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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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Basement 819 du 3 décembre 2014 :: Des patinoires neuves. C’est maintenant la féérie des lumières. The Tale of a Town: des récits ottaviens! 80 albums à découvrir sous l’étiquette Poulet Neige.

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Image via la page Facebook de l'événementImage via la page Facebook de l'événement

Basement 819 s’intéresse cette semaine aux activités hivernales et bien sûr, aux festivités qui s’en viennent dans le cadre de la grande célébration de Noël. On se rend compte que la région souligne ça de multiples facettes. En première partie d’émission, Éric s’y est intéressé et propose des activités réfrigérées. Des patinoires féériques & des centaines de milliers de lumières pas aveuglantes! Basement 819 |Chronique “Actualités hivernales” by Basement819 on Mixcloud The Tale of a Town arrive en ville! The Tale of a Town – Canada relève d’une idée vouée... | Continue reading article

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Shipwrecked! offers a wonderful (and clever) dose of silliness

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L-R: Scott Florence (Pommes Frites) and Margo MacDonald ('Restes) - Photo by Andrew AlexanderL-R: Scott Florence (Pommes Frites) and Margo MacDonald ('Restes) - Photo by Andrew Alexander

Silliness often gets a bad rap.  For some lovers of culture, art is not really art unless it is exploring a serious theme.  ”Real actors don’t do slapstick,” I can hear these deep thinkers declare.  ”While ridiculous plot lines are signs of a weak imagination.” In response, one can imagine how Pomme Frites, the wonderful clown character created by local actor Scott Florence from Ottawa’s beloved A Company of Fools, would react.  I can see Pomme in my mind’s eye strut up to these artistic snobs, with a look of... | Continue reading article

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Telling the tales + ticket giveaway

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Photo courtesy of FIXT POINT.Photo courtesy of FIXT POINT.

Post by Nicole Milne, Associate Producer for Tale of a Town. By now most of you have heard about The Tale of a Town, the unique (and uniquely Canadian) multi-media performance piece generated from real life stories told by local residents in cities all across the country. The Ottawa contingent is in full creation mode, and the producers, directors and artists are working around the clock to create the live theatre piece that will be presented at mystery locations all across the city, in 3 different neighbourhoods, from Dec 4... | Continue reading article

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