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Happiness™ returns to Arts Court for one week only

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Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.

According to James Lemon and Peter Barrell, a couple of “Happiness Crusaders” for HPL, the worldwide self-help conglomerate at the centre of Happiness™, the driving question of the millennium is: “Can you really affect personal change from the outside in?” and the answer is a resounding “yup!” The performance uses both the Arts Court Studio and Theatre to great effect. The audience begins the Happiness™ experience in the Studio where a couple of chirpy, slightly wild-eyed acolytes lead guests on walking tours of the HPL line of products beginning “in exactly... | Continue reading article

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The Best Brothers is ingenious storytelling

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L-R: Photo of Andy Massingham (Kyle) and John Ng (Hamilton) by GCTC Andrew AlexanderL-R: Photo of Andy Massingham (Kyle) and John Ng (Hamilton) by GCTC Andrew Alexander

There are moments when all of us must reflect on the absurdity of life.  Sometimes we laugh, other times we cry, and then there are those instances when we simply throw up our hands in exasperation. The play The Best Brothers, currently playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Compay until March 29, offers a clever perspective on dealing with the absurd.  Written by Governor Generals Award winning Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, this fantastic work provides wisdom (and a lot of laughs) by telling a story that is based on a pretty... | Continue reading article

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Young jazz virtuoso Guy Mintus to play in Nepean

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At only 23 years of age, jazz pianist Guy Mintus is already turning heads with his impressive mastery of the keyboard. Currently in his last year at the Manhattan School of Music’s elite jazz program, the New York-based wunderkind has already played with several Grammy-winning musicians, and in such iconic places as the Apollo Theatre and Kennedy Center. Local audiences now have a chance to see this rising star first hand, when Mintus and his trio play this coming Thursday, March 19 at 7;30 pm at Centrepointe Theatre in Nepean. Accompanying Mintus will... | Continue reading article

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Still time to check out Winter Market at Lansdowne

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All photos by Emil Mateja.All photos by Emil Mateja.

Have you ever wanted to head down to the farmer’s market on a snowy winter Sunday and then realized that: a) it’s winter, b) there is still snow on the ground and c) there is no farmer’s market in the winter time? Well, times are a changin’ and while it is still winter and there is still snow on the ground, the farmer’s market is indeed open. For those of you who haven’t heard yet, the Ottawa Farmer’s Market is now open year round, with the addition of the Winter... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 11 mars 2015 :: Le Château Cyr présente John Carroll en Session LIVE! Canada’s Magnetic North Theatre Festival :: 10 performances qui vont vous dépasser! FFO :: Lancement d’une très inspirante programmation!

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Photo : Éric BarettePhoto : Éric Barette

Le Château Cyr en collaboration avec Basement 819 vous présente fièrement une nouvelle édition des Sessions LIVE! À l’honneur cette fois-ci, c’est John Carroll qui a été installé sous les feux de la rampe. Personnage emblématique de la région, il performe sur scène depuis 25 ans. Le lancement de son dernier album avec le band The Epic Proportions Everybody Smokes in Hell (2012) s’est déroulé à guichet fermé au Blacksheep Inn à Wakefield.  Depuis dix ans, à chaque mercredi soir, il occupe la scène du légendaire Château Lafayette (The Laff pour les habitués!). John... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu

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Still from The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu.Still from The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu.

After months of exceptionally cold winter temperatures and a record-breaking run of 59 uninterrupted skating days on the Rideau Canal, it seems entirely appropriate to give one of Ottawa’s volunteer rink keepers the spotlight. Ewan Reid has been maintaining the McNabb outdoor rink in Centretown for five years now. His story comes to light in this three minute clip by Carleton University second-year grad student, Fangliang Xu. But you can call her Xu (shoe). Inspired by her father’s love of journalism, Xu has been obsessed with seeing the world through... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Made Noon play Zaphod's on Saturday. Photo courtesy their website.Made Noon play Zaphod's on Saturday. Photo courtesy their website.

It seems that daylight savings not only kicked us ahead an hour, it kicked the temperature ahead to bring us some fine spring weather. Get out to celebrate St Paddy’s Day early and soak up a bit of this sunshine! Tonight things get groovin’ down at Babylon, with the Motown Showdown set to keep you dancing all night long. Things will stay hot down at Mugshots on Friday, with Soda Shop presenting King of the Beach dance party featuring the best of surfing tunes, bubblegum pop and garage rock. Out... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for March 9, 2015

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Photo from the Covet & Co. Facebook page.Photo from the Covet & Co. Facebook page.

This week on Apt613 Live we’ve got an interview with Julie Gauthier from Covet &Co.  Officially the boutique’s grand opening is in May, but in the meantime they’re introducing themselves and their love for paper-based salutations (remember the world pre-texting?) by offering Letterpress workshops each weekend in March.  We sat down and chatted about the boutique, the lost art of the handwritten letter and the benefit of rolling up your sleeves and learning to do some things for yourself. Music from Jon Hynes, John Jacob Magistery, The Tourist Company and... | Continue reading article

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Framing and troubling identity: Celebrating Ottawa artist Nicole Crozier

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Chorus Effect by Nicole Crozier. 2014. Oil painting. 5 x 8 ft.Chorus Effect by Nicole Crozier. 2014. Oil painting. 5 x 8 ft.

Nicole Crozier’s paintings and portraits are fascinating meditations on identity and gender production. Leaping off Judith Butler’s Gender Trouble, Crozier’s work could be summed up by the words, “Identity Trouble.” Through the visual medium of oil painting and photography, Crozier troubles the notion that we have a stable, unique, inner identity. As Butler opens up and expands gender, so Crozier opens up possibilities for a person to form and choose her or his own identity. But that is as far as their similarities go. For Crozier, identity and gender are... | Continue reading article

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