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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

It’s shaping up to be a lovely weekend, Ottawa. Get out and enjoy the city! If you’re hankering for a trip across the ocean but your budget won’t allow it, head to the Parkdale Market for Paris in July – Ottawa Velo Vogue and The Studio Cafe are teaming up to help you create a whimsical French market scene. Tonight, creativity will explode at Club SAW, where House of PainT’s Recognize. fundraiser is happening. They’ll have six visual artists creating new works on 14 different bar stools (donated by Union613),... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Don’t be a YA hater!

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Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. Slate published this article last month written by Ruth Graham, “Against YA: Adults should be embarrassed to read children’s books” which caused a firestorm among librarians and many others. One of the many assertions the author makes is the following, “There’s room for pleasure, escapism, juicy plots, and satisfying endings on the shelves of... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Howard Adler and Chris Wong of Asinabka Festival

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Screen shot from Rhymes With Young Ghouls.Screen shot from Rhymes With Young Ghouls.

Ottawa’s own Asinabka Film & Media Festival, which celebrates film, art and media made by and about Aboriginal peoples from the world over, begins this Wednesday, July 23rd and runs until Sunday. We caught up with co-directors, Howard Adler and Chris Wong to chat about this year’s edition. Apt613: Hi Howard and Chris. Thanks for taking some time to talk to us. So, this is the third year of running Asinabka Film/Media Festival. Has the initial excitement of novelty worn off, or are you as amped as ever? How does... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Reviews: Little Freddie King and Dr. Hook ft. Ray Sawyer

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Little Freddie King, on the Black Sheep stage with Robert Louis diTullio Jr. on the harp. All photos by Terry Steeves.Little Freddie King, on the Black Sheep stage with Robert Louis diTullio Jr. on the harp. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Picks on the 12th day of July had me delved into some authentic Delta blues and some down home and gritty, countrified rock. Each of the men fronting their band, both in their seventies, grew up in the deep south, less than 200 miles from each other. They would each bring their stories to tell, some song favorites, and their gentle spirits. Little Freddie King “One thing about the blues…you got to play ‘em a long time. The longer you play em, the better they get.“ – Little Freddie King... | Continue reading article

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Call for Submissions: YOW! A Zine about Ottawa

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Meet Lily Pepper, a local whose passion for zines (and Apt613!) has led her to launch YOW! a zine about Ottawa in all its glory. Because yes: Ottawa deserves some praise in the form of words, illustrations, comics and other expressions of love on paper. “People living in Ottawa tend to talk this city down,” says Pepper. “What I want to do with the YOW! zine is to get people talking in different ways about Ottawa, talking about what the city means to them, recounting memories of special Ottawa times,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Adventure: Wakefield Village

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Retro boat cruise on the Gatineau River near Wakefield. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.Retro boat cruise on the Gatineau River near Wakefield. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

Whenever I find myself planning a weekend trip to get out of town, the two usual suspects come in mind: Montreal with its great restaurants and music scene, and Toronto, with its sports teams, art galleries, and incredible city landscapes. Now, don’t get me wrong, Toronto and Montreal are both great options for a weekend gateway. But for those lazy weekends when a 4-hour drive might sound like a bit of a drag, it’s nice to opt for a day-trip to a local destination for a more relaxing small-town experience.... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Barenaked Ladies

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From left to right: Kevin Hearn, Jim Creeggan (bass/upright bass/vocals), and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies. Photos by Terry Steeves. From left to right: Kevin Hearn, Jim Creeggan (bass/upright bass/vocals), and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies. Photos by Terry Steeves.

Canada’s beloved Barenaked Ladies took the stage with a lengthy performance that lasted nearly an hour and a half. They are known for their comedic stage show antics, made-up-on-the-spot songs, medley covers, 4-part acoustic routines, great harmonies, and very catchy original material, making this band always a must-see. Tonight they played for an enormous crowd, which stretched nearly the entire length of the main Bluesfest grounds, who tremendously enjoyed everything this band of four delivered. The Barenaked Ladies was born from the duo songwriting efforts of schoolmates, Ed Robertson and... | Continue reading article

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A golden opportunity to see great art: Gustave Doré at the NGC

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Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.

It’s not really a question of “why do you have to see” the Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) Master of Imagination exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, but more a statement that “you just have to see it”. Simply put, there’s something here for everyone. With close to 100 different illustrations, sculptures and paintings on display, the exhibition, if anything, highlights Doré’s diversity and underscores his influence on art, on film and popular culture including Walt Disney and Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame), and on the comic strip and graphic novel,... | Continue reading article

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Centuryholm Farm – The milk we’re made of

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Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.

Jacob and I left Ottawa on a cloudy Saturday morning, running late as usual but highly excited about our destination! After all, it’s not every day that you have the chance to visit a working dairy farm! The road to the farm was breathtakingly beautiful. Still close to Ottawa, we had the impression of being in a different land. One where the animals were outside chilling on the grass, rabbits hanging around and people growing their own food – everything was as it was supposed to be. We arrived in... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

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Saul Hudson...aka Slash, performs on the Bell main stage at Bluesfest. Photo by Terry Steeves. Saul Hudson...aka Slash, performs on the Bell main stage at Bluesfest. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Slash – the name itself brings to mind his heavy-riffing style merged with iconic classical arpeggios, and the mega hits of Guns & Roses which catapulted him into fame. And then there’s his signature stage look…full of mystique…the expressionless face hidden behind those dark, curly locks, donning that ominous black leather top hat. I had no idea what to expect from Myles Kennedy and the members of Slash’s band, which carry their own name, The Conspirators. Would they match up to the muscle of a guitar giant like Slash? Were... | Continue reading article

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