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Caesar as a girl: Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra’s Guilio Cesare

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Of all the reasons to be intrigued by the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra’s performance this Friday of Handel’s greatest opera, Giulio Cesare, let’s start with this one: our Julius Caesar is a girl. This isn’t our innovation. It’s built into the role. Handel wrote the opera in 1724 to tell the tale of love and intrigue between Caesar and Cleopatra in Egypt. But the star he wanted to show off as his Caesar was a castrato, the great Senesino, who’d had the family jewels excised so he could sing in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of The Wooden Sky taken by Justin Broadbent.

The Bronson Centre is a happening place this weekend, people – the Joel Plaskett Emergency and Frank Turner tonight, and Measha Brueggergosman Friday night – both shows that promise to bring it. Tonight you can also get your punk/hardcore fix with Dayglo Abortions and EndPrograms at Mavericks, while jazz aficionados can hear inspirations from Dave Frishberg’s songs. Also? The Wooden Sky is out at the Black Sheep – their indie rockings are well worth the trek out there. Rawbeat rockers StillNative will stop by The Daily Grind on Friday, while... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in Ottawa

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With our Neighbourhood Wars just around the corner, we’re extra sensitive to any neighbourhood-specific activities going on. Want chickens in your backyard? Curious about how a neighbourhood, razed 50 years ago, is going to stage a comeback? You’ve got ‘hood options for this weekend, folks. And for the rest of the weekend, you can bust out your Scrabble board, actually Bust a Move, or experience Shakespeare’s Interactive Circus. If you like bustin’ a move, this is your weekend of endless dance parties. Start out with the Electric Ballroom at Zaphod’s... | Continue reading article

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Fight! Resist! Dance! at this year’s PROMdemonium

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Photo Courtesy of the PROMdemonium committeePhoto Courtesy of the PROMdemonium committee

It is often said that youth is wasted on the young. If celebrating prom was wasted on your youth, you’ve got another chance to break out the tux/crinoline this weekend with the 5th annual PROMdemonium. PROMdemonium bills itself as “Ottawa’s radical, community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-diggin, slow dancing, big dress wearing prom that you never had”. Our sources report that it’s also a really fun party. Basically, think about this as the prom that you wish you had. Ottawa’s PROMdemonium is inspired by the people’s prom in Vancouver, and carries the same commitment to... | Continue reading article

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A sneak peek at WestFest 2012

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Photo courtesy of Brian Goldschmied.Photo courtesy of Brian Goldschmied.

Maybe it was Elaina Martin’s humorous comments, her ability to stick to a timetable or her promise of beer tasting but, whatever it was, Westfest’s launch on Friday 13 April was a fab place to be. Martin is the founder, producer and director of the annual festival, now in its ninth year. Martin is larger than life and her enthusiasm, and obvious dedication to the festival, has made Westfest into Ottawa’s premier multi-disciplinary arts event. For three days from Friday, 8 June to Sunday 10 June, Westboro will turn into... | Continue reading article

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Darrelle London’s peach of an album at Centrepointe

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Gloria Song is a music writer for Apartment613. She also has her own band, Scary Bear Soundtrack. Darrelle London once faced a choice between law school and music. “When I was finishing undergrad,” she tells me over the phone, “I was interested in law as an academic subject, and I think I would like law school, if I didn’t have this crazy obsession with music. So I wrote the LSATs and got into my top choice schools. But when I found out, I wasn’t excited at all. That’s when I... | Continue reading article

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B-Sides: Geeking out on cutting records with Kid Koala

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Photo by Noom Srisunakorn.Photo by Noom Srisunakorn.

As you may know already, I had the chance to interview Eric San aka Kid Koala for his Space Cadet Headphone Experience happening this weekend at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. We talked about the creation of his newest and the accompanying music…but we also geeked on turntabalism and I thought the story was too good not to share. FL: I heard somewhere that you have your own record cutter – is that common in the DJing world? How does it work? KK: No, it’s not common at all.... | Continue reading article

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Space out with Kid Koala

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Photo by Paolo Kapunan.Photo by Paolo Kapunan.

Beginning tomorrow, April 14th, Kid Koala’s settling into the Aviation and Space Museum for a few days. Not to spin some tunes to make us dance, as he did when I first saw him live in Montreal opening for Radiohead, but to take us to a space of play, of reflection and contemplation. Koala – aka Eric San – gave me a hour of his time this week to discuss his newest book/soundtrack project Space Cadet and the live show that he created for it. San has always considered himself a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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We’re starting this roundup off with a bit of randomness this week, because why not? While dominoes and card games might be more up your grandma’s alley for stimulating weekend fun, anything with ‘tournament’ in the title gets our bid for a good time. So dust off those dominoes or those euchre skills and head out for your chance to be crowned champion. And this week’s winner of the most intriguing event title goes to the ‘Help the Horses Help Their Animal Friends Day‘, which you’ll have to head to Navan... | Continue reading article

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The TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival announces its 2012 lineup

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Janelle MonaeJanelle Monae, photo courtesy of Paradigm

Gloria Song is a music writer for Apartment613. She also has her own band, Scary Bear Soundtrack. The TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival announced its lineup for the 2012 season yesterday at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth stage. Claiming to have “the most ambitious programming schedule ever”, the schedule features 900 musicians playing 120 concerts over eleven days at more than half a dozen venues scattered across the city (including Kanata). A number of music giants such as Allen Toussaint, Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates), Robert Cray, and Branford... | Continue reading article

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