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Write On Ottawa: Enchanting children’s book takes young readers on a flight of discovery

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Photo of David Anderson by Genesta MacInnis.Photo of David Anderson by Genesta MacInnis.

Charlie Sparrow is a bird who does not know that he can fly.  In fact, all the birds in Tree City are ignorant about flying, given that they are unaware about the true power of their feathery wings. Young Charlie, however, suspects that his wings have a special purpose, which he is eager to find out. Unfortunately, when his parents learn about their son’s ambitions, they send him to the misguided Dr. Nightingale, who diagnoses the precocious boy with Leaping Syndrome, and orders that the feathers in the young child’s... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for October 30, 2013

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Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CHUO 89.1 FM. If you miss it, you can catch this week’s show using the handy Soundcloud widget below. And remember to subscribe to the podcast version of the show on iTunes. Ryan and Adria were joined by a producer from the National Arts Centre to talk about their new Casual Fridays events, launching today. Today’s event brings together food, wine and performances of Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Cameron Carpenter’s The Scandal. Next our hosts had a chat with local musician Amanda Rheaume about this... | Continue reading article

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NAC dance show celebrates the wonderful power of nature

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Weather by Lucy Guerin Inc.  Photo by Heidrun Löhr.Weather by Lucy Guerin Inc. Photo by Heidrun Löhr.

Canadians are obsessed with the weather.  Whether it’s 30 degrees of humid summer heat, the dampness of  late fall, the freezing  hell that is winter, or the glorious rebirth of spring, Canucks must constantly adapt to diverse meteorological conditions. Australia, on the other hand, is often seen as Canada with lovely sunny beaches and constant blue skies.  So what could a group of Australians possibly have to say about mother nature to the citizens of the Great White North? Quite a bit in fact. Australian dance troupe Lucy Guerin Inc. is... | Continue reading article

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War of the Worlds production brings classic radio play to life on The Gladstone stage

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Michelle LeBlanc and David Gerow.  Photo by David Whiteley.Michelle LeBlanc and David Gerow. Photo by David Whiteley.

It’s certainly possible to close your eyes and just listen to Plosive Productions stage adaptation of Orson Welles classic 1938 radio play War of the Worlds, which is playing at The Gladstone until Saturday. Director Teri Loretto-Valentik has made only small modifications to the script, so simply listening to this production with eyes closed is similar to the experience of listening to an audio recording of the original live broadcast.  But doing so, the audience would miss out on the visual adaptations that Loretto-Valentik has made to bring the script to life on the stage.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Ticket giveaway for NAC’s Casual Friday

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We gain that extra hour back this weekend, giving us extra time to jam in all of the events taking place over the next few days. Support Local Month officially kicks off tomorrow, with two events happening – the free Scattered Clouds show, and a Dia de los Muertos party at the Atomic Rooster. The HiLoTrons show at the Black Sheep is a special one, too – they’ll have the Goodluck Assembly and Hydrothermal Vents on stage, too, with Hard Science providing visuals. Tickets for the bus from Ottawa to... | Continue reading article

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At the {HEART} of the city: Kate & Suz Supports Local

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This post comes to us from Kate & Suz, a dynamic duo who blog about all things Ottawa over at www.kateandsuz.com. When we heard this year’s Support Local theme is ‘Home is where the heart is’, we melted. What a perfect nod to Ottawa, the city we love and are seeing explode with creativity these past few years. When Apt 613 asked us what is at the heart of Ottawa for Kate & Suz, we had to put our thinking caps on. But, it didn’t take long to decide. It always... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: HiLoTrons at the Sheep November 2nd

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In the bustling Bridgehead in Hintonburg, I got the opportunity to sit down with HiLoTron’s Mike Dubue to talk about the band’s upcoming show at The Blacksheep Inn on November 2nd and what he loves about our fair city. Having followed the HiLoTrons since 2002, I was pretty stoked to meet with Mike and hear what he had to say about the band’s journey and their evolution of sound and self over the years in their quest to “be as genre-less as possible”. Apt613: Let’s talk about HiLoTrons shows over... | Continue reading article

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Freud’s Last Session is a thought provoking and stimulating play

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Photograph by Claude Hache.Photograph by Claude Hache.

Well, this was a pleasant surprise!  When asked by Apartment613 to review 9th Hour Theatre Company’s production of Freud’s Last Session, I had heard of neither the play nor the company.  Fortunately, I checked out the company’s website and decided to go. The 9th Hour Theatre Company is three years old, and its mandate is the exploration of issues of faith through the arts.  Freud’s Last Session was an excellent choice for the company.  Written by Mark St. Germain, it won the 2011 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play.  It’s a fictional meeting between... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Emotive memoir by local author discusses family, faith and perseverance

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Ottawa-native Christa Mayaliwa has written a powerful memoir about her battle with systemic arthritis as a young child, the disease’s relapse during her teenage years, and how her father abandoned their family while they were experiencing emotional and financial hardships. A Christian-themed book, He Never Left Me: My Testimony chronicles Mayaliwa’s efforts to overcome her disease and heartbreak, while reconciling her faith in God as she lived through her painful set of circumstances.  Apartment613 caught up with the local writer via email to discuss her book and future projects. Apartment613: Your memoir recounts... | Continue reading article

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