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Searching for Snails: A thrill of creative performances & happy trails with Ottawa Stilt Union

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Ottawa Stilt Union members rehearse. Photo by Emma Zabloski.Ottawa Stilt Union members rehearse. Photo by Emma Zabloski.

Searching for Snails / À la recherche des escargots is a fable of co-existence, self-discovery and ecological respect. Luckily, this journey of predatory human nature versus planetary needs is also a cavalcade of darkly entertaining performances replete with ingenious puppetry, larger-than-life characters, comedy, dance, song and haunting stilt walking. The story is simple–business man Maximilien (author Guy Marsan) is sent by tenacious client Cecilia (Laura Astwood) to a rural village to appropriate the Great Northern Snail and produce a synthetic version of their treasured “slime”. As he embarks on his... | Continue reading article

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Poetry festival brings together talented wordsmiths from Ottawa and abroad

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Left: Moe Clark, photo by Nora Nathoo. Right: Stephen James Smith, photo by Bob Dixon.Left: Moe Clark, photo by Nora Nathoo. Right: Stephen James Smith, photo by Bob Dixon.

VERSeFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival, will take place from March 25-30.  In advance of this literary celebration, we spoke with acclaimed local poet David O’Meara, who is also the artistic director of the festival. Apartment613: The first VERSeFest took place in 2011. What was the aim of starting this annual poetry gathering, given that Ottawa already has a writers festival? David O’Meara: Ottawa has a very large, diverse poetry community, with over a dozen reading and performance series organized through the year.  Not a week goes by that there aren’t at least three... | Continue reading article

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Canadian-made ballet recounts fiery love affair between two legendary artists (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo by André Tremblay Photo by André Tremblay

We are giving away two pair of tickets to the opening night of Rodin/Claudel on Thursday, March 27. To enter email apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “NAC Ballet Contest” by noon Monday, March 24.  The two winners will be contacted on Monday afternoon. Auguste Rodin is one of the most famous sculptors of all time.  His brilliant body of work includes The Thinker, an iconic piece first unveiled more than 100 years ago, as well as his masterpiece The Gates of Hell, which  was inspired by the first part of Dante’s epic... | Continue reading article

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Full Steam Ahead: Ottawa Steampunk Fifth Anniversary Gala

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Photo from the Steampunk Ottawa Facebook page.Photo from the Steampunk Ottawa Facebook page.

Post By Rachel Thistle. In the past few years, the internet and fandom have been full of steampunk images: heroines in leather corsets armed with tesla coil ray guns and Gentleman Adventurers with blunderbuses, top hats and monocles. Steampunk revels in retro science fiction, presenting a reimagining of the Age of Exploration with Victorian fashion, steam-powered gadgets and a love of craftsmanship, gears and goggles. There’s something about the aesthetic that appeals to a wide cross section, bringing together experienced costumers, basement tinkerers and curious bystanders from all age groups... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.

Let’s pretend the weekend starts now, shall we? Or at least start planning what to do to avoid slipping further into the winter blues. Kick things off tonight with Kalya Scintilla’s musical transmissions at Ritual, or head to the Karsh-Masson Gallery for the blending of art and music in a new exhibit. If you want something a little more underground, put on your best ’20s threads and head to Babylon for the Ragin’ Cajun Speakeasy. Mill Street Brew Pub is raising funds for kids + wishes with The Breakfast Wish... | Continue reading article

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Painter Crystal Beshara raising funds for new art studio and cafe

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Crystal with her painting that will be a raffle prize at the fundraiser. Photo credit: Ben Welland.Crystal with her painting that will be a raffle prize at the fundraiser. Photo credit: Ben Welland.

Ottawa artist Crystal Beshara has always dreamed of opening a common space where artists could congregate, and share their talents and skills with others. The dream is about to become a reality as Crystal is planning on opening The Studio café, gallery and workshop.  It combines a gallery, as well as studio and workshop space for artists and art instructors right in Hintonburg.  It’s a one-stop shop where artists can learn, teach, display, sell and share their talent. It will also become a place to hang out and chat about... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: General, Visual art

GUILLAUME SYLVESTRE ET LE FESTIVAL DU FILM DE L’OUTAOUAIS : le cinéaste et le bastion du cinéma indépendant

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Source: Les Films SévilleSource: Les Films Séville

Par Mariette Delevallée. Guillaume Sylvestre le dit, le répète et confirme les aspirations du Festival du Film de l’Outaouais : révéler des films et des talents rares du cinéma du monde que les écrans gatinois ne projettent qu’exceptionnellement. Pour cette édition 2014, de nombreux cinéastes canadiens étaient présents et valorisés par une émulation cinématographique unique à la région. Nous avons eu la chance de rencontrer l’un deux, désireux de partager son travail et son temps! Guillaume Sylvestre, scénariste et réalisateur natif de Montréal, tourne des documentaires depuis une dizaine d’années.... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Basement 819, Cinema

Nicolas Patterson :: Un nom qui te susurre à l’oreille

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Par : Cindy Savard Cette semaine on a découvert un nom nouveau, un son simili folk doux à la « Singer Songwriter ». Nicolas Patterson, un nom qui glisse bien en bouche et qui émerge d’un passé punk et métal rock. Accessible, sa musique laisse présager qu’il atteindra direct au cœur les oreilles d’un large public. En solo à la guitare acoustique, on apprécie sa candeur et sa volonté à s’afficher en tant que francophone. Bien qu’il ait grandi et baigné dans un environnement familial et musical  anglophone, il compose... | Continue reading article

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The World of Dance Shakes Up the Kapital

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Photo from shenkmanarts.ca.Photo from shenkmanarts.ca.

Ottawa, it’s time to let loose! Shake your hips! Flare your hands! Stomp and kick your feet! The sensual sights and sounds of world dance are coming to Ottawa this weekend for the Dans/ce Kapital Festival. Organizer Saveeta Sharma’s infectious love of dance and desire to share its beauty are apparent “When I came to Ottawa, there was little dance activity in the community. Having grown up with dance, … I wanted a platform that I could use to introduce all types of dances to the Ottawa community.” Sharma is... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate the late Dennis Tourbin with ABCDelevision at Club SAW

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Screen shot of Dennis Tourbin, Canadian poet and painter reading Bay Street Ottawa as part of the Festival Of The Arts presentation Inset: The Visual Poets.Screen shot of Dennis Tourbin, Canadian poet and painter reading Bay Street Ottawa as part of the Festival Of The Arts presentation Inset: The Visual Poets.

The name says it all: ABCDelevision. Rather, to be clear, the written word doesn’t say it all-but absolutely that’s the point. ABCDelevision is actually pronounced “Abracadelevision” and it was a term Dennis Tourbin coined to describe the ‘magic’ of television: an ‘instant’ medium which beamed with unprecedented immediacy and simultaneity images and words, a message, directly into our homes. Fascinated by the power of different mediums to transform language and having dedicated his art to “an exploration of the complex visual dimensions contained within language” it’s unsurprising that his single... | Continue reading article

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