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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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Basement 819 du 26 novembre 2014 :: Paint Nite ou comment délivrer l’artiste qui sommeille en vous. Figureworks et l’art humain. La Belgique à l’honneur au CNA. Et tellement +

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FigureworksFigureworks "The Only Chair Left" par Roy Whiddon

Basement 819 ne vous laissera pas sans rien faire en fin de semaine. C’est novembre, il fait froid avant le temps, nous décrétons donc que le début du weekend commence le jeudi. C’est comme ça. Éric part le bal cette semaine avec une première chronique d’art visuel à son actif. Tel un poisson dans l’eau, il saura vous inspirer. Paint Nite — Pour réveiller le peintre qui dort Voici une belle occasion de développer votre côté artistique et qui sait, qui pourrait même faire de vous l’un des plus grands... | Continue reading article

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The Glass Menagerie: A classic memory play at The Gladstone

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Cory Thibert and Sarah Waiswisz in a scene from The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Cory Thibert and Sarah Waiswisz in a scene from The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee Williams’ most autobiographical play and, for my money, his best play. Warning:  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the plot, this review contains a spoiler. Those of you who are familiar with the plot will likely know it from one of its several film or TV versions, or perhaps even from a Broadway production (the most recent of which closed in February of this year).  It’s set in late 1930s in a dowdy apartment in St. Louis, Missouri.  The characters hew fairly closely... | Continue reading article

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How well do you know your city?

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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.

Post by Nicole Milne, Associate Producer at The Great Canadian Theatre Company. Have you lived in Ottawa all your life? Did you come here for university and decide to stay and make the nation’s capital your home? No matter how long you’ve been here, I bet could you tell a visitor where to find the best cup of coffee, greasy breakfast, Italian restaurant, florist, tailor or cold pint. Or maybe you can rhyme off the top 10 attractions or show someone where to see some great theatre. In fact, many... | Continue reading article

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Craigslist Cantata is clever and quirky exploration of humanity

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Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

For most people, Craiglist is the online version of a massive market.  Whether you are looking for a used couch, a mechanic to fix your car or a cheap apartment, this popular website is a one-stop destination for a wide range of goods and services. For CBC radio broadcaster and playwright Bill Richardson, on the other hand, Craiglist is a sociological goldmine that shines a light into our very souls. In his highly clever piece Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, Richardson assembles a collection of... | Continue reading article

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The battle between good vs evil takes centre stage at Kanata Theatre

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All photos by Wendy Wagner, courtesy of Kanata Theatre.All photos by Wendy Wagner, courtesy of Kanata Theatre.

It’s a tale as old as time, the battle and balance between good versus evil that pits temptation against weakness, and it takes center stage in Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Kanata Theatre. The play is a reworking of the 1886 novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, widely known as a classic and, although you may not have read it yourself, you’ve likely come across some form of it in an episode of Looney Tunes or Arthur. In Hatcher’s version,... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 5 novembre 2014 :: 25 ans après la chute du mur de Berlin > Les prémisses de la guerre froide à Ottawa? Suggestion théâtre “Deux” de Mani Soleymanlou au CNA! + Concerts et nouveautés musicales!

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Appartement où habitait Igor Gouzenko sur la rue Somerset à Ottawa.Crédits photo: Padraic Ryan Appartement où habitait Igor Gouzenko sur la rue Somerset à Ottawa.

Basement 819 proposera dorénavant une série de chroniques historiques afin de vous faire revivre d’importants moments de l’histoire de la grande région d’Ottawa et Gatineau. Cette semaine, nous commémorons les 25 ans de la chute du mur de Berlin. Éric s’est penché sur l’histoire d’Igor Gouzenko, ancien fonctionnaire à l’ambassade soviétique d’Ottawa entre 1943 et 1945.  Aujourd’hui appelé l’Affaire Gouzenko, cet événement aurait contribué à déclencher la guerre froide, une rivalité terrifiante entre deux visions du monde qui a duré presque 50 ans! Le musée canadien de la guerre froide... | Continue reading article

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