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Premiere: My Focal Point by Chris Page

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Chris Page. Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.Chris Page. Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.

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 to create catchy folk-punk tunes. Apartment613 is pleased to premiere the album’s first single, “My Focal Point”. This song continues to evoke a 90s nostalgia, picking up from his previous album – A Date With... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Haneen freedomwriter Alhassoun

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Haneen Alhassoun. Photo courtesy of House of Paint.Haneen Alhassoun. Photo courtesy of House of Paint.

Haneen Alhassoun was 9 years old when she began writing poetry, in Arabic, about her homeland of Palestine. She wrote so many poems that her mother used to tease her, calling her names of Palestinian politicians. For Haneen, poetry was a means of expression that, at that young age, she wasn’t taking seriously and, eventually, she stopped writing. Inspired by having seen Apollo the Child perform his poems at her elementary school, Haneen began writing poetry again. And in the 8th grade, her teacher Shauna Pollock invited two spoken word poets... | Continue reading article

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Figaro holds you rapt from start to finish

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Photo from the Opera Lyra Ottawa Facebook page.Photo from the Opera Lyra Ottawa Facebook page.

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 you rapt from start to finish. The Marriage of Figaro is a comedic opera or opera buffa in Italian and this production really embodies the true spirit of this operatic style, opera for the people,... | Continue reading article

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Welcome to Poetry Week

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Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

If you are a lover of poetry then this coming week will bring a smile to your face.  VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival, starts on Tuesday, March 24, and runs until next Monday, March 30. To help celebrate this gathering of talented wordsmiths, Apartment613 is launching today Poetry Week, which will include extensive coverage of both VERSeFest activities and local poets from the National Capital Region. Our week-long series of stories begins on Monday with a post from Kenneth Ingram that provides an overview of what audience members can expect... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Lowertown Throwdown features stout beer in fierce friendly competition

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Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.Photo from The Albion Room's Twitter page. Credit: Stephen La Salle.

When I first heard about Lowertown Throwdown I’ll be honest- I was expecting to arrive in a crowded room full of amped-up foodies all with their attention turned to a kitchen full of dueling chefs going head-to-head to prepare a meal against the clock. Instead what I got was a room of well-spaced stations, each manned by a chef (or chefs) from various Ottawa restaurants who were serving up pre-prepared dishes.  The rabble-rousing crowd was in fact a group of folks seated about the space chowing down and chatting politely.... | Continue reading article

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subDevision: Theatre in and around a massive party

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Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

If you’re looking for some bang for your theatre buck, are slightly short of attention span and own a pair of comfortable shoes, look no further than subDevision. Billed as “theatre in and around a massive party” subDevision brings together artists from thirteen independent companies, each creating a short original piece to fit the unique space they’ve been given, in this case, the nooks, crannies, lofts and studios of the Enriched Bread Artists studio. The building, dating back to 1920, was once a bread factory and for the past twenty-two... | Continue reading article

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Marriage of Figaro fun facts + ticket giveaway!

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Photo by Kenneth Ingram. Earlier this week we posted a preview about the upcoming Marriage of Figaro. Today, we bring you some fun facts. And a reminder to enter to win one of two pairs of tickets to see the show on opening night (Saturday, March 21, 2015). To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with “marriage” in the subject header. Winners will be chosen by random draw at noon on Friday, March 20. The show is a homecoming for Wallis Giunta (Cherubino) who grew up in Ottawa. Her incredible... | Continue reading article

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

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The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.

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 that are running all weekend. In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Ostend will be at the Canadian Film Institute until March 28th. Tickets are free for Carleton University students, and can otherwise... | Continue reading article

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Canada’s man of a thousand songs lights up Westboro’s Masonic Hall

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Photo by Marina Irick.Photo by Marina Irick.

Post by Marina Irick. At 7:54pm on Saturday, the power went out in the Westboro Masonic Hall on Churchill Avenue, just minutes before Newfoundland icon and revered Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Hynes was scheduled to take the stage. An eager crowd of about 60 folk fans chatted anxiously in the dark as Hollis Morgan, the lead organizer for Spirit of Rasputin’s, reassured everyone the show would go on. Soon, flashlights and cell phones exposed the hall’s ornate pressed ceiling and crystal chandelier, below which sat Ron Hynes on a small elevated... | Continue reading article

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Milo McMahon performs latest EP at the Rainbow

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Milo McMahon and Mike Beaton, perform on The Rainbow stage Sunday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.Milo McMahon and Mike Beaton, perform on The Rainbow stage Sunday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“There’s a deli sandwich in my heart for every one of you.” Some in the audience might have thought this an attempt at some tongue-in-cheek humour, but Montreal’s Milo McMahon meant it with every well-lived bone in his body. After 6 months on the road and over 33 cities across Ontario, the self-produced and self-managed 28 year old and his drummer/touring partner, Mike Beaton, know first-hand about being on the receiving end of such kindness. The two have journeyed relentlessly across Ontario, promoting McMahon’s newest EP, Gone Too Long, which... | Continue reading article

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