Post by Kevin Soobrian While crowds swarmed to see the opening of the GCTC’s newest production, Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly, an equally enthusiastic crowd gathered for the vernissage upstairs in the Lorraine “Fritzi” Yale Gallery. For each production at the GCTC, a companion show is displayed at the Fritzi. The show is curated by Cube Gallery owner, Don Monet. For this performance, Meghan Myres was invited to contribute her own impressions of Amelia. What Myres produced on only 4 weeks notice is truly stunning. She has created several... | Continue reading article
House of PainT is probably my favourite grassroots event in Ottawa. Year after year, I’m amazed by the artists that take part and the diversity of people that come out to support it. HoP 2011 took place about a month ago. Michael Napiorkowski shared with us this video that captures marvelously the essence of the festival. Enjoy and try not to get dizzy watching the awesome b-boy moves!
We rarely cover federal politics at Apt613 but I thought our readers might be interested in checking out the CBC’s 12 things to watch in Parliament this fall. The list spans issues from scrapping the gun registry to the NDP’s performance as official opposition. Park(ing) Day took place last week. Did you notice the green patches that replaced spots in Ottawa and Gatineau? Park(ing) Day is an annual event where citizens change metered parking spots into temporary parks to raise awareness about the urban environment. Blogger Denise Deby reviewed what... | Continue reading article
Image via gaymusic.bandcamp.com Post by Megan Taylor Gay, a Toronto band on Pleasence Records, has only been around since the fall of 2009. But with countless shows and a couple of short vinyl albums under their belt, they’re already well-established in the Toronto indie scene. Venturing out into the wider world for the first time this weekend, Gay is coming to Ottawa’s own Raw Sugar Café tonight, September 18th. I recently had the pleasure of sitting down for a long video Skype chat with Paul Erlichman, guitarist and vocalist for... | Continue reading article
Fall in Ottawa is great time to be into food. There’s not only an abundance of local produce at the city’s markets, but the food scene heats up with some great events. A few food-related pitches fell into our mailbox or Facebook account this month, and we thought it would be appropriate to compile them here. This weekend: The Taste of Wellington West – Organized by the Wellington West BIA, the event is now its 5th year. There is music, entertainment and some activities for kids. If you focus is... | Continue reading article
The third episode of Ottawa Sketch’s Locker Lives (a behind-the-scenes look at washed-up actors on a fictional high school dramedy TV show) has popped up online. “The actors are playing 16-year-olds but they’re actually 30-year-olds, 40-year-olds who are sort of washed up and can’t get any other jobs. They’re stuck on this show.” says Ottawa Sketch member Rachelle Casseus. Here are episodes one and two. For more on Ottawa Sketch, visit their Facebook page and blog.
Happy Friday, audiophiles. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? We’re only now getting around to posting last week’s episode of Apartment613 Live, which is too bad, because it’s a stellar episode. (Of course, they’re all stellar, but this one is more stellar – stellarer? – than the others. Also, “stellar” is a funny word when you write it four times in a row, but that’s sort of off topic.) Why is it stellar? Because it’s so rare that you get to hear the voices of the people who toil away in... | Continue reading article
Post by Robin Levinson Malorie Bertrand and Amie Beausoleil want women to stop shaving their armpits and start fundraising for breast cancer. Inspired by such fundraising campaigns as “Movember” and “Mustaches for Kids,” the two decided to brainstorm ways that women could raise money for breast cancer that were quirky, humorous, and fun. Under the name “Unshaven Mavens,” they are asking women to forgo shaving their underarm hair for the month of October, all while raising funds for Rethink Breast Cancer, a Canadian charity that brings education and support to... | Continue reading article
A review by Vera Grbic Expectations. They can be a wondrous thing. They engage us, excite us, and generally prepare us for what’s to come. They can also be fodder for a letdown. Going into the Pearl Jam concert at Scotiabank Place on Wednesday evening, expectations soared. This time, they were met with nothing but pure elation. Growing up in the grunge era has made me appreciative of the type of music with which I was raised. I may have been a little young for the crowd, but I was... | Continue reading article