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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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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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Chamber Theatre Hintonburg lets the beast out

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Donnie Laflamme and Brent Rouleau (foreground) in The Hairy Ape. All photos by Glen McIntosh.Donnie Laflamme and Brent Rouleau (foreground) in The Hairy Ape. All photos by Glen McIntosh.

Hunched over, shovels in hand, the firemen get to work feeding coal into the belly of the beast. The rhythmic sound of laboured grunts fill the silence. Welcome to the bowels of an ocean liner, an all too real picture seamlessly painted by the cast of The Hairy Ape: a Comedy of Ancient and Modern Life in Eight Scenes. The Chamber Theatre Hintonburg takes on Eugene O’Neill’s complex tale of an exploited working class and their hatred for the capitalist structure. The intelligent, albeit ignorant, Yank (Donnie Laflamme) quickly emerges... | Continue reading article

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The reason every 613 punk woke up hungover last Saturday morning

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There’s a reason every 613 punk sounded extra raspy when they woke up hungover on Saturday morning. Ottawa got a sweat-soaked close-up of contemporary, high-voltage Portlandian punk on the weekend. This past Friday, April 3, the highly-acclaimed boys of DIVERS managed to fit our sleepy Capital into their North American tour schedule for the very first time. Awash in PBR, body odor and unkempt facial scruff, this eccentric West coast foursome were given a very enthusiastic welcome to House of Targ, care of a drunken, mixed bag crowd of grey-haired... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Little Theatre offers big fun next season

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Some of Ottawa’s leading theatres recently announced their lineup for the 2015-16 season.  In response, Apartment613 is previewing what local audiences can expect in the near future.  Today we look at the upcoming season at the Ottawa Little Theatre. As the oldest theatre company in the city, the Ottawa Little Theatre has been performing plays and musicals for more than a century.  With the recent announcement of their 2015-16 schedule, they are continuing the proud tradition of offering great theatrical entertainment. “[The upcoming plays offer] a really broad range of... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Mirror Comics shuts down after five years

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Image taken from Mirror Comics web siteImage taken from Mirror Comics web site

Last month an awful thing happened: Ottawa’s popular Mirror Comics closed its doors and shut down.  Beginning in 2010, artist-writer Dominic Bercier and web guru Allan Isfan founded Mirror Comics to a fair amount of fandom, and hit its stride in 2012 when they released copies of their work at Ottawa Comiccon and noticed people loved what they were doing. Even with the boost in popularity, the duo noticed quickly that didn’t mean they could distribute to a wider audience outside of their hometown.  “Our physical and budgetary realities meant that we... | Continue reading article

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Venus in Fur is a sex comedy turned on its birch-switched bottom.

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Actors David Whiteley and Chandel Gambles in Venus in Fur. Phto courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Actors David Whiteley and Chandel Gambles in Venus in Fur. Phto courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

Kinky? Serious? Dramatic? Comic? Suspenseful? Warped? Disturbing? Playful? Political? Role-bending? All of the above? Venus in Fur is a sex comedy turned on its birch-switched bottom. Don’t come expecting a frothy farce like Noises Off. Yes, there’s a scantily clad attractive woman. Yes, there’s a pedantic tight-assed frumpily dressed man. Yes, there’s a play within a play. But that’s where the resemblance to a standard sex comedy ends. For we soon discover that little is as it first appears. A battle of wits emerges and the audience must follow multiple... | Continue reading article

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Creativity, passion and the heart of two amazing sisters

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Vincent is a women’s fashion boutique nestled right in the heart of Little Italy, at 444 Preston Street to be exact. This store represents the creativity, passion and heart of two amazing sisters named Amanda and Angie. From the minute you walk into the boutique, you will be instantly greeted as they welcome you into the store as if it were their home.  No detail has gone unnoticed from the décor, to the carefully thought out product selection and the personalized customer service. You can’t help but fall in love... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Soulful “Graven” in CBC Searchlight: The Hunt for Canada’s Best New Artist

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Matt McKechnie of Graven. Photo by Micheal Pacitto.Matt McKechnie of Graven. Photo by Micheal Pacitto.

Ottawa musician Matt McKechnie also known as ‘Graven’ is a singer –song writer with moving, poetic, thoughtful lyrics. He is also a contender in CBC’s Searchlight 2015: The Hunt to Find Canada’s Best New Artist. His entry song is called “Movies of the Mind”, which is part of his album “Channelsurfing the Seas of the Cinematic Mind”. You can listen to his song and vote every day until April 13: here. For Matt, music has a way of illuminating things. “Sometimes when you’re looking back in your life, it can... | Continue reading article

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