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Photo courtesy of House of PainT.Photo courtesy of House of PainT.

When I heard Souljazz Orchestra got commissioned by House of PainT to perform a special set for HoPX’s final event, the bboy finale, I new it was going to be a special treat. Souljazz’s Pierre Chrétien and his bandmates began work on the setlist in July. The final setlist included 16 songs fused breaks and hip hop classics like DJ Kool, James Brown and DJ Shadow, woven in with afro and ethio-jazz compositions by Manu Dibango and Multatu Astatke, topped off by Souljazz originals Agoya and Insurrection. House of PainT is... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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There’s plenty to keep you going this weekend, whether you want to find unique gifts or get one of your own. Craft shows continue, with Craftalicious and the Hub Market on Saturday and the Chinatown Craftwalk on Sunday afternoon. The Enriched Bread Artists are mixing it up with an 80s dance party and an art sale featuring photographs, textiles, prints and more. Get your share of foodies delights at the Holiday Locavore Artisan Food Fair, happening all day Saturday. And you can make your own gifts with the Make and... | Continue reading article

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From university romance to charitable work: The lovely story of the Stairwell Carollers

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Photo of the Stairwell Carollers singing in the ByWard Market taken by Holly MassiePhoto of the Stairwell Carollers singing in the ByWard Market taken by Holly Massie

If you listen to the moving songs of the Stairwell Carollers Choir, you may feel your heart glow a little brighter.  There is a good reason for this –  the local group, which has been singing for more than 35 years, was literally founded on love. Back in 1975, Holly Massie was a theatre student at the University of Ottawa.  In the same student residence where she lived, she met music undergraduate Pierre Massie, who is today her husband. From this campus connection a romance was born, as well as the founding of... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Laughing at the insanity that is the federal public service

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Photo of Christian McPherson (next to zombie) taken by Judith GustafssonPhoto of Christian McPherson (next to zombie) taken by Judith Gustafsson

As federal civil servants know all too well, strange things happen inside the Canadian government. How weird?  Well, if you read The Cube People and Cube Squared, two uproariously funny novels by local writer Christian McPherson, you may never see the National Capital Region in the same way again. Published by Nightwood Editions, the two books revolve around Colin MacDonald, a government IT worker who dreams of being a published writer.  While typing away at science fiction and horror stories, he has to deal with a bizarre cast of co-workers, as well as hyper-bureaucratic managers who... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: The unofficial holiday gift list for 2013

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OPL does publish official holiday gift lists, so I thought it would be fun to look at some of the random books I have enjoyed over the past year which probably won’t feature on those lists. Even though my day job is in Children’s Services, I read all kinds of books. I have some picks for kids, teens and adults, and have tried to keep it short, but there were so many good ones… Best subversive princess picture book – The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp  I read this to... | Continue reading article

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Six years of CRUSHing laughter

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Photo by Andrew Alexander.Photo by Andrew Alexander.

I have a soft spot for improv. I love that it is so positive. The main rule being; Yes and, then what happened? Anything is possible, except stagnation, boredom or no thank yous.  It is a pleasure to witness fast minds, serious about silliness, creating new realities as the audience comes up with ideas to keep the story moving to new and unexpected places. Ottawa is very lucky to have a thriving improv community. If you have never been, there is no better chance to see the range of what... | Continue reading article

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Yoan St-Onge imagine un monde éternel

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La fin des vieux jours

Qu’est-ce que deviendrait la terre si on découvrait un remède anti-vieillissement? C’est ce que l’auteur Yoan St-Onge nous fait découvrir dans son récit, La fin des vieux jours, présentement disponible en téléchargement gratuit. Écrit entre 2008 et 2010, ce roman publié par St-Onge lui-même raconte principalement l’histoire de deux familles à différentes à différentes époques – les Lafontaine et les Champagne. Les Lafontaine sont deux – père et fils. Hubert, le paternel est un aventurier et un charmeur. Certains de ses traits se sont transmis à son fils, Félix, le... | Continue reading article

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Bee Work at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, one night only

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Portrait of the artist with Florid. All Photos courtesy of Pierre Laporte Photography.Portrait of the artist with Florid. All Photos courtesy of Pierre Laporte Photography.

When Chelsea’s Sarah Hatton was faced with the loss of thousands of honeybees from her hives, she did what she could as an artist. She turned distress into creation. The result is Bee Work, a beautiful and dizzying collection of tableaus composed entirely of glued-on bees. Apartment613 had the opportunity to ask the artist a few questions ahead of Wednesday’s one-night-only exhibit at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill. Apt613: How long have you kept honey bees? Tell us about your hives. Sarah Hatton: I am at the end of my second season keeping honeybees. It... | Continue reading article

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Capital Chamber Choir promises evening filled with beautiful music

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Photo of Capital Chamber Choir by Diana LamPhoto of Capital Chamber Choir by Diana Lam

The National Capital Region is teeming with musical talent.  This is particularly true for choral music, as our region is blessed with numerous troupes who perform beautiful repertoires. One exciting group is the Capital Chamber Choir, a 24-person ensemble formed four years ago that focuses primarily on Canadian choral music, including the works of contemporary Ottawa-based composers.  The group will be performing this coming Friday, December 6, at the Knox Presbyterian Church (120 Lisgar at Elgin). “We have evolved quite a bit since 2009,” says Cait Hurcomb, general manager of the Capital Chamber... | Continue reading article

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