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Photo courtesy of Venus Envy.

Venus Envy wants you to come… to their 15th anniversary party!

Find Sheri Levine on Twitter at @sherlevine. Venus Envy, Ottawa’s education-oriented sex shop, is celebrating the Big One on January 30th, marking 15 successful years in O-town. It’s easy to escape Ottawa’s bitter winter chill by hibernating your weekends away, but attending Venus Envy’s big bash is the perfect way to add some much needed heat to […]


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Beau’s at Lansdowne

On these frost bitten winter days, we residents of Ottawa deserve something to look forward to, like, a huge St Patrick’s Day party at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavillion hosted by Beau’s Brewery. This is the first year the brewery is celebrating this Irish holiday, but based on the success of their Oktoberfest festivities, this should be […]


Adventures in dubstep, coming soon to Barrymore’s

Jonesing for your first show for 2016? Montreal-based duo Adventure Club will be playing at Barrymore’s January 23rd, 30th and 31st, and will bring all the wanderlust feels. As one of their stops on their Made in Canada homecoming tour, Apt613 had the chance to chat with Leighton James of the electronic music pair. Before […]

All photos by Terry Steeves.

Goodbye Maxwell’s… and thanks for the memories

Last Saturday night, people showed up in droves to live out their last hurrahs at Elgin Street’s landmark venue, Maxwell’s, who will close their doors after 34 years. So many familiar faces, former employees, and long-time patrons came to revisit and reconnect with one another one last time in a place that was one of […]


Who knew murder could be so funny?

Mr. Bean meets Clue in The Murder Room, a thoroughly silly send-up of the British murder mystery now playing at the Ottawa Little Theatre through to January 30. Any night of theatre asks the audience to bring the believer in them, a readiness to entertain a greater range of possibilities than we do in everyday […]

Swan Lake
by Dada Masilo.
The Dance Factory, Newtown, Johannesburg

Photograph:John Hogg

Review: Reimagined Swan Lake wows NAC audience

I have a soft spot for artists who break the rules, which likely explains why I fell in love this week with South African choreographer Dada Masilo. During a one-night only performance at the National Arts Centre on Tuesday, January 12, Masilo’s captivating re-telling of the famous ballet Swan Lake enthralled the audience. In this […]

At House of Common, photo from the venue's Facebook page.

New music venues: A few new reasons to leave your bed in 2016

2015 was a tough year for Ottawa’s music community. In July, Mugshots Jail Bar — a place near and dear to the hearts of many — closed amidst highly dubious circumstances, abruptly laying off all of its employees and prompting an ongoing lawsuit against the company’s upper management. In October, a catastrophic fire levelled the […]

Photo by Bindi Cole.

Jack Charles brings brilliant one-man show to NAC

When the National Arts Centre announced its 2015-16 theatre season lineup earlier this year, Jack Charles v The Crown stood out as a special performance. Opening this evening at the NAC for a limited run that finishes this Saturday, January 16, this one-man show has been captivating audiences in different countries with its inspiring tale […]

Photo courtesy of Maria Vartanova.

The Underpants: A spicy farce at The Gladstone

It’s 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Off-stage, a pretty young wife, Louise, goes to see the Prussian king parade by her apartment building.  A minor “wardrobe malfunction” occurs:   the ribbons holding up her bloomers give way and her underpants fall to her ankles in the midst of the crowd.  This sets in motion all sorts […]

Some of the artists featured in the NAC Presents series: Pierre Kwenders (photo from his Facebook page), Safia Nolin (photo from her Bandcamp page), and Tanya Tagaq (photo from her website).

Seven fun facts about #NACPresents

The NAC is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its “NAC Presents” concert series this Saturday with a shindig in the NAC lobby.  The party will feature music by The Lionyls, Mehdi Cayenne, U.S. Girls, and headliners A Tribe Called Red.  For the past five years, the concert series has brought many of Canada’s best up-and-coming artists and […]

A Tribe Called Red. Photo courtesy of Falling Tree Photography. ATCR will be headlining the #NACPresents 5 year anniversary party this Saturday night.

Q&A with A Tribe Called Red’s Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau

The NAC Presents concert series is hosting its 5th anniversary party this Saturday, January 9 in the NAC foyer. Live music at the party will feature U.S. Girls, Mehdi Cayenne and The Lionyls, and will be headlined by hometown “powwow-step” superstars A Tribe Called Red. Apt613 spoke with Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau this week to […]