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Ottawa luxury fashion gets a facelift

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

As one fashion luxury door closes in Ottawa, a new one opens. The iconic Holt Renfrew, a Sparks Street fixture for the last 78 years, will be closing its doors for good on January 25th, 2015.  Nordstrom, a large high-end American department store, will be taking over the luxury fashion market in Ottawa and will be open for business on March 6, 2015 at Rideau Centre.  Fear not fashionistas, there will only be a six-week withdrawal where high-end designer labels won’t be easily accessible in the Ottawa area. It is... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Twisted Reasons is suspenseful and tantalizing International thriller

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Detail of Twisted Reasons cover art. Image from Geza Tatrallyay's Google+ page.Detail of Twisted Reasons cover art. Image from Geza Tatrallyay's Google+ page.

Although the first book in Geza Tatrallyay’s Twisted Reasons trilogy does follow many of the now popular spy/thriller conventions, the author has set it apart with incredible detail and evident research. Published by Alymer, Quebec-based Deux Voiliers Publishing, the story opens with Greg Martens, an unsuspecting American with Hungarian heritage, who is set to meet his long-time friend Adam in Vienna. However, horror strikes and Greg learns that Adam has been brutally killed a couple of hours prior to Greg’s arrival in Austria. That day, not only does Greg find out about his friend’s... | Continue reading article

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Atwood’s classic sci-fi book as told through ballet + ticket giveaway

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Photo by Vince Pahkala courtesy of the NACPhoto by Vince Pahkala courtesy of the NAC

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to see The Handmaid’s Tale at the National Arts Centre on Thursday, January 22.  To enter the contest email apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line: “The Handmaid’s Tale – Contest” by noon Tuesday, January 20.  The winner will be notified on Tuesday afternoon. Margaret Atwood’s famous novel The Handmaid’s Tale is one of most successful literary works by a Canadian author.  In addition to winning a Governor General’s Award, it has been turned into a movie, an opera, play and radio drama. You can now add ballet... | Continue reading article

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Nature Nocturne celebrates the Lunar New Year with Chinatown Remixed

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Photo from the Nature Nocturne Facebook page.Photo from the Nature Nocturne Facebook page.

Looking for a way to continue the holiday celebrations? Why not celebrate the Lunar New Year, with the Museum of Nature and Chinatown Remixed at this year’s first Nature Nocturne? This is the second year that the Chinatown Remixed Collective will be partnering with the Museum of Nature to celebrate the Lunar New Year – and what a fitting year it is. For those of you unfamiliar with the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the year of the goat. A symbol of the arts and nature, the goat represents colour, tranquility,... | Continue reading article

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Singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge returns to the NAC + ticket giveaway

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

Post by Christine Seguin. Guys, it’s cold out there. The holidays are over and it would be so easy for all of us to hide away in our homes and hibernate until May. Sometimes though, this city offers a reason to take the ten minutes to bundle up and face the cold. Toronto based singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge will be gracing the National Arts Centre on January 23rd. This time around, he’s hoping for some good luck. “I played it once before and CBC Radio was recording it for a live... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 14 janvier 2015 :: On part à la découverte de nouveaux talents à Contact Ontarois! La patinoire du Ruisseau de la Brasserie réserve des événements hors du commun.

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Contact Ontarois du 14 au 17 janvier au Centre des Arts ShenkmanContact Ontarois du 14 au 17 janvier au Centre des Arts Shenkman

Basement 819 bat son plein dans le cadre d’un spécial Contact Ontarois. Il s’agit de la 34e édition de cet événement qui permettra cette année à 37 artistes francophones de la relève de se présenter sous leurs plus beaux atours. C’est donc une occasion rêvée de découvrir de nouvelles énergies de la scène qui permettent par le fait même de faire rayonner la culture francophone à travers le pays. L’événement se tiendra jusqu’à ce samedi soir. N’hésitez donc pas à consulter la programmation de l’événement pour trouver la liste complète des... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.

This year is off to a running start and the weekends are as fast-paced as the rest of the week, only way more fun! This weekend is keeping up its end of the bargain, promising plenty of awesome to keep you busy. Ottawa winters may be cold, but there are ways to get out and enjoy the winter weather. The canal opened just this past weekend, so grab your skates and head over to the world’s largest skating rink. Be sure to complete the trip with a beaver tail and... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Hurts to Breathe by Neverfriend

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Photo from neverfriend.com.Photo from neverfriend.com.

The opening of Ottawa-based band Neverfriend’s “Hurts to Breathe” features lead singer Gina desperately pleading for some love and relief, a vulnerability echoed in the images of a woman’s bare back covered in intricate flower tattoos. As the song progresses, however, the lyrics, the vocals and the instrumentals all build-up, fully expressing the angst and pain of unrequited love. Although not a full-blown metal or rock tune, Neverfriend delivers in its lyrics and provides listeners with a passionate yet composed sound. Neverfriend, first founded in 2006, are Gina, Fraser, Logan... | Continue reading article

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M. C. Escher at the National Gallery: An incursion into the reality of illusions

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M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.

Printmaker Maurits Cornelis Escher is like an Old Master who would have lost his way in the 20th century. He produced some 450 prints over his 50 year career. Throughout, he remained obsessed with the representation of space. Fifty-four of his prints are on display at the National Gallery until May 2015. A rare opportunity – and a real treat. Escher captured popular imagination with his “impossible architectures”. What to think of a circular flight of stairs that you can climb indefinitely? The result is both tangible and bewildering. Any... | Continue reading article

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