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Month: January 2011

Undercurrents brings the best of Fringe to the GCTC

The undercurrents festival starts this week at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) in Wellington West with a line-up of interesting and oddly affordable shows. You can get a full pass to the festival for $60 and individual shows for $15. It’s a model that seems to be working, with many plays already selling out. […]

Weekly News Review: City Budget, Simons in Ottawa and Iranium

The City of Ottawa presented its draft budget for 2011 last Wednesday. It held little in terms of surprises; tax hikes were set at 2.45%, respecting Jim Watson’s pledge of no more than 2.5% in total tax increase a year. Draft budget documents are available for review on the City’s website. Library and Archives is […]

First Annual Canadian Celebrity Chefs

The National Arts Centre and some of Ottawa’s most popular chefs will host Canada’s top culinary stars at the First Annual Canadian Celebrity Chefs event on January 24, 2011. . The event – hosted by Kevin Brauch, star of The Thirsty Traveller on Food Network Canada –will showcase the best talent and cuisine coming from […]

Time to grow up Ottawa? Reflections on the Leaning Tower of Preston

I have a favourite quote. It’s awesome. I’ve been trying to live my life by it… wanna read it? “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will themselves not be realized. Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram once recorded […]

Vote now for your favourite: the 72-hour film challenge

If the Ottawa International Film Festival’s 72-Hour Film Challenge was a blog post, it might look a little somethin’ like this: “Hey, it’s Ryder!” proclaimed a voice in the nerd crowd at an Ottawa IT Fashion Week soirée. At the sound of his distinctive southern drawl, I jumped up immediately, surprised that my friend was […]

Don’t doublecross the Bogfather

Lately, I’ve been following the tweets and Facebook updates from the folks out at Beau’s with mild trepidation. You see, on Wednesday, the award-winning eastern Ontario brewery announced the release of its limited edition “Bogfather” beer. They’ve only committed to releasing 1,000 bottles of the latest edition in their Wild Oats series, and when I […]

Kosmic Interference: An uninhibited frenzy of design and mixed media.

Post by Devan Marr. This Friday (January 21st), Ritual Night Club will open its doors to the public to witness Kosmic: Interference. What is Kosmic? Is it just another generic ‘special’ event hosted by the club to draw in the more astrologically inclined? No, it is something much better than that! It is the culmination […]

Let your hair down with Montreal’s Braids

It should be no surprise that Braids is causing a storm of attention to swirl around their debut album, Native Speaker (Flemish Eye Records).  The Montreal-based band creates the kind of dreamy, atmospheric music that’s usually the sacred territory of artists like Bjork and Animal Collective, and they’ve been highly praised by Pitchfork and Exclaim! […]

Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

Home reno fanatics, this is the weekend for you – start dreaming about those spring projects! If your humble abode is already pretty great (or your landlord wouldn’t look kindly on tearing down walls or building additions), you’ll also have plenty to keep you occupied… I know that many Centretowners have a fear of crossing […]

B’ball + Parlovr = Awesomeness!

This Friday, Carleton University Athletics is managing to merge two of my favourite things in one awesome night: rock’n’roll and basketball. The event, dubbed “Ravenspalooza Part Deux,” kicks off that evening with Montreal band Parlovr rocking The Fieldhouse, followed by the Ravens undefeated men’s basketball team taking on Laurentian in Alumni Hall. Alex Cooper from […]

The Glass Chain prepares to overload your senses at their EP release party

[vimeo width=”600″ height=”400″][/vimeo] The Glass Chain has curious origins. Members Nikola Parent (also known as DJ Nik Salad) and Evan Mullen (former bassist of Cherry Chapstick) first met in 2004 while working as crew members on a tall ship.  “This was back in the day when we both had long hair and we played mandolin,” […]

The baker is in at City Centre

Just before Christmas, a small bakery snuck into City Centre, quietly moving in their ovens and giving their new home a bit of a makeover. By the time New Year’s rolled around, the neighbourhood had caught the scent and solved the mystery: Art-Is-In Bakery had moved just down the street! You may think that moving […]

Got a musical emergency? Paramedics are on the scene

In the second installment of what’s promising to be a music-heavy week here at Apt613 (seriously – we just chatted with Brooklynites Hooray for Earth, and we’ve got interviews with Parlovr and Braids in the pipeline), Samantha Everts talks shop with Paramedics’ Jordan Allen. The band’s launching their new EP III this weekend at Babylon […]

A taste of the Arctic 2011

Join national Inuit leader Mary Simon, president of ITK for an evening of fine Inuit food and culture. Guest of Honour: Michaëlle Jean Message from: Rick Mercer Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami proudly presents the second annual “Taste of the Arctic” fundraising event at the National Gallery of Canada. Performing will be: Elisapie Issac, presented by First […]

Let’s get it on, Ottawa! The 2010 Big Sexy O-Town Survey

Post by Apartment613’s own sex columnist, Nadine Thornhill, with help from Venus Envy’s Shelley Taylor. When it comes to sex, we couldn’t help but be a little curious about what is (and isn’t!) going on out there. In order to get some answers, we’ve teamed up with the fine folks at Venus Envy to bring […]