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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.

It’s another gorgeous weekend in the Capital, and we’ve got so many events to choose from! Foodies will congregate Saturday down at Saint Paul University for the second annual Food Truck rally. Also that day, art meets soup at the Experimental Farm, while the West End Well Co-op holds their grand welcoming all weekend long. Music lovers get one giant love-in with the Everybody Love Everybody Festival down at UOttawa on Friday, with Zoo Legacy, The Lionels, and so much more – plus, it’s free! Friday also finds Turnover and Safe to... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Little Theatre starts the season with a whimsical production + ticket giveaway

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Ottawa Little Theatre's Perils of Persephone. Photo by Maria Vartanova.Ottawa Little Theatre's Perils of Persephone. Photo by Maria Vartanova.

The Perils of Persephone pits a crafty rural farm family against the bureaucratic devious machinations of government spin doctors in the latest amateur theatre offering from Ottawa’s Little Theatre. Playing in a government town this amusing comedy had resonance with its audience on opening night. Still ironing out some first-night jitters the production clearly appealed to fans of the folksy and whimsical. The story opens with a heat wave sweeping the township of Persephone where resides the Currie family farm of Eldon (Ian Stauffer), his wife Marg (Nancy Thompson), daughter... | Continue reading article

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The Boy in the Moon is amazing theatre + ticket giveaway

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Manon St-Jules (Johanna Schneller) and Peter James Haworth (Ian Brown).   GCTC/Andrew AlexanderManon St-Jules (Johanna Schneller) and Peter James Haworth (Ian Brown). GCTC/Andrew Alexander

We are giving a way a pair of tickets to The Boy in the Moon, currently playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.  Subject to availability, the tickets are for the night of the winner’s choice.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line, “The Boy in the Moon” by 2 pm Tuesday, September 23.  A winner will be drawn late Tuesday afternoon. How many synonyms are there for the word “fantastic?”  After watching the world premiere of the brilliant play The Boy in the Moon, I felt the need to write... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy Amos the Transparent.Photo courtesy Amos the Transparent.

So The Little Mermaid turns 25 this week. What better excuse to get out and party like it’s 1989? 1989 isn’t the only reason to party – 5th birthdays are a pretty good reason, too. Auntie Loo’s Treats marks their 5th year with all things vegan, including a taco bar, drag sensations, and local roller derby gals making an appearance at their party on Saturday. We’re chock full of art and film this weekend. The Ottawa International Animation Festival continues all weekend long (The Little Mermaid is just one of... | Continue reading article

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The GCTC celebrates 40 years with six Canadian plays

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With the coming of fall, theatres in Ottawa are preparing to launch their 2014-15 season.  Last week we previewed what audiences can expect at The Gladstone, while today we look at the upcoming shows at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. For four decades, local theatre lovers have been able to see fantastic performances at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington St. W.).  From moving dramas to hilarious comedies to clever fringe shows, audiences have come to expect excellent acting from this local institution. The 2014-15 season continues this proud tradition... | Continue reading article

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Rollicking satire kicks off the season at The Gladstone

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Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

I knew we were in for a fun evening when the audience laughed within the first minute of The School for Wives. They kept laughing throughout the rest of the play. Understandable when you consider the quality of the script, the direction, and the acting. Moliere wrote The School for Wives the year he married a much younger woman – 1662. He was satirizing the limited education and restricted prospects of well-to-do young women. It’s interesting to speculate how his marriage influenced his play. This production’s script is a translation... | Continue reading article

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A Baker’s Dozen: The 2014-15 season at The Gladstone Theatre

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The nine theatre companies which are sharing The Gladstone Theatre are offering a wide variety of plays for the 2014-15 season – everything from gentle family fare to head-banging punk rock.  Lots of traditional theatrical classics, too, from Moliere to Tennessee Williams to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Well, the latter IS a tradition, or shall we say a cult? Here’s what’s in store at The Gladstone this season… The season kicks off in mid-September with a new translation of Moliere’s well-loved comedy, The School for Wives, directed by John... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 10 septembre 2014 :: High Waters au Ottawa Folk Fest. Big Balade en pleine forme avec Éric. On part à la dérive en théâtre avec “Dix minutes pour…”.

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Tirée de l'expérience d'enregistrement live au studio du Château Cyr avec High Waters. Crédit photo : Katy AlamboTirée de l'expérience d'enregistrement live au studio du Château Cyr avec High Waters. Crédit photo : Katy Alambo

Basement 819 cette semaine rugit de chez Rugit. Nous avons vécu une expérience d’enregistrement live dans le studio secret du Château Cyr. Fantastique aventure avec les membres du groupe High Waters. Ils nous ont joué des chansons inédites à paraître en 2015. Voici de quoi vous mettre sous la dent pour en savoir davantage sur ce band formidable : Dans les hauteurs avec High Waters Big Balade confie tous ses secrets à Éric Big Balade, c’est un groupe de la région qui vient d’être récompensé de quatre prix lors de... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 27 août 2014 :: Charabia LIVE en studio. Écoutez ce qui vit! Un goût de métal avec The Chariots of the Gods.

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Basement 819 a célébré ses 30 premières émissions en extra grand. Une prestation live et un band métal. Et même une entrevue avec le Monsieur le Maire Jim Watson dans le cadre de la conférence de presse de lancement de la reconstruction de La Nouvelle Scène (qui en passant, devrait, si tout va bien, ouvrir ses portes au public en septembre 2015). Roland Locqueville chante Charabia Charabia, si vous connaissez pas encore, allez visiter leur bandcamp (où vous pouvez télécharger gratuitement le premier extrait de l’album-à-venir Fleurs d’asphalte. Style d’inspiration... | Continue reading article

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Landline: Go outside your comfort zone with this innovative walking tour/play

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Stepping outside the comfort zone. Part radio play, part walking tour, Landline spreads the stage to two cities over 1000 kilometres apart, and breaks the fourth wall completely. Two people in two cities – Ottawa and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia –  linked by cellular texting and synchronized audio script/guide, become audience to the radio play and walking tour. They also become actors for each other via text. At the end they meet face to face on a video call. Their director is the audio guide. (There is a fallback phone number to text... | Continue reading article

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