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Hilotrons pay tribute to veterans on centennial anniversary of WWI

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The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.

To honour those who fought in — and suffered through — WWI, Ottawa-based band Hilotrons are performing live renditions of some of Ennio Morricone’s compositions alongside a screening of the 1928 Canadian silent film Carry On, Sergeant! Mike Dubue, the band’s vocalist among other roles, clarifies why this film is unlike most war-era pictures, and gives some insight into the reasoning of a creative mind. Apt613: Other than being a Canadian band from Ottawa (an obviously patriotic city), why were you so drawn to this project initially? Mike Dubue: Truth... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 29 octobre 2014 :: Claude Munson en vedette. Karaoké d’Halloween et costume de poulet.

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Séance d'enregistrement avec Claude Munson au Château Cyr. Photo : Katy AlamboSéance d'enregistrement avec Claude Munson au Château Cyr. Photo : Katy Alambo

Basement 819 s’enrichit chaque mois d’une prestation d’un artiste qu’on veut voir briller sous tous les feux de toutes les rampes du monde. Claude Munson fait partie de ceux-là. Nous avons eu la chance de vivre l’enregistrement de deux nouvelles chansons au Château Cyr et de surcroît, d’obtenir une entrevue avec l’intime mais pas personnel dutout Claude Munson. On a tout un package à vous offrir : une entrevue, un article et une vidéo. Nous vous invitons à parsemer allègrement vos univers sociaux de ces reflets d’un artiste talentueux. Il... | Continue reading article

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Claude Munson & The Silence Came After

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Photo : Randy MacNeil 2014Photo : Randy MacNeil 2014

Nous vous présentons une autre édition des chroniques “Les talents pas tellement cachés” initiées par notre collaborateur Jo Chapeau. Une deuxième session d’enregistrement filmée pour @Basement 819. Samedi dernier, l’été des indiens s’est transformé en fièvre magnétique sous l’effet du Château Cyr. Notre congestion nasale des temps froids a tout été débouchée grâce aux vibrations de la voix haute et rassurante de Claude Munson. Ce fut une autre édition hautement réussie des enregistrements instrumentalisés dans cette pièce communicative et débouchonnée du studio-maison situé dans Vanier. C’est même là que nous... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do on Halloween + Les suggestions de @Basement819

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Photo courtesy of Mike Geiger from the Apt613 flickr PoolPhoto courtesy of Mike Geiger from the Apt613 flickr Pool

Halloween can be great if you have access to a child old enough to do the trick or treating rounds, but young enough that you can easily coerce them into giving you their candy. But what to do if you don’t have a kid, can’t borrow one, or you secretly think that “Halloween is christmas for jerks“? This edition of the Apt613/Basement819 weekend roundup has you covered. Thursday is the not-so-calm before the storm. First, our mandatory Support Local plug: you have a choice between a Terrarium Workshop by Flock... | Continue reading article

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Form and function on display at Central Art Garage

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Contemporary art can be lost on some people, but for Tammi Campbell, Neil Harrison and Kristiina Lahde’s exhibit Hard to Look At there are simple concepts to aide with the visual cues. All photos from centralartgarage.com.Contemporary art can be lost on some people, but for Tammi Campbell, Neil Harrison and Kristiina Lahde’s exhibit Hard to Look At there are simple concepts to aide with the visual cues. All photos from centralartgarage.com.

The approach each artist takes is described by Central Art Garage as ranging from theatrical to literal. The artists have taken an old practice of using hard-edged work and combined it with the unconventional use of modern materials for the creation of each piece. Each artist has picked a particular way to observe and display form and function through their work. The title, Hard To Look At is in reference to the practice of using rulers, straight edges and measuring tapes to develop a defined edge for each small part... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Foodieprints launch Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital tonight!

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Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.

Jennifer Lim and Don Chow love food and Ottawa and have written a book about it: Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital. They are also the bloggers for my personal favourite Ottawa food blog: Foodieprints. The book is now available in stores and on Amazon.ca. The book looks at Ottawa’s food landscape as well as transformations in the last 30 years or so in Ottawa’s continuously evolving food scene. Before we get to talking about the food scene itself, I was really curious about how Jen and Don, who are a couple,... | Continue reading article

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Canada’s Art Scene: Reflections & Representations

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Leaves of Grass as seen at dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012. Photo: Anders Sune Berg.Leaves of Grass as seen at dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012. Photo: Anders Sune Berg.

The National Gallery of Canada’s Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 exhibition features more than 88 works by 26 Canadian artists. There’s something for every art taste from film and video installations to sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs. The show highlights the Gallery’s recent acquisitions over the past two years in its Contemporary, Indigenous and Photographs collections. One of the more striking pieces is Geoffrey Farmer’s Leaves of Grass. This 124 foot long installation first appeared in 2012 at dOCUMENT (13) in Germany. Through a donation, Farmer acquired 50 years... | Continue reading article

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Mounties return to Ottawa + prize pack giveaway

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Mounties. Photo provided by spectrasonic.com.Mounties. Photo provided by spectrasonic.com.

What do you get when three of the most prominent and creative Canadian musicians band together and form a supergroup? You get Mounties, the exciting project created by Hawksley Workman, Hot Hot Heat frontman Steve Bays, and Ryan Dahle of Age of Electric and Limblifter. The group’s debut album, Thrash Rock Legacy was released this past March, and was immediately showered with praise that resulted in a nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and the group being named SIRIUS XM Emerging Artist of the Year at the SIRIUS XM Independent... | Continue reading article

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The Rotters Club celebrates re-issue of Rot n’ Role at Nee’wollah

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Arson. Photo from arson-rock.com.Arson. Photo from arson-rock.com.

This Hallowe’en, some of the elder statesmen of Ottawa’s punk and alternative music communities will gather to celebrate the legacy of a short-lived music venue with a big influence on local music. Nee’wollah (read it backwards if you’re confused), takes place October 31st at Zaphod’s, revisits acts associated with the Rotters Club, and celebrates the reissue of the Rot n’ Role  compilation album. With only 500 copies in the original 1979 pressing, the album became a collector’s item for Ottawa music cognoscenti. Nee’wollah attendees will get to see comedian Mike... | Continue reading article

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