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Anita Majumdar shines in double-bill performance at GCTC

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Photo by Andrew Alexander.Photo by Andrew Alexander.

Canada is a special place. With a vast geography, relatively small population spread over a huge land, and a multicultural mix that makes this country one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world, Canada is able to produce an array of voices with multiple viewpoints. The magic of the Great Canadian Theatre Company is that it allows a wide spectrum of Canadian playwrights — each with their own unique story and style — to showcase their talents. Until November 2, local theatre lovers can enjoy the brilliance of... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 15 octobre :: Y a de quoi sortir de son cocon en fin de semaine :: Cinéma. Théâtre. Littérature. Concerts.

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American Descent -- OIFFAmerican Descent -- OIFF

Basement 819 cette semaine insiste sur deux événements très prestigieux. Lisez bien ce qui suit. Cinéma :: Festival international de films d’Ottawa (16-19 octobre) Nous n’avons pu nous retenir de vous inciter à nouveau à scruter la programmation du Festival international de films d’Ottawa. Un court-métrage inusité sera présenté le samedi 18 octobre à 19h, A Mile in These Hooves. Le synopsis : Tom et Mark entreprennent la mission de briser le record du monde de la plus longue distance parcourue dans un costume à deux-personnes (un peu à la... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 8 octobre 2014 :: Entrevue avec l’artiste Laura Jean. Festival international du film d’Ottawa (OIFF). Théâtre — Cinq visages pour Camille Brunelle. L’Acronyme improvise en direct.

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Cinq visages pour Camille Brunelle au Studio du CNA du 15 au 18 octobreCinq visages pour Camille Brunelle au Studio du CNA du 15 au 18 octobre

Basement 819 vous présente cette semaine un beau tableau de culture à consommer dans les prochains jours. Voici notre sélection de contenu de la 36e édition de l’émission. Entrevue :: Laura Jean, artiste multi disciplinaire! En plus d’être une excellente musicienne folk à la voix mélancolique et séduisante, Laura Jean s’est entre autres fait connaître grâce à la scène open mic à Ottawa. Elle s’adonne aussi à l’art visuel, c’est d’ailleurs elle qui a produit la murale nostalgique du Café Nostalgica. Elle s’apprête à quitter le pays pour l’Europe afin... | Continue reading article

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is back by popular demand

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Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig. Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig. Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

90 minutes (no intermission) | Rock Musical | Mature content including explicit sexual and coarse language. “Hedwig’s back by popular demand! 4 nights only. Oct 1st – 4th.” Say the posters, handbills and programs. Well, folks, ALL four nights are SOLD OUT. BUT, you haven’t missed your chance. Vanity Productions and The Gladstone Theatre have added one more show on Saturday night at 10:00PM. As of opening night, the late show is already 1/3 sold and tickets are going fast. So how has a gender-bending, rock musical about the victim... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.

It’s another gorgeous weekend in the Capital, and we’ve got so many events to choose from! Foodies will congregate Saturday down at Saint Paul University for the second annual Food Truck rally. Also that day, art meets soup at the Experimental Farm, while the West End Well Co-op holds their grand welcoming all weekend long. Music lovers get one giant love-in with the Everybody Love Everybody Festival down at UOttawa on Friday, with Zoo Legacy, The Lionels, and so much more – plus, it’s free! Friday also finds Turnover and Safe to... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Little Theatre starts the season with a whimsical production + ticket giveaway

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Ottawa Little Theatre's Perils of Persephone. Photo by Maria Vartanova.Ottawa Little Theatre's Perils of Persephone. Photo by Maria Vartanova.

The Perils of Persephone pits a crafty rural farm family against the bureaucratic devious machinations of government spin doctors in the latest amateur theatre offering from Ottawa’s Little Theatre. Playing in a government town this amusing comedy had resonance with its audience on opening night. Still ironing out some first-night jitters the production clearly appealed to fans of the folksy and whimsical. The story opens with a heat wave sweeping the township of Persephone where resides the Currie family farm of Eldon (Ian Stauffer), his wife Marg (Nancy Thompson), daughter... | Continue reading article

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The Boy in the Moon is amazing theatre + ticket giveaway

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Manon St-Jules (Johanna Schneller) and Peter James Haworth (Ian Brown).   GCTC/Andrew AlexanderManon St-Jules (Johanna Schneller) and Peter James Haworth (Ian Brown). GCTC/Andrew Alexander

We are giving a way a pair of tickets to The Boy in the Moon, currently playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.  Subject to availability, the tickets are for the night of the winner’s choice.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line, “The Boy in the Moon” by 2 pm Tuesday, September 23.  A winner will be drawn late Tuesday afternoon. How many synonyms are there for the word “fantastic?”  After watching the world premiere of the brilliant play The Boy in the Moon, I felt the need to write... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy Amos the Transparent.Photo courtesy Amos the Transparent.

So The Little Mermaid turns 25 this week. What better excuse to get out and party like it’s 1989? 1989 isn’t the only reason to party – 5th birthdays are a pretty good reason, too. Auntie Loo’s Treats marks their 5th year with all things vegan, including a taco bar, drag sensations, and local roller derby gals making an appearance at their party on Saturday. We’re chock full of art and film this weekend. The Ottawa International Animation Festival continues all weekend long (The Little Mermaid is just one of... | Continue reading article

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The GCTC celebrates 40 years with six Canadian plays

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With the coming of fall, theatres in Ottawa are preparing to launch their 2014-15 season.  Last week we previewed what audiences can expect at The Gladstone, while today we look at the upcoming shows at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. For four decades, local theatre lovers have been able to see fantastic performances at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington St. W.).  From moving dramas to hilarious comedies to clever fringe shows, audiences have come to expect excellent acting from this local institution. The 2014-15 season continues this proud tradition... | Continue reading article

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Rollicking satire kicks off the season at The Gladstone

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Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

I knew we were in for a fun evening when the audience laughed within the first minute of The School for Wives. They kept laughing throughout the rest of the play. Understandable when you consider the quality of the script, the direction, and the acting. Moliere wrote The School for Wives the year he married a much younger woman – 1662. He was satirizing the limited education and restricted prospects of well-to-do young women. It’s interesting to speculate how his marriage influenced his play. This production’s script is a translation... | Continue reading article

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