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Treepot presents The Reel Deal: a screening of short indie films by women

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Still from Unburden.Still from Unburden.

Ottawa-based film production company Treepot Media aims to support local talent and to foster a community of filmmakers and filmgoers here in the capital. This weekend they’ll be hosting Reel Deal: a program featuring six films by women, and curated by Jennifer Mulligan. Apartment613 caught up with her and got some insight into her perspective on women’s film and her curatorial approach. Apartment613: Tell us a bit about your background in film: is it something you studied formally or is it more of a passion you feed on-the-side? Jennifer Mulligan:... | Continue reading article

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A Tribe Called Red: What’s next after a year of highs

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Photo by Nadya Kwandibens.Photo by Nadya Kwandibens.

There’s an argument to be made that A Tribe Called Red has become Ottawa’s best musical export over the last couple of years, so it’s a treat for us every time they come back to play a show at home. In 2013, the three gents were short-listed for the Polaris Prize and travelled the world sharing Nation II Nation with fans across the US, Mexico and Europe. The Turtle Island tour is about to get started and February 8th is their homecoming at Babylon. Bear Witness took some time to share what... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 5 février 2014 :: Éric, nouveau collaborateur à la langue déliée, The Yips, Antoni Gilbert, Cinéma : Pumped Up Flix

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Photo d'Antoni GilbertPhoto d'Antoni Gilbert

Basement 819 du 5 février 2014 Voici notre quatrième et fière édition! Occupé, le duo de BMT 819, avec tous ces shows le samedi 8 février! Mais avant tout, ce mercredi 5 février a marqué l’entrée en ondes de notre collaborateur Éric! Bienvenue Éric! Qui nous a apporté une belle chronique sur Philémon Cimon et son nouvel Album “L’été”! Et pour ce 8 février… - Antoni Gilbert et Francis Belmont seront au Le Troquet à partir de 22h30 ! C’est par ici et aussi par là. - Pour les plus... | Continue reading article

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Lace up your skates for a good cause

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Photo courtesy of Engineers Without Borders Carleton.Photo courtesy of Engineers Without Borders Carleton.

What could be more Canadian than a game of ODR? How about a friendly tournament that combines outdoor hockey with fundraising for a socially-conscious good cause? This Saturday at Brewer Park boasts exactly that event: Carleton University’s EWB Winter Classic. Apartment613 got in touch with one of the organizers, Sebastian Mol, to get the skinny on this shinny. Apartment 613: You’re currently one of the presidents (along with Alex Serada) of the Carleton University chapter of Engineers Without Borders. How did you first get involved with this organization? Sebastian Mol:... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway

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Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.

The weekend’s almost upon us and Winterlude is in full swing. You might want to save your mandatory stop to look at the pretty sculptures for Sunday, because the weekend is chalk full with fun things to do. Start your Thursday evening early at the Ottawa Art Gallery with the dual exhibit of David R. Harper & Rémi Thériault and Painters Eleven. Thériault’s exhibition consists of a series of large colour photographs on the physical transformation of European sites where Canadian armies fought in WWI. Harper’s exhibit “Entre chien et... | Continue reading article

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Review: In a word, Face 2 Face is “Awesome”

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Photo of Anne Plamondon by Michael SlobodianPhoto of Anne Plamondon by Michael Slobodian

The Face 2 Face dance festival opened last night at Arts Court with two fantastic shows.  If you are a dance lover and don’t have tickets yet, rush out and get them as this series is shaping up to be a wonderful event. Canadian Anne Plamondon began opening night with her brilliant performance Les mêmes yeux que toi, a deeply personal story about her father’s struggles with mental illness.  Combining narration with beautiful movements, this piece is a touching look at a very difficult subject, as well as a first-rate work of art.... | Continue reading article

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Thaw/Dégel beats the winter blues

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Manon Labrosse stands in front of her work.Manon Labrosse stands in front of her work.

Manon Labrosse’s new series “THAW” currently on exhibition at the Council For The Arts (2 Daly Ave, Ottawa) is a thing of wistful beauty. The paintings, (oil & graphite on wood panel) illustrate Labrosse’s keen sense of design and although reminiscent of previous work, have evolved into a harmonious, calming collection of dripping jewel tones used to describe the imminent spring thaw. Logs float and dangle like weightless toggles suspended amid the clouds. Like a mobile they sometimes spin apart and then re-gain balance. It is the melting landscape in... | Continue reading article

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This Saturday the NAC becomes a musical playground courtesy of Peter and the Wolf

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Graphic taken from NAC web siteGraphic taken from NAC web site

In the annals of children’s music, a special place is reserved for the magical work Peter and the Wolf by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev.   Created in 1936 , this timeless classic tells the story of a young boy who ignores his grandfather’s warning about a dangerous wolf lurking outside.  When the stubborn Peter comes face-to-face with the wolf, however, he sets in motion a hair-raising adventure. Children and adults alike can enjoy this musical masterpiece this Saturday, February 8, when the NAC Orchestra joins with the Magic Circle Mime Company to perform this brilliant work.... | Continue reading article

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Those Gulls spread wings – will be landing at Zaphod’s

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Let’s call it metamorphosis. Or breeding. Birds and the bees, say, with emphasis on the birds, more specifically those pale-hued squawkers. What started with solo flights down on the beach now soars with five, dipping and diving in hypnotic rhythms, looting the landscapes for morsels of melodies. The most recent updraft has this five-piece of gulls soaring to Zaphod’s, where, alongside Trees, they’ll open for The Darcys. We lured them in with a package of soda-crackers, and Those Gulls, Andrew Grosvenor (AG), Peter Zachar (PZ), Pierce McKennirey (PM), and Kate... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Island Park monument

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

While driving back from Camp Fortune this past weekend, I came across an interesting sculpture as I was getting off the Champlain Bridge. I must have driven past this very spot hundreds of times in the past, but this was the first time that I took some time to study the sculpture in detail. Located on the corner of Island Park Drive and the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway, this hidden gem resembles a colossal satellite dish made up of tiny wooden rectangular prisms capped with silver plates. My initial... | Continue reading article

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