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Audio: Interview with James and Blackburn at Cafe Alt

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Photo courtesy of J&B's websitePhoto courtesy of J&B's website

The Soundcloud embed isn’t working, so here’s the direct link. It’s 10 minutes long. A couple weeks back, Cafe Alt hosted the second edition of the aptly named Cafe Alt Concert Series. It was a resounding success, in no little part due to the gentlemen you are about to meet. James and Blackburn is a band named after two streets. And while you should listen to their music, you should also listen to this interview. It’s zany, everybody. Zany. The next edition of the Cafe Alt Concert Series takes place... | Continue reading article

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Learning Spanish is possible at any age

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Instructors (from left to right) Monica Reyes, Karen Molina and Alvaro DuqueInstructors (from left to right) Monica Reyes, Karen Molina and Alvaro Duque

With waggling hands and adorable smiles the gathered toddlers begin to sing in Spanish: “Mi cuerpo, mi cuerpo hace música,” they chant, “my body, my body makes music.” Following the body gestures of the group instructor, the eager toddlers proceed to clap their hands and stomp their feet as they recite the rest of the song.  “My hands go ‘clap-clap-clap,’ my feet go, ‘stomp-stomp-stomp,’ my voice says, ‘la-la-la’, and my body goes ‘cha-cha-cha.” The last part is eagerly performed by cute little arms swinging back in forth in a toddler... | Continue reading article

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Apply now! The 4th Annual Critical Blogging Residency at Artengine

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Photo from Artengine's blog.Photo from Artengine's blog.

This year Apartment613 and Artengine continue our endeavor to foster new perspectives on the media arts landscape with an open call for the 2013 Critical Blogging Residency. This residency is for an art critic or cultural journalist from the Ottawa-Gatineau area, who will cross post thought-provoking dialogues on the Artengine and Apartment613 blogs throughout the year. Conceived as a creative space for expression and research into culture, technology and social engagement, the content and direction will be developed in consultation with the Artistic Director of Artengine. The residency begins with... | Continue reading article

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3 O’Clock in the Afternoon is an evening well spent

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Photo by Erik Berg, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo by Erik Berg, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Presented by Carte Blanche, Norway’s National Company of Contemporary Dance, 3 O’Clock in the Afternoon debuts at the NAC this weekend. For this piece, Carte Blanche commissioned well-known and respected Norwegian choreographer and long-time Carte Blanche collaborator, Ina Christel Johannessen. In 3  O’Clock in the Afternoon, Johannessen questions the notion of boundaries – geographical, political and emotional – either created by or imposed upon us. The piece explores the impositions, necessity and navigation of those boundaries, and what it means to live within or outside of their delineations. The stage, subtly... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Dance, Sights & Sounds

BADBADNOTGOOD bound to Ritual

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Over the past 18 months, the music world has opened up for Toronto based trio BADBADNOTGOOD and they’ve spread themselves into it. Their jazzified hip-hop is bold and bodacious, and is getting loads of attention. A Youtube video featuring the band alongside Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator has gotten nearly 1 million views. They backed Grammy winning Frank Ocean at last year’s Coachella Festival, and have laid down tracks for hip-hop legends like Ghostface Killah. Having released two “studio” albums, and two live albums for free on their website, the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Carte Blanche production courtesy the NAC website.Photo of Carte Blanche production courtesy the NAC website.

Hey, hey Ottawa – another exciting weekend ahead! Not only is there a birthday party for a dance party, but we’re giving away tickets to a dance show this weekend. Read on to find out more! Indie/folk band Joe Pug is up from Chicago to share some of their tunes, and Serena Ryder is also stopping by to play at Mavericks. Dessy Di Lauro is having a cd release party for her latest ragtime-urban album tonight at Mercury Lounge. That’s also where StillNative is having their album release party on Friday, the same... | Continue reading article

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“Top Secret” lost erotic masterpiece to screen at the Mayfair

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Photo courtesy of mag3737 on flickrPhoto courtesy of mag3737 on flickr

This coming Saturday the Mayfair Theatre at 1074 Bank Street is screening a special, top-secret film that is no longer in distribution. The movie is part of the Super Secret Saturday Night Sinema series, which takes place on the last weekend of each month. According to the Mayfair’s website, the film is “a DD-dose of dangerous, disreputable, not-in-distribution cinema from a true master of trash filmmaking — presented in glorious 35 mm!” So what can moviegoers expect to see at the show? “It’s not porn,” assures Lee Demarbre, programmer for the Mayfair. “It’s a... | Continue reading article

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Video: Michael Greilsammer at Daily Grind

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From his show on Saturday Feb 16th. The house was packed, and Greilsammer delivered some haunting violin playing, singing in French, Hebrew and English alongside his wife Shimrit. These guys can sing. They’re leaving Ottawa on the 28th, but for now we have their talent to enjoy. Also, this video begins with an impromptu cover of Money, by Pink Floyd. Which is cool if you like music, I guess. @mgreilsammer michaelgreilsammer.com Update: Michael will be playing his final Ottawa show (at least for now) at a Purim Party at the Glebe Shul on... | Continue reading article

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Photo Essay: Graffiti and street art

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Photo courtesy of Eric WatsonPhoto courtesy of Eric Watson

Today we present a short photo essay on shots of Ottawa graffi by Eric Watson, a local photographer and future blogger  (he is working on site where on photographic theory and the socio/cultural influences behind his photography). According to Eric, in some ways Ottawa is a relatively friendly place for street art. “These shots are from the House of Paint and the  Slater Street Tech Wall.  I think they give a cool glimpse into the degree in which graffiti is tolerated and to some extent appreciated in Ottawa. Initiatives like this allow for... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Maru’s unorthodox promotion of art and artists

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Maru Presents: Whitney Lewis-Smith from Maru Brand on Vimeo. Maru. Translated from Japanese as “round” or “circle.” Maru is the circle brand. Maru is a special project brand. Wait, what?! What does that even mean? Well, unlike a typical brand which serves to have itself recognized and adored, Maru isn’t about Maru at all. It’s about showcasing other individuals. Maru is the pet project of engineer-by-day/skateboard-phenomenon-by-night Andrew Szeto. A pretty rad skater, Szeto’s also a semi-professional photographer (“semi” only because he works for the Feds full time, nothing to do with lack... | Continue reading article

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