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Get ready to rumble, and weep: Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon bring Gender Failure to the 613

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Post by Courtney Powless. Kitchen-table storyteller Ivan Coyote and country-turned-electropop musician Rae Spoon bring their show Gender Failure to Carleton University on November 22. Apartment613 caught up with Coyote over the phone to get the scoop on the show that unwraps and unravels the gender binary and promises to make you rumble with laughter, and weep. Apartment613: You have a seven-year artistic partnership with Rae Spoon. Was Gender Failure a long-time project, or a more spontaneous idea—how did you come to it? Ivan Coyote: In the past, Rae and I... | Continue reading article

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Jazz Festival hosts Pugs and Crows tonight at the NAC

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The Pugs and Crows have been garnering acclaim for their instrumental performances that bridge jazz, rock and classical sounds into something really quite interesting. If you’ve been enjoying the experimental music nights at Pressed, this might be the show for you. They won the Galaxie Rising Start award at the Vancouver Jazz Festival and are playing tonight at the National Arts Centre, presented by the Ottawa Jazz Festival. I shot a few questions over to Cat Toren, pianist for pugs and crows in advance of their show. Apartment613: You’ve had some success at... | Continue reading article

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Jenn Grant: Ottawa, the new album, and a contest for our readers

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Photo courtesy of Mat DunlapPhoto courtesy of Mat Dunlap

In advance of her making the trip to the capital for a few shows at the National Arts Centre, we gave Jenn Grant a call to chat about her connection to our city and her new record The Beautiful Wild. She’s released a beautiful new album. It’s interesting and diverse in lots of fun ways — almost as if she took the best sounds off the last record and used them to inspire the next. “With each record anyone would mature as an artist and you are more confident in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa (plus, win tickets!)

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3-inch buttons made from test prints from work by Diane Bond for cut/paste/copy (now showing at Pressed Cafe).3-inch buttons made from test prints from work by Diane Bond for cut/paste/copy (now showing at Pressed Cafe).

Well, we’ve reached the halfway point of Support Local month, as November trucks along and the days get shorter. But no need to despair – there’s still plenty of events to come! We’ve got two art openings – one at Shanghai (use your passport!) and one at Mugshots, as well as a crazy birthday bash for Timekode, celebrating seven years of sweat and dance. Also in celebrations? Wunderkammer turns one! Be all classy-like at 327 Wine Bar Friday evening, with music by bassist Tobias Meis. You can also head out... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy Jen Eldridge.Photo courtesy Jen Eldridge.

Support Local month continues, with photographers Jen Eldridge and Paul Hockett holding a vernissage at Under One Roof tonight. Down at Workshop on Dalhousie, they’re holidng a trunk show with Ottawa designer Kania (with treats!), while their sister store Flock continues on with the great crafting de-stash. Grab some tasty samples while getting your Bronson food passport stamped, or head down to the Hintonburg Public House on Sunday for an open mic night – share your local musical talents! The Mercury Lounge is celebrating 16 years this weekend, culminating in... | Continue reading article

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Celebrating four years with Raw Sugar

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It seems like just yesterday that Apartment613 was celebrating our launch party at Raw Sugar cafe. We really love the spot and we always turn to Nadia and her great staff, when we have a milestone to celebrate. We spent the night there last night celebrating the launch of Support Local Month and this winter we unveiled the new look for Apartment613 there. Raw Sugar is celebrating a milestone of it’s own this weekend. It their fourth anniversary party. They have assembled a great list of DJs and will have a fun... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is a great weekend if you’re Scottish, or if you”re curious about what’s behind the walls of the Croatian, Lithuanian, German or Spanish embassies. It’s also not a bad weekend if you’re into all things local, with Support Local month officially starting today. Tonight we’ll be down at Raw Sugar for the Support Local launch party, where there will be local brews on tap, spins from Jose of Kitchen Party, and a few awesome giveaways. Friday night, it’s the Self-Propelled bike-inspired art show at Grey Area Gallery (down at... | Continue reading article

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Polytectures: Exploring the city with a soundtrack

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Photo by Alejandro Bustos.Photo by Alejandro Bustos.

To quote the great English novelist George Orwell, to see what is in front of your nose is a constant struggle. This insight is something that all Ottawa residents should keep in mind, for if we open up our eyes and ears to our city, we will see that our urban landscape is quite beautiful. I was thinking about this while listening to Polytectures, a brilliant musical guide to some of Ottawa’s most impressive downtown buildings. Directed and narrated by Montreal composer and musician Antoine Bédard, this soundwalk is similar... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Spooky-ish edition

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With Halloween just around the corner, there’s a whole bunch of events hiding behind a bush, waiting to jump out at you and reduce you to a puddle of fear. But be brave, Ottawans, and head out to look those ghouls in the face. For those of you with wicked awesome costumes, this Mobile Costume Party is where you should be Friday night. Missed last week’s zombie walk? Westboro will have a few of them wandering around. Zaphod’s is throwing an Indie Rock Halloween Party, and you can transform into your favourite Hollywood... | Continue reading article

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The Trippy World of Wiz Khalifa

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Photo courtesy of Anwar MassoudPhoto courtesy of Anwar Massoud

On Friday night, while Bruce Springsteen was rocking the Scotia Bank Place, with Barbara Streisand set to take that stage the next evening, the Wiz Khalifa 2050 Tour came to the CE Centre in Ottawa. On a weekend packed with shows, it seemed as though the parents had plans. With Wiz in town, so did the kids. That being said, age was probably not the only difference between these three shows. While the 40, 50, and 60-somethings that attended the Springsteen and Streisand concerts may have enjoyed a relatively more... | Continue reading article

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