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Quoi faire ce weekend: What to do in Ottawa with your Valentines and Palentines

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Photo by Pierre Lachaîne from the Apt613 flickr pool.Photo by Pierre Lachaîne from the Apt613 flickr pool.

After moving to Ottawa from BC nearly a decade ago, Hannah has made it her mission to explore Ottawa. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. Ah Valentine’s Day. Some love it, others hate it. Personally, I’m more excited for Galentine’s Day, the best day of the year! No matter your preference, grab your friends and go enjoy the weekend – there’s plenty to do! You won’t be bored Friday night with Dévah Quartet, Orienteers and Zero Day Reapers at House of Targ and Partner, The Yips and BB Cream at... | Continue reading article

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Lynn Miles and Petr Cancura find magic at the crossroads

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All photos by Andre R. Gagne.All photos by Andre R. Gagne.

Folkies joined jazz aficionados at the NAC‘s 4th stage last Thursday to experience a rare cross-genre collaboration featuring beloved Ottawa singer-songwriter Lynn Miles performing with a band of top jazz players lead by Petr Cancura. The concert was the second show in Petr Cancura’s Crossroads series presented as part of the Winter Jazz Fest and NAC Presents. The band, oozing deep musicality and local talent featured Cancura on saxophones, guitarist Roddy Elias, bassist John Geggie and drummer Greg Ritchie, who came in from Montreal. There’s something about Miles’ music that has a... | Continue reading article

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Zero Day Reapers on first show, cybersecurity and free music

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Photo by Christian Villemaire, courtesy of Zero Day Reapers.Photo by Christian Villemaire, courtesy of Zero Day Reapers.

New local electro-punk band Zero Day Reapers will be playing their first show this Friday, February 12, at House of Targ, with a line-up of songs that explore sex, computers, and technology. The band consists of lead singer Tanya Janca, lead guitarist Daniel Ryan, bassist Jean-Francois Brown, and rhythm guitarist Godwin Daniel. Apartment613 sat down with Janca to find out more about the singer and what people can expect from Zero Day Reapers. Janca was born in Kitchener-Waterloo, but she grew up in Ottawa after her family moved here when... | Continue reading article

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Win tickets to Winter Brewfest at Lansdowne

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Photo from Brewfest's Facebook page.Photo from Brewfest's Facebook page.

This weekend marks the culmination of Winterlude and, to celebrate, the 2nd annual Winter Brewfest, this Friday and Saturday in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne. 35 breweries from across Ontario and Quebec will have their best kegs tapped for this event. The breweries include old favourites, like Beau’s, Muskoka, and Beyond the Pale, new kids on the block Tooth & Nail, Waller St. Brewing, and Cartwright Springs, as well as our friends from across the river, Unibroue and Brasseurs du Monde. In addition to the best beers from the best... | Continue reading article

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An uncommon combination of cartoons and cabaret + ticket giveaway

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Mimi Violette and Unetelle as Patty and Selma. All photos from the Facebook event page.Mimi Violette and Unetelle as Patty and Selma. All photos from the Facebook event page.

Mer Weinhold is an Ottawa-dwelling writer, editor, book reviewer, and costuming enthusiast. You can follow them on Twitter. Watching The Simpsons was a staple of my youth. Back when broadcast TV existed, we got two syndicated episodes every weekday evening on CFMT and CityTV (three episodes if one of my siblings climbed on the roof and wiggled the antenna until Global came in). These days, burlesque shows are a staple of my “let’s go out tonight” plans — always a variety of creative performances set to a range of music.... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship: Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard – JOHNNY VEGAS

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Ottawa's Lounge Lizard: Johnny Vegas is created by Kristopher Waddell, Art by Tom Szyc and Colours by Kelly Tindall.Ottawa's Lounge Lizard: Johnny Vegas is created by Kristopher Waddell, Art by Tom Szyc and Colours by Kelly Tindall.

We’re delighted to have Kristopher Waddell as our newest fellow. A longtime member of Ottawa’s comic book scene, Kristopher has been involved with all aspects of the trade – from creating comics to publishing books. In regular weekly installments, Kristopher presents his take on the life and times of Johnny Vegas, who has been performing in this city for decades. Ottawa’s Lounge Lizard: Johnny Vegas is a perfect wrap up for all us who ended up in Maxwell’s over the years and heard the catchy strains of Vegas and his band.... | Continue reading article

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Local collective takes action to offer free arts education to youth

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Photo from artinactionottawa.com.Photo from artinactionottawa.com.

In 2012, the City of Ottawa released the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture (2013-2018). One of the plan’s four key missions was to “invest in local culture and build cultural leadership.” Unfortunately, in the years since the strategy was published, the arts community has not seen the kind of advancements promised in the 2012 proposition. Though the base funding per year was increased in 2013 and 2014, and additional boosts are expected in the coming four years, the level of support from the City nowhere near matches... | Continue reading article

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Music for good causes with Divertimento Orchestra

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All photos from Divertimento Orchestra's website.All photos from Divertimento Orchestra's website.

Post by Alex Binkley Music from movies and vintage stage productions highlighted the Divertimento Orchestra’s 2016 Pops Concert with two local charities benefiting from the full houses Feb. 5-6. The audiences were treated to a sampling of John Williams’ compositions for the Harry Potter movies and the soundtrack for Pirates of the Caribbean, written by Klaus Badelt. As featured was the Hoedown piece from Rodeo by Aaron Copeland and Frank Loesser’s handiwork from Guys and Dolls. Interspersed among those selection were some gems of classic music including Mars, the foreboding work from... | Continue reading article

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Psychics set the mood for Valentine’s Day

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Moon Daughter prepares a deck of Tarot Cards. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Moon Daughter prepares a deck of Tarot Cards. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Relying on tea leaves, rainbow beads, decks of cards and an assortment of other techniques, more than a dozen psychics gathered at the Bronson Centre this past Saturday afternoon for the semi-seasonal fair. With Valentine’s Day approaching, plenty of people were eager for advice about love but there was also an abundance of chocolates, SweeTarts, artwork, jewelry, and massage oils available from local vendors (perhaps intended as aids for the skeptics in the room). A sense of acceptance, optimism, and concern for others was particularly evident among the diverse crowd... | Continue reading article

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