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Month: April 2012

How walkable is Ottawa?

When a pedestrian is struck in Ottawa, the news often hits Twitter first – then Walk Ottawa (@Ottwalk) is there to retweet it and spread the message. Lana Stewart from Walk Ottawa is trying to raise the profile of pedestrian issues in the city and get others involved with improving city streets for pedestrians. Lana […]

Weekly News Review: Great Public Spaces, underachieving buildings and the Dalai Lama!

The book industry is dying you say? Maybe so, but Octopus Books is finding ways of making it work. The alternative book store which opened more than 40 years ago has opened up a second location in Centretown in the Under One Roof centre, a space bringing together community groups, social entrepreneurs and social justice […]

Apartment613 Paper Kindle Club discusses Alone in the Classroom

Welcome to the first ever Apartment613 Bookclub, sponsored by Collected Works! A few of us literary folk will be gathered at 1242 Wellington to discuss Elizabeth Hay’s novel, Alone in the Classroom. If you can’t make it down to the bookshop, but want to share your insights into the book, join in the online discussion […]

Rick Salutin discusses Dissent

Canadian dissent: passionate and vivacious or feeble and dormant? For Rick Salutin, a man who’s famous for brandishing a combative spur in the melee of pertinent issues, there’s a little of column A and little of column B; “There’s good news and bad news.” On Saturday afternoon, in the Main Branch of the Public Library, […]

Apt613’s hard hitting interview with Wellington’s marble hydrants!

Stroll down Wellington West on a sunny afternoon and you’re bound to notice the Wellington Street Marble Hydrants. Half hydrant, half… well, the other half seems to vary, but fruit, vegetables, household appliances and musical instruments are common choices. When the marble statues were introduced to Wellington St. in 2010, they received a mixed reaction: […]

Kichesippi Beer Company turns two

Like any two-year-old, Kichesippi Beer Co. has already developed its own personality – and a tendency to want to go against the grain. In celebration of its second birthday party on Sunday afternoon (we’re expecting a bouncy castle, but is that too big-kid-esque for a toddler?), we sat down with a pint of Kichesippi Blonde […]

Vincent Lam at the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival

Giller prize winning author, Vincent Lam has just released his first novel, The Headmaster’s Wager. It is a intricate piece of historical fiction, where Lam depicts the complexity of the Chinese community in Vietnam during the Vietnam war. Lam is in Ottawa tonight speaking as part of the Ottawa International Writer’s Festival. Tonight’s event is […]

Pimp yo’ bi-pedalled ride: Breaking Away

You love your bike. It helps keep you fit, it’s never runs  late, and paying for parking is a non-issue. Sometimes though, you forget to show your velocipede the love it deserves. You leave it locked outside, subject to the weather, and let it gather rust. You lock it to lamp posts or sign posts, […]

Caesar as a girl: Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra’s Guilio Cesare

Of all the reasons to be intrigued by the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra’s performance this Friday of Handel’s greatest opera, Giulio Cesare, let’s start with this one: our Julius Caesar is a girl. This isn’t our innovation. It’s built into the role. Handel wrote the opera in 1724 to tell the tale of love and […]

Photo of The Wooden Sky taken by Justin Broadbent.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

The Bronson Centre is a happening place this weekend, people – the Joel Plaskett Emergency and Frank Turner tonight, and Measha Brueggergosman Friday night – both shows that promise to bring it. Tonight you can also get your punk/hardcore fix with Dayglo Abortions and EndPrograms at Mavericks, while jazz aficionados can hear inspirations from Dave […]

Where the Wild Things… Aren’t? at Wall Space Gallery

Romping through the forest on an adventure with wild characters might seem to be a memory from a childhood story, but no matter your age, it does raise the question of our interaction with nature. And with Earth Day just behind us, the themes behind Where the Wild Things…Aren’t? seem especially timely. The exhibit, which […]

#SuitupOttawa with Indochino

Full disclosure: I’m getting the Indochino treatment and a complimentary suit. A suit that fits at an affordable price. How hard could it be to find? Apparently harder than I thought, which has forced me to cave in on fit to accommodate my budget. If you’re like me, you’ll want to thank the boys behind […]

Weekly News Review: Design plans and Planning Summit, student strike and more!

Centretowner? Curious about the direction the neighbourhood will be taking in the next 20 years? Check out the Community Design Plan here. On the Québec side, hundreds of people gathered at a Gatineau high school to protest rising tuition fees. Premier Jean Charest was in town and called for an end to the violent protests. […]

So Much Theatre: Evolution Theatre’s Mary Magdalene and [boxhead] double-bill

Evolution Theatre’s double-bill of two very different plays (Berni Stapleton’s Mary Magdalene and Adventures in Sobriety and [boxhead] by Darren O’Donnell) is challenging for both the performers and the audience. Whether or not you’re ready for the challenge will very much determine how much you enjoy both productions. In the single-performer Mary Magdalene and Adventures […]

Flash Mob! The Ottawa legal community celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Charter

Tuesday was the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Lawyers and other members of the legal community in Ottawa celebrated by organizing a flash mob at noon on the busy Sparks Street at Metcalfe, right in front of the Federal Court and a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill. In front of […]