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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Ptarmigan by Agatha Rowland.Photo of Ptarmigan by Agatha Rowland.

Still recovering from New Year’s? It seems the city is – while there’s not a lot going on this weekend, there’s enough to keep you warm and cozy. Raw Sugar is having an indie music evening on Friday, with Toronto’s Ptarmigan stopping by along with Mara Nesrellah. Out at the Black Sheep, Kelly Sloan will be joining the Dusty Drifters for a bit of bluegrass on Friday. Animal Cash, the Will Hunter Band, and the Ginger Fox Band are all playing at Zaphod’s on Friday night. Saturday, Winchester Warm will take... | Continue reading article

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Dance 2013 away with Silkken Laumann + ticket giveaway!

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Photo by Zoe Baranski.Photo by Zoe Baranski.

I can honestly say I’ve been waiting for this record since 2011. Three singles, two videos, and several sweaty shows and DJ nights later, electro pop group Silkken Laumann is coming together to put the finishing touches on Not Forever Enough, mere weeks before the album’s drop date on December 31st, 2013. In advance of their second annual New Year’s Eave bash, which also doubles as their album release party (finally!), I spoke with band members Rolf Klausener, Adam Saikeley and Pat Johnson on their debut record, the party, and the future ambitions... | Continue reading article

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New Year’s Eve roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy scott.a.hooker on Flickr.Photo courtesy scott.a.hooker on Flickr.

We at Apartment613 wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday! We’re taking a bit of a break this week, but still wanted to give you the low down on what you can do to ring the new year in. In typical Ottawa fashion, we’ve got everything from comedy to music to galas and more. It’s your last decision of the year, so choose your plans wisely! Babylon is known for throwing hopping dance parties, and this year will be no exception. Taking the stage will be Silkken Laumann,... | Continue reading article

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Construction and Destruction bring their spook rock to Pressed

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Still from Construction and Destruction video, "Black Dirt."Still from Construction and Destruction video, "Black Dirt."

It’s crawling. It’s disturbing. It climbs all over you but is kind of sexy. And groovy. Get into it, or eat yourself. Construction and Destruction play Ottawa Dec 22. Colleen Collins and Dave Trenaman of Construction and Destruction live out on the side of the water. Their videos, their art and their music reflect the surroundings of their small basin town in Nova Scotia. They make loud startling music too, “It’s so quiet here except the odd chain saw on other properties… It lacks certain kinds of noise.” Colleen describes... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So things are getting quieter as the holidays inch closer, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had. Thursday night, head to Pressed for a night of zines, featuring the Toronto Queer Zine Fair. The Fast Romantics are over in Wakefield tonight, and, because it’s the third Thursday of the month, Hip Hop Karaoke takes over Babylon. On Friday, head to the Black Sheep for The Weber Brothers, with opening guests Suns of Stone and Miss Polygamy. The Haig are celebrating their album release at Avant Garde, while the... | Continue reading article

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Fast Romantics Are Coming to the Black Sheep Inn to Romance You

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Photo Credit: Richard YagutilovPhoto Credit: Richard Yagutilov

The Fast Romantics have been hankering to come to the National Capital Region and will do so this Thursday, December 19 when they play at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. After all, the band’s drummer Alan Reain hails from Ottawa, so it was about time. This group has already found success having played three tours, and many large festivals including Virgin Fest, SXSW, NXNW, and CMJ. They also won Spin Magazine’s “Free the Noise” competition where they were flown to New York City to perform in the temporarily rebuilt CBGB... | Continue reading article

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World renowned soprano Kathleen Battle to perform in fundraiser for CHEO / youth music

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Music lovers are in for a treat this Saturday when Kathleen Battle, one of the greatest soprano’s of her era, performs at the annual Christmas concert of the Chamber Players of Canada. A five-time Grammy award winner, Battle has a wide-ranging repertoire that covers three centuries worth of music, from the Baroque era to modern compositions. The performance on Saturday, December 21, is scheduled to take place at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church (355 Cooper), and is a fundraiser for both CHEO and initiatives by Music and Beyond to promote youth music. The concert programme will... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + a theatre ticket giveaway

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Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.

‘Tis the season for launch parties, apparently. Tonight Dann Oickle releases his new album Blitzkreig! down at the Mercury Lounge. Tomorrow, Oldam Brand kicks off its existence at IdeaSpace, displaying some of their unique fixtures and makings. Down on Elgin, the new Mags + Fags sister store Boogie and Birdie officially opens, with treats and deals galore. There are plenty of craft shows happening, if you’re still looking for unique handcrafted gifts. Urban Craft is Saturday down in the Glebe, while the Ottawa Farmers Market has a special holiday version.... | Continue reading article

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Massive production of Handel’s Messiah promises to light up the NAC stage

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Some Christmas traditions are indispensable.  Dance lovers take an annual pilgrimage each December to see The Nutcracker.   If you are a bookworm, movie buff and/or TV watcher, you likely have celebrated at least one holiday season with A Christmas Carol, whether through the original novel or one of its numerous adaptations. For music lovers, Handel’s Messiah is a must during this time of year.  Written in 1741 in just over three weeks, this musical masterpiece is considered by some to be the greatest oratorio ever composed. This amazing work will be on full... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819: 4 bands, 4 salutations au soleil

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Lancement de la programmation de Scène 1425 Fallait être là samedi soir dernier. Le lancement de la programmation hiver-printemps de Scène 1425 Gatineau a généré tout un flot d’émotions musicales dans la salle Jean Despréz. Pour souligner l’événement, deux bands surprises ont fait trembler les planches. Jason Bajada a introduit le spectacle avec chaleur. La transition vers le français est définitivement une excellente décision. Le résultat des mes bêtises est un album à propager à tout vent. Musique séductrice. Folk, pop, parfois un peu même country, Bajada maîtrise sa musique.... | Continue reading article

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