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Au pays de Groenland au Zaphod

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Photo courtesy of Bonsound.Photo courtesy of Bonsound.

Par Cindy Savard, une moitié de Basement 819, émission de radio bientôt en onde sur CHUO 89,1 FM et en balladodiffusion sur Apt613.ca.  Et voilà une naissance qui était essentielle! Groenland a officiellement pris vie en avril 2013 avec un premier album The Chase. Montréalais et talentueux, ils ont pris par surprise pas mal de monde. J’ai suivi leurs débuts, j’ai assisté à leur montée en flèche. De salles combles en salles combles (le jour du lancement, je n’ai même pas réussi à me faufiler entre les branches pour accéder à l’intérieur... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Atomic Rooster giveaway

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Love poutine? Look no further than Sparks Street – you’re now booked up for the weekend. Support Local month is entering its third weekend, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Tonight, there’s a vernissage of Andrea Stokes’ work down at Mint Hair Studio. It’s also the Alice Alishka pop-up shop at Workshop Boutique – your chance to get a hold of some one-of-a-kind pieces she’s just created. If you’re in the mood for some quirky, old films, Raw Sugar has partnered up with the Mayfair to showcase some... | Continue reading article

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Powerful new dance show offers personal reflection on father-son relationship (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo of Akram Khan performing Desh by Richard Haughton.Photo of Akram Khan performing Desh by Richard Haughton.

When British-born dancer Akram Khan started working on DESH, his new solo show, he thought it was going to be about his mother.  As he started putting together the innovative piece, however, he discovered that it was really a celebration of his father, who had told him numerous stories when he was a child that were taken from his homeland of Bangladesh. “(My mother) was the one who was always pushing Bangladeshi culture on me as a child, and I always felt closest to her,” recounts Khan in a recent... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Museum of Nature

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This week’s gem is not exactly a hidden one, but it’s definitely one of the most impressive buildings in the City. Designed by architect David Eward, drawing inspiration from similar Scottish Baronial style estates in Europe, the building is affectionately referred to as “the castle”. When you look closely you can notice many similarities between the museum and the Parliament buildings such as the use of local sandstone and the similar window design. And that’s not a coincidence. The idea was to establish a national landmark on the opposite end... | Continue reading article

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Review: Lucy Guerin Inc. performance of Weather

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Photo of Lucy Guerin Inc. performing weather by Heidrun LöhrPhoto of Lucy Guerin Inc. performing weather by Heidrun Löhr

If you enjoy modern dance, then you should consider going to the Lucy Guerin Inc. show at the National Arts Centre, which runs until tomorrow. In an interview last week with Apartment613, artistic director Lucy Guerin explained that Weather, an original piece by the Australian dance troupe, is meant to represent meteorological conditions.  After viewing the opening day performance on November 7, I can confirm that the show accomplished this objective. As Canadians know all too well, weather is often comprised of predictable patterns, before transforming into seemingly chaotic behavior. ... | Continue reading article

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IMOOfest celebrates the best of improvised music

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Christine Duncan (left) and Jean Martin perform on opening night. Photo from barnyardrecords.com.Christine Duncan (left) and Jean Martin perform on opening night. Photo from barnyardrecords.com.

What better to brighten up a gloomy weather weekend than some music? The Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais (IMOO) are back hosting their second annual IMOOfest 2013 this weekend – the mini music festival that celebrates the best of improvised music. Working as a networking platform for emerging artists to present their work to an open audience, the IMOO team creates a community for developing artists to come together and share their unique talents. Taking place November 8 – 10 at Ottawa’s GigSpace, IMOOfest 2013 will showcase nine acts over three... | Continue reading article

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Something for everyone at the Extremely Short New Play Festival + ticket giveaway

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Eric Craig (Gorilla) in Top Job and Colleen Sutton (Tammy) in Out of Gas. All photos by Andrew AlexanderEric Craig (Gorilla) in Top Job and Colleen Sutton (Tammy) in Out of Gas. All photos by Andrew Alexander

Post by Barbara Popel and Brian Carroll The short play format dates back to the satyr plays of ancient Greece, with a modern resurrection in the “Polaroid playwriting” pioneered in 1977 by the Actors Theater of Louisville. John Koensgen, the Festival’s producer and director, along with playwrights Robert Marinier and actress Mary Ellis, selected the ten plays in the festival by emerging and established Ottawa authors, each of which runs for less time than your morning shower. Koensgen’s creative team was a strong one. The actors – Eric Craig, Maureen Smith, Brian K. Stewart and Colleen... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Let them eat cake!

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Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.

Today’s roundup is chock-a-block full of adventures, and also gives you the chance to win your very own delicious vegan cake. Read on to find out more. The second weekend of Support Local starts off tonight down at Flock Boutique, where Purple Urchin is setting up a pop-up apothecary. Just down the street at Twiss & Weber, you’ll find a trunk show featuring local designers, and Wunderkammer kicks off the holidays tonight in the Market. Friday night, A Curious Shop loves its customers back with fire spinning, treats and deals... | Continue reading article

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Saxsyndrum play Pressed Nov. 8

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Lucky me, I took a weekend trip to my favourite city in Quebec and got to spend some time with Montreal’s Saxsyndrum at Resonance Café as we chatted about their upcoming show over a bowl of chips and guacamole. David and Nick, the two lovely humans that make up Saxsyndrum shared with me their thoughts, feelings and ideas about their music and upcoming Ottawa show at Pressed on Friday, November 8th. Apt613: So is this Ottawa show part of a little tour? Nick: Technically, yes. It’s spread out over a... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Stone and bronze at Strathcona Park

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Photo by Maksim ApelfeldPhoto by Maksim Apelfeld

To switch things up this week, I’ve decided to explore one of my favorite outdoor spaces in central Ottawa: Strathcona Park. Situated on the eastern edge of Sandy Hill, the park is centrally-located yet far enough from the buzz of Rideau Street and the Market.  The park stretches out along the Rideau River, with the river on one side, and a row of embassy residences on the other. The existing area of the park was used as a rifle range in pre-WWI Ottawa, before being redeveloped into a park and the site of Ottawa’s... | Continue reading article

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