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Laughing with Goldstein at the Ottawa Writer’s Fest

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From the moment that Jonathan Goldstein steps into the lights and behind the podium, he looks uncomfortable. Within mere minutes, the audience is laughing. The guffaws, hoots and chuckles that sound through the church continue throughout the evening as he reads from his book, converses with the host and fields questions from the audience. Though I can’t actually see the shimmering glare of perspiration on his neck or bald head, I imagine he’s sweating. I wouldn’t expect less. It’s part of his humour and part of why we laugh. Goldstein,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Spooky-ish edition

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With Halloween just around the corner, there’s a whole bunch of events hiding behind a bush, waiting to jump out at you and reduce you to a puddle of fear. But be brave, Ottawans, and head out to look those ghouls in the face. For those of you with wicked awesome costumes, this Mobile Costume Party is where you should be Friday night. Missed last week’s zombie walk? Westboro will have a few of them wandering around. Zaphod’s is throwing an Indie Rock Halloween Party, and you can transform into your favourite Hollywood... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa is bursting at the seams this weekend – we’re definitely not ready to let go of festival season quite yet. Today, House of Paint kicks off for four days of graffiti, hip hop and breakdancing. And Saturday is Arboretum, the newest boutique festival celebrating all things local – we’re talking food, art, music and more. Highlights? Catch hip hop legend Maestro Fresh Wes at House of Paint Sunday and see the graffiti wall created the day before, and take in Cadence Weapon while chowing down on some delicious vittles... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: Two Shows for the Price of None!

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Apt613 Live is dropping two new shows this week. On the first, we play some music from this year’s Bluesfest, Karen interviews Greg Searle from Harvest Noir, the guys behind 327 Wine Bar on Somerset. And we do it all without the guiding hands or smooth sultry voices of Ryan or Trevor. Despite our impediments, we prevail, delivering wacky humour and informative, earnest discussion. Download the MP3 here. On the second, this week’s edition, Ryan, Karen and Jared talk to Catherine Langois from Sandbanks Winery, the Burlesque Assassins, Coffee with... | Continue reading article

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Hip Hop Karaoke’d

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I’m standing at the side of the stage, my palms sweaty (something about spaghetti). DJ So Nice is warming up the crowd with a few of his trademark beats. It’s a hot night, and Mugshots, the bar behind the Ottawa Jail Hostel, is packed to capacity. All heads are turned to the stage. The audience waits. They came to see me. Well, me and the other twelve-or-so performers at Ottawa’s first monthly Hip Hop Karaoke event. Before me, two people from Hip Hop Shakespeare, a show at this year’s Fringe... | Continue reading article

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We’re reviewing EVERY SINGLE FRINGE PLAY!

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Hey guys – we’re sort of checked out for the weekend. We’re going to be spending most of our time over at www.fullyfringed.ca reviewing every single play at this year’s Fringe Festival. This is our third year taking the project on and it’s a great time. We hope that Fully Fringed can help make the festival accessible and give you some resources to choose a play you’re going to love. We’ll be tweeting some updates through the weekend, but mostly just writing about theatre and hanging out at the beer... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

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If you missed the crazy fun that was Chinatown last week, have no fear – the art stays up for another few weeks. You might have to create your own installation pieces or bring your own robots, though… (If you need a gently used set of robots, your best bet is to check out the punkottawa.com flea market Saturday, at the Bronson Centre.) Or you could just be lazy and spend the long weekend in your pjs. Why not? 1982 was an epic year – we got our Charter, awesome... | Continue reading article

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Vincent Lam at the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival

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Giller prize winning author, Vincent Lam has just released his first novel, The Headmaster’s Wager. It is a intricate piece of historical fiction, where Lam depicts the complexity of the Chinese community in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. Lam is in Ottawa tonight speaking as part of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival. Tonight’s event is titled The Weight of History and features Lam, Peter Hobbs and Ami McKay. The panel convenes at Knox Presbyterian Church, 120 Lisgar Street at 8:30pm. Apartment613 sat down with Vincent Lam today to discuss his... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Happy World Water Day, Ottawa! Pour yourself a celebratory glass of the stuff and head over to enjoy all things H2O down at Raw Sugar tonight. Music wise, things will be busy over at Babylon on Friday night. The Nearly Naked Truth fundraiser for Planned Parenthood kicks off the evening, featuring Rockalily Burlesque and DJ Bad Guy. Later that night, the decks will be passed to a plethora of local DJs from Ottawa’s best dance parties to raise a few funds for CHUO. While The Pelts take to the Rainbow,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: St Patty’s Day edition

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Even though the phishers are trying to get us down, we’re still going to help you figure out how to spend your weekend, Ottawa. Green beer aside, you’ve got some pretty spectacular options ahead. First up? Tonight, you should check out Hey Ocean. And Aiden Knight. And The Donna Litas. Thankfully, they’re all playing at one venue, so you don’t need to show-hop around the city. Competing for your attention this evening is The Reason and Gentlemen Husbands, along with a few others down at Mavericks. And as has become... | Continue reading article

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