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Gordon Lightfoot plays for packed crowd at Southam Hall

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Gordon Lightfoot performing at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.Gordon Lightfoot performing at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Upon the mention of the name Lightfoot, words like troubadour, singer/songwriter genius, and Canadian folk music legend come to mind…to name a few. But more, he has the ability to write songs that stick like glue. Completely memorable songs that have woven their way through our lives, with each one reminding us of a certain time, a certain moment, heartache, love, laughter, friends, family, and childhood memories. His ability to write songs with such staying power stemmed from the music he was heavily influenced by growing up. These were songs with simple melodies he learned during his early singing days with the local church choir, as well as regional folk... | Continue reading article

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Mon âme par toi guérie (One of a Kind): A French Film at the EU Film Festival tonight!

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Still from Mon âme par toi guérie (One of a Kind).Still from Mon âme par toi guérie (One of a Kind).

It’s rare to see dramas incorporate metaphysical elements of the kind that remind me of the Mexican-Spanish film by Inarritu, Biutiful, whose main character was a sick, poor and desperate man with a gift: seeing the dead and helping them transition to the other side. Here, in Mon âme par toi guérie, the main character, Frédi played by Gregory Gadebois, also has a gift, that of healing with his hands. The way this element is woven in the story takes much more space than in Biutiful and becomes the central... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Holiday gift list part II, kids’ picks!

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Picture Books

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. As promised, here is part two of my Christmas list picks. This list features children’s books, with ten picture books, three graphic novels, and five chapter books all linked up for your reading pleasure. Most of the picture books were selected as they were fun to read out loud and have great illustrations. The... | Continue reading article

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Galleon: Setting sail again after 30 years

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It was an era that existed sometime after the Beatles and before video killed the radio star. One that had flash pots, fog machines, strobe lights, tight pants, plenty of hair, guitars turned up to eleven, bone-rattling bass, drum solo madness, and the proverbial rock god lead singer. I’m talking about the big, bold, and brazen days of 70’s and early 80’s rock bands, and the Ottawa scene oozed with them. In and around the capital, loud and proud bands blazed the stages and filled up many a venue with... | Continue reading article

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Little Black Spiders: A Belgian gem at the EU film festival

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Still from Little Black Spiders.Still from Little Black Spiders.

This 2012 film co-written and directed by Patrice Toye is so much more than a coming of age story. Set in the late seventies in Belgium, the film follows Katja, whose real name is Katerina, a 17-year old orphan who is pregnant and living in hiding with other teenage moms-to-be in the attic of a hospital. This hiding spot is like a convent, managed by a woman who wears a pin of the cross on her collar at all times. You suspect the dark undertones right away; you know intuitively... | Continue reading article

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Montreal’s Das Blankout play the Mercury Lounge on Thursday

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Das Blankout. Photo courtesy of Indie Montréal.Das Blankout. Photo courtesy of Indie Montréal.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, National spoken word artist and youth educator. You can follow her on Twitter. Three-piece Montreal rock band, Das Blankout, stops in Ottawa this Wednesday as part of their Quebec-Ontario Invasion tour. In anticipation of their show, Apt613 spoke with Matt Burghardt, lead singer and guitarist, about their recent album release, Everything Diamonds. Much to the effect of what its name reflects, Burghardt shares the inspiration behind their debut recording. “The songs were about our perspective on life. We look at life the same... | Continue reading article

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