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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Gum Heel by Michael DeForge. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

This weekend kicks off NAC’s Ontario Scene festival that runs until May 10 and showcases 600 Ontario artists from all disciplines. Tonight, you can check out Next Wave: Bondar, Boonie Doon and The Yips playing Club SAW as part of the opening for SAW’s exhibit with Michael Forge titled All Dogs are Dogs. It’s also the start of Hintonburg Happening which highlights the beauty and eclectic collection of businesses in the Hintonburg area. Those events alone could keep you busy for a weekend, but just in case they don’t Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Doing everything yourself can be a drag

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Regina. Photo by Alejandro Santiago.Regina. Photo by Alejandro Santiago.

This content originally appeared in Scene, a free newsprint prologue to the National Arts Centre’s Ontario Scene Festival. Scene was created collaboratively by Guerilla, Apt613, and Herd Magazine. Dressed up as a cabaret and performed by the sassy and hopelessly straightforward drag queen Regina, Do I Have To Do Everything My Fucking Self will allow audience members to connect with confessional material that is playfully abrasive with its unadulterated honesty. This “adult subject matter” production comes to Ontario Scene on Saturday, May 2 (one show only) at the National Arts... | Continue reading article

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Scène Ontario: 600 raisons de justifier votre fierté !

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Stef Paquette. Photo by Photocaptiva.Stef Paquette. Photo by Photocaptiva.

Cet article apparaît dans la version originale de Scène, une publication imprimée; un prologue pour Scène Ontario présenté par le Centre national des Arts. Cette année, le public de la région de la capitale nationale pourra découvrir la septième édition des « Scènes », une série de festivals nationaux présentés par le Centre National des Arts depuis 2003. Après avoir fait découvrir aux yeux du Canada les artistes de l’Atlantique, de l’Alberta, du Québec, de la Colombie-Britannique, des Prairies et du Nord, c’est la scène artistique de l’Ontario qui est cette fois... | Continue reading article

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Yes mom, watching Dostoevsky on acid is fun

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Photo of the Narrator (Arif Mirabdolbaghi) by Lacey CreightonPhoto of the Narrator (Arif Mirabdolbaghi) by Lacey Creighton

Just so there’s no misunderstandings, I didn’t do any hallucinogens before, during or after watching The Double at the National Arts Centre, which is currently playing until Saturday, May 2. Based on my mind-bending experience watching this clever performance, however, one may be forgiven for thinking that someone spiked the Orangina I drank at intermission with some psychedelic. The Double is based on Fyodor Dostoevsky’s novella of the same name, in which Golyadkin (played by Adam Paolozza) has to confront his real life alter-ego with an identical name.  Yet again, perhaps Golyadkin is simply... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Fear and hope for our theatre scene

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Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

This is part two in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Eric Coates, the artistic director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company, offers his insights on our city’s theatre community.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. When I was asked to write about the future of Ottawa’s theatre scene, I was first struck by the impossibility of the task.  I can no more predict the future of Ottawa theatre than I can predict the next wave... | Continue reading article

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Under Derek’s Bed explores grief through epic fairtytale adventure

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Photo courtesy of TACTICS (Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series).Photo courtesy of TACTICS (Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series).

If you were once a child and are now an adult, you may already be familiar with that process that one day renders the bizarrely unfathomable into the mundanely inexplicable, which in every day parlance is usually referred to as “growing up.” Derek (Mike Kosowan) is deep in mourning over the very sudden and recent death of his wife when his old friend Earl the Monster (Nick Fournier), pops back into his life after a prolonged absence to convince him to return with him to the magical Land Under the... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

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Photo by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr poolPhoto by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr pool

Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This past January we published the Future of Ottawa series that looked at some of the major urban development projects in our city.  The original plan was to have a one-off group of posts, but after receiving a lot of positive feedback from readers we decided to do another series of articles. As we thought about the future of our region, however, we realised that we should not limit ourselves to urban affairs.  The National Capital Region is... | Continue reading article

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The big one is back – Youppi Club’s second pop up show

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Photo from the Ottawa Stilt Union Facebook page.Photo from the Ottawa Stilt Union Facebook page.

Roll up. Roll up. The fun is coming! Feel the magic up close with the Youppi Club, a community of fun-loving folk dedicated to exploring interactive styles of play and spreading joy through performance! The Ottawa Stilt Union, Ottawa-Gatineau’s bilingual theatre company dedicated to the art of stilting, is now stretching its legs even further with the creation of Youppi Club, an initiative seeking to embrace fun among its members and to grow as a body of inspiring and cohesive co-creators. This series of monthly pop-up events began last month,... | Continue reading article

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Oh boy, Dirty Dancing the musical is pretty bad

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Photo by David ScheinmannPhoto by David Scheinmann

Here at Apartment613 we tend to be fairly positive.  When we are asked to review a play, concert, musical or art exhibit, we like to focus on the good aspects and give constructive criticism whenever possible. It therefore takes a really unusual situation for us to declare, “wow, that performance was really, really terrible.”  The musical Dirty Dancing, currently playing at the National Arts Centre until Sunday, April 19, is an example of such a situation. How bad was it?  My date for the opening night on Tuesday left at... | Continue reading article

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Looking ahead to the 2015-16 NAC theatre season

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Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  Over the past few days, Apartment613 has previewed what local audiences can expect in the near future. Today we conclude our look ahead by focusing on the National Arts Centre’s upcoming season for English theatre. Jillian Keiley, the artistic director of English theatre at the National Arts Centre, has seen hundreds of performances over the years.  So when she tells you that one particular play is her number one choice you should listen. “The Adventures of a... | Continue reading article

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