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Driving Miss Daisy receives a just revival at the OLT

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Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) and Hoke Coleburn (Michael Wright). Photo by Maria Vartanova.Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) and Hoke Coleburn (Michael Wright). Photo by Maria Vartanova.

When you hear talk of Driving Miss Daisy, the names Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy usually aren’t too far behind. But after watching the Ottawa Little Theatre (OLT) take on this iconic production, all I can say is Freeman who? The lights of the theatre fade to near darkness, silence mixed with anticipation settles over the audience as Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) takes centre stage. Here we meet the spry 72-year-old Jewish widower and her apathetic son, Boolie (John Mark Keyes), in the midst of a car crash that... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Can’t see this post? Head over to our Facebook page to check it out! The one thing you need to know this weekend? Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Yes, there’s more to do than just gorge on ice cream. There’s also a film about coffee, and a brunch crawl in the Market. We’ve got beer, too, with the Hastings County Craft Beer Festival, and another edition of the craft beer sessions down at the Hintonburg Public House. In non-food related events, tonight at House of Targ you can catch I... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + Bluesfest giveaway!

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Fill up your long summer days with picnics, music, theatre and more – Ottawa’s got it all this weekend. The sounds of Bluesfest can be heard across the downtown core – over the next few nights, you might hear strains of Blondie, Young the Giant, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion), and Said the Whale, while local DJ favourites Atherton, Memetic and Zattar will be spinning a few dance parties. Read on to find out how you can win tickets to the final day of Bluesfest! Avant Garde Bar is throwing... | Continue reading article

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Glengarry Glen Ross: A relentlessly vicious and vital theatrical experience

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Full cast of Glengarry Glen Ross. Photo by Maria Vartanova.Full cast of Glengarry Glen Ross. Photo by Maria Vartanova.

Heading in to David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross one wonders if The Avalon Studio production will compare favourably to the excellent movie version with Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin & Al Pacino. Be assured, this is no poor cousin but a relentlessly vicious and vital theatrical experience of Mamet’s world of shady salesmen and dark deeds. Glengarry Highlands & Glen Ross Farms are two undesirable developments in Florida. We follow 24hours in the lives of a gang of thuggish real-estate agents competing on the company leader board in a race of... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 25 juin :: Hommage à Jimmy C. Newman, Fête du Canada à la mode électro-house, Le Grenier pièce de théâtre historique, Éric émet une alerte : concerts à profusion

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Le temps d’un hommage en l’honneur de Jimmy C. Newman Né à Highpoint en Louisiane en 1927 dans la paroisse d’Evangeline, Jimmy C. Newman a quitté notre monde à Nashville le 21 juin dernier. Jimmy est un des artistes cadiens les plus connus. Sa carrière s’est principalement déroulé à Nashville au Tennessee. Pour en savoir plus, consultez sa page Facebook. Il nous laisse une joie de vivre à saveur country. On se souvient de Lâche pas la patate, bien sûr! Basement 819 vous présente cette semaine une myriade de concerts... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So it’s an almost-kind-of long weekend, with the sun shining and the city full of activities. The Fringe Festival continues, with theatre options to suit just about everyone. Not sure what play to catch? We reviewed all the plays to help you out – check out our Fully Fringed section to see which ones are hits and which ones might just be misses. The Fringe just isn’t about plays – they’ve got a few free concerts at their Courtyard this weekend, too. Crissi Cochrane and Three Little Birds are there... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 18 juin :: Les Mosquitos en studio! Lunch Beat dans le Vieux-Hull et c’est parti pour le Ottawa Fringe Festival. On confirme, l’été c’est fait pour jouer!

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L’équipe de Basement 819 vous recommande un échantillon d’activités parmi la fulgurante brochette d’événements en cours en ce moment. Les Mosquitos en studio! Basés à Aylmer, mignonne petite ville de la région, Les Mosquitos sont venus exprimer leurs passions intérieures à l’émission. Connus pour leur puissance sur scène, leur pouvoir attractif et leur beat reggae-beachy, on chill régulier avec ce band qui nous sert des sensations d’été-ska à la sublime. Finalistes au concours LiVE 88.5 Big Money Shot, les favoris de la région ont reçu la nomination pour le “Best... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Good thing this weekend has the longest days of the year – with so much happening, you’ll need those extra hours of sunshine to pack it all in! If you’re down at the Fringe Festival, be sure to stop by the courtyard to say hi – we’ll be reviewing all of the Fringe plays again this year, within 24 hours of their first performance. Catch all of our reviews over in our Fully Fringed section! For Thursday, we’ve got the Le pARTy Art Auction, the Ottawa Art Gallery’s fundraiser auction... | Continue reading article

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Fringe Festival Preview – Kitt & Jane: an interactive survival guide to the Near-Post-Apocalyptic Future

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Photo courtesy of SNAFU from ottawafringe.com.Photo courtesy of SNAFU from ottawafringe.com.

SNAFU Dance theatre | Actual Run Time: 75 Minutes Editor’s note: For the last five year’s Apartment613 has reviewed every single Ottawa Fringe play in our Fully Fringed initiative. This year we sent Dev Marr to the Montreal Fringe to do a bit of recognisance on some of the plays heading to Ottawa later this week. The Montreal Fringe runs until June 22, while the Ottawa Festival starts this Thursday, June 19. Check out all of Apt613’s reviews here. The company that brought you Little Orange Man is back with... | Continue reading article

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The Burden of Self Awareness: Q&A with Eric Coates and Arthur Milner

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Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Eric Coates is the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. He also plays the character Michael in The Burden of Self Awareness. This production marks his stage debut at the GCTC. We caught up with him in advance of the production’s launch. Our interview with Arthur Milner follows. Apt613: It’s the GCTC’s 39th anniversary season and it’s coming to an end with The Burden of Self Awareness. Why have you saved it for last? Coates: That was partly just a scheduling necessity because of the availability of other... | Continue reading article

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