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Tick, tick, boom: Ottawa’s Little Theatre lights up with explosive drama Clybourne Park

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All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

If you’re up for a night of powerful live theatre there is still time to catch Clybourne Park, the multi-award winning play written by Bruce Norris and brought to the Ottawa stage for the first time by director Chantal Plante. This tension fuelled, incisive drama will make you laugh, make you squirm and make you think. Even in the face of some pretty heavy subject matter, the show has plenty of humour, though it isn’t always the result of the lines as much as an uneasiness. Clyborne Park takes its... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo courtesy of Snowday.Photo courtesy of Snowday.

This weekend is heavy with Friday events, with your pick of the mix from music to art and theatre filling the days and nights around it. Make sure to get in on some Robbie Burns celebrations this weekend honouring the famed Scottish poet and lyricist. Typical celebrations include whiskey tastings, indulging in some Scottish cuisine and readings of his most famous poems. And of course, another installment of Nature Nocturne, celebrating the Lunar Year Year with Chinatown Remixed. Tonight, the Ottawa Art Gallery opens a collection of exhibits running until... | Continue reading article

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Share an evening down the pub with The Gladstone’s Two

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Photo by Lois Siegel.Photo by Lois Siegel.

Set in a northern UK town Jim Cartwright’s Two features Michelle LeBlanc and Richard Gelinas in not only the roles of husband and wife publicans, but also as the dozen or so characters that pop in for a drink over the course of an evening down the pub. This inventive two-hander opens with the landlord and lady deftly serving imaginary customers whilst biting and snapping vicious asides – the play slowly reveals clues to this brewing storm. Laughingly they pull pints as she rolls her eyes and snarls at his... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 14 janvier 2015 :: On part à la découverte de nouveaux talents à Contact Ontarois! La patinoire du Ruisseau de la Brasserie réserve des événements hors du commun.

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Contact Ontarois du 14 au 17 janvier au Centre des Arts ShenkmanContact Ontarois du 14 au 17 janvier au Centre des Arts Shenkman

Basement 819 bat son plein dans le cadre d’un spécial Contact Ontarois. Il s’agit de la 34e édition de cet événement qui permettra cette année à 37 artistes francophones de la relève de se présenter sous leurs plus beaux atours. C’est donc une occasion rêvée de découvrir de nouvelles énergies de la scène qui permettent par le fait même de faire rayonner la culture francophone à travers le pays. L’événement se tiendra jusqu’à ce samedi soir. N’hésitez donc pas à consulter la programmation de l’événement pour trouver la liste complète des... | Continue reading article

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New year, new hashtag!

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Photo by Colin White.Photo by Colin White.

With the first Weekend Roundup of the year around the corner, we have exciting news for you all – the Apt613 Weekend HashtagProject is back! New year, new hashtag: #apt613wknd There are all kinds of wonderful things happening in this city all the time – especially on the weekends – and we want to be sure to see them! Hashtag all your photos from the weekend’s events and we will feature some of the best on our Instagram feed. Go out, do things, have fun, and take photos!

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Freezing: A winning panto! + ticket giveaway

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All photos courtesy of Matt Cassidy.All photos courtesy of Matt Cassidy.

Freezing, the family friendly holiday production at The Gladstone Theatre, embraces an inventive plot line steering away from the movie loosely echoed in the title. Familiarity bred anticipations and comfort, with many young girls in attendance decked out in their finest Anna and Elsa gear, while original storytelling guaranteed the production was no poor man’s version of the film. Set in the troubled land of Snow Globe, Queen Gerda (Gab Desmond – in a stellar cross-dressed performance) is keen to marry off Princesses Hanna (Esther Vallins) and Adele (Jessica Vandenberg)... | Continue reading article

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Alice Through the Looking-Glass is pure magic

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L-R: Christopher Morris, Ron Klappholz, Natasha Greenblatt, Andrew Moodie.  Photo by Andree Lanthier.L-R: Christopher Morris, Ron Klappholz, Natasha Greenblatt, Andrew Moodie. Photo by Andree Lanthier.

Among his numerous accomplishments, the iconic science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was famous for his three laws.  The most popular “law” is arguably number three, in which he declared that, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” After watching the fantastic performance of Alice Through the Looking Glass at the National Arts Centre, it occurred to me that there should be an artistic equivalent of Clarke’s third law.  For this show is so enjoyable, clever and appealing to all age groups, I flirted with the idea that I was... | Continue reading article

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The Gladstone’s Christmas tradition returns

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Microphone. Photo by  Mika Hiltunen
on Flickr.Microphone. Photo by Mika Hiltunen on Flickr.

An evening bookended by gifts. But first, a word of advice, O gentle reader, before you enter the theatre: The Gladstone bar is featuring eggnog, with or without Sailor Jerry rum. Order yours before the show for intermission. It’s very popular. The Radio Show has become a Christmas tradition at The Gladstone. As befits a tradition, much of the set, props and costumes haven’t changed from previous years. The standing microphones and lecterns for the voice actors. The mics and chairs for the a cappella trio, The Gladstone Sisters. The... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Originals ticket giveaway

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Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa, we really should have seen this coming after yesterday’s storm warning about the Dec 10th snowfall. Now, I know how tempting it is to shake down the nearest grocery store for all the egg nog they have in stock and take to the couch until it all goes away, but you would be missing out on incredible activities this weekend like Shopify’s Makers Market, Maxwell’s Bistro Strip Cheese III: Return of the Cheese Burlesque show, or the Berdy Elegance Networking Event for fashionable men. Let’s start with Friday. ‘Makers... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for Dec. 3, 2014

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Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.

Hey kids-and welcome to December! I don’t know about you but I’m very excited to flip that page on my calendar (yeah, I’m kickin’ it old-school with an actual paper calendar hanging on my wall).  We’ve arrived at that magical time of year when smiles seem easier, folks seem friendlier, and when gee whiz it’s okay to let loose your inner child. This week on Apt 613 LIVE we’re highlighting two very cool events taking place this weekend: Fryquency is celebrating its one-year anniversary over at Mugshots this Saturday November... | Continue reading article

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