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Future of Ottawa: What’s the future of our music scene?

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This is part six in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Lesley Marshall from Kelp Records provides her thoughts on the future evolution of Ottawa’s music scene.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. To preface, although I do come from a long line of “seers,” I alone cannot predict the future of Ottawa music.  I can make guesses based on my industry experience as a consumer, presenter, manager, pr agent, media outlet, researcher and emerging artist.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

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 Invasion Show has brought us some of the best hip hop talent from this part of the province. Friday night Urban Legends is back with a special twist on their usual form. This time ’round,... | Continue reading article

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Full Circle: The Home Invasion Show branches off the airwaves tonight

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Photo from the Full Circle Facebook page.Photo from the Full Circle Facebook page.

CKCU’s THE HOME INVASION SHOW is branching off the airwaves tonight, storming Ritual Nightclub with some live beats and rhymes. Hosts Masai and Livin’ Large shared some time with us to gab about their show, and the event they’re hyped to be bringing to the city. Apartment613: First off, tell us about your slot on the radio: THE HOME INVASION SHOW, which you host on CKCU 93.1.  Masai: The show is hosted by me (Masai), Livin’ Large and Apollo. The Home Invasion Show is a hip-hop show fused with talk... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Songwriters Night has stellar line-up

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the authors who will be speaking at the festival, as well as the songwriters night, in a series of special posts. For the past few years, Alan Neal, host of CBC’s All in a Day, has been putting together Songwriter Nights as part of the Ottawa International Writers Festival. These events have become a beloved staple of the festival program and in some ways they’ve taken on a life of their own.  People send fan mail... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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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 readers we decided to do another series of articles. As we thought about the future of our region, however, we realised that we should not limit ourselves to urban affairs.  The National Capital Region is... | Continue reading article

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Record Store Day weekend happenings

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Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.

Did you know this Saturday is Record Store Day? Yes, there is actually a day to celebrate “record stores,” those brick-and-mortar independents and all the vinyl goodness they stock for us. In Ottawa the celebrations start Friday with a Record Swap event at Raw Sugar and some live music at the Record Centre. Here’s a guide to RSD happenings in the city complete with some vinyl stories from an “expert panel” featuring DJs Jas Nasty, Zattar and Adam Saikaley with Darin Tomlin from Vertigo Records. If you don’t shop at... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Originals Spring Craft Sale ticket giveaway

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Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".

As we blow past the middle of April, the springtime clothing swaps, wine & food shows and all ages events begin again. This weekend holds its usual eclectic array of music and family fun, with a few things like fan fiction readings, burlesque shows and an Aboriginal arts fundraiser thrown in for variety. Friday afternoon the Bridgehead on Bank and Gilmour is home base for the International Anti-Street Harassment Week put on by Hollaback! Ottawa at 3pm. They’re joining the movement to Stop Telling Women To Smile with a postering... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for April 14, 2015

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Hey kids! For students everywhere April marks an incredibly stressful season of final projects, end-of-year exams and praying for deadline extensions.  In essence it’s a one-month period where all of your energy is concentrated on being as creative and brilliant as possible: made all the more challenging when you take into consideration the fact that it’s also the month when a) you finally want to be outside but can’t and b) you’re forced to subsist on peanut butter, KD and whatever you can find in your fridge/cupboards that a few... | Continue reading article

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Oh boy, Dirty Dancing the musical is pretty bad

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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 musical Dirty Dancing, currently playing at the National Arts Centre until Sunday, April 19, is an example of such a situation. How bad was it?  My date for the opening night on Tuesday left at... | Continue reading article

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Kicking in the innovative wing of his imagination + Daniel Lanois ticket giveaway

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Photo of Daniel Lanois courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo of Daniel Lanois courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Legendary rock producer Daniel Lanois is coming to Ottawa to perform with the NAC orchestra as part of an Ontario Scene / NAC Presents co-presentaion. And he wants you to know that this will not be one of those shows where a rock artist plays through their classic songs with an orchestra for a backing band. “I’m not really interested in the touristic side of entertainment. I wouldn’t be the first in line to see Riverdance, for example and it wouldn’t interest me to hear orchestrated renditions of somebody’s familiar... | Continue reading article

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