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Celebrate Ottawa’s feminist heroes this Valentine’s Day

Kissing is cool or whatever, and there’s probably some Valentine’s Day stuff going on in Ottawa for people who are into that kind of thing.  But those whose deepest, truest, most abiding love is of gender equality will also have an opportunity to celebrate their love this Valentine’s Day.  Planned Parenthood Ottawa has organized a […]

Doctor Science. Photo by JD Hancock on Flickr.

Apt613 Live for February 10, 2015

Hey kids! In case you haven’t checked your calendars this weekend will be ushered in by one of my favourite special days: Friday 13th!  I don’t normally sidestep ladders, avoid cracks in the sidewalk or throw salt over my shoulder to scare away the devil.  But there’s something delightful about indulging in these little rituals […]

Scott Helman. Photo by Chris Payne.

Ottawa, meet Scott Helman

Scott Helman is on the cusp, armed with a left-of-centre poppy sonic identity and just enough songs to leave his hometown, brimming with an expansive energy of what’s yet to come. The Toronto native caught the attention of labels exces at Warner Music Canada while still a teenager and since releasing his debut EP, Augusta […]

Photo of Elizabeth Shepherd courtesy of Pinwheel Music

The gorgeous jazz sounds of Elizabeth Shepherd

Montreal-based musician Elizabeth Shepherd is a delight to listen to. With a gorgeous jazz sound that combines several other influences, her music is a truly inventive audio blend.  Local music lovers can see her musical talent first-hand this Friday when she performs at the Dominion-Chalmers Church (355 Cooper St.) at 7:30 pm as part of Ottawa’s Winter […]

Still from The Good Son.

The Good Son: A Finnish premiere in Ottawa

Director Zaida Bergroth’s second feature is a must-see. Cinematographically stunning, this is a complex drama about family life, focusing on a mutually destructive relationship between a mother and her oldest son. Leila is an actress that compulsively seeks attention, positive or negative. Always entertaining, she is surrounded by scandal. Accompanied by her two sons, she […]

Photo by Tristram Kenton courtesy of the NAC

Seductive tango set to alight the NAC stage

The word “tango” evokes images of sensuality and eroticism, with a dash of menace that can be traced to its shady routes. Originating in the 1890s in the border area between Argentina and Uruguay, this passionate dance soon spread around the world, despite its early links to a risque underworld. (Some early forms of tango were forbidden having […]

Love you forever and always. Photo by Bust it Away Photography from the apt613 Flickr pool.

Valentine’s Day in Ottawa

Booze will be flowing, burlesque will be performed and of course – love will be in the air this Valentine’s Day in Ottawa. Young or old, newcomer or life-long Ottawan, even if you’re single there’s an event in the city right for you on the most romantic day of the year. Let’s break it down! […]

Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful
voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Live! on Elgin: Theatre and music in the heart of Ottawa

Lawrence and Jon Evenchick, the father and son team behind the anticipated Live! on Elgin, invited media this Sunday to show what they have in store for their local arts venue set to open on May 1st. Surrounded by Confederation Park, Parliament, and the hub of shops and restaurants on Elgin St, the location is […]

Photo of Rob Chartier, Julia Gutsik, Moni Hoffman, Jessie Huggett and Liz Winkelaar by Erika Ferrarin (courtesy of Propeller Dance)

The cutting-edge art of Propeller Dance

What is a disability?  Is it something to be fixed and rehabilitated, or can it open up artistic possibilities that would otherwise not be available? For Ottawa-based Propeller Dance, the art of human movement can be found in all kinds of bodies. Co-Founded by Shara Weaver, Renata Soutter and Alan Shain, it is the only […]

L-R Christopher Morris as Tony Blair and Stuart Hughes as George W. Bush (Photo by Andree Lanthier courtesy of the NAC)

The ghosts of Iraq haunt us still + ticket giveaway

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the evening show of Stuff Happens on Saturday, February 14. To enter email apartment613@gmail.com by 2 pm Tuesday, February 10 with the subject line “Stuff Happens – Contest”.  The winner of the random draw will be notified on Tuesday afternoon. Why did the United States invade […]

Still from the Hilotrons video for "Real Game Changer".

Hilotrons drop new album February 24

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. If you’re looking for an upbeat, electro-punk meets funk fusion album with built-in underlying smart commentary, you can’t do better than To Trip with Terpischore, Hilotrons’ newest release. After ten years of making music and serious moves in the Canadian […]

Photo : Kristina Corre

Basement 819 du 4 février 2015 :: LIVE Session au Château Cyr avec IKENNA! On célèbre la multiplication des nouveautés musicales!

Basement 819 est aux aguets et respire calmement devant le feu roulant artistique qui se déroule sous son oeil de lynx. Avez-vous consulté le Weekend Roundup? On vous y encourage fortement! Notre collaborateur Jo Chapeau, instigateur du projet Le Château Cyr à Vanier, nous a offert l’un des meilleurs LIVE Session de sa carrière (!). […]

Bank Street Bridge in Winter. Photo by Kym Shumsky from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

The snow just keeps coming down, and the temperature refuses to rise – even though many Ottawa residents are fed up with wet feet and cold noses. This has been a huge week for events like Megaphono, and the events just keep on coming as we look to distract ourselves until spring arrives. All weekend […]

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