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The Canadian Creative Music Collective at the NAC

Post by Jeff Morton. Tonight Ottawa welcomes an outstanding ensemble with a very special guest vocalist. Toronto’s CCMC, the Canadian Creative Music Collective, was established over 30 years ago, and is a spontaneous and compelling group of musicians. They call themselves a composing ensemble, and have dedicated themselves to the presentation of music that is […]

3 O’Clock in the Afternoon is an evening well spent

Presented by Carte Blanche, Norway’s National Company of Contemporary Dance, 3 O’Clock in the Afternoon debuts at the NAC this weekend. For this piece, Carte Blanche commissioned well-known and respected Norwegian choreographer and long-time Carte Blanche collaborator, Ina Christel Johannessen. In 3  O’Clock in the Afternoon, Johannessen questions the notion of boundaries – geographical, political and […]

Tonight: Northern Scene kicks off with SWARM

Looking for something to do tonight? As a part of the launch of Northern Scene, a handful of galleries in Ottawa and Gatineau will be hosting events, exhibition openings and performances by some of the best talent coming from the North. Billed as “the largest gathering of artists from Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Nunavik […]

Opera Lyra launches new season with musical masterpiece Carmen

In preparation for the 2013-14 season of Opera Lyra Ottawa, Apartment613 attended a partial dress rehearsal of Carmen, which will launch the group’s 29th season on September 7.  Below we report on the final preparations behind the scenes. Rehearsal Room B at the National Arts Centre is not what you’d expect.  It’s a stark room, with […]

Jeans friendly Opera in the Nation’s Capital

We’ve covered Opera Lyra Ottawa’s productions at the National Arts Centre for a while now, but there is a second and equally compelling opera company in Ottawa: Capital City Opera. It was founded in 2011 by Bart Tecter and Rory McGlynn to offer the nation’s capital an informal, “Jeans Friendly” opera experience, allowing patrons to focus […]

Apartment613 Live for October 30, 2013

Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CHUO 89.1 FM. If you miss it, you can catch this week’s show using the handy Soundcloud widget below. And remember to subscribe to the podcast version of the show on iTunes. Ryan and Adria were joined by a producer from the National Arts Centre to talk about their […]

Weekend roundup: Giveaway to NAC’s Casual Friday

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] So it’s true: you have one less hour to have fun this weekend. But that’s really just an excuse to pack as many adventures into the rest of the time as you possibly can. Plus, throw your hat in the ring for four tickets to the NAC! Thursday night is heavy with […]

Q&A with Simone Deneau of NAC Presents

Not only a bastion of high culture, the National Arts Centre prides itself on exposing Ottawa to the work of up-and-coming musicians of all genres. The NAC does this through its Scene festivals, which feature the music of a given province or region of Canada, and through its NAC Presents series, now entering its fourth […]

Honouring Canada’s music, dance and theatre artists

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala honoured the country’s best artists in music, dance and theatre at the National Arts Centre this Saturday, May 10. In alphabetical order, the 2014 laureates are Anik Bissonette for her career as a dancer, teacher and artistic director; Canada’s most travelled rock band, Blue Rodeo; Brent Carver for […]