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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.

This year is off to a running start and the weekends are as fast-paced as the rest of the week, only way more fun! This weekend is keeping up its end of the bargain, promising plenty of awesome to keep you busy. Ottawa winters may be cold, but there are ways to get out and enjoy the winter weather. The canal opened just this past weekend, so grab your skates and head over to the world’s largest skating rink. Be sure to complete the trip with a beaver tail and... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Hurts to Breathe by Neverfriend

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Photo from neverfriend.com.Photo from neverfriend.com.

The opening of Ottawa-based band Neverfriend’s “Hurts to Breathe” features lead singer Gina desperately pleading for some love and relief, a vulnerability echoed in the images of a woman’s bare back covered in intricate flower tattoos. As the song progresses, however, the lyrics, the vocals and the instrumentals all build-up, fully expressing the angst and pain of unrequited love. Although not a full-blown metal or rock tune, Neverfriend delivers in its lyrics and provides listeners with a passionate yet composed sound. Neverfriend, first founded in 2006, are Gina, Fraser, Logan... | Continue reading article

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M. C. Escher at the National Gallery: An incursion into the reality of illusions

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M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.

Printmaker Maurits Cornelis Escher is like an Old Master who would have lost his way in the 20th century. He produced some 450 prints over his 50 year career. Throughout, he remained obsessed with the representation of space. Fifty-four of his prints are on display at the National Gallery until May 2015. A rare opportunity – and a real treat. Escher captured popular imagination with his “impossible architectures”. What to think of a circular flight of stairs that you can climb indefinitely? The result is both tangible and bewildering. Any... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for Jan 13, 2015

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La Radio by  Maritè Toledo on Flickr. La Radio by Maritè Toledo on Flickr.

Hey kids! Well here we are- a new year and a new home!  Apt613 Live! is now airing each Tuesday night from 6:00-6:30 on CHUO 89.1 FM.  Tune in and get to know your 613 as the workday winds down and the night’s possibilities open up before you! This week we kick off the 2015 season by interviewing V: poet extraordinaire and proud creator of a newly launched album Watch Your Driving, a Spoken Word Album by V.  Apt 613 chatted with V about her life as a poet and... | Continue reading article

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Dance show explores the wonder of music and art

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Photo courtesy of the NACPhoto courtesy of the NAC

Montreal-based Marie Chouinard is known around the world as an inventive and fiery performer/choreographer of contemporary dance. The New York Times has called her work “a hurricane of unbridled imaginativeness,” while the Globe and Mail has declared her shows to be a, “grand adventure for the viewer.” Having performed several times in Ottawa over the years, this renowned artist is now back with Compagnie Marie Chouinard, the dance company she founded in 1990, as she presents two of her recent works at the National Arts Centre for a one-night only performance... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 7 janvier 2015 :: Artistes à surveiller en 2015! Arts visuels EXIT / SOUND. On fait une incursion légale dans la Galerie PDA Projects

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L'exposition EXIT / SOUND sera présentée du 8 janvier au 7 février à la Galerie PDA ProjectsL'exposition EXIT / SOUND sera présentée du 8 janvier au 7 février à la Galerie PDA Projects

Basement 819 se réjouit d’un temps des Fêtes fort fructueux. Non seulement nous avons repris des forces mais nous avons la tête bien prête à jouer dans la culture locale! Voici donc un premier résumé d’émission pour cette année 2015 qui s’annonce festive et prospère. Gardez l’oeil ouvert! Voici notre sélection d’artistes à surveiller Éric-flair-de-lynx s’est affairé à la tâche pour nous soumettre une fine sélection d’artistes à surveiller cette année. Une chronique à conserver sur son bureau pour vous y référer et pour prouver la justesse de l’intuition d’Éric.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Les suggestions @Basement819

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Please Spring! takes their Canadian tour through Ottawa this weekend. Photo from their event page.Please Spring! takes their Canadian tour through Ottawa this weekend. Photo from their event page.

Welcome to 2015, readers! The new year kicked off with a bang, and hopefully you were all able to relax and enjoy a break before getting back to work. January may be a time when most things slow down, but this city doesn’t believe in slow weekends and has plenty of music and indoor activities to warm you up as you get back into the swing of things. Berlin natives Please Spring! come to town on their Canadian tour, playing all weekend across the city. To start, Please Spring!, The... | Continue reading article

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NAC show set to capture children’s imagination with classical music

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Graphic courtesy of the NACGraphic courtesy of the NAC

Sometimes a seemingly small moment in a child’s life can transform their life forever. It could be a hockey stick given as a gift that inspires a future athlete.  Perhaps it is a toy abacus on the kitchen table that starts a journey towards a mathematics degree.  Then there are the arts, where an audio book or musical show can awaken the desire in a young mind to become a musician. This Saturday, parents can bring their children to the National Arts Centre for two performances of the critically acclaimed... | Continue reading article

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New year, new hashtag!

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Photo by Colin White.Photo by Colin White.

With the first Weekend Roundup of the year around the corner, we have exciting news for you all – the Apt613 Weekend HashtagProject is back! New year, new hashtag: #apt613wknd There are all kinds of wonderful things happening in this city all the time – especially on the weekends – and we want to be sure to see them! Hashtag all your photos from the weekend’s events and we will feature some of the best on our Instagram feed. Go out, do things, have fun, and take photos!

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MIRIAD Island by Philippa Jones on exhibit at NGC

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MIRIAD Island, 2012 (detail) by Philippa Jones. Pen and ink wash on wove paper, 71.5 × 456.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGCMIRIAD Island, 2012 (detail) by Philippa Jones. Pen and ink wash on wove paper, 71.5 × 456.5 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC

Post by Charlene Lau Ahier Artist Philippa Jones’ monumental drawing, “MIRIAD Island,” now on exhibit at the National Gallery’s Canadian Biennial, is an exploration of the origins of scientific inquiry, fuelled by the ideals of the imagination. The artist conceived of “MIRIAD,” which stands for Ministry of Intuitive Research in Imagined and Actual Discoveries, as an umbrella project that includes installations, drawings and collaborative research based on solicitations from the public. In her description of the MIRIAD project, Jones states: “The Ministry seeks to contribute to known truths through imaginative... | Continue reading article

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