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So Much Theatre: King Lear

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Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

The final production of this year’s National Arts Centre English Theatre season is Shakespeare’s King Lear. But it’s not just any King Lear; it is King Lear with an all-Aboriginal cast—the culmination of an idea actor August Schellenberg and the late director John Juliani had forty-five years ago – and, on top of that, Aboriginal costumes and setting – presumably the choice of director Peter Hinton. It’s not unusual for Shakespeare’s plays to be re-set in different periods and locales (in fact, these days it’s almost the norm), but there’s... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Hottest DJs’ Girlfriends: Tonight

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Tonight, three girlfriends (and one boyfriend) of four local DJs unite to take to the stage at Raw Sugar in an event that has been aptly dubbed “The Girlfriends.” But this is no four-way lover’s tiff: these four have nothing to prove. Instead, these three relative newcomers to DJing (and one established DJ: Mr. Caffrey) are tearing new cuts in old records in support of the burgeoning local DJ scene. The show is pay-what-you-can and runs from 9pm on. In particular order, the performers are Tara Dwivedi, Melanie Yugo (co-operator... | Continue reading article

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Head over to Chinatown remixed this weekend

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It’s going to be a great weekend in Chinatown. The weather looks great, making it a perfect day for a stroll through the arch to take in a remixed version of Chinatown. For the fourth year in a row, local Chinatown businesses have teamed up with Ottawa-based artists to turn Chinatown into one huge gallery. From the Daily Grind in the East to Purple Urchin in the West – 54 different locations are taking part. You’ve got a month to take in the art, but today you can take in... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars Semi-Final: New Edinburgh vs Gatineau

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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! The last Hood Wars battle before the final pits New Edinburgh against Gatineau. Which place is better suited to go up against the Centertown juggernaut in the final? New Edinburgh strong performance against Sandy Hill showcased the dedication... | Continue reading article

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Radio Radio – Du cosmos à la fête

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Un album de lévitation c’est que Gabriel Malenfant disait de ce qu’allait devenir Havre de Grâce, le dernier album de Radio Radio. C’est vrai que les chansons peuvent paraître un peu moins de party – y’a pas vraiment de Dekshoo ou de Cargué dans ma chaise. Le flow est un peu plus lent sur les chansons, mais les chansons sont plus rafinés et diversifiés que sur les deux derniers albums. On y retrouve des airs de micro des Beastie Boys circa 1994 que j’aime bien. J’ai jaser avec Gabriel cette... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Let’s get the big ones out of the way: Comiccon and Chinatown Remixed are happening this weekend. That’s not as simple as it sounds – Browncoats Burlesque will be performing Heroes vs Villains: The Aftermath! as part of Comiccon weekend, and there’s a Masquerade. Chinatown Remixed will have – yes, it’s true – remote-controlled robots. And delicious food. So there’s at least half – if not all – of your weekend eaten up by fun. What can you do with the rest of your time? Let’s find out. You’ve heard... | Continue reading article

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Friends with Benefits supports the Royal

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Friends with Benefits is highly personal charity event organized by Laura Hammond. She’s channelling her struggles with mental health into a great fundraiser for the Royal (formally the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre), featuring tunes from Timekode and a silent auction. Everything starts at 8pm on May 11 down at the Elmdale Tavern. Find out more on the event website. Apartment613: What was your motivation behind starting Friends With Benefits? You have a personal connection to the cause? Laura Hammond: It was a simple one: getting like-minded people together in a great... | Continue reading article

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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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