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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Good thing this weekend has the longest days of the year – with so much happening, you’ll need those extra hours of sunshine to pack it all in! If you’re down at the Fringe Festival, be sure to stop by the courtyard to say hi – we’ll be reviewing all of the Fringe plays again this year, within 24 hours of their first performance. Catch all of our reviews over in our Fully Fringed section! For Thursday, we’ve got the Le pARTy Art Auction, the Ottawa Art Gallery’s fundraiser auction... | Continue reading article

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Fringe Festival Preview – Kitt & Jane: an interactive survival guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future

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Photo courtesy of SNAFU from ottawafringe.com.Photo courtesy of SNAFU from ottawafringe.com.

SNAFU Dance theatre | Actual Run Time: 75 Minutes Editor’s note: For the last five year’s Apartment613 has reviewed every single Ottawa Fringe play in our Fully Fringed initiative. This year we sent Dev Marr to the Montreal Fringe to do a bit of recognisance on some of the plays heading to Ottawa later this week. The Montreal Fringe runs until June 22, while the Ottawa Festival starts this Thursday, June 19. Check out all of Apt613’s reviews here. The company that brought you Little Orange Man is back with... | Continue reading article

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Souljazz Orchestra to test drive new material at Glow Fair

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Photo by Alexandre Mattar.Photo by Alexandre Mattar.

Ottawa’s Souljazz Orchestra is leading a strong set of local acts heading into Glow Fair, the Bank Street BIA’s new street festival, this Friday. Self-described as “Canada’s hardest-working combo”, The Souljazz Orchestra is hoping the neon, glow-in-the-dark festival will serve as a tune up ahead of their big euro tour launching next week. “It’s been awhile since we’ve played a proper show in Ottawa,” says lead singer Pierre Chrétien. “It will be a good tune up before we leave for Europe for our big summer tour the same week. We’ll... | Continue reading article

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From Death Valley to Paradise City: A different kind of ‘beat’ journey

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Photo provided by the Available Light Screening Collective.Photo provided by the Available Light Screening Collective.

There’s an undeniable romance to the idea of climbing into a car and discovering the world head-on wherever the road, and your instincts, might take you. That’s the primary motivation behind multidisciplinary visual artist, musician and director Lisa Lipton (a.k.a FRANKIE)’s most recent works that compromise the screening get outta my dreams and into my car. This Thursday’s screening (presented by Available Light Screening Collective) will be the first time Lipton shows all five films created during her Canada-U.S. journey and the first time she will perform alongside them. Apartment613... | Continue reading article

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Ringside for Youth XX: A fundraising success story

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One of the many volunteers of Ottawa's finest, providing security during Ringside For Youth XX. All photos by Terry Steeves.One of the many volunteers of Ottawa's finest, providing security during Ringside For Youth XX. All photos by Terry Steeves.

This is the story of how members of a community got together to help a financially strapped youth centre. That was 20 years ago, and the centre was the Ottawa Police Youth Centre, located in the Debra St./Dynes Ave. area…a neighbourhood which at one time, was plagued with crime. The PYC opened in 1992, inside a building which was once a fire hall, creating a place where kids could participate in various youth programs, many of which were geared during the after-school time slot. A safe place to hang out,... | Continue reading article

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Trade-offs’ frontman Joshua Qaumariaq brings a little Northern soul to Ottawa

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Screen shot of Joshua Qaumariaq in The Trade-off's "Brighten Up" video.Screen shot of Joshua Qaumariaq in The Trade-off's "Brighten Up" video.

The voice that comes out of Trade-offs’ frontman Joshua Qaumariaq is startling for anyone who hears him sing for the first time. Qaumariaq is a young Inuk man born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut’s cold capital city, but he has the voice of an aged blues man from the deep south who has seen too many hot sleepless nights. It particularly suits the Trade-offs’ blues/soul sound that has enthralled Nunavummiut for years. Last year the Trade-offs came out on top and represented Nunavut for CBC Music’s Searchlight contest for Canada’s... | Continue reading article

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What does an art critic do?

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Anna Khimasia (left) and Teodora Dimitrova. Photo provided by the Ottawa Art Gallery.Anna Khimasia (left) and Teodora Dimitrova. Photo provided by the Ottawa Art Gallery.

The Ottawa Art Gallery’s Articulation: Critical art writing workshop series is intended to offer participants the support, skills, and editorial assistance they need to establish or expand their critical art writing practice. The series aims to foster a community of critical art writers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, by providing both emerging and experienced writers with the opportunity to connect with each other and learn from prominent members of the national art writing community. The last writing workshop, offered by Anna Khimasia, focused on the role of criticism in art writing: “What... | Continue reading article

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The Burden of Self Awareness: Q&A with Eric Coates and Arthur Milner

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Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Eric Coates is the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. He also plays the character Michael in The Burden of Self Awareness. This production marks his stage debut at the GCTC. We caught up with him in advance of the production’s launch. Our interview with Arthur Milner follows. Apt613: It’s the GCTC’s 39th anniversary season and it’s coming to an end with The Burden of Self Awareness. Why have you saved it for last? Coates: That was partly just a scheduling necessity because of the availability of other... | Continue reading article

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Capital Pride promises to offer an edgier festival this year

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A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.

In its ever-lasting quest to be more fabulous, fantastic and flamboyant than the year before, the Capital Pride Committee is releasing a program that’s edgier than its predecessors. This year’s Capital Pride Festival will kick off at the Museum of Nature. As part of the museum’s popular Nature Nocturne event series, revelers will launch Pride, while checking out the Museum’s exhibits in a night club-esque setting. The Village Movie Night is also evolving. This year’s night in front of the silver screen will include a fully licensed bar. The committee’s... | Continue reading article

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Lunch Out Loud Ottawa 77- Fringe Festival Preview & Brock Zeman

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Andrew, Patrick and Nick at Fringe Festival headquartersAndrew, Patrick and Nick at Fringe Festival headquarters

Episode 77 of Lunch Out Loud Ottawa is up! We meet with Patrick Gauthier, the director of the Ottawa Fringe Festival . We met up with him at the Fringe Festival headquarters to know a bit more about him, what the festival is all about, how to get involved in the festival, where performers like to eat and sleep, news for this years festival and we preview several exciting acts! Such an interesting episode! Music this week is from Brock Zeman who can be seen at Westfest today at 6pm!... | Continue reading article

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