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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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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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NAC dance show celebrates the wonderful power of nature

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Weather by Lucy Guerin Inc.  Photo by Heidrun Löhr.Weather by Lucy Guerin Inc. Photo by Heidrun Löhr.

Canadians are obsessed with the weather.  Whether it’s 30 degrees of humid summer heat, the dampness of  late fall, the freezing  hell that is winter, or the glorious rebirth of spring, Canucks must constantly adapt to diverse meteorological conditions. Australia, on the other hand, is often seen as Canada with lovely sunny beaches and constant blue skies.  So what could a group of Australians possibly have to say about mother nature to the citizens of the Great White North? Quite a bit in fact. Australian dance troupe Lucy Guerin Inc. is... | Continue reading article

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War of the Worlds production brings classic radio play to life on The Gladstone stage

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Michelle LeBlanc and David Gerow.  Photo by David Whiteley.Michelle LeBlanc and David Gerow. Photo by David Whiteley.

It’s certainly possible to close your eyes and just listen to Plosive Productions stage adaptation of Orson Welles classic 1938 radio play War of the Worlds, which is playing at The Gladstone until Saturday. Director Teri Loretto-Valentik has made only small modifications to the script, so simply listening to this production with eyes closed is similar to the experience of listening to an audio recording of the original live broadcast.  But doing so, the audience would miss out on the visual adaptations that Loretto-Valentik has made to bring the script to life on the stage.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Ticket giveaway for NAC’s Casual Friday

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Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.

We gain that extra hour back this weekend, giving us extra time to jam in all of the events taking place over the next few days. Support Local Month officially kicks off tomorrow, with two events happening – the free Scattered Clouds show, and a Dia de los Muertos party at the Atomic Rooster. The HiLoTrons show at the Black Sheep is a special one, too – they’ll have the Goodluck Assembly and Hydrothermal Vents on stage, too, with Hard Science providing visuals. Tickets for the bus from Ottawa to... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: HiLoTrons at the Sheep November 2nd

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In the bustling Bridgehead in Hintonburg, I got the opportunity to sit down with HiLoTron’s Mike Dubue to talk about the band’s upcoming show at The Blacksheep Inn on November 2nd and what he loves about our fair city. Having followed the HiLoTrons since 2002, I was pretty stoked to meet with Mike and hear what he had to say about the band’s journey and their evolution of sound and self over the years in their quest to “be as genre-less as possible”. Apt613: Let’s talk about HiLoTrons shows over... | Continue reading article

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