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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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Treasures await at the Antique and Vintage Market

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Vintage 50s "Midge" radio with bluetooth. Photo courtesy of Ottawa's Daff Design.Vintage 50s "Midge" radio with bluetooth. Photo courtesy of Ottawa's Daff Design.

Do you go into a museum and want to touch everything? Or perhaps you have a curious desire to try on period costumes and jewellery just to see if you really were meant to be born in a different time? Or, maybe you still aren’t over those lamps you absolutely fell in love with in a 1950s design exhibit. Oh, the way they would have completed your living room. I’ve been there and I can tell you there’s a place where you can indulge all of these fantasies. At the... | Continue reading article

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Irish Film Fest – A lucky charm amidst the Ottawa film scene

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Still from the Oscar nominated film, Song of the Sea.Still from the Oscar nominated film, Song of the Sea.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. You can follow her on Twitter. We know the Irish for their Celtic countryside roots, legged in Riverdance and legends of Loch Ness, knotted by generations of bred in the bone talented poets and storytellers. From March 27th – 29th the Arts Court Theatre celebrates Ireland’s unique contribution to film at the first annual Irish Film Festival Ottawa, a three day event supported by the Irish Embassy, Culture Ireland, Irish Film Institute and CHIN... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Jenny Rational Rebel Meya

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Jenny Rational Rebel Meya. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Jenny Rational Rebel Meya. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Jenny Meya was first introduced to poetry in the sixth grade. Stanzas, falling meter, iambic pentameter – at first these things meant little to Jenny, who had always wanted to be a dancer. Jenny had always told stories through dance. It wasn’t until she started middle school that she discovered her passion for telling stories through words and that poetry became her daily love. The beginning of middle school brought her first real crush, who became the inspiration for many of her poems. After her crush ended in heartbreak, Jenny... | Continue reading article

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The lively Marriage of Figaro takes the stage + ticket giveaway!

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Marriage of Figaro

Photo and videos by Kenneth Ingram. Apartment613 has two pairs of tickets for the Marriage of Figaro’s opening night performance on Saturday, March 21, 2015. To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with “Marriage” in the subject header. Winners will be selected by random draw at noon on Friday, March 20th. It’s a great time to toss aside everything you thought you knew about opera and take a trip to the theatre. Ottawa’s small but mighty Opera Lyra is bringing its lively take on Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro to... | Continue reading article

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Philip Sayce brings Influence to the Rainbow

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Philip Sayce performs at The Rainbow. All photos by Terry Steeves.Philip Sayce performs at The Rainbow. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Canadian musician Philip Sayce, known for his brand of powerhouse blues, has begun a journey across Canada commemorating the launch of his fourth upcoming album, Influence, which will be released in Canada April 7, 2015 through Warner Music Canada. Although previously out in Europe and already garnering rave reviews, Canadian audiences will look forward to a deluxe edition which includes two additional tracks produced by Michael Nielsen, “On The Road Again”, and “I’d Love To Change The World”, which has been released as a single and receiving massive airplay. The... | Continue reading article

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Happiness™ returns to Arts Court for one week only

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Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.

According to James Lemon and Peter Barrell, a couple of “Happiness Crusaders” for HPL, the worldwide self-help conglomerate at the centre of Happiness™, the driving question of the millennium is: “Can you really affect personal change from the outside in?” and the answer is a resounding “yup!” The performance uses both the Arts Court Studio and Theatre to great effect. The audience begins the Happiness™ experience in the Studio where a couple of chirpy, slightly wild-eyed acolytes lead guests on walking tours of the HPL line of products beginning “in exactly... | Continue reading article

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The Best Brothers is ingenious storytelling

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L-R: Photo of Andy Massingham (Kyle) and John Ng (Hamilton) by GCTC Andrew AlexanderL-R: Photo of Andy Massingham (Kyle) and John Ng (Hamilton) by GCTC Andrew Alexander

There are moments when all of us must reflect on the absurdity of life.  Sometimes we laugh, other times we cry, and then there are those instances when we simply throw up our hands in exasperation. The play The Best Brothers, currently playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Compay until March 29, offers a clever perspective on dealing with the absurd.  Written by Governor Generals Award winning Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, this fantastic work provides wisdom (and a lot of laughs) by telling a story that is based on a pretty... | Continue reading article

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Young jazz virtuoso Guy Mintus to play in Nepean

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At only 23 years of age, jazz pianist Guy Mintus is already turning heads with his impressive mastery of the keyboard. Currently in his last year at the Manhattan School of Music’s elite jazz program, the New York-based wunderkind has already played with several Grammy-winning musicians, and in such iconic places as the Apollo Theatre and Kennedy Center. Local audiences now have a chance to see this rising star first hand, when Mintus and his trio play this coming Thursday, March 19 at 7;30 pm at Centrepointe Theatre in Nepean. Accompanying Mintus will... | Continue reading article

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Still time to check out Winter Market at Lansdowne

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All photos by Emil Mateja.All photos by Emil Mateja.

Have you ever wanted to head down to the farmer’s market on a snowy winter Sunday and then realized that: a) it’s winter, b) there is still snow on the ground and c) there is no farmer’s market in the winter time? Well, times are a changin’ and while it is still winter and there is still snow on the ground, the farmer’s market is indeed open. For those of you who haven’t heard yet, the Ottawa Farmer’s Market is now open year round, with the addition of the Winter... | Continue reading article

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