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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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Le Festibière D’Hiver now serving Ontario brews

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Photo from the Festibiere D'Hiver website.Photo from the Festibiere D'Hiver website.

Winter is a hard time to get warm in Ottawa, so Winter Beerfest (known as Festibière) has joined together with the Museum of History to offer over 100 craft beers and gourmet appetizers to aid in the process. On January 30 and 31st Le Festibière D’Hiver will host some of Quebec’s best microbreweries for the fourth annual Winter Beerfest. This is the first year they open their doors to local company Beau’s, which has worked diligently over the last 8 years to release their beer as widely as possible. Being able... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: A rollercoaster ride of flavours at Bassline’s food/wine pairing

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Wine selection for the evening. All photos by Terry Steeves.Wine selection for the evening. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Earlier this week, Bassline Pub & Eatery offered a unique wine and food pairing session. It was the perfect way to spend an evening on a day dubbed as Blue Monday…January’s supposed most depressing day of the year. The idea to host these special evenings began last year in Ottawa’s quaint west end bar/restaurant/music venue, supported by owner A.J. Scarcella. Paul Corfe, one of the establishment’s bartenders and our culinary and wine expert for the night, has had an on-going love affair for all things food and wine, enhanced by... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo courtesy of Snowday.Photo courtesy of Snowday.

This weekend is heavy with Friday events, with your pick of the mix from music to art and theatre filling the days and nights around it. Make sure to get in on some Robbie Burns celebrations this weekend honouring the famed Scottish poet and lyricist. Typical celebrations include whiskey tastings, indulging in some Scottish cuisine and readings of his most famous poems. And of course, another installment of Nature Nocturne, celebrating the Lunar Year Year with Chinatown Remixed. Tonight, the Ottawa Art Gallery opens a collection of exhibits running until... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.Photo by Robin Davies on Flickr.

This year is off to a running start and the weekends are as fast-paced as the rest of the week, only way more fun! This weekend is keeping up its end of the bargain, promising plenty of awesome to keep you busy. Ottawa winters may be cold, but there are ways to get out and enjoy the winter weather. The canal opened just this past weekend, so grab your skates and head over to the world’s largest skating rink. Be sure to complete the trip with a beaver tail and... | Continue reading article

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350 Foods is the new milkman: Testing out the delectable delivery service

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All photos by Sanita Fejzic.All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

350 Foods is my kind of bakery. It brings back certain nostalgic memories, of the cinematic and imagined kind since I am not old enough to have experienced the milkman: fresh bread and cookies delivered at your doorstep every Sunday evening. They deliver at a reasonable cost (they are competitive to your average bakery, not grocery store) and their ingredients are organic. Quality. Convenience. Need I say more? No other culinary art compares to a proper loaf of bread. Everything about a good loaf of bread can be overlooked precisely... | Continue reading article

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New Year’s Eve in Ottawa, 2014

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Photo by ludovick on Flickr.Photo by ludovick on Flickr.

It’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for New Year’s Eve, is it? Luckily, you have a number of fantastic parties to choose from around our great city. Wherever you end up December 31st, remember to stay safe and have fun! If you’re looking for an extravagant night, the Mad Hatter’s NYE Party is the perfect opportunity to don your most outrageous, fabulous attire for an Alice in Wonderland-themed event. You could also choose to combat the cold at the Canadian War Museum’s festive Havana Nights, a... | Continue reading article

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