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Music, drama, dance: The 2015-16 GCTC season

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Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  Over the next fews days, Apartment613 will highlight some of the great events that audiences can expect in the near future.  Today we review what is coming up at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. For 40 years, the Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington St. W.) has showcased many wonderful works by talented playwrights.  The performances at the GCTC building, however, are not limited to theatre, as can be seen by some of the exciting shows that... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Introducing Jith Paul

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Photo courtesy of Jith Paul.Photo courtesy of Jith Paul.

In 2014, Apartment613 launched an Indiegogo campaign to support a new fellowship program, which would allow us to fund projects that go beyond blog posts and radio segments. Thanks to our generous donors, the program is underway and today, we’re pleased to present our first fellow, Jith Paul! Jith is a long-time member of Ottawa’s creative scene. The founder of Treepot Media (named for the curious teapot/tree sculpture at Kent and Slater), Jith has produced and collaborated on documentaries and short films that have appeared on national broadcasts and have... | Continue reading article

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A sold-out smash hit at The Gladstone

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Rocky Horror Picture Show

Vanity Project Productions brought us Hedwig and the Angry Inch (twice) at The Gladstone last year.  Alvina Ruprecht called it “the theatre event of the season”.  From April 1 to 4, they’re presenting another theatrical treat:  a dynamite production of Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show. I pity those without a ticket – this is the most fun I’ve had in a theatre in years!  The sold-out opening night audience ranged from young hipsters to folks who saw the cult film when it first came out in 1975 to their... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Scattered Clouds. Photo from their Bandcamp page.Scattered Clouds. Photo from their Bandcamp page.

This first weekend of April brings warmer weather and the passing of annual prankster day. With all the festival lineups being released, it finally feels like the fun can start. This weekend is an excellent opportunity to pick up something new with a Bubble Soccer Tourament, Glass Blowing and free hot dog parties. Thursday evening marks Fringe Festivals annual Stiff Quickies fundraiser. This collection of short films, tall drinks and deep pockets is the primary fundraiser for Fringe Festival and takes place at Arts Court with some of the best... | Continue reading article

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Goodbye Piccadilly: Secrets, surprises, and songs aplenty

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This is a show that does what good theatre should, taking you completely away from yourself and immersing you in someone else’s story, besides providing a friendly mirror on your own experience.  Director Sarah Hearn brings the loveable Goodbye Piccadilly, to the Ottawa Little Theatre. With a pitch perfect script written by Ottawa-raised screenwriter and playwright Douglas Bowie this is an adventure about family, in all its forms. The story begins with Bess and “Brick” Brickley, a couple married 47 years who have always been good at keeping up appearances... | Continue reading article

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Take Me Back to Jefferson is brilliant + ticket giveaway

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Photo of the cast of Take Me Back to Jefferson by Katherine FleitasPhoto of the cast of Take Me Back to Jefferson by Katherine Fleitas

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Friday, April 3 performance of Take Me Back to Jefferson at the National Arts Centre.  To enter email Apartment613 with the subject like “Contest – Take Me Back to Jefferson” by noon Wednesday, April 1.  The winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Wednesday afternoon. Since being founded in 1980, Toronto-based Theatre Smith-Gilmour has wowed audiences across Canada and in several countries around the world with their impressive shows. The award-winning ensemble is now in Ottawa where they... | Continue reading article

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The Mouse That Roared will leave you in stitches!

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The Dutchy of Grand Fenwick is a country that’s three miles wide and five miles long, with a population of about 6,000, and its own national bird. Clearly not the kind of place you’d expect to start a war, especially not one against the United States. But in The Mouse that Roared’s opening act, Grand Fenwick does exactly that. Presented by Carleton University’s Sock ‘n’ Buskin Theatre Company, The Mouse that Roared opens with Grand Fenwick’s leaders watching their economy crumble around them. Tourists can’t be coaxed through their forest,... | Continue reading article

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A dysfunctional medieval family Christmas on stage at Kanata Theatre

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First produced in New York in 1966, The Lion in Winter by James Goldman is the story of one family’s very dysfunctional medieval Christmas. Plots are hatched, found out, amended and re-hatched. Loyalties are tested and broken and forged again and all sorts of dark, long buried secrets come out, some for the first time and some for the hundredth. In short, it could be just about any family’s holiday gathering except that the person glaring at you across the buffet table  is unlikely to have armies at their disposal,... | Continue reading article

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Figaro holds you rapt from start to finish

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Photo from the Opera Lyra Ottawa Facebook page.Photo from the Opera Lyra Ottawa Facebook page.

The NAC was teeming with excitement Saturday night as throngs gathered, dressed to the nines for a night at the opera. And what a night it turned out to be! Opera Lyra’s production of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro pulls you into Figaro’s world under the spell of great music and sumptuous setting then holds you rapt from start to finish. The Marriage of Figaro is a comedic opera or opera buffa in Italian and this production really embodies the true spirit of this operatic style, opera for the people,... | Continue reading article

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subDevision: Theatre in and around a massive party

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Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Nick Kenrick courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

If you’re looking for some bang for your theatre buck, are slightly short of attention span and own a pair of comfortable shoes, look no further than subDevision. Billed as “theatre in and around a massive party” subDevision brings together artists from thirteen independent companies, each creating a short original piece to fit the unique space they’ve been given, in this case, the nooks, crannies, lofts and studios of the Enriched Bread Artists studio. The building, dating back to 1920, was once a bread factory and for the past twenty-two... | Continue reading article

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