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Behind the seams at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

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Images from left to right: Fur coat from Helene - h, white dress from Flowers & Vintage, shirt from Retrouver.biz. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.Images from left to right: Fur coat from Helene - h, white dress from Flowers & Vintage, shirt from Retrouver.biz. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.

The old-timey fair came to town this past Sunday April 13th in the form of the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. However instead of farmers and craftspeople lining up their wooden stalls side by side, open booths were set up in laneways like those I liken to the one behind my grandmother’s garden in Thunder Bay, where I used to play dressup in my aunts’ old clothes. All that was missing were the little white fences with rose and raspberry bushes peeking through them to complete the picture. This spring edition... | Continue reading article

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Opera Lyra presents Puccini’s tragic masterwork – Madama Butterfly

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James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.

Opera Lyra is back at the NAC with its spring production. Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly (aka Madame Butterfly) is the bittersweet tale of a young Japanese woman, Ciocio-san ( Madama Butterfly), who falls in love with, and marries, a cowardly and callous American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton. She converts to Christianity for her American husband causing her family to disown her. Her husband returns to the States shortly after their wedding, leaving Butterfly alone, and pregnant, with only her maid, Suzuki for company. Lieutenant Pinkerton returns to Nagasaki three... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Jill Zmud and Alan Neal enjoy a hot date at The Rex

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Photo from therexottawa.com.Photo from therexottawa.com.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the  all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. A couple of weeks ago, we sent a very pregnant Jill Zmud with hubby Alan Neal out to review The Rex, a small homie restaurant off the main drag in Little Italy. JILL:  First of all, let’s just say what excellent timing Apt613 and the National Arts Centre had in giving us this assignment. ALAN: It’s like our last hot date before the baby comes. JILL:... | Continue reading article

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Spring clean your wardrobe sustainably and charitably

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Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.

The time has come to spring clean. This dauntingly includes tackling your wardrobe. As a dress enthusiast I know the trouble of stuffing my wardrobe until the bar bends, buckling under the weight of my well-intended enthusiasm. To provide my poor closet with some relief I often host a clothing swap with friends, where everything old is new again and the remaining items are donated to a thrift shop. However, with new organizations such as Clothes for Charity  in the UK arising, it seemed to me that there were more... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 :: Concerts avec un grand R, actualité et art animalier!

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Cette semaine (encore), une série de découvertes et d’événements à partager absolument. Ok. Notez ces événements. Alex Nevsky revient au Cabaret La Basoche avec son luxuriant dernier album Himalaya mon amour ce vendredi 18 avril. D’abord influencé par le rap et le hip hop francophone, il s’est tourné vers la pop-rock et ça lui va très bien. Depuis la Chine et la Thaïlande, sa trajectoire créative lui a indiqué une voie à suivre qui impliquait de parcourir le monde. Himalaya mon amour est né de ces inspirants périples. Célébrons. Les... | Continue reading article

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Classic Albums Live have a new fan after stunning performance

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Photo from Classic Albums Live website.Photo from Classic Albums Live website.

I have to admit that I was skeptical going into this show, as I am not really an Eagles fan. They’re fine, don’t get me wrong, but the idea of listening to Classic Albums Live cover them wasn’t high on my list of things to do on a Friday night. I seemed to be alone in that opinion, however, as this performance was sold out weeks before the show. Apparently people knew something I did not. But I was about to learn. The first song, of course, was Hotel California.... | Continue reading article

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Lunch Out Loud Ottawa 69- Tracey Clark from Bridgehead & Atherton

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Episode 69 of Lunch Out Loud Ottawa is up! We meet with Tracey Clark, the managing director of Bridgehead live on location in Hintonburg. We talk about the past, present and future of Bridgehead. Lots of great information about the process and some other good news! Don and Jenn from foodiePrints spoke about A Taste for Life Ottawa and Poutinefest 2 on Sparks Street next weekend. Music this week was from the Ottawa sensation Atherton! Check him out at RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest July 12th and get his album “No... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Arms of the Girl courtesy their website.Photo of Arms of the Girl courtesy their website.

If you’ve had your fill of chocolate eggs and want to get out and about this weekend, here’s what’s up in the city: In music, the Steve Adamyk Band kicks things off tonight with Finderskeepers at Babylon, followed by Transmission dance party with DJ Male Nurse. If you’re looking for some traditional east coast music, Matthew Byrne has you covered at the NAC. Friday at Zaphod’s will find Ambrosia Famine, Arms of the Girl, and GingerFox putting on a rocky-pop show. House legend Jason Hodges can be found at Mercury... | Continue reading article

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Lawyers prepare a GCTC take-over

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From left to right: Oberon, Puck and Titania played by Dan Hohnstein, Kirk Shannon and Ashley Deathe respectively. Photo by Andrew Alexander.From left to right: Oberon, Puck and Titania played by Dan Hohnstein, Kirk Shannon and Ashley Deathe respectively. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

As surely as buds bloom so too at this time of year are Ottawa lawyers found limbering up to break some legs. Not those of disgruntled clients but of the theatrical nature as they come together for the annual “Lawyer Play”. This yearly fundraiser brings together legal eagles of all stripes: criminal, corporate, civil, family, labour and more treading the boards to raise money for the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and a hand-selected charity partner. The 15th anniversary performance this year pulls out all the stops: ambitiously tackling Shakespeare’s... | Continue reading article

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