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The big one is back – Youppi Club’s second pop up show

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Photo from Ottawa Stilt Union Facebook page.Photo from Ottawa Stilt Union Facebook page.

Roll up. Roll up. The fun is coming! Feel the magic up close with the Youppi Club, a community of fun-loving folk dedicated to exploring interactive styles of play and spreading joy through performance! The Ottawa Stilt Union, Ottawa-Gatineau’s bilingual theatre company dedicated to the art of stilting, is now stretching its legs even further with the creation of Youppi Club, an initiative seeking to embrace fun among its members and to grow as a body of inspiring and cohesive co-creators. This series of monthly pop-up events began last month,... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for April 14, 2015

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Photo from the graduating students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa Facebook.Photo from the graduating students of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program at the University of Ottawa Facebook.

Hey kids! For students everywhere April marks an incredibly stressful season of final projects, end-of-year exams and praying for deadline extensions.  In essence it’s a one-month period where all of your energy is concentrated on being as creative and brilliant as possible: made all the more challenging when you take into consideration the fact that it’s also the month when a) you finally want to be outside but can’t and b) you’re forced to subsist on peanut butter, KD and whatever you can find in your fridge/cupboards that a few... | Continue reading article

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Oh boy, Dirty Dancing the musical is pretty bad

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Here at Apartment613 we tend to be fairly positive.  When we are asked to review a play, concert, musical or art exhibit, we like to focus on the good aspects and give constructive criticism whenever possible. It therefore takes a really unusual situation for us to declare, “wow, that performance was really, really terrible.”  The musical Dirty Dancing, currently playing at the National Arts Centre until Sunday, April 19, is an example of such a situation. How bad was it?  My date for the opening night on Tuesday left at... | Continue reading article

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Kicking in the innovative wing of his imagination + Daniel Lanois ticket giveaway

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Photo of Daniel Lanois courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo of Daniel Lanois courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Legendary rock producer Daniel Lanois is coming to Ottawa to perform with the NAC orchestra as part of an Ontario Scene / NAC Presents co-presentaion. And he wants you to know that this will not be one of those shows where a rock artist plays through their classic songs with an orchestra for a backing band. “I’m not really interested in the touristic side of entertainment. I wouldn’t be the first in line to see Riverdance, for example and it wouldn’t interest me to hear orchestrated renditions of somebody’s familiar... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Ottawa’s literary cure for cynicism

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Celebrate the International Writers Festival as an Ottawa-success story, an antidote for cynicism, and quite possibly the epitome of Canadian hospitality. The 2015 spring edition of Ottawa’s International Writers Festival begins April 22.  This essential literary gathering, however, offers us more than award-winning writers, poets, musicians and thought-provoking intellectuals, according to the festival’s Artistic Director Sean Wilson. “What the festival does for me is it’s an antidote to cynicism,” he explains.  “It’s hard to read the newspaper and to watch television without getting cynical about the state of the world... | Continue reading article

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Launching our special Writers Festival series

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is one of our city’s treasured gems.  Since first launching in 1997, this special gathering has brought some of Canada’s and the world’s leading writers, comic book creators, playwrights, scientists and musicians to our region. Next week the 2015 spring edition of the festival kicks off and will run from April 22 to 28.  Among the impressive lineup are several authors from the National Capital Region.  Over the next two weeks, Apartment613 will be reviewing several of these local authors in a series of posts.... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Alex DJ Magnificent Edwards

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Photo courtesy of Alex Edwards.Photo courtesy of Alex Edwards.

Alex Edwards has been fixated with records and old stereo equipment since he was a kid. He would scope out yard sales and places like the Salvation Army buying up records by the box full. Growing up in a Caribbean household, Alex’s love of music from the 1950s through 1970s was born. His uncles had extensive record collections and would make mixtapes, which Alex would listen to over and over again. Eventually, Alex would make his own mixtapes of his favourite songs from his record collection. Alex’s love of records... | Continue reading article

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Looking ahead to the 2015-16 NAC theatre season

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Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  Over the past few days, Apartment613 has previewed what local audiences can expect in the near future. Today we conclude our look ahead by focusing on the National Arts Centre’s upcoming season for English theatre. Jillian Keiley, the artistic director of English theatre at the National Arts Centre, has seen hundreds of performances over the years.  So when she tells you that one particular play is her number one choice you should listen. “The Adventures of a... | Continue reading article

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Joey Lansdowne offers eclectic fare & elegant cocktails

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Sushi cone station at Joey Lansdowne. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.Sushi cone station at Joey Lansdowne. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

Self-described as a casual premium restaurant, Joey Lansdowne nails the delicate balance of comfort versus class. The eatery officially opened its doors this past Saturday, April 11th, further establishing the new Lansdowne area as a blossoming foodie mecca. Joey Lansdowne is just one of many Joey establishments across the country. It is a franchise that prides itself on fresh ingredients and exotic flavors. Spacious and bright, the spot is a great lunch destination or pre-game pick. Upon first glance at the menu of other Ontario Joey locations, I’ll admit I... | Continue reading article

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