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Taste of the Arctic shares unique flavours, sights and sounds with Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.

When I was asked to attend a tasting and preview of the upcoming fundraising event A Taste of the Arctic at the National Arts Centre, I was admittedly hesitant. While I was definitely eager to learn more about Canadian Inuit culture, my unadventurous stomach had reservations. The invitation informed me that the event’s cuisine would feature staple ingredients to Inuit cooking, such as arctic char, caribou, seal, and whale. I was nervous. Would I eat seal at this preview? Would I enjoy Inuit food in general? The answer to both questions... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

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Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.Photo from the Transmit event page on Facebook.

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on your vintage clothing shopping at the HepKat Vintage Pop Sale. Not surprisingly, there are dance parties happening every night this weekend, with 4 to choose from on Friday night! Reggae Night at Oz Kafe turns... | Continue reading article

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Sip ‘n Slurp 2015: Winners and losers

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Raon Kitchen Dumplings and Glass Noodles. All photos by John Aung.Raon Kitchen Dumplings and Glass Noodles. All photos by John Aung.

Privé hosted the second annual Ottawa NoodleFest this past weekend at the Shaw Centre. Twenty Ottawa and Gatineau chefs and businesses all gathered together under one roof and provided a couple of their dishes for everyone to sample. We sipped. We slurped. We waited in line… a lot. Anybody familiar with the Ottawa start up company’s past events would have immediately noticed some improvements from its previous ventures, and yet, would have also felt a sense of familiarity as the format was largely unchanged. I do give Privé credit for... | Continue reading article

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Festibière brought Brewfest to Lansdowne

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All photos courtesy of Brew Brahs.All photos courtesy of Brew Brahs.

The 1st annual Ottawa Winter Brewfest, held last weekend happened on the unluckiest and luckiest days of the year: Friday the 13th and Valentine’s Day. The good people of Festibière de Gatineau crossed the mighty Outaouais to bring their magical event to Lansdowne. This was the first time this event was held in Ontario, but it is expected to be an annual event. Knowing they had a willing and thirsty market next door from the hordes of Ontarians that would attend the Gatineau festivals, Winter Brewfest had no problem packing... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Sip n’ Slurp at the Second Annual Ottawa NoodleFest

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Photo from the Sip n' Slurp! Ottawa Noodlefest 2015 Facebook page.Photo from the Sip n' Slurp! Ottawa Noodlefest 2015 Facebook page.

Sadly, the frigid, tundra-like winters Ottawans know and love tolerate is upon our lovely city once again. If you’re like me, your hibernation mode is in full-force and departing the cozy warmness of your home is downright painstaking. Fortunately, Sip n’ Slurp is back for its second annual Noodle Showdown and not a moment too soon. Yes, you will have to endure the cold while walking from your house to your transportation and one more time when you enter the building, but the extreme sacrifice is worth it. Though it’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Le weekend de la Saint-Valentin + Winter Brewfest giveaway

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Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Love. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Welcome to the  weekend of love (and dance parties). We’ve got at least one, if not many, happening tonight through Sunday! DJ Jas Nasty and Friends, will be taking you back to the Seedy Seventies tonight, at Oz Kafe. They will be playing all the best rock, punk, and funk from the decade. If jazz is more your style, the Lunenburg has you covered with Jazz Thursdays. And, if jazz is your thing, be sure to check out the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival this weekend too! There’s a Kitchen Party... | Continue reading article

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Valentine’s Day in Ottawa

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Love you forever and always. Photo by Bust it Away Photography from the apt613 Flickr pool.Love you forever and always. Photo by Bust it Away Photography from the apt613 Flickr pool.

Booze will be flowing, burlesque will be performed and of course – love will be in the air this Valentine’s Day in Ottawa. Young or old, newcomer or life-long Ottawan, even if you’re single there’s an event in the city right for you on the most romantic day of the year. Let’s break it down! Sweetheart Cocktail for Arts The Sweetheart Cocktail for the Arts event actually takes place on the 12th, but it is a perfect warm-up for the weekend ahead. The Ottawa Arts Council has been throwing a... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for February 3, 2015

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Illustration by Ottawa artist Colin White. T-shirts and prints will be available at Megaphono events this week. Check out more of his work on Twitter or Instagram @ColinWhite.Illustration by Ottawa artist Colin White. T-shirts and prints will be available at Megaphono events this week. Check out more of his work on Twitter or Instagram @ColinWhite.

Hey Kids! This week on Apt613 Live we chat with Erin Hearty about Lansdowne’s recently opened Farmers Market and the importance of giving farmers a year-round space to connect with the people who love their food! Plus lots of music from some of the folks you can catch performing on stages across the city as part of the Megaphono Showcase Festival running February 3rd-5th. It’s been cold here in the city: warm up with Apt613! Thanks for listening! You can catch Apt613 Live on CHUO 89.1 FM every Tuesday at... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Brew Brahs Interview Whiprsnapr Brewing Company

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Photo from the Whiprsnapr Facebook page.Photo from the Whiprsnapr Facebook page.

Ottawa continues to experience a craft beer renaissance, with locally owned breweries setting up shop all over town and purveying some seriously fine suds. Whiprsnapr Brewing Company (that is correct spelling – I triple checked) out in Bells Corners is amongst these fine establishments. After opening their doors last year, Whiprsnapr has developed a loyal following that proudly preaches what their purple shirts scream: #earnyourbeer. Co-founder Ian took the time to answer a few of the Brewbrahs questions, and to delve into their brewing philosophies. Tell us where the name... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.

The weekend is here and winter weather may have us all inclined to make like bears and hibernate until warmer weather arrives, but I promise you that you won’t want to sleep through this weekend’s events! Fans of the Bluth family – Raw Sugar is hosting Arrested Development Trivia tonight at 7pm! Grab 3 friends, 5$ (that’s half the cost of a banana!), and be sure to arrive early – there is room for 15 teams and this party is going to be off the hook! The first Double Barrel... | Continue reading article

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