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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Artwork by Liane McConnell from Bearshark's Facebook page.Artwork by Liane McConnell from Bearshark's Facebook page.

We are back to regular programming this weekend and have not been graced with an extra day off, but we sure have a TON of great things going on to fill up what time we do have. That, along with good weather, means that even though it is shorter in length, this weekend should still be doubly nice. Science by Night is taking place tonight, at the Museum of Nature. This is a free event that gives folks a chance to chat with the experts about the science behind our... | Continue reading article

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Jen & John bring their beautiful duets to Raw Sugar Cafe

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Photo of John Antoniuk and Jen Lane by BorjaPhoto of John Antoniuk and Jen Lane by Borja

Sometimes the best artistic collaborations arise from love.  In the case of married couple-cum-musical partners John Antoniuk and Jen Lane this is clearly the case. While both have successful solo careers, the Saskatoon-based duo released last year Jen & John, a seven-song album comprised of five originals and two covers.  With rich vocal harmonies, soothing melodies and strong country and folk influences, the record is a perfect soundtrack for an intimate evening. Ottawa residents can hear the Prairie duo play live this Friday at 8 pm at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset St. West). ... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Four

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Still From Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Four: Howard Adler.Still From Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Four: Howard Adler.

Today we bring you the fourth episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Howard Adler, a filmmaker and curator and founder of Ottawa’s Asinabka Film Festival.  Howard tells us about his first experience with video editing in high school, how he worked with a group of friends to start a new film festival and what makes Ottawa an amazing place for a media artist. Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie Film include: Episode One:  Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions talk about their love of film Episode... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for May 19, 2015

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Ravenswing. Photo from their Tumblr page.Ravenswing. Photo from their Tumblr page.

Tonight on Apt613 Live our contributor Kabriya Coghlan interviews Sean Xio and Sheena Kalmakova about this year’s Ravenswing Arts & Music Fair taking place Sunday May 24th at Minto Park. Plus we chat with Amy Jenkins about the annual OAG silent auction fundraiser le pARTy which kicks off a new season of supporting local artists this Thursday May 21st (today!) at Arts Court. Music from Ponygirl  (new single!), Pipahauntas, Robots!Everywhere! and Jen Lane& John Antoniuk. Tune in to CHUO 89.1 FM every Tuesday night from 6pm.

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Q&A with Kid in the Hall, Mark McKinney

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The Kids in the Hall. Photo by David Hawe, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.The Kids in the Hall. Photo by David Hawe, courtesy of The National Arts Centre.

Comedy fans in Ottawa will soon have a chance to revisit a nineties classic. The sketch comedy show Kids in the Hall was renowned for bringing absurdist humour and unrepentant Can-Con to the world. The Kids in the Hall will be bringing their live show to the NAC on May 24th. Apt613 spoke with Mark McKinney, who you may know better as the Chicken Lady, about life on tour, growing up in Ottawa, and his new show, Superstore, which will be airing on NBC. Apt613: How has the tour been... | Continue reading article

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Aspen Santa Fe Ballet to perform at NAC + tix giveaway

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Photo by Rosalie O'ConnorPhoto by Rosalie O'Connor

We are giving away a pair of tickets to the performance this Saturday, May 23, by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at the National Arts Centre.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Thursday, May 21, with the subject line “Aspen Santa Fe Ballet – Contest”.  A winner will be picked by random draw and notified on Thursday afternoon. The 2014-15 dance season at the National Arts Centre ends this Saturday with a performance by the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Founded almost two decades ago, the company brings together creative choreography,... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa composer Colin Mack debuts violin concerto

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Colin Mack has an impressive musical resume.  In addition to composing numerous chamber music works, he has also written — among other things  — a symphonic poem for orchestra, film scores for two short documentaries, and a choral anthem. What the Ottawa-born composer had never done until recently, however, was create a concerto. This will change on Friday when Thirteen Strings, Ottawa’s premiere chamber orchestra, perform the world debut of his violin concerto Elegy. Also on the programme is Distant Light by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks, who was born in 1946, an Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber,... | Continue reading article

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End of Civilization: A terrific Ottawa premiere at The Gladstone

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Geoff McBride, Catriona Leger and Brad Long in George F. Walker's, The End of Civilization. All photos by Julie Le Gal.Geoff McBride, Catriona Leger and Brad Long in George F. Walker's, The End of Civilization. All photos by Julie Le Gal.

Either you love Toronto playwright George F. Walker’s gritty dramas with their oh-so-dysfunctional characters or you hate his pitch-black works littered with f-bombs, guns and booze.  Personally, I can’t get enough – there aren’t many other writers who explore the underbelly of Canadian society with so much empathy.  And humour. So I was thrilled that Same Day Theatre was presenting The End of Civilization, which is the one play of his 1990s 6-play Suburban Motel series that I hadn’t seen.  For some reason, it’s never been performed in Ottawa.  And it very... | Continue reading article

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Be part of le pARTy and support local art(y)

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Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

If you’ve ever been inside a local bookstore, bar, coffee-shop…anywhere really in town that’s embracing the ‘local’ mentality you’ll likely have seen local artists’ work on display and, just as likely, up for sale.  Chances are that if you’re anything like me you’ve fallen for a piece but then seeing the price tag quickly dismissed it as puppy love. Such is the unfortunate nature of the art market.  It’s hard to sell art. And I don’t mean mass-produced photos or prints that serve to decorate bare walls the world over.... | Continue reading article

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