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Left: Musicians performing during Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. Right: Geoff Johnson, host of Saturday afternoon's Open Stage. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Irene’s: 30 years in the Glebe

Thirty years ago in 1985, a woman by the name of Irene Corey opened the doors to her modest-sized pub in the then up-and-coming neighbourhood on Bank Street called The Glebe. Originally called, “Cap’n Pinky’s”, it bore the charm of a cozy, rustic Maritime seaboard local, which rapidly became home to a regular clientele in […]

Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also […]

Photo of Compagnie ODD by Ben Welland

Compagnie ODD performs three highly physical works

Since being founded in 2010, the Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) has provided a vital space for local artists working in contemporary dance. One of the key roles that ODD plays is providing a home to their resident dance company Compagnie ODD, which begins this evening a two-day run at Arts Court as part of Ontario […]

Photo by Museokeskus Vapriikki on Flickr.

Apt613 Live for April 28, 2015

This week on Apt613 Live! Contributor Eric Murphy was on the scene at last week’s Ottawa Zine-Off. We’ve got his conversations with some of the zinesters to find out what makes ‘em tick and what the community is all about here in Ottawa. Coming up this Friday May 1st at Maxwell Bistro you can catch […]

All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Apt613 goes to Flight School

Ottawa Aviation Services (OAS) invited Apt613 to try a 45-minute introductory aerobatics flight mixed with a bit of local sightseeing from the sky. Apt613’s Kenneth Ingram takes us inside the ‘Corvette with wings’ where he learned a few tips about Gs, parachutes, six packs — and a dog named Fluke. Apt613 OAS Aerobatics Flight Invite […]

Regina. Photo by Alejandro Santiago.

Doing everything yourself can be a drag

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine. Dressed up as a cabaret and performed by the sassy and hopelessly straightforward drag queen Regina, Do I Have To Do Everything My Fucking Self will allow […]

Members of Bonnie Doon. Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Ottawa’s female-led bands form the Next Wave

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine. Between the four female-led musical acts to be featured in Ontario Scene’s Next Wave: Ottawa Music Spotlight, there are Pizza Sharks, Ouija rockers, legal discussions with a […]

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Ottawa Creatives: Kwende Memetic Kefentse

Kwende Memetic Kefentse grew up in the Greater Toronto Area, surrounded by people who were serious about music. Young and curious, he emulated them and began collecting music himself. Once his collection had grown to a substantial size, he began playing his music for people at parties. It was then that Kwende realized playing music […]

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The Walrus Talks about being human

The magazine The Walrus, which presents commentary on Canadian culture and its place in the world, is bringing the latest installment of its Walrus Talks events to Ottawa this week. At the National Gallery this Wednesday evening, eight speakers, including Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, will speak for seven minutes each on […]

Stef Paquette. Photo by Photocaptiva.

Scène Ontario: 600 raisons de justifier votre fierté !

Cet article apparaît dans la version originale de Scène, une publication imprimée; un prologue pour Scène Ontario présenté par le Centre national des Arts. Cette année, le public de la région de la capitale nationale pourra découvrir la septième édition des « Scènes », une série de festivals nationaux présentés par le Centre National des Arts depuis […]

Photo by Stephanie Ra?ek.

Pocket Writer embraces chaos in his debut album

In his debut album, Dented Little Scars, Ottawa’s Pocket Writer takes listeners on a whimsical trip through his insights about life around him, mixing folk melodies, storytelling lyrics, and mellow instrumentals. The album is hosted online for anyone to stream. Pocket Writer is a pseudonym used by Jakub Ra?ek, who was born in Slovakia and […]

Photo of the Narrator (Arif Mirabdolbaghi) by Lacey Creighton

Yes mom, watching Dostoevsky on acid is fun

Just so there’s no misunderstandings, I didn’t do any hallucinogens before, during or after watching The Double at the National Arts Centre, which is currently playing until Saturday, May 2. Based on my mind-bending experience watching this clever performance, however, one may be forgiven for thinking that someone spiked the Orangina I drank at intermission with some psychedelic. […]