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Rocky Horror Picture Show

A sold-out smash hit at The Gladstone

Vanity Project Productions brought us Hedwig and the Angry Inch (twice) at The Gladstone last year.  Alvina Ruprecht called it “the theatre event of the season”.  From April 1 to 4, they’re presenting another theatrical treat:  a dynamite production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. I pity those without a ticket – this is […]

A voice that could fill a stadium

Music doesn’t need to be loud and in your face to make an impact, and a perfect example of this is Ottawa’s own Monday I Retire. The heart of their sound comes from their front woman Mackenzie Di Millo: short of stature but with a voice that could fill a stadium. Joining her is brother […]

Scattered Clouds. Photo from their Bandcamp page.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

This first weekend of April brings warmer weather and the passing of annual prankster day. With all the festival lineups being released, it finally feels like the fun can start. This weekend is an excellent opportunity to pick up something new with a Bubble Soccer Tourament, Glass Blowing and free hot dog parties. Thursday evening […]

La formation The Urban Indians s'est hissée parmi les neuf demi-finalistes de la 19e édition des Francouvertes. Photo : Daphné David

Basement 819 du 1er avril 2015 :: L’heure juste sur les Francouvertes. Votez pour l’artiste l’année dans le cadre du concours Searchlight CBC. La Grande braderie de la mode à Gatineau! La ville d’Ottawa lance un site web qui retrace toute son histoire en 34 000 dossiers!

Basement 819 vous revient cette semaine en force avec une émission chargée de nouveautés et d’événements à ne pas manquer. En plus d’avoir la primeur sur nos recommandations du Weekend Roundup, profitez de l’émisison pour être à l’affût de nos découvertes musicales et analyses de l’actualité culturelle. Consultez notre résumé chaque semaine pour accéder à […]

Screaming Females roar into House of Targ

Screaming Females will roar into Ottawa’s House of Targ on Thursday, April 9th.  I had the opportunity to chat with Marissa Paternoster (guitar/vocal) and Jarrett Dougherty (drums) in anticipation of their show. Apt613: I was really excited to see your band perform in Montreal last year, when you opened for The Julie Ruin on your […]

Goodbye Piccadilly: Secrets, surprises, and songs aplenty

This is a show that does what good theatre should, taking you completely away from yourself and immersing you in someone else’s story, besides providing a friendly mirror on your own experience.  Director Sarah Hearn brings the loveable Goodbye Piccadilly, to the Ottawa Little Theatre. With a pitch perfect script written by Ottawa-raised screenwriter and […]

I love spring in Canada. Photo by Bust It Away Photography from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

Welcome to the first weekend of…spring? Ok, so, just because it is technically “spring”, doesn’t mean that it necessarily feels like it. We can’t promise this weekend’s weather will be any warmer, but we can promise plenty of fun stuff happening in the city. Oz Kafe kicks off the weekend tonight with Reggae Night. Join […]

Apt613 Live for March 24, 2015

This week’s Apt613 Live is all about the music.  This weekend there are a lot of great folks visiting the capital to rock your socks off (and toques and mittens and never-going-to-return-to-storage winter coats). We chat with Chris Milligan, one third of the folk-rock band Sea Perry a group of “nice guys” who are taking […]

Chris Page. Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.

Premiere: My Focal Point by Chris Page

Ottawa musician, Chris Page is set to release his anticipated album, Volume Vs. Voice on April 21st, 2015. We know him for fronting the bands Camp Radio and The Stand GT but love him for the stripped down sound of his solo recordings. The combination of Page’s sexy earnest vocals and acoustic guitar blend well […]

Photo from the Opera Lyra Ottawa Facebook page.

Figaro holds you rapt from start to finish

The NAC was teeming with excitement Saturday night as throngs gathered, dressed to the nines for a night at the opera. And what a night it turned out to be! Opera Lyra’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro pulls you into Figaro’s world under the spell of great music and sumptuous setting then holds […]

The Jerry Cans. Photo from

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + subDevision ticket giveaway!

This weekend has an intense lineup of music for all ages and genres with vintage pop ups, trivia nights and film festivals to round out activities for everyone. Spring is in the air, and everyone is itching to pack up the layers and get out into the fresh, crisp air. Lets start with he events […]