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Celebrate Odyssey Theatre’s 30th birthday and see The Things We Do For Love

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Photo by Joseph HuttPhoto by Joseph Hutt

On July 26th, Odyssey Theatre showed us that they’re 30 years young with their production of The Things We Do for Love, assuring us that even though they’ve reached their third decade, a part of them is still that libidinous teen from yesteryear. The Things We Do for Love is a play in three parts, or more accurately a combination of three micro-plays, all with a Spanish and amorous twist. While each of these sections stand alone, they are loosely tied together through the presence of an acting and puppetry... | Continue reading article

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Local makers of sounds transcend genres on So Sorry Records

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Detail of the cover of Pony Girl's Foreign Life, shot by Rémi TheriaultDetail of the cover of Pony Girl's Foreign Life, shot by Rémi Theriault

How do we speak about musical style without hyphens, dashes and slashes? If too many words are needed to describe a style, would none be better? So Sorry Records encourages us to think about this and just listen. The artists of this Ottawa-centric label provide a space where words should only describe impressions, not categorize music. So Sorry Records is a local imprint of the New York, Rotterdam and Ottawa label Pop Drone Records.  Though Pop Drone explores “off centre music”, the artists of the label featured on So Sorry... | Continue reading article

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Gas Light Electric’s handmade marquee signs light up the city

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A custom sign by Gas Light Electric.  All photos by Meg Marshall.A custom sign by Gas Light Electric. All photos by Meg Marshall.

Marquee signs are making a comeback, and you don’t need to travel back in time to get your own. If you drive half an hour west of the city, you will reach Gas Light Electric, run by Scott Adamson. His work can be found all over town. The “C-O-F-F-E-E” sign at Equator Coffee, which I mentioned in my previous Apt613 article about the cafe, the “N-A-M-A-S-T-E” sign at Yogatown and the Union 11 sign are all examples of his bright and fun work. And the best thing about these pieces of art is that they... | Continue reading article

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Review: The Creation of the World and Other Business

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Scene from The Creation of the World and Other Business. Photo provided by 9th Hour Theatre Company.Scene from The Creation of the World and Other Business. Photo provided by 9th Hour Theatre Company.

A play featuring a breakdown in communication, first-hand accounts of the exile from the Garden of Eden and other misadventures is rich fodder no matter where your audience stands on questions of theology.  However Arthur Miller’s The Creation of the World and other Business has historically been a challenge to stage and this production proves no different. The 9th Hour Theatre Company creates a circus-themed set with God as ringmaster and the audience seated big-top style in a semi-circle. As we took our seats the cast paraded in song-and-dance setting... | Continue reading article

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The Jesse Green Band sizzled at Irene’s

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From left: Matt Wood (drums), Jesse Greene (lead vocals/guitar), Kurt Walther (bass) and guest guitarist, Fred Carriere. All photos by Terry Steeves.From left: Matt Wood (drums), Jesse Greene (lead vocals/guitar), Kurt Walther (bass) and guest guitarist, Fred Carriere. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Local artists, The Jesse Greene Band, shook up a packed house at Irene’s Pub on Friday night, with their highly charged brand of rockin’ powerhouse blues. Now changed from a 5-piece down to a 4-piece, Jesse Greene tells me about the new band configuration: “At first, I had gotten used to playing with another guitarist, but now I’m not phrasing things around a second player and taking a rhythm in that balance. Having a guest at the show made me realize that while it’s nice to have a second guitarist... | Continue reading article

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Bedtime Stories is a light summer romp

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Scene from Bedtime Stories. All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.Scene from Bedtime Stories. All photos courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Love, laughs and . . . sex on the radio? The Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of Bedtime Stories delivers all this and more. Written by Norm Foster, one of Canada’s most produced playwrights, Bedtime Stories is a fun comedy with some surprisingly poignant moments that unfold in a series of six vignettes. Though the six scenes seem unrelated, each with a different set of characters, all take place in bedrooms (hence the title) and all involve situations of vulnerability and intimacy. As the show goes on we also learn that... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Westboro Street Art

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Sir Winston Churchill mural, Byron Street at Churchill. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.Sir Winston Churchill mural, Byron Street at Churchill. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

After moving to Westboro a few years ago from the backwoods of Kanata,  I’ve come to the realization that I picked the right spot in town. The drive to work went from a 45 minute fury-session in traffic, to a leisurely 5 minutes cruise down Churchill Avenue.  Groceries are a no-brainer, with the Superstore a few blocks away, and eating out has never been easier with lots of great restaurants on Richmond Road, with a good mix of specially food boutiques. Those are all things that I came to appreciated... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Latest novel in Sgt. Windflower police series is ambitious

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Since releasing his first novel in 2012, Ottawa-based writer Mike Martin has been charming mystery fans with his entertaining Sgt. Windflower detective series. Set in Martin’s native Newfoundland, the series of four books (and counting) follow the adventures of Sgt. Winston Windflower, a Cree man from northern Alberta who has been posted by the RCMP to Canada’s most easterly province. The enjoyable collection offers an intimate look into small-town life on “The Rock”, with its different regional accents, colourful personalities and (this being a police thriller) criminal activity. It shouldn’t... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend – Bluesfest is over, now what? Catl. ticket giveaway

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Catl. play the Black Sheep Inn on Friday, July 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of the band.Catl. play the Black Sheep Inn on Friday, July 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of the band.

This weekend marks the beginning of Chamberfest, which runs from July 24 – August 6. This isn’t a festival strictly for the elderly, Ottawa. Chamberfest has made incredible strides in breaking out of its stuffy mould and into a more hip and modern demographic, with acts like Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall, a graphic novel turned live performance set to the Afiara Quartet’s string instruments and Kid Koala scratching in. #UncleJohn is another example as the modern rendition of Mozart’s Don Giovanni; a story based off the legendary seducer Don... | Continue reading article

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