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Q&A with Rob Reid, Festival Producer for House of PainT

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Image from House of PainT's Facebook page.Image from House of PainT's Facebook page.

House of PainT gets underway in a few short hours. Our contributor got the inside scoop from festival producer Rob Reid. Read on: Apt613: Where does the festival take place, and why did you choose this location? Rob Reid: House of PainT Festival happens at the House of PainT legal graffiti wall, under the bridge where Bronson Avenue crosses the Rideau River, beside Carleton University. How has the festival changed over the past 11 years? How has it stayed the same? At its core, House of PainT has always been... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Jean Grae, scheduled to perform at House of PainT on Friday, September 5. Photo from her Facebook page.Jean Grae, scheduled to perform at House of PainT on Friday, September 5. Photo from her Facebook page.

This weekend is a big one for hip hop in the city, with House of PainT happening, all weekend long! Thursday marks Day 1 of House of PainT, and the OG 500 Poetry Slam and Art Expo at the Mayfair Theatre. 12 spoken word poets will go head-to-head, for a chance at the 500$ grand prize. This year’s slam features Urban Legends team captain, ApollotheChild, and 2012′s UL team captain, King Kimbit. Best of all, the event is free for Carleton University students! There is also a Bluesprint Series Showcase happening... | Continue reading article

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The West End Well and Ottawa Storytellers join forces

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A good story can be a powerful thing. It can connect, it can inspire, and it can provide meaning to a community. But in the hands of a gifted teller, it can take on a kind of magical quality, rising above mere words on a page. It is a magic that Ottawa Storytellers has been creating for over 25 years. The organization promotes the art that is storytelling, and consists of over 70 experienced storytellers. This September, Ottawa Storytellers plans to bring their art to Hintonburg with Tellings at the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This long weekend, for those who are lucky enough, sees July roll into August and for those not taking off to spend it lakeside, there is plenty going on in this great city. As always, we here at Apt613 like to keep you in the know, so here you have it: the Weekend Roundup! Thursday night starts the fun early with an evening of dancing under the stars at Open Air Social Club’s POP Edition held at Parliament Pub, with Matty McGovern and Atherton. If POP is not your thing,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + Bluesfest giveaway!

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Fill up your long summer days with picnics, music, theatre and more – Ottawa’s got it all this weekend. The sounds of Bluesfest can be heard across the downtown core – over the next few nights, you might hear strains of Blondie, Young the Giant, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), and Said the Whale, while local DJ favourites Atherton, Memetic and Zattar will be spinning a few dance parties. Read on to find out how you can win tickets to the final day of Bluesfest! Avant Garde Bar is throwing... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Things to do in Ottawa and Celtfest package giveaway!

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Given the timing of Canada Day, you’ve probably been partying from last Friday to this Tuesday. Hope you had time to recover because the weekend’s already back again! This year’s RBC Ottawa Bluesfest begins on Thursday. Weekend highlights include Tegan and Sara, Danny Brown (Thursday), Journey & Zedd on Friday, Lady Gaga on Saturday and Mac Demarco, St. Vincent and Violent Femme on Sunday. There are tons of local bands playing throughout the fest. Big shoutout to our friends at Ottawa Showbox for showcasing the many local talents playing at this year’s festival. If... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 4 juin :: Ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur la scène underground Ottawa-Gatineau!

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Figure emblématique de Jo Chapeau (via Facebook)Figure emblématique de Jo Chapeau (via Facebook)

Basement 819 vous épatera encore cette semaine avec son menu saisissant! Voici ce que vous retrouverez dans cette 18e édition de l’émission : Yeah! Une scène marginale dans la région! Oui, il y a bel et bien une scène éclatée, voire dissimulée dans les environs. Écoutez la voix d’un grand connaisseur, Jo Chapeau, nom qui fait office de marque de commerce pour cet organisateur passionné par les événements culturels. Il nous dévoile les secrets les mieux gardés pour découvrir une scène émergente locale et marginale. Parce que Jo Chapeau est... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup and Kelp20 ticket giveaway!

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Kelp Records' celebrating 20 years!

It’s a busy weekend so let’s get started! The 2nd edition of Poets for Humanity is taking place tonight at Pressed. The night features some of the strongest poets in the city and serves as a fundraiser for various community programs. RAW:natural born artists is an international independent arts organization that hand-selects and spotlights independent creatives in visual art, film, fashion, music, hair & makeup artistry, photography, models and performing art. It’s hosting a showcase event this Thursday at the Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. Kelp Records turns 20 this... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s 10th Annual Capital Slam Finals

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Photo from The Tenth Annual Capital Slam Facebook event page.Photo from The Tenth Annual Capital Slam Facebook event page.

The tenth Capital Slam Finals will take place this Saturday from 6:30 -10:00pm at the University of Ottawa’s Alumni Auditorium. One of the largest annual spoken word events in Ottawa, this slam will decide which of the eight finalists, who have already battled through two semi-finals, will go on to represent Ottawa at this year’s Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. I was lucky enough to interview one of the organizers of this year’s Capital Slam Finals, Rusty Priske. A long-standing member of the Capital Slam scene, and a contender in... | Continue reading article

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Celebrating the human voice with the A B series

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Since 2007, the Ottawa-based A B Series has been presenting innovative programming filled with experimental poetry, music and spoken word. Founded by Max Middle, the Series’ artistic director, the cutting-edge programming has brought first-rate performers from across Canada and around the world to our region.  But while the current programme includes musical performances, literary readings and innovative arts, its origins lie in poetry. “The original motivation behind the series was partly to give poets/writers travelling through Ottawa the opportunity to read here and partly to give voice to local poets/writers,” Middle tells... | Continue reading article

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