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Harvest Noir is back with fashion flash mobs and DJs – and a ticket giveaway!

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Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. It’s time, once again, to picnic. This isn’t just any picnic, though – this is a classy, black tie affair, voted one of Ottawa’s sexiest parties in our racy survey from earlier this year. For the past two years, Harvest Noir has seen hundreds of brave Ottawans gather together in their finest threads. Why ‘brave’, you ask? The picnics have both fallen on unseasonably cold days, with a spot of rain or two. This year, the organizers are hoping to change all that by holding it... | Continue reading article

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Opera Lyra launches new season with musical masterpiece Carmen

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David Pomeroy, left, and Alessandra Volpe, right, in partial dress rehearsal.  Photo by Bonnie Tompkins.David Pomeroy, left, and Alessandra Volpe, right, in partial dress rehearsal. Photo by Bonnie Tompkins.

In preparation for the 2013-14 season of Opera Lyra Ottawa, Apartment613 attended a partial dress rehearsal of Carmen, which will launch the group’s 29th season on September 7.  Below we report on the final preparations behind the scenes. Rehearsal Room B at the National Arts Centre is not what you’d expect.  It’s a stark room, with stacks of chairs around the edges and the lights a standard fluorescent.  It does not seem like a place where you would expect grand artistic productions to be created. A small group of people are... | Continue reading article

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Sakahàn Summer

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Fringe (2008) by Rebecca Belmore. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.Fringe (2008) by Rebecca Belmore. Photo © National Gallery of Canada.

Editor’s note: Post by Melody McKiver, Artengine’s 2013 Critical Resident Blogger. Initially posted on Artengine’s blog. The summer is slowly coming to an end – sad but true! – and the National Gallery of Canada’s exhibit Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art has kept up a whirlwind of activity. On the final weekend that the exhibit is open, I urge everyone that hasn’t yet seen it to pay the National Gallery a visit, or to give it a second (I’ll be on my fifth!) look. I have been engaged with Sakahàn programming in various... | Continue reading article

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Think you can play professional soccer? Then the Ottawa Fury wants to hear from you.

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Professional sports teams don’t often hold open tryouts for the general public.  Ottawa Fury FC, however, is planning on doing just that this coming fall, by giving aspiring soccer players a chance to become a professional athlete. “We are doing it for two reasons,” says Fury coach Marc Dos Santos, when asked why the team is holding an open tryout.  ”The first is to see players who have played in the past in a professional league…. Players who got lost in the system but who only need a chance.  The... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Magneta Lane performs tonight at Pressed. Photo courtesy their website.Magneta Lane performs tonight at Pressed. Photo courtesy their website.

Happy Labour Day, Ottawa! This weekend is a little less crazy than the rest of the summer has been, but there’s no shortage of events to check out. Don’t forget to stop by the Apartment613 Talks event tonight, featuring local sports lovers and intramural organizers talking about how play – for kids and grownups alike – helps make this a vibrant city. Bonus: deals on beer and food at 8 Locks Flat, where the Talks is taking place! For you music lovers, Toronto indie band By Divine Right will be at... | Continue reading article

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An open letter from the Arboretum team

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Our friends over at Arboretum penned a letter on their thoughts about the festival that we thought you all might like to read. It’s originally posted over here on the Arboretum website and re-printed below in full. Enjoy!   The whole she-bang looked like the green, digital rainfall of Matrix code: details within details, all the loose screws. We’ve had to paint the full picture of the festival from your words: You’ve said a lot of really wonderful things, and we’re beyond grateful. You mentioned the sound for every act... | Continue reading article

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Portraits of Bluesfest: Raising money for Blues in the Schools

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July 8 2013, 8:18 p.m. Photograph by Jamie Kronick.July 8 2013, 8:18 p.m. Photograph by Jamie Kronick.

With August drawing to a close and the nights getting longer, it wasn’t so long ago – just over a month, actually – that Björk captivated the city on the closing night of Bluesfest. Where has the time gone? If you’re looking to relive moments of the festival (and support a good cause) head over to Patrick Gordon Framing Studio on Thursday night for the fifth annual Portraits of Bluesfest – a fundraiser/silent art auction in support of Blues in the Schools. Organizer Peter Simpson, also known as the arts editor... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Pedaling towards a more liveable (and profitable) city

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Motivated to make Ottawa a better city, two local residents have launched an online site that seeks to promote mass cycling. The Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project was founded earlier this month by Michael Napiorkowski and Maayke Schurer.  Conceived as a non-profit community, the initiative wants to convince City Hall to install a network of segregated bike lanes throughout Ottawa’s major districts. If the duo’s vision is implemented, segregated bicycle lanes would be implemented in such areas as Sparks, Westboro, the ByWard Market, the Glebe, Hintonburg, Beechwood and Old Ottawa South. “My partner is... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Pride 2012. Photo courtesy Daily Xtra on Flickr.Pride 2012. Photo courtesy Daily Xtra on Flickr.

The Pride Parade happens this Sunday, and there are a ton of happenings to get you pumped up for the main event. Strip Spelling Bee is back at Babylon, Laugh out Proud is happening at Yuk Yuks, and there’s a bowling tournament – and that’s just tonight. Friday, there’s a pantsless party and Cirque Bizarre, while Saturday brings a choral showcase and some karaoke. Following the parade on Sunday, parties will keep going until the weekend wraps up! Dance parties will also be the theme down at Pour Boy on Friday night, with... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Talks presents Sports in the City: Building Local Culture through Play

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Photo courtesy of Lazy_Artist from the Apt613 flickr groupPhoto courtesy of Lazy_Artist from the Apt613 flickr group

Ever since the days when the citizens of Sparta would gather round to watch their man humiliate Athens at the chariot races, sports has been a keystone of local culture. Is there a modern city state that doesn’t make rooting for the home team somewhat mandatory? But the role of sports in forming local culture goes beyond professional or even semi-professional sports. Soccer fields, hockey arenas and baseball diamond are places where friendships (or rivalries) are formed that play out in other spheres of our communal life. Newer sports like... | Continue reading article

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