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We Make The City: Artengine invites you to venture out for the Electric Fields Festival

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We Make The City. Poster design by Rhiannon Vogl.We Make The City. Poster design by Rhiannon Vogl.

What do dynamic maze installations with giant inflatable balls, musical bike parades featuring radios and modified walkie-talkies, and forest parties in the sugar bush have in common? Besides being a few of my favourite things, they’re all happening across Ottawa as a part of Artengine‘s We Make The City programming for the 2013 edition of the Electric Fields Festival. From September 11-15, the city will be transformed through various socially engaging projects – many of them are free and open to all ages. From workshops for building your own LED device for your... | Continue reading article

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The last day of the Ottawa Folk Fest hits a high note

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The Wailers played Ottawa Folk Fest. All Photos by Adria May.The Wailers played Ottawa Folk Fest. All Photos by Adria May.

The sun was shining. The air was crisp. The music was fine and people milled about with their warm beverages (and beer). The setting of Hog’s Back Park for the Ottawa Folk Festival on Sunday could not have been better. It was a stark contrast to one of the days I had attended the year previously – a day which had been informally coined Soak Fest. The final day of Ottawa Folk Festival was glorious with a mix of folk, rock, blues and reggae on offer. I arrived around 5:00 p.m.... | Continue reading article

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House of PainT kicks off with the 2nd annual Ottawa Grand 500 Poetry Slam

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D'bi Young.D'bi Young.

House of PainT kicks off this week with a multitude of events . The festival that celebrates the four elements of hip hop – graffiti writing, bboy/bgirl, DJing and MCing is kicking things off on Wednesday at Babylon with the Ottawa Grand 500, its second annual poetry slam night. There will be special performances by a number of artists from Ottawa and beyond including the legendary Jesse Dangerously, poet master Ian Keteku with the Hilotrons’ Mike Dubue, Missing Linx , DJ Prufrock and internationally known dub poet and story teller,... | Continue reading article

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Excellent production of Carmen at the NAC opens Opera Lyra’s new season

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Poster for Carmen taken from NAC web sitePoster for Carmen taken from NAC web site

Opera Lyra Ottawa’s production of Carmen opened this past Saturday to a sold out house at the National Arts Centre – wonderful news after poor attendance in previous years culminated in a scaled back production of La Traviata last season. Opera fans can rest assured that there is absolutely nothing scaled back about Carmen.  From the cast to the costumes to the sets, this production embraces and flaunts everything that makes opera great. Opera isn’t easy; performers must possess both a beautiful singing voice and the ability to act while singing, thus... | Continue reading article

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My Saturday afternoon at Folkfest: Blues, Mac Demarco and our favourite astronaut

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Photo courtesy of Steve Jurvetson on flickrPhoto courtesy of Steve Jurvetson on flickr

We headed to Hog’s Back early Saturday afternoon to catch Leif Vollebekk’s 2pm set. I have to admit, dear reader, that I have a total crush on Leif. He has a bit of history with Apt613. We had asked him to play our first anniversary show at Raw Sugar, but alas had a conflicting gig. When the gig fell through, he decided to come to the Raw and party with us anyway. Ever since, he’s held a special place in my heart. Plus, how can you not love this face.... | Continue reading article

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Sam Amidon channels Mariah Carey at the Ottawa Folk Fest

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Photo from www.samamidon.com/Photo from www.samamidon.com/

Buried in the lineup for this year’s folk festival is Sam Amidon, the super-cool indie folk artist. It’s great that the festival got him (and also his wife, Beth Orton too!) since it’s an opportunity for folk-loving Ottawans to experience the diversity of the modern scene with an artist whose work is hauntingly emotionally and musically intricate. I loved Amidon’s 2010 record I saw the sign and went through a period of binge listening to the title track when it came out. The new record, Bright Sunny South, is equally... | Continue reading article

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Hot & Cold: Vampire Weekend and Colin Meloy do FolkFest

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Portland, Oregon’s Colin Meloy had the unfortunate task of playing at the same time as Amos The Transparent and Shred Kelly. Not that these bands would draw some of his fans away, but rather they aren’t the quiet, acoustic type. Even though the stages are far apart from one another, the somewhat modified stage configuration has created what seems like more bleed this year – a thing that annoyed Meloy more than anything else last night (other annoyances: fog, too much of it; sound; technician preferring to check his phone... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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There are a lot of reasons to get out and about this weekend, Ottawa – picnics and hairy pits are just two of them. The Folk Fest continues, with Vampire Weekend, Shad, City and Colour and more heading to the party at Hog’s Back. Le Festival de l’Outaouais Émergent is also back, with music, art and comedy. GigSpace will see six great musicians come together in a show Thursday evening, and Eamon McGrath and Saint Clare will stop by Raw Sugar Cafe that same night. On Friday you can find... | Continue reading article

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It’s time to Folk it up!

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Photo courtesy of City and Colour.Photo courtesy of City and Colour.

A number of big festivals have lost their headliners this summer – Jazz Fest with Aretha Franklin and Neil Young and Crazy Horse with Folk Fest. Both adjusted quickly and while I think Neil Young might have had a bigger draw, his very capable replacement, City and Colour, may bring out more of the kids, just returning to Ottawa for university. And that’s not a bad thing for the festival. This year again, Mark Monaghan and co. have put together a stellar lineup that pushes the boundaries of traditional folk to... | Continue reading article

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Opera Lyra launches new season with musical masterpiece Carmen

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David Pomeroy, left, and Alessandra Volpe, right, in partial dress rehearsal.  Photo by Bonnie Tompkins.David Pomeroy, left, and Alessandra Volpe, right, in partial dress rehearsal. Photo by Bonnie Tompkins.

In preparation for the 2013-14 season of Opera Lyra Ottawa, Apartment613 attended a partial dress rehearsal of Carmen, which will launch the group’s 29th season on September 7.  Below we report on the final preparations behind the scenes. Rehearsal Room B at the National Arts Centre is not what you’d expect.  It’s a stark room, with stacks of chairs around the edges and the lights a standard fluorescent.  It does not seem like a place where you would expect grand artistic productions to be created. A small group of people are... | Continue reading article

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