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Still from The Excursionist.

The Excursionist at the Bright Nights Film Festival

The Canadian Film Institute brings international contemporary cinema to town in partnership with Winterlude and the Baltic and Nordic countries. This year marks the 5th Baltic-Nordic Film Festival. Eight countries will be showcasing their best features from Friday, February 6 to Saturday, February 14 at Carleton University’s River Building. One movie per night will play […]

James Bloemendal and Matt McKenna, aka Ash & Bloom, give 
a house concert performance. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ash & Bloom: An expression of life through music

“If they’re not songs that you wish you’d written, then you’re not being honest enough with yourself.” (Matt McKenna) Four years ago, two aspiring singer/songwriters from Hamilton, Ontario, Matt McKenna and James Bloemendal, found they had something when they combined the force of their talents together. They met while furthering their studies in music at […]

Photo of Faustin Linyekula by Agathe Poupeney (courtesy of the NAC)

Experience African modern dance with Face 2 Face + ticket giveaway

In anticipation of the Face 2 Face series that starts this week, we are giving away one pair of tickets for Faustin Linyekula’s performance on Wednesday, and another pair of tickets for Qudus Onikeku show on Friday.  To enter this contest email apartment613@gmail with the subject line “Face 2 Face Contest” by noon Tuesday, February […]

The southwesterly curve on Wellington Street, circa 1938. All images from Library and Archives Canada.

Streetscape Memory Bank: Urban plans from 1938 cast a light on current times

Ottawans were witness to a major announcement on February 8, 1938.  On this date, the Ottawa Journal reported that the Government of Canada had unveiled and approved Jacques Greber’s plan for the beautification of Ottawa. “Greber Plans to Convert Ottawa into a Picturesque World Capital”‘ trumpeted the headline.  As front page news, this was indeed […]

Philippe B sera en concert à la Quatrième salle du CNA le vendredi 30 janvier

Basement 819 du 28 janvier 2015 :: Entrevue avec l’illustre Philippe B. Chronique historique : le canal Rideau. Entrevue avec Raphaël Potvin du groupe Caravane. MEGAPHONO : un festival de musique bilingue!

Basement 819 a ratissé large cette semaine. Le calendrier culturel déborde d’événements et de prestations francophones! On revit les Mille et une Nuits! Écoutez notre podcast pour tout tout savoir! Entrevue avec l’illustre Philippe B Nous avons appris la semaine dernière que Philippe B était en nomination aux prix Juno dans la catégorie Album francophone […]

Improtéine.

Improtéine : Humour, rythme et complicité, c’est garanti!

Il fait sombre, des lumières jaunâtres éclairent la scène, une boîte rectangulaire sans chi-chi, trois chaises sont placées en rangées. L’auditoire attend confortablement aux tables style cabaret. Vous vous retrouvez? La salle me paraît, chaque fois que j’y vais, comme une pièce oubliée du Centre National des Arts, un peu comme une salle réservée aux […]

Photo of Jessica Linnebach courtesy of the NAC

Food and wine and Vivaldi – Oh my! + ticket giveway

We are giving away a pair of tickets for this Friday’s concert at the NAC by Jessica Linnebach.  To enter, please email Apartment613 by noon Thursday, January 29, with the Subject line “Casual Friday NAC.”  The winner will be notified on Thursday afternoon. Classical music can sometimes seem like a stuffy pastime. In reality, however, […]

Photo by Evan Mitsui.

A celebration of child and teenage awkwardness

Lisa Frank diaries filled of pages and pages of melodrama, all written in a pink gel pen. A school project detailing your hopes and dreams for adulthood. Letters written between classes to your friends, rife with angst and spelling mistakes. Juvenilia comes in all shapes and sizes, but maintains a few commonalities: it’s endearing, revealing, […]

Photo courtesy of Jessica Shaw

Dance shows to raise money for youth mental health

For a second straight year, young dancers from the National Capital Region will be performing as part of a charity fundraiser that fosters social charge through dance. Dancers Give Back was originally founded in the United States in 2008 by Ali Dietz and her mother Mary Alice Dietz.  The first event was organised to help […]

Justin Rutledge performing at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Justin Rutledge – A troubadour at heart

The summer’s turned its back on me, with a sorrow-laden symmetry – with a highway kind of robbery, like my life was an apology. Now I don’t think about you all the time – only when the trees sway, slaughtered by the Alberta Breeze. – Justin Rutledge (“Alberta Breeze“ – from Man Descending) Toronto country/alt […]

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