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Ottawa’s open mic/open jam experience: Bassline Pub & Eatery

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From left to right: Thursday Electric Jam host, Michael Bassett on guitar, Wayne Miller on drums, Ray Richer on bass. All photos by Terry Steeves.From left to right: Thursday Electric Jam host, Michael Bassett on guitar, Wayne Miller on drums, Ray Richer on bass. All photos by Terry Steeves.

My second installment on the open jam/open mic experience brings me to Bassline Pub & Eatery, located near the corner of Greenbank and Baseline, in Ottawa’s west end. Founded in 2006, owner Anthony Scarcella (aka, AJ), has always believed in the power of the local music scene, welcoming a wide array of genres to appeal to various musical tastes. As a result, there is now a large network of musicians, which have attracted many to this little west end music hub. Soon to go on its eighth year in business,... | Continue reading article

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Photo books by local photographer seek to display Ottawa in all its gorgeous glory

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Photo by Christophe Ledent (copyright)Photo by Christophe Ledent (copyright)

Christophe Ledent is one of the most inspiring – and talented – photographers in the National Capital Region.  In early 2012, after rediscovering his passion for photography after almost 10 years, he launched the beautiful photo-blog Ottawa Seen 365 Ways in 365 Days. “The idea behind [the photo-blog] is simple: set out to explore, photograph and share a new Ottawa discovery everyday for a year,” Ledent tells Apartment613.  ”From tourist spots to local street art, festivals, culture and food, I wanted to discover everything Ottawa had to offer.” Having completed his full-year project, Ledent... | Continue reading article

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Win a pair of tickets for Thursday’s dance performance by Kyle Abraham at the NAC

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Photo of Kyle Abraham by Steven SchreiberPhoto of Kyle Abraham by Steven Schreiber

Dance choreographer Kyle Abraham has been hailed as “one of the brightest creative talents to emerge in New York City” in the last four years.  The Pittsburgh-raised artist is now bringing his Bessie Award winning The Radio Show to Ottawa, which will be performed tomorrow at the NAC at 7:30 pm. With seven dancers, The Radio Show combines the freedom of street dance with the precision of ballet, while tackling the theme of loss – both of Abraham’s father and a defunct urban radio station. Apartment613 has a pair of tickets to giveaway for this critically acclaimed show.  (A... | Continue reading article

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Railbender Studio: The crowdfunded art gallery and tattoo parlour

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Railbender Studio opens February 15th!Railbender Studio opens February 15th!

Ottawa’s got its fair share of tattoo parlours and art galleries – and tattoo parlour art galleries. The latest addition to this mix is Railbender Studio, set to open Feb. 15 down in Hintonburg. There’s a twist, though, that makes this new studio unique. In order to launch the studio/gallery, owners Alex Néron and Marta Jarzabek looked to the community for support. Through a Kickstarter campaign, they raised enough to get the business off the ground, getting support from more than 100 backers and reaching their 10,000 goal in one month. We... | Continue reading article

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Enter the Mannequin: an interview with Ooluu

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Photo by Matt C.Photo by Matt C.

I’m sitting in a dim, black light-equipped room in the basement studio of one of the most peculiar Ottawa bands to date. Present with me are Eric Landry, and Asa Holloh, the lead singer and bassist of Ooluu, respectively. Their debut EP Mannequin is being released on February 14th. Any significance behind the date? “It’s a Friday,” Eric explains, grinning. On the desk, a miniature Spock and Buddha are having a staring contest, with classical music leaking out of an unseen pair of speakers. (“Chopin,” mumbles Asa when I ask... | Continue reading article

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Long-time ice sculptor dishes on Winterlude’s annual competition

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Kenny Hayden poses with his ice sculpture. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Kenny Hayden poses with his ice sculpture. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Elaborate ice carvings have temporarily transformed Confederation Park into a crystal garden this year for the 36th Winterlude. Kenny Hayden, 64, is a local competitor who participates in the event each winter. “This year we had a fantastic competition,” says Hadyen as we sit near the fountain where about a dozen ice carvings are on display. “We have had the perfect temperatures this year for [preserving] the ice. If it continues like this they could last another week,” he remarks with pride. Hayden is among twelve members of the Canadian... | Continue reading article

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Age of Arousal fails to arouse

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Lisa Jeans and Tim Oberholzer in Age of Arousal. Photo: Bear & Co.Lisa Jeans and Tim Oberholzer in Age of Arousal. Photo: Bear & Co.

In 1893, George Gissing published a novel called The Odd Women.  The title derived from the fact that there were a million more women than men in Victorian England.  These “odd” women weren’t able to land a husband, and this had a severe economic impact on women. Gissing’s story was of three impoverished sisters - Alice, Virginia and Monica – whose paths cross with an orphaned 30-something woman, Rhoda.  Rhoda is unmarried and living with an older unmarried woman, Mary.   Together, they are running a secretarial school to teach marketable... | Continue reading article

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The Goodluck Assembly left the audience wanting more

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Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, A. Laramey is a writer, and spends too much time on the internet. You can read more of her writing here. For several years the Shenkman Arts Centre has been running its Après Dark series, a series dedicated to showcasing emerging, local musicians. I was lucky enough to attend the most recent event, a show by The Goodluck Assembly featuring Laurent Bourque. Taking place in the very cool looking lounge setup of Shenkman’s Richcraft Theatre — complete with couches and a bar —... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Sir Winston Churchill mural

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

This week’s Gem comes to you courtesy of local artist Shaun McInnis known for his wonderful outdoor murals found all around Ottawa. This particular mural is located on a retaining wall at the corner of Richmond Road and Churchill Avenue. The mural depicts former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill and acts as a gateway into Westboro Village. Churchill Avenue, formally known as Main Street, was renamed in honour of the British Prime Minister following WWII. The mural came later, in the late nineties, and is now a familiar feature... | Continue reading article

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Height-of-the-party vibe before the sun goes down

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Every year, restaurants, galleries and clubs sprout up around the city, offering new and undiscovered spaces for artistic and culinary talent, cultural and social activities, and opportunities to meet new people. Sometimes though, places that have been in the scene for what seems like ages change how they do things and offer up a traditional space for reinterpretation. That’s exactly what’s been happening every Monday night at the Mercury Lounge since the start of this year, where a few dance lovers have taken over the floor albeit in a different... | Continue reading article

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