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Grain of Salt tries to explore the role of Christianity in modern culture

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"Grain of Salt" ensemble cast in rehearsal, from L - R: Robin Hodge, Mitchel Rose, Megan Piercey Monafu, Lori Jean Hodge, Jeff Lefebvre. Photo provided by 9th Hour Theatre Company."Grain of Salt" ensemble cast in rehearsal, from L - R: Robin Hodge, Mitchel Rose, Megan Piercey Monafu, Lori Jean Hodge, Jeff Lefebvre. Photo provided by 9th Hour Theatre Company.

It isn’t often a play staged in a bar takes on the role of Christianity in modern culture. Thus on the coldest night of the year we settled into The Mercury Lounge with a glass of wine and the day’s headlines of the Joe LeClair affair on our mind eager to see how this production would address the controversial role of organised religion. The narrative of the play loosely follows Megan (Megan Piercey Monafu) a young Christian conflicted by her faith. Megan’s concern about the exclusion of homosexuals is further... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819: C’est Leif Vollebekk qui fera briller l’étoile polaire

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Leif Vollebekk (right) and band. Photo credit: Alex Cairncross.Leif Vollebekk (right) and band. Photo credit: Alex Cairncross.

Pour la première fois depuis la sortie de son dernier album North Americana, Leif Vollebekk sera à Ottawa à l’Église St-Alban les 29 et 30 janvier à 20h. Leif Vollebekk est originaire d’Ottawa, il a étudié en philosophie en Islande et c’est à Montréal qu’il s’est posé pour faire vivre son art. Même si maintenant il a trouvé pignon sur rue à Montréal dans le hip Mile End, il est chaque fois très heureux de revenir à ses sources à Ottawa (qu’il ne renie pas) pour y jouer les airs... | Continue reading article

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613 Casual Choir wants to reclaim the experience of communal singing

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Members of Toronto's Choir!Choir!CHoir! sing their hearts out. Photo from blogto.com.Members of Toronto's Choir!Choir!CHoir! sing their hearts out. Photo from blogto.com.

Shower singers, karaoke stars, and radio hummers-along unite! A new group in Ottawa wants to help us reclaim the experience of communal singing that has been lost to many of us in the era of the earbud. The 613 Casual Choir aims to provide an informal, non-judgmental setting for singers of all experience and skill levels to interpret pop songs together. The choir is organized by Andrea Stokes and Apt613 contributor Pam Kapoor, who were overwhelmed by Ottawa’s enthusiasm for the concept. Originally, the choir’s inaugural session was to be... | Continue reading article

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The Balconies release first full-length album today

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The 88.5 Big Money Shot is a platform to give new, up and coming artists a chance to leave the basement behind and try out life on the main stage. 2010 finalists, The Balconies have left the minors behind for good with the upcoming release of their first full-length album, Fast Motions, due to come out today. The Ottawa born trio, comprised of Jacquie Neville (guitar and lead vocals), her good friend Liam Jaeger (drums) and little brother Stephen Neville (bass, vocals) will come home – fresh off a European... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Art Deco delights on Metcalfe Street

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Booth House on Metcalfe Street, circa 1910. Photos from Library and Archives Canada unless otherwise noted.Booth House on Metcalfe Street, circa 1910. Photos from Library and Archives Canada unless otherwise noted.

Like its western cousin O’Connor Street, Metcalfe Street was greatly impacted by Jacques Greber’s urban plans for Ottawa. As I noted last time, in his initial 1938 surveys, Greber considered Metcalfe or O’Connor as viable alternatives to Elgin as grand boulevards. His later studies ruled them out in favour of Elgin. But he didn’t completely abandon tampering with the street patterns. Since the late 1950s, Metcalfe has been a one way-street heading north, while O’Connor has been one way heading south. Since then, all official city plans designate these two... | Continue reading article

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With lovable characters and impressive set Kim’s Convenience is a hit (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo of Jean Yoon (Mrs. Kim) and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Mr. Kim) by Cylla von TiedemannPhoto of Jean Yoon (Mrs. Kim) and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Mr. Kim) by Cylla von Tiedemann

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the evening show of Kim’s Convenience on Saturday, February 1. To enter the contest email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Wednesday with the subject line “Kim’s Convenience – Contest.”  The winner will be notified on Wednesday afternoon. To quote playwright Michel Tremblay, “Why should we be surprised to see our people on our own stages?” Kim’s Convenience, which is playing at the National Arts Centre until February 8, is a short (85-minute) distillation of the inter-generational clashes that inevitably arise between first- and second-generation Canadians.... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 22 janvier 2014: Leif Vollebekk, Sin Sisters, Les Chiclettes et plus!

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Leif Vollebekk et sa bande.Leif Vollebekk et sa bande.

Mercredi dernier, à Basement 819, on  parle d’abord à Leif Vollebekk, qui nous a donné une entrevue sincère et généreuse. Vollebekk se produira les 29 et 30 janvier à l’église St. Alban. - Envie de voir du Burlesque emplumé?! On jase des Sin Sisters au Rainbow Bistro vendredi et mardi prochain. - Quebec Redneck Bluegrass project à Le Troquet vendredi 24 janvier pour un nouvel album! - Un peu de vomi vert et de zombies gluants dans vos vies? “Return of Nuke ‘Em High, Volume 1” au Mayfair les 24,... | Continue reading article

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WinterBrewed 2014: Less brrr, more beer!

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In the winter of 2013, craft beer lovers braved a possible polar vortex (the term hadn’t been popularized yet, so who knows?) to sample some tasty brews at WinterBrewed, a beer-themed Winterlude spinoff event on Sparks Street. And it was cold out. Really cold. While the atmosphere was mostly jubilant, likely owing to the warming effects of the beer, organizers saw room for improvement. After WinterBrewed founder JP Fournier witnessed attendees drinking beer in less-than-optimal circumstances, he decided that a move to a warmer venue was necessary for 2014. “By the end... | Continue reading article

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Beyond the Pale takes over tap at Corner Bar and Grill after a stellar year

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Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

The brainchild of Shane Clark, Rob McIsaac, and Shane’s dad, Al Clark, Beyond the Pale first opened its doors on November 29th, 2012 and has quickly become one of Ottawa beer lovers’ favourite breweries. In anticipation of their tap takeover with Beau’s Brewery this Saturday at Corner Bar and Grill in Westboro, I sat down to chat with Shane and Rob about their first year brewing beer in Ottawa. The brewery has been Shane and Rob’s full-time job since the first weekend they opened. The best part of their first... | Continue reading article

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