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Series Dance 10 presents contemporary dance in an intimate setting

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A scene from Volte Face by Sylvie Desrosiers. Photo by Gilles Vézina from ladansesurlesroutes.com.A scene from Volte Face by Sylvie Desrosiers. Photo by Gilles Vézina from ladansesurlesroutes.com.

Contemporary dance is both a combination of and separate from all other forms of dance. When watching a performance, the thoughts and emotions one has in response to what they see are their own, explored through the movement of the piece. Similar to abstract art, in that it isn’t clearly laid out in front of you, what you interpret and take away from a contemporary dance performance is much more a result of your own introspection and experience, the direction of which is inspired by the piece. The choreographer and... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Food Truck Rally: The tastiest 4 hours of the year

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Ottawa Streat Gourmet food truck. Photo from streatottawa.ca.Ottawa Streat Gourmet food truck. Photo from streatottawa.ca.

A mere two years ago, the City of Ottawa introduced the new Street Food Vending Program with the goal of reinventing and updating the city’s street eats (or lack thereof). Since then, Ottawa’s street food community has blossomed and all but swept the national capital off its foodie feet. With more than 60 food trucks and carts in operation in the city, even the most avid and eager eater would have a hard time hitting every spot. Enter the 2nd annual Ottawa Food Truck Rally, the perfect opportunity to sample... | Continue reading article

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Karsh Award 2014 winner Chantal Gervais – a presence of absence

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Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

Two visits are still not enough to absorb Chantal Gervais’ artwork. Every time you look at her pieces on exhibit at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa’s city hall, you see something you didn’t see before and along with that a heightened appreciation and understanding why the Karsh Award’s jury selected Gervais the 2014 winner. Gervais uses digital, film and scanner (both flatbed and MRI) technologies to created her pieces, most of which are photographs. The half dozen or so groupings of her work each have their own focus. In the... | Continue reading article

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Reflections on another successful OIAF

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Image from the OIAF website: animationfestival.ca

Another Ottawa International Animation Festival has wrapped up and, as usual, I’m left blown away by the talent and skill in story-telling the featured animators were able to display. My date for the festival and I thought we’d take a different tack this year and give you an audio summary of some of our favourites and highlights from the Short Film Competitions we were able to attend. Give it a listen!

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Write on Ottawa: Labour of love shines a light on Damien Firth’s poetry

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Cover Art for The Sea Replied and a poem from the book.Cover Art for The Sea Replied and a poem from the book.

The Sea Replied is a collection of poems by the late Damien Firth, who died in 2013 at age 72. Compiled by his friends in an Ottawa creative writers’ group, the book was edited by Jim Desson and Sylvie Nantais and is being published by Desson of Red Oak Media. From the foreword by Damien Firth’s half-brother, and the tributes from Damien’s friends which are included in the book, readers learn something about Firth’s life. His father was killed in a reconnaissance mission in World War II a month before... | Continue reading article

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Canada’s toughest marathon

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Photo by Alain Villeneuve (Red Cap Photo) courtesy of MEC.Photo by Alain Villeneuve (Red Cap Photo) courtesy of MEC.

“Remember, you paid for this.”        - A sign I once saw near the end of a marathon          that I was running as my body was falling apart.   Running a marathon is one of life’s most amazing, body crushing joys.  Having run three, I can still recall the pride — and also utter pain (kilometre 40 is a bitch!) — of crossing the finish line. For some runners, however, covering 42.2 kilometres is only the beginning of their challenge.  For this impressive group of athletes, running a... | Continue reading article

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One World Film Fest 25 years strong

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Still from On the Side of the Road, directed by Lia Tarachansky.Still from On the Side of the Road, directed by Lia Tarachansky.

After 25 years strong, One World Film Festival celebrates its anniversary by continuing to do what it does best – challenging world issues through the power of film. “We decided to keep it smaller this year and focus on celebrating our 25 years,” said festival director, Pixie Cram. This year, the big focus is on honouring the festival itself. Not only will it be shorter than last year, it will also feature less films. To compensate, One World will be throwing a big birthday bash on Thursday night to kick-off... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Little Theatre starts the season with a whimsical production + ticket giveaway

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Ottawa Little Theatre's Perils of Persephone. Photo by Maria Vartanova.Ottawa Little Theatre's Perils of Persephone. Photo by Maria Vartanova.

The Perils of Persephone pits a crafty rural farm family against the bureaucratic devious machinations of government spin doctors in the latest amateur theatre offering from Ottawa’s Little Theatre. Playing in a government town this amusing comedy had resonance with its audience on opening night. Still ironing out some first-night jitters the production clearly appealed to fans of the folksy and whimsical. The story opens with a heat wave sweeping the township of Persephone where resides the Currie family farm of Eldon (Ian Stauffer), his wife Marg (Nancy Thompson), daughter... | Continue reading article

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The Boy in the Moon is amazing theatre + ticket giveaway

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Manon St-Jules (Johanna Schneller) and Peter James Haworth (Ian Brown).   GCTC/Andrew AlexanderManon St-Jules (Johanna Schneller) and Peter James Haworth (Ian Brown). GCTC/Andrew Alexander

We are giving a way a pair of tickets to The Boy in the Moon, currently playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.  Subject to availability, the tickets are for the night of the winner’s choice.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line, “The Boy in the Moon” by 2 pm Tuesday, September 23.  A winner will be drawn late Tuesday afternoon. How many synonyms are there for the word “fantastic?”  After watching the world premiere of the brilliant play The Boy in the Moon, I felt the need to write... | Continue reading article

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