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Trade-offs’ frontman Joshua Qaumariaq brings a little Northern soul to Ottawa

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Screen shot of Joshua Qaumariaq in The Trade-off's "Brighten Up" video.Screen shot of Joshua Qaumariaq in The Trade-off's "Brighten Up" video.

The voice that comes out of Trade-offs’ frontman Joshua Qaumariaq is startling for anyone who hears him sing for the first time. Qaumariaq is a young Inuk man born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut’s cold capital city, but he has the voice of an aged blues man from the deep south who has seen too many hot sleepless nights. It particularly suits the Trade-offs’ blues/soul sound that has enthralled Nunavummiut for years. Last year the Trade-offs came out on top and represented Nunavut for CBC Music’s Searchlight contest for Canada’s... | Continue reading article

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Fringe Festival Preview: Iredea

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Photo courtesy of Woo Me Myth from ottawafringe.comPhoto courtesy of Woo Me Myth from ottawafringe.com

Woo Me Myth | Dance, Storytelling | Actual Run Time 60 Minutes Review by Devan Marr Editor’s note: For the last five year’s Apartment613 has reviewed every single Ottawa Fringe play in our Fully Fringed initiative. This year we sent Dev Marr to the Montreal Fringe to do a bit of recognisance on some of the plays heading to Ottawa later this week. The Montreal Fringe runs until June 22, while the Ottawa Festival starts this Thursday, June 19. Check out all of Apt613’s reviews here. When I was told I would... | Continue reading article

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What does an art critic do?

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Anna Khimasia (left) and Teodora Dimitrova. Photo provided by the Ottawa Art Gallery.Anna Khimasia (left) and Teodora Dimitrova. Photo provided by the Ottawa Art Gallery.

The Ottawa Art Gallery’s Articulation: Critical art writing workshop series is intended to offer participants the support, skills, and editorial assistance they need to establish or expand their critical art writing practice. The series aims to foster a community of critical art writers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, by providing both emerging and experienced writers with the opportunity to connect with each other and learn from prominent members of the national art writing community. The last writing workshop, offered by Anna Khimasia, focused on the role of criticism in art writing: “What... | Continue reading article

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The Burden of Self Awareness: Q&A with Eric Coates and Arthur Milner

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Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Eric Coates is the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. He also plays the character Michael in The Burden of Self Awareness. This production marks his stage debut at the GCTC. We caught up with him in advance of the production’s launch. Our interview with Arthur Milner follows. Apt613: It’s the GCTC’s 39th anniversary season and it’s coming to an end with The Burden of Self Awareness. Why have you saved it for last? Coates: That was partly just a scheduling necessity because of the availability of other... | Continue reading article

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Capital Pride promises to offer an edgier festival this year

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A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.

In its ever-lasting quest to be more fabulous, fantastic and flamboyant than the year before, the Capital Pride Committee is releasing a program that’s edgier than its predecessors. This year’s Capital Pride Festival will kick off at the Museum of Nature. As part of the museum’s popular Nature Nocturne event series, revelers will launch Pride, while checking out the Museum’s exhibits in a night club-esque setting. The Village Movie Night is also evolving. This year’s night in front of the silver screen will include a fully licensed bar. The committee’s... | Continue reading article

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Lunch Out Loud Ottawa 77- Fringe Festival Preview & Brock Zeman

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Andrew, Patrick and Nick at Fringe Festival headquartersAndrew, Patrick and Nick at Fringe Festival headquarters

Episode 77 of Lunch Out Loud Ottawa is up! We meet with Patrick Gauthier, the director of the Ottawa Fringe Festival . We met up with him at the Fringe Festival headquarters to know a bit more about him, what the festival is all about, how to get involved in the festival, where performers like to eat and sleep, news for this years festival and we preview several exciting acts! Such an interesting episode! Music this week is from Brock Zeman who can be seen at Westfest today at 6pm!... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 11 juin 2014 :: La Nouvelle Scène nous sort en grand! Trouvez les meilleurs sièges pour la Coupe du monde de la FIFA! Festoyez, c’est l’été!

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C’est parti pour vrai. L’été est débarqué avec la promesse de faire briller la région avec des événements festifs. La Nouvelle-Scène toute emballlée Le jour du lancement de la programmation 2014-2015, le théâtre de la Nouvelle-Scène obtenait son permis de construction pour prendre pignon sur rue sur King Edward à Ottawa. En attendant d’obtenir un tout nouveau lieu tout frais, plusieurs salles qui ont de la classe vont recevoir les événements de la programmation 2014-2015. Éric nous présente à l’émission une série d’événements à ne pas manquer dans les prochains... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The writings of a self-proclaimed madman

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Gatineau-based writer Benoit Chartier is a quirky cat. If you look on the back cover of his debut book The Calumnist Malefesto: And Other Improbable Yarns, you will find a short bio in which he claims to be, “training a wild monkey army to carry out his tasks.” At first I assumed this was a joke.  After reading his innovate stories, however, I am no longer sure.  After all, this is someone who describes himself as a Canadian madman who writes off-the-wall prose. But as any lover of literature knows,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: The Original Burger Joint is under new management

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Photo by John Olsthoorn.Photo by John Olsthoorn.

When you see “Under New Management” sometimes you have no idea how long the place has actually been under the new management. What does it really mean? My companion had eaten at the Original Burger Joint on Bank Street near Fifth Avenue in the Glebe under old management and swore she would never go back. I suggested we give it a try anyway so we rummaged through her black bin looking for the coupon offering Glebe residents a free cheesecake with any hamburger combo order. The restaurant was almost empty... | Continue reading article

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