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Write On Ottawa: How the NDP surpassed the Liberals

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With speculation that Ontario could face a provincial election this spring, many are wondering who will become the province’s next Premier. According to some news reports, and at least one well known political observer, Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath could win the next provincial vote. With this in mind, Apartment613 decided to speak to local resident Brad Lavigne, the longtime NDP official who wrote Building the Orange Wave.  The book chronicles the leadership of the late Jack Layton, who led the NDP to official opposition status in the 2011 federal election. Among the most remarkable results of the 2011 vote was the party’s stunning success in Quebec. “When Quebec voters elected 59 NDP MPs out of... | Continue reading article

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Behind the seams at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

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Images from left to right: Fur coat from Helene - h, white dress from Flowers & Vintage, shirt from Retrouver.biz. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.Images from left to right: Fur coat from Helene - h, white dress from Flowers & Vintage, shirt from Retrouver.biz. Photos by Esmeralda Smith Romero.

The old-timey fair came to town this past Sunday April 13th in the form of the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. However instead of farmers and craftspeople lining up their wooden stalls side by side, open booths were set up in laneways like those I liken to the one behind my grandmother’s garden in Thunder Bay, where I used to play dressup in my aunts’ old clothes. All that was missing were the little white fences with rose and raspberry bushes peeking through them to complete the picture. This spring edition... | Continue reading article

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Opera Lyra presents Puccini’s tragic masterwork – Madama Butterfly

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James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.James Westman as Sharpless, Shuying Lee as Madama Butterfly and Antoine Belanger as Lt. Pinkerton. Photo courtesy of On Stage Ottawa.

Opera Lyra is back at the NAC with its spring production. Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, Madama Butterfly (aka Madame Butterfly) is the bittersweet tale of a young Japanese woman, Ciocio-san ( Madama Butterfly), who falls in love with, and marries, a cowardly and callous American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton. She converts to Christianity for her American husband causing her family to disown her. Her husband returns to the States shortly after their wedding, leaving Butterfly alone, and pregnant, with only her maid, Suzuki for company. Lieutenant Pinkerton returns to Nagasaki three... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Jill Zmud and Alan Neal enjoy a hot date at The Rex

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Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the  all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. A couple of weeks ago, we sent a very pregnant Jill Zmud with hubby Alan Neal out to review The Rex, a small homie restaurant off the main drag in Little Italy. JILL:  First of all, let’s just say what excellent timing Apt613 and the National Arts Centre had in giving us this assignment. ALAN: It’s like our last hot date before the baby comes. JILL:... | Continue reading article

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Spring clean your wardrobe sustainably and charitably

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The time has come to spring clean. This dauntingly includes tackling your wardrobe. As a dress enthusiast I know the trouble of stuffing my wardrobe until the bar bends, buckling under the weight of my well-intended enthusiasm. To provide my poor closet with some relief I often host a clothing swap with friends, where everything old is new again and the remaining items are donated to a thrift shop. However, with new organizations such as Clothes for Charity  in the UK arising, it seemed to me that there were more... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 :: Concerts avec un grand R, actualité et art animalier!

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Cette semaine (encore), une série de découvertes et d’événements à partager absolument. Ok. Notez ces événements. Alex Nevsky revient au Cabaret La Basoche avec son luxuriant dernier album Himalaya mon amour ce vendredi 18 avril. D’abord influencé par le rap et le hip hop francophone, il s’est tourné vers la pop-rock et ça lui va très bien. Depuis la Chine et la Thaïlande, sa trajectoire créative lui a indiqué une voie à suivre qui impliquait de parcourir le monde. Himalaya mon amour est né de ces inspirants périples. Célébrons. Les... | Continue reading article

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