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Mack Johnson of Partick Artists carries out local musicians’ dirty work

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The music business has changed. Once a towering behemoth built of executives, lawyers, and piles of cash, today’s music industry is a more diffused. There was a time when a band’s top priority was to become signed to a major label, become famous, and proceed to roll in wealth. But if that was a golden age, it is no more. Now, artists make their livings through leg work –- playing shows whenever possible to make money. The book is being completely rewritten from the ground up, and the way artists... | Continue reading article

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Arboretum and Wavelength partner on Holy Smokes at the Ottawa Explosion Festival

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As the days get warmer the festival scene in Ottawa starts to heat up. This weekend will have launches of the Fringe, the Ottawa Jazz Festival and the Ottawa Explosion Weekend, and our new favourite upstart Arboretum is adding themselves to a busy a weekend line-up. The team at Arboretum has a reputation for doing things right and their event this Friday, Holy Smokes, looks to build on that reputation. They have partnered with one of Canada’s most famous and well-respected underground music series – Wavelength from Toronto - to present... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Festival season kicks off

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The joke usually goes that Ottawa has two seasons: winter and construction. But more and more, I’m convinced it’s not construction season but festival season that more accurately describes our summer – with at least five happening this weekend, that seems a fairly safe bet! First up, we’ve got Ottawa Explosion Weekend, which officially kicked off last night. With dozens of shows across the city, this music festival isn’t afraid to push the boundaries. If you stop by Club Saw, Cafe Dekcuf, Mugshots, Mavericks, Babylon or hang out in Hull,... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Dance, Music, Sports, Visual art

Ottawa Explosion Weekend: The scrappy young upstart festival

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With all due respect to Bluesfest, it does tend to dominate the summertime conversation around music in Ottawa.  Fortunately, the Bluesfest juggernaut is not the be-all and end-all of Ottawa music festivals, with more and more scrappy young upstarts springing up in recent years. One of these upstarts has gotten substantially larger and more mature this year (they grow up so fast!).  Ottawa Explosion Weekend, which runs from Wednesday, June 19th to Sunday, June 23rd., boasts over 100 local and visiting acts, diverse but tending towards punk. While the majority of shows will... | Continue reading article

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Don’t sit on your sofa, go see Chesterfield at the Ottawa Fringe. Dinner’s on them!

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From Dead Unicorn Ink, the group that brought zombified puppets to the 2011 Ottawa Fringe, comes Chesterfield. The winners of the 2011 Outstanding Design and 2012 Fan Favourite Ottawa Fringe awards are a safe bet for a good time. While the normal $10 ticket price isn’t exactly onerous, Dead Unicorn Ink is sweetening the deal by giving away eight prizes today on Apt613: Two tickets to Chesterfield plus a $25 gift card to Arturo’s Marketplace Two tickets to Chesterfield plus a $25 gift card to El Messon Two tickets to... | Continue reading article

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Impressions of Fringe de Montréal 2013

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For the last four years Apt613 has run the Fully Fringed initiative, where an intrepid team tries to review every single Fringe play within 24 hours of opening night. This year we sent two of our Fully Fringed veterans, Barbara Popel and Brian M. Carroll, to see how they fringe in la belle province. Check out their review of Around Ms Julie, which will also be appearing at the Ottawa Fringe, for a sneak peak of what to expect on Fully Fringed next week! What a delight to be able... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Refugee Rights by Ikenna Onyegbula

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<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/zHthlErCOLU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> We don’t often talk federal politics on Apt613, but we thought this topic was important because it’s not just about politics, but also human rights. When the Canadian government announced it was implementing cuts to health insurance for refugees, it created a big backlash among many groups – from new Canadians to the healthcare community. The government has thus far stood by its plan. The changes have been described by civil society organizations like Amnesty International as “unconstitutional” and falling “short of international legal requirements with... | Continue reading article

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The future of libraries – can we build a better city through information?

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In a recent blog post on the Future of the Library, marketing guru and author, Seth Godin, points to some of the trends converging on our public libraries and imagines what these spaces could look like in the future. He lands on “…the vibe of the best Brooklyn coffee shop combined with a passionate raconteur of information?” adding that “There are one thousand things that could be done in a place like this, all built around one mission: take the world of data, combine it with the people in this... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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It’s a crazy weekend, folks: from free dentistry day to a no pants party to a rock paper scissors competition, it’s next to impossible to leave this weekend without a bit of entertainment. Looking for a whole lot of variety, packed into a short amount of time? Head to Pressed this evening for a variety show like no other. You can also head down to Mercury Lounge for the indie rock stylings of Daniel Ellsworth & the Great Lakes, along with High Waters. Tonight is also the CHUO Edition of Battle of the Bands... | Continue reading article

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Hawksley Workman brings the Bacchanalia to Ottawa in The God that Comes

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The God that Comes is a delightful cocktail of cabaret, Greek tragedy, avant-garde theatre, one-man show, musical, queer theatre, and rock concert. This show will undoubtedly draw two types of audiences: the theatre fan and the Hawksley Workman fan. Neither will be disappointed. Adapted from The Bacchae by Christian Barry and Hawksley Workman, the play is a decidedly musical and modern twist on the Greek classic. In The Bacchae, a straight-laced ascetic Soldier-King named Pentheus is pit against the original hedonist, Bacchus (sometimes referred to as Dionysus), god of wine and ecstasy. Pentheus disrespects Bacchus... | Continue reading article

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