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Political Mother delivers on high expectations

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Expectation is a dangerous thing to bring to a dance show. Dance has a way of tapping into a deeper level where things are understood instinctively and emotionally, not rationally. But so much has been written about Hofesh Shechter and Political Mother, it would be impossible to come to the show without expectations. Shechter shot to stardom after a very short period of time, gaining both accolades and awards. His work has been described as daring, loud, angry, and unlike anything you have ever seen, and it is the thing... | Continue reading article

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Pigging out at Revelry House

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Written by Yasmin Nissim and Chris Cline. This past Sunday we had the opportunity to experience The Pig Out, a truly unique and intimate outdoor dining experience right here in Ottawa. The event was the brainchild of Stephanie and Chantal Albert, along with Kelly Brisson of local gastronomy blog The Gouda Life. Initially we were excited to hear that the event was part of a new underground dining concept called Revelry House (more on that in a minute). But our excitement went through the roof when they announced that Chef... | Continue reading article

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thirsty Review: A Poetic, Beautifully Performed Descent

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When I walked into the NAC’s main doors on Thursday night, I was greeted by a somewhat bizarre image: a row of men with long, fake beards posing for a picture, beers in hand. A glance through that night’s programme made sense of the strange tableau—ZZ Top was playing Southam Hall that night and these were their fans. While I personally harbour no unkindness towards those bearded old men who still spin guitars in celebration of rock, I wasn’t there to see them. Thursday night was the world premiere of... | Continue reading article

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Win a VIP night at Timeraiser

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Next Saturday, November 17, the National Gallery of Canada will play host to the 4th annual Timeraiser night in Ottawa. For those who don’t know the project, Timeraiser is an art auction where, rather than bidding with cash, you bid with volunteer hours. Corporate sponsors chip in to pay fair market value for a work of art, and then Timeraiser puts these pieces of work up for auction. There’s a long list of agencies where bidders can volunteer their time. If you win, you work the hours on that bid... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Support Local month continues, with photographers Jen Eldridge and Paul Hockett holding a vernissage at Under One Roof tonight. Down at Workshop on Dalhousie, they’re holidng a trunk show with Ottawa designer Kania (with treats!), while their sister store Flock continues on with the great crafting de-stash. Grab some tasty samples while getting your Bronson food passport stamped, or head down to the Hintonburg Public House on Sunday for an open mic night – share your local musical talents! The Mercury Lounge is celebrating 16 years this weekend, culminating in... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Bronson Food Passport edition

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The ongoing construction on Bronson Avenue has hit many businesses in the area quite hard. Whether it’s a decrease in retail sales, or dealing with the daily hassle of having their neighbourhood turned upside down, the impact has been significant. Instead of buckling under the pressure, however, seven food establishments decided to offer a special joint promotion to attract new customers, and in the process turn a construction-based lemon of a situation into innovative lemonade. As part of Support Local month, the eateries have launched the Bronson Food Passport throughout... | Continue reading article

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Taste of CHUO: A new (and delicious) yearly treat

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Ottawa City Hall erupted with appetizing flavours this past Sunday, as local restaurants dished up samples of their culinary specialities as part of Support Local month. Doubling as a fundraiser for University of Ottawa campus radio station CHUO, the first annual Taste of CHUO brought together almost a dozen restaurants that offered everything from Ethiopian cuisine to Salvadoran dishes to Caribbean flavours. Local brewer Kichesippi Beer also poured some of their tasty creations for those looking to wash down all of the tasty treats. “The name ‘A Taste of CHUO’... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: Fly Me to the Moon

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No matter how routine your job, you never really know what you’re going to find when you go in to work. What starts as a regular shift for Belfast home-care workers Loretta Mackie (Margo MacDonald) and Frances Shields (Mary Ellis) quickly turns into a question of scruples when their client dies on the toilet on the day his pension cheque is due to be deposited. The moral dilemma with which the protagonists of Marie Jones’s Fly Me to the Moon are faced grows deeper and deeper as the day goes... | Continue reading article

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U.S. Electioneering in Ottawa

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United States President Barack Obama will likely be re-elected to a second term. The Apartment 613 election team has come to this conclusion after spending countless hours reviewing polls, early voting numbers, demographic patterns and other relevant statistics. As Canada’s capital city, our town is filled with political junkies. Being the friendly neighbours that we are, we decided to assist our fellow policy wonks to get their U.S. news fix by compiling a list of political web sites. Our hope is that these sites will give you all the news... | Continue reading article

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