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Month: December 2012

What to do this New Year’s

It seems like everyone’s talking about 2012 in the past tense these days. Thus far, 2012 has been great, but let’s not put it to rest just yet. A year like this deserves an appropriate send off, and our team of research gnomes has dug up a few events that might be up to the […]

Happy Holidays from Apartment613

It’s been a great year Ottawa. With so many events and happenings over the last 12 months we’re going to take a bit of breather until the new year. We hope that you all have a great time celebrating with family and friends. We’ll be back in full force for 2013!

Apartment613 Live: Sparks Street, Royal Wood part deux, and a very indie Xmas playlist

Listen here or on iTunes. Hey Apartment613 aficionados, looking for some thought-provoking background noise while preparing the holiday turkey? (Or tofurkey, I don’t judge.) Then check out our penultimate 2012 episode of Apartment613 Live. On this week’s show, we get the lowdown from Sparks Street Mall executive director Les Gagne about the big bash taking […]

#IdleNoMore in photos

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. There’s a movement afoot across the country led by First Nations and other indigenous peoples to fight for the rights of First Peoples in Canada. Led by First Nation youth and spreading through social media, Idle No More is a movement that’s led to teach ins and protests. Above are photos […]

The Chamber Players of Canada prepare for holiday cheer bringing

As I watched the Chamber Players of Canada rehearse for Saturday’s Christmas concert, I felt myself overcome by something like holiday spirit. Granted, some of my good cheer may have seeped into me, osmosis-like, from the frankly gigantic Christmas tree that towered to my left. But I think that the vast majority of it was […]

Indie-rock your way into the holiday with Amos the Transparent

This Friday Amos the Transparent will take the stage at Mavericks for the Indie Rock Holiday party with a special End Of The World twist. To find out a bit more about their plans for an indie rock holiday, we sent a few questions of to Jon Chandler from Amos the Transparent. Apartment613: What are […]

Stop listening to lame holiday music. Download Jim Bryson’s instant holiday album.

For anyone who has Josh Groban’s holiday album on repeat this season, we’re here for you. Local (and national) favourite Jim Bryson has released an instant holiday album that you can download from his Bandcamp. The proceeds of the album go to the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa and Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s “You […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

Holidays are coming fast! This weekend, you can mark them with some festive burlesque, a bit of serious thinking, or do a bit of holiday gift rapping at hip hop karaoke. It seems that Ottawa’s music scene is all set to host you at a seasonal bash or two. Jim Bryson’s annual festivities are sold […]

NaNoWriMo: I’ve earned my virtual certificate

Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on a local writer’s trek toward 50,000 words as part of this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge. You can read the first part here. We gave Mike a few weeks to ice his fingers before asking him to pound out a few more words for us. As […]

Why *make*? To affect quality of life

Post by Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger. Initally posted on Artengine’s blog. To read our conversation with Megan Smith and Ryan Stec (Artengine’s Artistic Director), or for more information about the Critical Residency, click here. ‘Making’, ‘to make’, ‘maker’ are more of those questionable terms like ‘new’ and ‘contemporary’ – used within the current cultural dialect […]

Watercan helps you give the gift of water to Ugandans in need

Looking for a special Christmas gift this year? Well, thanks to a local charity, you can now show your love for a relative, spouse or friend by giving a present that will make a real difference. Watercan, a non-government organization located at 321 Chapel Street, is currently running its holiday campaign Gifts of Water. The […]

The Apartment613 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are a great time to introduce your friends and family to the local shops and goods you enjoy year round. Resist the urge to order everything from Amazon and take a look through some of our local holiday gifting suggestions. N-Product started making super cool watch straps for your iPod nano, and they […]

Weekly News Review: Provincial Liberals debate in Ottawa, bring on plasma gasification and more!

You’ll get the chance to hear from provincial Liberal candidates vying for Premier Dalton McGuinty’s job this Tuesday as Glen Murray, Sandra Pupatello, Eric Hoskins, Charles Sousa, Hrinder Takhar, Kathleen Wynee, and Gerard Kennedy will debating at Carleton University’s River Theatre Building starting at 7pm. Innovative solution or environmental quagmire? That’s what the next few years will tell us […]

4in1 music sessions packs its bags and moves inside for the winter season

Matias is a music blogger at Ottawa Showbox as well as one of the organizers of the ‘4in1’ Acoustic Sessions.  Earlier this year, it was decided that a series of acoustic sessions was needed in order to give a platform to artists in Ottawa’s blossoming music scene. No, the purpose was not to make money or […]

This week on Apartment613 Live: Royal Wood, Creative Mornings, and the one-dollar bookstore

Listen here or on iTunes. Howdy, Apartment613 Live fans! Interested in buying a bookstore? Taking in a beer-themed lecture? Or simply hanging out at a local coffeeshop with one of Canada’s top singer-songwriters? Then you’ll definitely want to check out this week’s podcast. We kick things off with a preview of today’s Creative Mornings lecture — despite the […]