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The Canadian Creative Music Collective at the NAC

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Post by Jeff Morton. Tonight Ottawa welcomes an outstanding ensemble with a very special guest vocalist. Toronto’s CCMC, the Canadian Creative Music Collective, was established over 30 years ago, and is a spontaneous and compelling group of musicians. They call themselves a composing ensemble, and have dedicated themselves to the presentation of music that is fluid, self-regulating, and improvised. Even the most lazy internet research into these two musical forces, the ensemble CCMC and the vocalist Phil Minton, will produce a plethora of compelling stories and performance excerpts. With members... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Talks: The Creative Capital? Ottawa’s top designers on how to stay creative in a government town

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Apartment613 is pleased to announce our latest project in a never-ending quest for world domination… Apartment613 Talks! We’re planning a series of lectures that will highlight themes and ideas that you’ve come to expect from Apartment613 – except we’ll be discussing them in real life (or IRL). For our first event on May 16 we’re taking on the creative capital. How close are we to being a truly creative Capital? This panel brings together three of Ottawa’s top designers and leaders of Ottawa-based design firms to talk about their experiences... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars Semi-Final: Centretown versus Hintonburg

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Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Show your support for your favourite Hood Wars contestant by picking up our special hood wars pins (pictured to the left), availible online soon! Congrats to Centertown, who won the semi-final with 52% of the vote. The Hintonburg vs Centertown semi-final is a tough touch call. On the one hand, sheer size of Centretown’s legions is enough to strike fear... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: Death and the Maiden

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Photo by David Whiteley.Photo by David Whiteley.

Death and the Maiden is set in Chile in 1990, in the aftermath of the Pinochet regime.  Fifteen years earlier, Paulina Salas (Geneviève Sirois) was abducted, tortured, and raped for two months.  A chance meeting has her husband Gerardo Escobar (Chris Ralph), a lawyer freshly appointed to the new government’s commission to investigate the prior regime’s human rights abuses, bring home Dr. Roberto Miranda (Paul Rainville), who Salas recognizes from her past.  In an eruption of years of repressed emotion, she turns the tables on her former captor.  She wants... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Governor General Awards, Mayfair woes, allergy season and more!

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Photo courtesy of ssstevieb on Flickr.Photo courtesy of ssstevieb on Flickr.

The 20th anniversary of the Governor General Performing Arts Award were held at the NAC and yours truly got to attend. There was much pomp and circumstance to honour art philanthropist Earlaine Collins, concert pianist Janina Fialkowsk, dancer and choreographer Paul-André Fortier, theatre director Denis Marleau, director Deepa Metah, director, writer and composer Des McAnuff, the band Rush and comedienne Mary Walsh. I was particularly impressed by some of the short films produced by the NFB to honour the winners. While South Park creator, Matt Stone’s appearance to honour Rush... | Continue reading article

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Izakaya Asian Kitchen and Bar: A watered-down sake joint with style

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That’s right, a watered-down sake joint with style. What do I mean by this? Well after educating myself on the traditional izakaya sake shops, I can safely say that Izakaya Asian Kitchen and Bar (339 Elgin st.) really isn’t an izakaya at all, although it does have an inviting atmosphere, tasty drinks and satisfying menu (hence the bit about style). Will this restaurant’s weak relation to tradition deter customers? No. Will they still enjoy their visit? Absolutely – but it depends on what they order. Read Foodie Print’s Izakaya review... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars Boonies Conference: Almonte vs Gatineau

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Photos by The Webhamster and guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.Photos by The Webhamster and guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.

Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Show your support for your favourite Hood Wars contestant by heading down to Urban Craft this weekend to pick up our special hood wars pins (pictured to the left). In the Hood Wars context, ‘boonies’ is a nice word. Not only does it sound like ‘bunnies’, but it is our catch-all category to describe all the lovely places outside the downtown core or... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa vocal group Harmonic Generation to perform on Saturday Night

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Gloria Song is a music writer for Apartment613. She also has her own band Scary Bear Soundtrack Ottawa’s own a cappella club Harmonic Generation will be putting on a special performance this Saturday night at the beautiful First Baptist Church. The concert is a fundraiser for the Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance, and will also feature performances by the African drumming group Kunundrum and Ugandan Traditional Dancers. In keeping with the theme, Harmonic Generation will be performing some African songs, as well as other covers including Adele, Michael Jackson and the... | Continue reading article

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Neighbourhood Wars Eastern Conference: New Edinburgh versus Sandy Hill

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Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Show your support for your favourite Hood Wars contestant by heading down to Urban Craft this weekend to pick up our special hood wars pins. Hood Wars’ Eastern conference is the first to feature two neighbourhoods that have not yet been battle tested. Last year there was a minor outcry that New Edinburgh did not make the Hood Wars line... | Continue reading article

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