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The big one is back – Youppi Club’s second pop up show

Roll up. Roll up. The fun is coming! Feel the magic up close with the Youppi Club, a community of fun-loving folk dedicated to exploring interactive styles of play and spreading joy through performance! The Ottawa Stilt Union, Ottawa-Gatineau’s bilingual theatre company dedicated to the art of stilting, is now stretching its legs even further […]

Apt613 Live for April 14, 2015

Hey kids! For students everywhere April marks an incredibly stressful season of final projects, end-of-year exams and praying for deadline extensions.  In essence it’s a one-month period where all of your energy is concentrated on being as creative and brilliant as possible: made all the more challenging when you take into consideration the fact that […]

Photo by David Scheinmann

Oh boy, Dirty Dancing the musical is pretty bad

Here at Apartment613 we tend to be fairly positive.  When we are asked to review a play, concert, musical or art exhibit, we like to focus on the good aspects and give constructive criticism whenever possible. It therefore takes a really unusual situation for us to declare, “wow, that performance was really, really terrible.”  The […]

Writers Fest: Ottawa’s literary cure for cynicism

[youtube][/youtube] Celebrate the International Writers Festival as an Ottawa-success story, an antidote for cynicism, and quite possibly the epitome of Canadian hospitality. The 2015 spring edition of Ottawa’s International Writers Festival begins April 22.  This essential literary gathering, however, offers us more than award-winning writers, poets, musicians and thought-provoking intellectuals, according to the festival’s Artistic […]


Launching our special Writers Festival series

The Ottawa International Writers Festival is one of our city’s treasured gems.  Since first launching in 1997, this special gathering has brought some of Canada’s and the world’s leading writers, comic book creators, playwrights, scientists and musicians to our region. Next week the 2015 spring edition of the festival kicks off and will run from […]

Looking ahead to the 2015-16 NAC theatre season

[youtube][/youtube] Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  Over the past few days, Apartment613 has previewed what local audiences can expect in the near future. Today we conclude our look ahead by focusing on the National Arts Centre’s upcoming season for English theatre. Jillian Keiley, the artistic director of […]

Donnie Laflamme and Brent Rouleau (foreground) in The Hairy Ape. All photos by Glen McIntosh.

Chamber Theatre Hintonburg lets the beast out

Hunched over, shovels in hand, the firemen get to work feeding coal into the belly of the beast. The rhythmic sound of laboured grunts fill the silence. Welcome to the bowels of an ocean liner, an all too real picture seamlessly painted by the cast of The Hairy Ape: a Comedy of Ancient and Modern […]