enjoy the winter weather. The canal opened just this past weekend, so grab your skates and head over to the world’s largest skating rink. Be sure to complete the trip with a beaver tail and... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Hurts to Breathe by Neverfriend

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Photo from neverfriend.com.Photo from neverfriend.com.

The opening of Ottawa-based band Neverfriend’s “Hurts to Breathe” features lead singer Gina desperately pleading for some love and relief, a vulnerability echoed in the images of a woman’s bare back covered in intricate flower tattoos. As the song progresses, however, the lyrics, the vocals and the instrumentals all build-up, fully expressing the angst and pain of unrequited love. Although not a full-blown metal or rock tune, Neverfriend delivers in its lyrics and provides listeners with a passionate yet composed sound. Neverfriend, first founded in 2006, are Gina, Fraser, Logan... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for Jan 13, 2015

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La Radio by  Maritè Toledo on Flickr. La Radio by Maritè Toledo on Flickr.

Hey kids! Well here we are- a new year and a new home!  Apt613 Live! is now airing each Tuesday night from 6:00-6:30 on CHUO 89.1 FM.  Tune in and get to know your 613 as the workday winds down and the night’s possibilities open up before you! This week we kick off the 2015 season by interviewing V: poet extraordinaire and proud creator of a newly launched album Watch Your Driving, a Spoken Word Album by V.  Apt 613 chatted with V about her life as a poet and... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 7 janvier 2015 :: Artistes à surveiller en 2015! Arts visuels EXIT / SOUND. On fait une incursion légale dans la Galerie PDA Projects

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L'exposition EXIT / SOUND sera présentée du 8 janvier au 7 février à la Galerie PDA ProjectsL'exposition EXIT / SOUND sera présentée du 8 janvier au 7 février à la Galerie PDA Projects

Basement 819 se réjouit d’un temps des Fêtes fort fructueux. Non seulement nous avons repris des forces mais nous avons la tête bien prête à jouer dans la culture locale! Voici donc un premier résumé d’émission pour cette année 2015 qui s’annonce festive et prospère. Gardez l’oeil ouvert! Voici notre sélection d’artistes à surveiller Éric-flair-de-lynx s’est affairé à la tâche pour nous soumettre une fine sélection d’artistes à surveiller cette année. Une chronique à conserver sur son bureau pour vous y référer et pour prouver la justesse de l’intuition d’Éric.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Les suggestions @Basement819

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Please Spring! takes their Canadian tour through Ottawa this weekend. Photo from their event page.Please Spring! takes their Canadian tour through Ottawa this weekend. Photo from their event page.

Welcome to 2015, readers! The new year kicked off with a bang, and hopefully you were all able to relax and enjoy a break before getting back to work. January may be a time when most things slow down, but this city doesn’t believe in slow weekends and has plenty of music and indoor activities to warm you up as you get back into the swing of things. Berlin natives Please Spring! come to town on their Canadian tour, playing all weekend across the city. To start, Please Spring!, The... | Continue reading article

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NAC show set to capture children’s imagination with classical music

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Graphic courtesy of the NACGraphic courtesy of the NAC

Sometimes a seemingly small moment in a child’s life can transform their life forever. It could be a hockey stick given as a gift that inspires a future athlete.  Perhaps it is a toy abacus on the kitchen table that starts a journey towards a mathematics degree.  Then there are the arts, where an audio book or musical show can awaken the desire in a young mind to become a musician. This Saturday, parents can bring their children to the National Arts Centre for two performances of the critically acclaimed... | Continue reading article

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New year, new hashtag!

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Photo by Colin White.Photo by Colin White.

With the first Weekend Roundup of the year around the corner, we have exciting news for you all – the Apt613 Weekend HashtagProject is back! New year, new hashtag: #apt613wknd There are all kinds of wonderful things happening in this city all the time – especially on the weekends – and we want to be sure to see them! Hashtag all your photos from the weekend’s events and we will feature some of the best on our Instagram feed. Go out, do things, have fun, and take photos!

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The soothing songs of Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

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Photo of Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah by  Katia PershinPhoto of Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah by Katia Pershin

Sometimes you can find the most amazing people in your office building. As a federal government employee, I often interact with talented co-workers who engage in fascinating pursuits outside of the office.  People like Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah, whose large talent and imagination is impressive. During the day, she works as a federal inspection officer who reviews and supports Canada’s wide network of embassies and consulates around the world.  During her spare time, however, she is a musician with a beautiful voice and blogger with an intelligent pen. (Full Disclosure: Yaa-Hemaa works in... | Continue reading article

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New Year’s Eve in Ottawa, 2014

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Photo by ludovick on Flickr.Photo by ludovick on Flickr.

It’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for New Year’s Eve, is it? Luckily, you have a number of fantastic parties to choose from around our great city. Wherever you end up December 31st, remember to stay safe and have fun! If you’re looking for an extravagant night, the Mad Hatter’s NYE Party is the perfect opportunity to don your most outrageous, fabulous attire for an Alice in Wonderland-themed event. You could also choose to combat the cold at the Canadian War Museum’s festive Havana Nights, a... | Continue reading article

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