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The music of the 60s – A story in photographs

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Ethan Russell performs in Oakville, CA. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Ethan Russell performs in Oakville, CA. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, April Laramey is a writer who spends far too much time on the internet. You can find her on facebook here. Ethan Russell would be the first to tell you that he stumbled into his photography career. In 1967 he was a 21-year-old living in London, looking to become a writer. “I’m working in a hospital with children and a friend of a friend comes to visit and it turns out he’s a writer for an almost brand new magazine called Rolling Stone…and... | Continue reading article

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Ballet production of Romeo and Juliet comes to Centrepointe Theatre in Nepean

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Photo by Charlene McIntosh Photo by Charlene McIntosh

Eating well and promoting the arts have important things in common.  Let me explain. If you want to eat healthy food, make sure that fruits and vegetables are in the front of your refrigerator.  Why?  People gravitate to what is closest to them. The same goes for the arts.  If you want a large number of people to attend artistic performances – be it the ballet, musical concerts or gallery showings – then you should organize them in easy to reach spots. For more than 25 years, Ballet Jörgen has... | Continue reading article

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Andrew W.K. talks pizza and bodily fluids | Catch his solo show at Mavericks this Thursday

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Andrew W.K. Photo provided by Spectrasonic.Andrew W.K. Photo provided by Spectrasonic.

I knew well in advance I was going to talk food with Andrew W.K. during our interview. He’s known for two things: being the King of Partying and loving Pizza. The rock musician is known for his fast paced singles like Party Hard and She is Beautiful, and his concerts are typically a blur of dancing, head banging and of course, partying. We immediately launch into food. “Are you bringing the Pizza Guitar?” I ask. The pizza guitar, was given to W.K. by the Japanese company ESP. “The pizza guitar!” W.K.... | Continue reading article

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The Cooper Brothers celebrate 40th anniversary with a little help from their friends

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Juno 2014 nominee, Amanda Rheaume seen here performing "Our Love Deserves Better" with The Cooper Brothers. All photos by Terry Steeves.Juno 2014 nominee, Amanda Rheaume seen here performing "Our Love Deserves Better" with The Cooper Brothers. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The Cooper Brothers, along with a little help from their vast array of musician friends, gave a monumental performance in front of a sold out crowd at Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre this past Friday night. It was a celebration of their music, that has stood the test of time, since their first release, Finally, in 1974 under the Polydor label. “Ottawa was very Country back then.” Brian Cooper explains, “and CFRA was our only music station. Growing up, we were inspired by the music of the Beatles, the Hollies, the Eagles, etc…bands... | Continue reading article

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Gallery 101 looks to the future with a move to Little Italy

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Untitled (grey rhinoceros on green) by Adrian Lazzaro, 2011. Photo provided by Gallery 101.Untitled (grey rhinoceros on green) by Adrian Lazzaro, 2011. Photo provided by Gallery 101.

When Laura Margita returned to Ottawa last year and became director of Gallery 101 the first thing she said was “well, we need to move”. Anybody who’d ever been to the old space would probably agree. Decision makers had primarily chosen the Bank Street building back in the early 2000s because at the time they believed a Centretown home was the key to success. Location, location, location. Unfortunately the long narrow stairwell proved not only to be vertigo-inducing to visitors and staff alike, but it also made the installation of... | Continue reading article

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Searching for Snails: A thrill of creative performances & happy trails with Ottawa Stilt Union

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Ottawa Stilt Union members rehearse. Photo by Emma Zabloski.Ottawa Stilt Union members rehearse. Photo by Emma Zabloski.

Searching for Snails / À la recherche des escargots is a fable of co-existence, self-discovery and ecological respect. Luckily, this journey of predatory human nature versus planetary needs is also a cavalcade of darkly entertaining performances replete with ingenious puppetry, larger-than-life characters, comedy, dance, song and haunting stilt walking. The story is simple–business man Maximilien (author Guy Marsan) is sent by tenacious client Cecilia (Laura Astwood) to a rural village to appropriate the Great Northern Snail and produce a synthetic version of their treasured “slime”. As he embarks on his... | Continue reading article

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Poetry festival brings together talented wordsmiths from Ottawa and abroad

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Left: Moe Clark, photo by Nora Nathoo. Right: Stephen James Smith, photo by Bob Dixon.Left: Moe Clark, photo by Nora Nathoo. Right: Stephen James Smith, photo by Bob Dixon.

VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival, will take place from March 25-30.  In advance of this literary celebration, we spoke with acclaimed local poet David O’Meara, who is also the artistic director of the festival. Apartment613: The first VERSeFest took place in 2011. What was the aim of starting this annual poetry gathering, given that Ottawa already has a writers festival? David O’Meara: Ottawa has a very large, diverse poetry community, with over a dozen reading and performance series organized through the year.  Not a week goes by that there aren’t at least three... | Continue reading article

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Canadian-made ballet recounts fiery love affair between two legendary artists (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo by André Tremblay Photo by André Tremblay

We are giving away two pair of tickets to the opening night of Rodin/Claudel on Thursday, March 27. To enter email apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “NAC Ballet Contest” by noon Monday, March 24.  The two winners will be contacted on Monday afternoon. Auguste Rodin is one of the most famous sculptors of all time.  His brilliant body of work includes The Thinker, an iconic piece first unveiled more than 100 years ago, as well as his masterpiece The Gates of Hell, which  was inspired by the first part of Dante’s epic... | Continue reading article

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Full Steam Ahead: Ottawa Steampunk Fifth Anniversary Gala

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Photo from the Steampunk Ottawa Facebook page.Photo from the Steampunk Ottawa Facebook page.

Post By Rachel Thistle. In the past few years, the internet and fandom have been full of steampunk images: heroines in leather corsets armed with tesla coil ray guns and Gentleman Adventurers with blunderbuses, top hats and monocles. Steampunk revels in retro science fiction, presenting a reimagining of the Age of Exploration with Victorian fashion, steam-powered gadgets and a love of craftsmanship, gears and goggles. There’s something about the aesthetic that appeals to a wide cross section, bringing together experienced costumers, basement tinkerers and curious bystanders from all age groups... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.

Let’s pretend the weekend starts now, shall we? Or at least start planning what to do to avoid slipping further into the winter blues. Kick things off tonight with Kalya Scintilla’s musical transmissions at Ritual, or head to the Karsh-Masson Gallery for the blending of art and music in a new exhibit. If you want something a little more underground, put on your best ’20s threads and head to Babylon for the Ragin’ Cajun Speakeasy. Mill Street Brew Pub is raising funds for kids + wishes with The Breakfast Wish... | Continue reading article

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