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Write On Ottawa: Two days that changed the world

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Post by Peter Boyle There were 1,036 days in the presidency of John F. Kennedy.  This is the story of two of them that changed history forever. Two Days In June:  John F. Kennedy And The 48 Hours That Made History by Ottawa-based writer Andrew Cohen is a dense, sometimes joyful, sometimes bored, but constantly energetic book.  Cohen chronicles two pivotal speeches that President Kennedy made in 1963.  His June 10 speech which led to the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963, and his June 11 speech that opened the way to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. How did Kennedy do it?  It is a combination of talent and luck.  Maybe he... | Continue reading article

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Chocolate Hot Pockets release Chocolate Dreamz at Ritual tomorrow

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One of Ottawa’s slinkiest, stankiest and bodaciously-bopping quartets The Chocolate Hot Pockets  is funking up Ritual on Saturday eve with the CD Release  of  Chocolate Dreamz. We dove in the goo-pocket with the forever-phat Alex Moxon to gab about their project. Apt613: Let’s dig into the Cacao of the Chocolate Hot Pockets. It says on your bio that the rhythm section met while studying music at Carleton U. Tell us a bit about the Carleton experience. Alex Moxon: Carleton is wide open stylistically speaking- I learned about a lot of... | Continue reading article

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Keep the beer flowing and the buses rolling: Brew Donkey’s legal battle

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Boarding the Brew Donkey bus. Photo from their Facebook page.Boarding the Brew Donkey bus. Photo from their Facebook page.

If you’re a craft beer lover – and let’s be honest, over the last few years the local beer scene in Ottawa has exploded, making it extremely difficult not to hop on the beer wagon (or in this case, beer bus)  – chances are you’ve already heard about Brew Donkey. Just last week, the beer-delivery service and brewery tour operator was selling out their meticulously put together excursions while expanding on what they already offer just to keep up with demand. But as if overnight, this small business has come... | Continue reading article

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Ridin’ with Memetic from Rideau2Richmond

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You might know DJ Memetic from Timekode, possibly the best, and definitely the sweatiest, dance party in Ottawa. The not-so-hidden gem has been rocking eager crowds every month for ten years now. Now Memetic is releasing his ambitious debut album, Rideau2Richmond, a 28-track double LP concept album based on the OC Transpo #2 route. Using records dug from record stores along the #2 route and field recordings documenting the sounds of the trip for source material, Memetic went to work sampling, looping, chopping, re-playing and altogether creating a new body... | Continue reading article

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Historica Canada’s Heritage Minutes a Blast from the Past

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Photos and article by Christopher Ryan “I can smell burnt toast!” “But I need these baskets back.” “Nice women don’t. want. the vote.” Mention any of these lines to a person of a certain age and you’ll likely find yourself with a willing and enthusiastic partner on a lengthy nostalgia trip. Now under the wing of Historica Canada, Heritage Minutes were first introduced in 1991 as part of an initiative to improve Canadians’ knowledge of their history. The eighty minute-long shorts cover a wide variety of subjects in Canadian history... | Continue reading article

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Sobeys “Urban Fresh” on Metcalfe opens this week

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Hartman’s officially gets some competition this week when the new Sobey’s grocery opens on Metcalfe. There’s an official opening and ribbon cutting at 7:45 tomorrow morning and the store opens to the public at 8am. As part of the opening Sobey’s will also be making a $2500 donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. According to Sobey’s this is the first “Urban Fresh” location in Ottawa.

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