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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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Lunch Out Loud Ottawa 77- Fringe Festival Preview & Brock Zeman

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Andrew, Patrick and Nick at Fringe Festival headquartersAndrew, Patrick and Nick at Fringe Festival headquarters

Episode 77 of Lunch Out Loud Ottawa is up! We meet with Patrick Gauthier, the director of the Ottawa Fringe Festival . We met up with him at the Fringe Festival headquarters to know a bit more about him, what the festival is all about, how to get involved in the festival, where performers like to eat and sleep, news for this years festival and we preview several exciting acts! Such an interesting episode! Music this week is from Brock Zeman who can be seen at Westfest today at 6pm!... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 11 juin 2014 :: La Nouvelle Scène nous sort en grand! Trouvez les meilleurs sièges pour la Coupe du monde de la FIFA! Festoyez, c’est l’été!

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C’est parti pour vrai. L’été est débarqué avec la promesse de faire briller la région avec des événements festifs. La Nouvelle-Scène toute emballlée Le jour du lancement de la programmation 2014-2015, le théâtre de la Nouvelle-Scène obtenait son permis de construction pour prendre pignon sur rue sur King Edward à Ottawa. En attendant d’obtenir un tout nouveau lieu tout frais, plusieurs salles qui ont de la classe vont recevoir les événements de la programmation 2014-2015. Éric nous présente à l’émission une série d’événements à ne pas manquer dans les prochains... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + movie pass giveaway

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It’s set to be another busy, sunny Ottawa weekend, folks – this week, we’re giving away tickets to the first-run screenings of We Are the Best down at the Bytowne. Read on to find out how you can win! Ottawa Explosion Weekend kicked off their music festival last night, but don’t worry – you’ve got plenty of chances to catch the rest. Ottawa band The Tropical Dripps starts off the night at Club Saw tonight, and the rest of the weekend features shows by The Creeps, New Swears, Slow Mover... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with George F. Walker, Playwright

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George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.

George F. Walker, 66, is a distinguished Canadian playwright and screenwriter. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1996 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Governor General Awards. His The Burden of Self Awareness premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) earlier this month. We sat down with him on May 29th to talk about the production, its inspiration and what drew him to the GCTC. Apt613: In the blurb that everyone will read[about the play], there are three magical ingredients: sex,... | Continue reading article

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The Burden of Self Awareness premieres at the GCTC

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From left: Michael (Eric Coates), Phil (John Koensgen) and Lianne (Samantha Madely). All photos by Kenneth Ingram.From left: Michael (Eric Coates), Phil (John Koensgen) and Lianne (Samantha Madely). All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Over the course of 85 minutes (including one intermission) we follow a cast of five characters though a cascade of profanity, questionable ethics, infidelity, violence — even self-mutilation. The Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) is ending its 2013-14 season with the world premiere of The Burden of Self Awareness, a dark comedy written by Canadian playwright George F. Walker. You can feel an excited energy in the theatre as ticket holders take their seats before the show. Some have been waiting a year for this moment, notably since the GCTC... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 4 juin :: Ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur la scène underground Ottawa-Gatineau!

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Figure emblématique de Jo Chapeau (via Facebook)Figure emblématique de Jo Chapeau (via Facebook)

Basement 819 vous épatera encore cette semaine avec son menu saisissant! Voici ce que vous retrouverez dans cette 18e édition de l’émission : Yeah! Une scène marginale dans la région! Oui, il y a bel et bien une scène éclatée, voire dissimulée dans les environs. Écoutez la voix d’un grand connaisseur, Jo Chapeau, nom qui fait office de marque de commerce pour cet organisateur passionné par les événements culturels. Il nous dévoile les secrets les mieux gardés pour découvrir une scène émergente locale et marginale. Parce que Jo Chapeau est... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway

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The rain should clear up by the weekend, Ottawans, so plan on getting out and enjoying the sun! This week, we’re giving away tickets to Winchester Warm’s album launch – read on to find out how you can win. Summertime should perhaps be re-cast as weddingtime – ’tis the season of nuptials, showers and confetti. Victoire, Sparrow flowers and Heart Deco are joining forces tonight to present a bit of a different side of the wedding industry: with vintage dresses, jewelry and locally-designed flower arrangements, they’ll provide the perfect way... | Continue reading article

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Art at the Gladstone theatre + ticket giveaway

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Serge (Robert Marinier), Marc (David Frisch), & Yvan (Andy Massingham) in Art. Photo by Julie Le Gal.Serge (Robert Marinier), Marc (David Frisch), & Yvan (Andy Massingham) in Art. Photo by Julie Le Gal.

80 minutes (no intermission) | Drama | Mature content What is Art? For example, is a meat dress Art? The public can be very passionate and blunt expressing opinions about this question. (As are the characters in Yamina Reza’s play Art.) But there are subtexts to these public debates. The debates become particularly heated when the art in question is publicly funded. Is the issue Art itself, or public funding for the arts? “I could hear your laugh.” said a friend after the show. “I only laugh when it’s funny.”... | Continue reading article

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Shenkman Arts Centre turns five!

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Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, A. Laramey is a writer who spends far too much time on the internet. You can find her on Facebook. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the creation of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, and in the spirit of creativeness, arts and community, Shenkman is hosting a 5th anniversary celebration on May 31st .  And what a five years it’s been! The goal of the centre was “to create a home for arts and culture in east Ottawa,” says Karen Scott-Gagné, Marketing and... | Continue reading article

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