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With lovable characters and impressive set Kim’s Convenience is a hit (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo of Jean Yoon (Mrs. Kim) and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Mr. Kim) by Cylla von TiedemannPhoto of Jean Yoon (Mrs. Kim) and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Mr. Kim) by Cylla von Tiedemann

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the evening show of Kim’s Convenience on Saturday, February 1. To enter the contest email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Wednesday with the subject line “Kim’s Convenience – Contest.”  The winner will be notified on Wednesday afternoon. To quote playwright Michel Tremblay, “Why should we be surprised to see our people on our own stages?” Kim’s Convenience, which is playing at the National Arts Centre until February 8, is a short (85-minute) distillation of the inter-generational clashes that inevitably arise between first- and second-generation Canadians.... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 22 janvier 2014: Leif Vollebekk, Sin Sisters, Les Chiclettes et plus!

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Leif Vollebekk et sa bande.Leif Vollebekk et sa bande.

Mercredi dernier, à Basement 819, on  parle d’abord à Leif Vollebekk, qui nous a donné une entrevue sincère et généreuse. Vollebekk se produira les 29 et 30 janvier à l’église St. Alban. - Envie de voir du Burlesque emplumé?! On jase des Sin Sisters au Rainbow Bistro vendredi et mardi prochain. - Quebec Redneck Bluegrass project à Le Troquet vendredi 24 janvier pour un nouvel album! - Un peu de vomi vert et de zombies gluants dans vos vies? “Return of Nuke ‘Em High, Volume 1” au Mayfair les 24,... | Continue reading article

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WinterBrewed 2014: Less brrr, more beer!

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Photo by Pam Culver on flickrPhoto by Pam Culver on flickr

In the winter of 2013, craft beer lovers braved a possible polar vortex (the term hadn’t been popularized yet, so who knows?) to sample some tasty brews at WinterBrewed, a beer-themed Winterlude spinoff event on Sparks Street. And it was cold out. Really cold. While the atmosphere was mostly jubilant, likely owing to the warming effects of the beer, organizers saw room for improvement. After WinterBrewed founder JP Fournier witnessed attendees drinking beer in less-than-optimal circumstances, he decided that a move to a warmer venue was necessary for 2014. “By the end... | Continue reading article

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Beyond the Pale takes over tap at Corner Bar and Grill after a stellar year

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Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

The brainchild of Shane Clark, Rob McIsaac, and Shane’s dad, Al Clark, Beyond the Pale first opened its doors on November 29th, 2012 and has quickly become one of Ottawa beer lovers’ favourite breweries. In anticipation of their tap takeover with Beau’s Brewery this Saturday at Corner Bar and Grill in Westboro, I sat down to chat with Shane and Rob about their first year brewing beer in Ottawa. The brewery has been Shane and Rob’s full-time job since the first weekend they opened. The best part of their first... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Wilf & Ada’s Scratch Diner

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Lunchtime vibe at Wilf & Ada's. Photo from their Facebook page.Lunchtime vibe at Wilf & Ada's. Photo from their Facebook page.

Change is so good It is a strange feeling eating eggs in the identical spot as I have innumerable times, and yet, having a completely different sensory experience. Wilf & Ada’s Scratch Diner opened at the beginning of January in the location of the former beloved Ada’s diner. It is simply the bomb. While the name is a nod to the previous owners, everything else about this place is about looking forward. The space is modern, clean and bright; the menu is small, affordable and tantalizing. The diner is the... | Continue reading article

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War Horse: an emotional tale with amazing puppets

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Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.

Post by Adria May and Sean Zio. It seems that a lot of people love the story of War Horse. It’s an emotional and touching tale about a boy named Albert and his horse, Joey, in wartime England in 1914. We saw it on opening night at the National Arts Centre on January 21 and the audience gave it a standing ovation. War Horse is based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel of the same name. And in addition to being a Broadway play, Steven Spielberg adapted it to film in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Home Reno Show giveaway

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Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.

So, it’s cold. You’ve probably already discussed this around the water cooler today – there’s nothing like weather to get people riled up. So change the conversation and talk about your weekend plans – the city is hopping this weekend! Chinatown Remixed, that summertime street festival, has joined up with the Museum of Nature this Friday for one of the Nature Nocturne events. They’ll have life-sized board games, bubble tea, live art and of course, karaoke with China Doll. They’ll also have the usual dance parties throughout the museum. It’s... | Continue reading article

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Venetian Carnival set to take over the NAC in stylish fundraiser for local choir

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Photo by anja_johnson courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by anja_johnson courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

For more than 850 years, the Carnival of Venice has offered revellers an opportunity to immerse themselves in glamour.  With beautiful costumes and masks, this annual celebration is famous the world over. While this year’s festivities in Italy are scheduled from February 15 to March 4, residents of Ottawa-Gatineau can get a head start on their European friends thanks to  a special event this coming Saturday at the National Arts Centre. As a fundraiser for an upcoming European tour, the Ottawa Bach Choir will be hosting the Venetian Carnival.   The enchanted evening begins... | Continue reading article

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Catch Marty Kolls at an intimate (and free!) house concert this Friday

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Armed with a mellifluous voice, most oft accompanied by either ukulele or piano, London-based Marty Kolls soulfully embeds honest lyrics in heartfelt melodies. Having toured internationally in her youth, coupled with more recent stage-sharing alongside the likes of Dan Mangan, Sarah Harmer and Basia Bulat, Kolls’ has developed into a savvy and intimate performer. You can check her out this Friday by attending her FREE house show at 118 Glenview Ave. We probed into Marty’s mind via email and here’s what she had to say: Apartment613: If we were to... | Continue reading article

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