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Month: February 2009

Zaphod’s, best live music club in Canada? You decide.

You may be one of the many Canadian music fans following CBC Radio3 Searchlight – Best Live Music Club contest. The competition has been going on for a few weeks now, and we are down to the top 10. At the beginning of the competition, the Ottawa area was relatively well represented with the likes […]

Photo courtesy of vasta on Flickr.

Scribology at Library and Archives

Ritallin, Cytopoetic’s creative director,  at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word.  Courtesy of vasta on Flickr The inaugural edition of the capital’s newest annual multi-artist showcase, Scribology, takes over the Library and Archives Canada? Auditorium (395 Wellington Street) on Friday, February 27 at 7 p.m.?? Presented by Cytopoetics and 10milligram promotions, Scribology is an ?annual […]

Play – It’s getting better…

I was going to title this review “not so fun” since my first experience at Play was just that. I went with a group of friends on the first Friday the restaurant was open. Everything was wrong but the food. There were 5 red wines available by the glass – how one can offer 5 […]

Photo courtesy of dotbenjamin on Flickr.

Updated: Apparently it wasn’t God that brokered a deal in the bus strike

UPDATE: Citing concerns about “additional controversy,” OC Transpo has refused to run the atheist ads on Ottawa’s buses and the city’s committee in charge of the transist system has declined to override the decision. It looks like the next stop for the Athiest bus will the nation’s capital, as the Freethought Association of Canada announced […]

Jill Barber at the Black Sheep

I’m a bit surprised by this Obama fellow. I mean, who would choose to discuss policy with our stodgy political leaders over spending a night with Jill Barber at the Black Sheep Inn? (Not me – but then again, I don’t run the world’s largest economy. Yet.) The sultry Port Credit, Ont. singer-songwriter actually takes the […]

O-town = Obama town

The city is all abuzz about President Obama’s drop-in tomorrow. If you’re a driver or a buser, watch out for road closures downtown around the Hill – and expect delays. There are tentative plans for a rally on Parliament Hill, although it’s not clear whether security will allow it. Word has it there will be […]

Ottawa Cupcake Camp needs your help!

After a huge success in Toronto, cupcake camp is coming to Ottawa. This sweet and original event will be a place for cupcake lovers to create, share and learn from others. You’ll also be able to let your appetite run loose and taste some of the delicious creations. The event is scheduled for March 29th, […]

Photo courtesy of blurasis on Flickr.

High stakes at Ottawa Rock Lottery

February 20 is a big day for 25 local Ottawa artists. It’s when their names will be thrown into a hat and drawn out at random to form 5 new bands. Then the clock starts ticking: these 5 bands have 24 hours to create an original 30 minute set for the Feb. 21 show. Now […]


Apartment613 Week in Review, February 9-15: plot thickens in OC Transpo incentives, Oatway killer gets life, med students found safe and more

Transit windfall turns into deficit: The city’s treasurer reported that the expected windfall the city was to experience from the bus strike had turned into a deficit of $13.4 million due to planned incentives to bring riders back and lost revenue. In other news… OC Transpo ridership incentive program pulled back: the city council voted […]

“Creating” a meal hotpot style

If you like labour intensive food experiences, the new Mongolian Hotpot on Bank St. is the way to go.  I’ve got to admit I knew nothing of the Mongolian Hotpot experience (the chain has more than 350 locations worldwide) or that this was a relatively new restaurant when we decided to try it. For a […]


Springtime comes early to Ottawa

  Well, looks like there won’t be any skating on the Canal today, unless you want to skate in an inch of water! Springtime has come early to Ottawa, and for a few days at least we can enjoy some respite from – 30 C weather. I took a long walk this afternoon to check […]

Photo courtesy of blueberries on Flickr.

Get Caught in Ottawa before February 15th!

The interactive exhibit, Caught in the Act, at the National Art Gallery is leaving on February 15th. If you haven’t had a chance to get Caught yet, go check it out before it’s too late. Like a trip to a Science Museum in Wonderland, it encourages viewer participation by reacting to noises you make, asking […]

Photo courtesy of Stuck in Customs on Flickr.

SCAN in Ottawa: Safer Communities or Big Brother?

The Safe Communities and Neighborhood Act (SCAN), is currently before the provincial legislator as Bill 106. Sponsored by Ottawa MPP Yasir Naqvi, the private members bill would grant municipalities new powers to deal with “problem properties” (crack houses, brothels, bus driver union halls…). If the Bill passes, towns and cities across the province will be […]