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undercurrents | Trois performances à vous tatouer sur l’agenda!

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Jerk It - Crédits : Pat BolducJerk It - Crédits : Pat Bolduc

Le Théâtre de la Cour des Arts accueillera la 5e édition du festival undercurrents – une série de performances contemporaines faisant figure de proue à la création indépendante et aux artistes actifs à travers le pays. Cette année, du 12 au 21 février, le festival accueillera des artistes professionnels de cinq villes et présentera 30 performances toutes issues d’œuvres (très) originales. C’est avec grand bonheur que nous accueillons cet événement qui déborde de manifestations artistiques audacieuses et déjantées! Nous avons ratissé l’impressionnante programmation et nous avons eu l’idée de préparer... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Le weekend de la Saint-Valentin + Winter Brewfest giveaway

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Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the  weekend of love (and dance parties). We’ve got at least one, if not many, happening tonight through Sunday! DJ Jas Nasty and Friends, will be taking you back to the Seedy Seventies tonight, at Oz Kafe. They will be playing all the best rock, punk, and funk from the decade. If jazz is more your style, the Lunenburg has you covered with Jazz Thursdays. And, if jazz is your thing, be sure to check out the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival this weekend too! There’s a Kitchen Party... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for February 10, 2015

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Doctor Science. Photo by JD Hancock on Flickr.Doctor Science. Photo by JD Hancock on Flickr.

Hey kids! In case you haven’t checked your calendars this weekend will be ushered in by one of my favourite special days: Friday 13th!  I don’t normally sidestep ladders, avoid cracks in the sidewalk or throw salt over my shoulder to scare away the devil.  But there’s something delightful about indulging in these little rituals on a day punctuated by superstitious possibilities… This week on the show we’ve got Patrick Gauthier: Curator of the upcoming Undercurrents independent-theatre festival.  We talk a bit about what the 2015 program has to offer... | Continue reading article

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Live! on Elgin: Theatre and music in the heart of Ottawa

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Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful
voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Lawrence and Jon Evenchick, the father and son team behind the anticipated Live! on Elgin, invited media this Sunday to show what they have in store for their local arts venue set to open on May 1st. Surrounded by Confederation Park, Parliament, and the hub of shops and restaurants on Elgin St, the location is ideal for this unique and welcomed establishment. Mayor Jim Watson was in attendance, donning the hard hat and sledgehammer to christen the ensuing demolition by driving the first hole in the wall. He also presented... | Continue reading article

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The ghosts of Iraq haunt us still + ticket giveaway

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L-R Christopher Morris as Tony Blair and Stuart Hughes as George W. Bush (Photo by Andree Lanthier courtesy of the NAC)L-R Christopher Morris as Tony Blair and Stuart Hughes as George W. Bush (Photo by Andree Lanthier courtesy of the NAC)

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the evening show of Stuff Happens on Saturday, February 14. To enter email apartment613@gmail.com by 2 pm Tuesday, February 10 with the subject line “Stuff Happens – Contest”.  The winner of the random draw will be notified on Tuesday afternoon. Why did the United States invade Iraq in 2003?  Depending on your politics, citizenship and country of residence, your answer could be one of the following: ”oil”, “Haliburton profits,” “avenging 9/11″, “eliminating a  brutal dictatorship,” “colossal incompetence.” For playwright David Hare the answer... | Continue reading article

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Moss Park is a brutally honest play

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Emma Slipp and Graeme McComb in Moss ParkEmma Slipp and Graeme McComb in Moss Park

Is it really necessary to always find meaning in pain and suffering?  For many people, finding lessons in sorrow is a necessity, because otherwise what is the point of experiencing anguish. But what if we can’t find any answers, let alone wisdom, from misery?  This question arose in my mind after watching Moss Park, which is running at the Great Canadian Theatre Company until February 8. This hard-hitting play tells the story of Tina and Bobby, two struggling people in their 20s who live in the inner city. Tina (played... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 21 janvier 2015 :: Big Balade passe à l’histoire! Retour sur Contact Ontarois : Éric est prémonitoire. Théâtre “Le long voyage de Pierre-Guy B” au CNA. Que faites-vous en fin de semaine?

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Big Balade a remporté le concours  « Chanson officielle des fêtes du 400e de la présence française en Ontario »Big Balade a remporté le concours « Chanson officielle des fêtes du 400e de la présence française en Ontario »

Basement 819 s’intéresse cette semaine à l’actualité de la région. Éric vous étonnera avec son retour sur Contact Ontarois : il avait prédit les remises de prix! Bravo à Big Balade qui a remporté un concours qui risque de faire passer le jeune groupe à l’histoire. Les résidents de Hull pourront bientôt mettre fin à la famine (!) et enfin accéder à une épicerie de proximité! Basement 819 |Chronique Actualité | Retour sur Contact Ontarois | Big Balade passe à l’histoire! by Basement819 on Mixcloud Weekend Roundup :: Quoi faire... | Continue reading article

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Tick, tick, boom: Ottawa’s Little Theatre lights up with explosive drama Clybourne Park

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All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

If you’re up for a night of powerful live theatre there is still time to catch Clybourne Park, the multi-award winning play written by Bruce Norris and brought to the Ottawa stage for the first time by director Chantal Plante. This tension fuelled, incisive drama will make you laugh, make you squirm and make you think. Even in the face of some pretty heavy subject matter, the show has plenty of humour, though it isn’t always the result of the lines as much as an uneasiness. Clyborne Park takes its... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo courtesy of Snowday.Photo courtesy of Snowday.

This weekend is heavy with Friday events, with your pick of the mix from music to art and theatre filling the days and nights around it. Make sure to get in on some Robbie Burns celebrations this weekend honouring the famed Scottish poet and lyricist. Typical celebrations include whiskey tastings, indulging in some Scottish cuisine and readings of his most famous poems. And of course, another installment of Nature Nocturne, celebrating the Lunar Year Year with Chinatown Remixed. Tonight, the Ottawa Art Gallery opens a collection of exhibits running until... | Continue reading article

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Share an evening down the pub with The Gladstone’s Two

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Photo by Lois Siegel.Photo by Lois Siegel.

Set in a northern UK town Jim Cartwright’s Two features Michelle LeBlanc and Richard Gelinas in not only the roles of husband and wife publicans, but also as the dozen or so characters that pop in for a drink over the course of an evening down the pub. This inventive two-hander opens with the landlord and lady deftly serving imaginary customers whilst biting and snapping vicious asides – the play slowly reveals clues to this brewing storm. Laughingly they pull pints as she rolls her eyes and snarls at his... | Continue reading article

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