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Crush Improv celebrates five years of professional make-believe

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These days, with so many things going on around us, how many of you have time to treat yourselves to a good laugh?  Well, you can begin by making plans to attend Crush Improv’s Fifth Anniversary Show this Friday at 8pm.  I’ll even pause a few moments while you call/text/email/holler-at/tweet that person you’re crushing on. Heck, contact your best friends and certainly contact your friends who have no idea what improv is. For those of you who don’t know much about improv, maybe it’ll help to hear from Al Connors... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What’s on your agenda for this weekend, Ottawa? Perhaps some burlesque with your usual Sunday brunch? Or a holiday food market like no other?A bit of improv? Or a classical Christmas concert, perhaps? If you’re looking to take in some art – or trying to find some for gifts – the Ottawa Art Gallery and Cube Gallery might have something for you, or Cyclelogik’s Holiday Sweat-ER in an art sale like no other (we’re talking food and DJing). Craft sales continue, too, with Craftalicious happening down in the Glebe on... | Continue reading article

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Make the trek to Kite Hill at Raw Sugar

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Photo by Brianna Greaves.Photo by Brianna Greaves.

Seeing that the holiday onslaught typically sends the live music scene into sputters and fits, you owe it to yourself to check out Kite Hill and friends at Raw Sugar this evening. If you haven’t heard of Kite Hill, it might be worth paying attention because they have some serious Cancon indie cred. Led by Ohbijou’s Ryan Carley, the band rounds itself out with Carley’s bandmate Anissa Hart, former Germans drummer Steve Lappano, Mika Posens of Forest City Lovers and more. The band credits their name to Tantramar, the farm... | Continue reading article

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Diamond Rings brings bolder sounds, new album to Ritual

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According to John O’Regan, the man behind Toronto’s Diamond Rings, his latest album Free Dimensional should translate well into a live setting. “I think a lot of this album is informed by my experience playing live,” says the Oshawa-raised O’Regan, who brings his indie-electronic sounds to Ottawa on Friday when he plays Ritual. O’Regan says he wanted the album—his second, after 2010’s critically acclaimed Special Affections—to both “sound great at home and on headphones” and in music clubs. “The beats hit a bit harder, and I think that there is an... | Continue reading article

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Jill Barber’s second set with the Ottawa Jazz Festival

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Jazz Festivals don’t just fund themselves! This week the Ottawa Jazz Festival is holding their annual fundraiser to help them pull together the resources they need to put on a great show next summer. This year’s event features Jill Barber, an Ottawa Jazz Festival veteran and lover of the capital. I spoke with Ms. Barber for a story before her show at the Jazz Fest last year and we thought it appropriate to reprint that story to get you in the mood for this week’s fundraiser. The show starts with appetizers at 6:30 at... | Continue reading article

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MediaStyle’s IdeaSpace: a soon-to-be creativity hotspot

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Downtown Ottawa will soon have a 3,000-square-feet location exclusively dedicated to creative projects. Called IdeaSpace, the site at 131 Bank Street is scheduled to open on February 1. The brainchild of the inventive folks at MediaStyle, a local digital public affairs agency, the site is meant to allow local residents to implement imaginative ideas. Possibilities could include, but are not limited to, month-long art shows, computer hacker nights, weeklong seminars, private parties, pop up restaurants, interesting weddings or a location for movie shoots. “What we have in store for the... | Continue reading article

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Pride and Prejudice: Blazingly Fast and Funny

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I must confess to never having read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—not even the version with added zombies. I’ve somehow also missed the miniseries, any movies, and other stage adaptations. To be honest, I never really thought the story would interest me. Perhaps I, too, am a victim of that same malady of prejudice to which Austen makes Elizabeth Bennet susceptible in her most famous and enduring work. This adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, by Janet Munsil of Victoria, BC, is fast-paced and full of humour. Yes, it’s a love story, or... | Continue reading article

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Yarn bombs blanket Vanier as C’est Chill takes over

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Photo by Justin Scott Campbell on flickr.Photo by Justin Scott Campbell on flickr.

It seems like Vanier residents are already way beyond debates of whether the neighbourhood could possibly be “the next Westboro.” While the debate continues, some Vanierans (for lack of a better demonym) are instead choosing to direct their energy toward projects that actually make Vanier a cool place to live. Enter C’est Chill, an appropriately named winter celebration of all things Vanier that kicks off this weekend. The event will begin at noon on Saturday when a symphony of bells will ring from every church in the neighbourhood. A parade... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Jenna Tenn-Yuk in warmer days by Brian Cote, courtesy her website.Photo of Jenna Tenn-Yuk in warmer days by Brian Cote, courtesy her website.

It’s the last few days of Support Local month, folks (and the annual facial hair growing marathon), so get out to catch the last few events. Tonight, some Dalhousie shops are hosting a festive night, and tomorrow? We’ve got a dance party, a mustache celebration, a supper club featuring fresh food mixed with live music, and a chance to learn how to make local treats for the holidays. Before we hit December, you’ve got the chance to see Old Man Luedecke and Grey Kingdom out at The Branch, or a little... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week – Pony Girl performs live from their living room [+ contest]

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Our video of the week this week comes live via the living room of art-rock band, Pony Girl. They are playing this Friday at Café Alt and thought it might be fun to give away some tickets and tracks here on Apartment613 first. You can get two sample tracks online here and if you’re into them, send us an email to apartment613@gmail.com and we’ll enter you in a draw to win tickets to their show this Friday. You can find more on the show here. Enjoy!

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