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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Lili

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Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Lili About: Lili is an engineer. She doesn’t live in Chinatown, but is here to visit her mom. Hood: Chinatown. I met up with Lili on Somerset Street, a stone’s throw away from the Chinatown Royal Arch. Complaint: It’s hard to find parking in Chinatown. Compliment: Lili loves to have Chinese food here, but... | Continue reading article

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613Flea joins Ottawa’s market circuit

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All photos courtesy of Catherine Knoll.All photos courtesy of Catherine Knoll.

613Flea is a new addition to Ottawa’s thriving arts and crafts market circuit. Taking advantage of the new space provided by the Lansdowne Park development, 613Flea will be taking place on select Saturdays in September and October from 10am-4pm. Apt613 had the chance to speak with Catherine Knoll, the Market Manager for 613Flea. We talked about the benefits of flea markets for artists and for buyers, as well as what 613Flea will be bringing to the flea market game. The following interview was edited for clarity. Apt613: Tell me about... | Continue reading article

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Networking for Nerds: Ottawa’s newest business social

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Calling all Nerds! You know who you are. Armada Lounge (23 York Street ) is hosting the first of a monthly series of networking events starting on Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 that invites business professionals, passionate innovators and vanguards in Ottawa’s vocation world to co-mingle and talk-shop under one roof. Forget the typical networking template; the awkward ten minutes pre and post seminar where you’re practically speed-dating every suit and tie within cubicle space, exchanging signature blocks and whoring your way through a crowd of potential employers in the hopes... | Continue reading article

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Monstrous Nights Theatre presents Burning: A Bridge

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Production shots from Monstrous Nights Theatre's Burning: A Bridge. All photos by Bulldog Photography.Production shots from Monstrous Nights Theatre's Burning: A Bridge. All photos by Bulldog Photography.

Burning: A Bridge is the story of two twenty-somethings being pulled apart by life. Jay is intent on moving across the country to pursue fame and fortune while feeling like a fraud and Clara feels trapped at home by commitments to school, work and family. Both feel cast adrift and abandoned by the other and helpless to stop their once solid friendship from disintegrating. At one point, Jay worries her problems are all a bunch of clichés which is a touchingly twenty-something concern. I’m sorry, twenty-somethings, but IT DOESN’T GET... | Continue reading article

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Table Manners is a complete success

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Scene from Table Manners. Photo by Julie Le Gal.Scene from Table Manners. Photo by Julie Le Gal.

Table Manners is the first of a theatrical triple-header at The Gladstone and, I believe, a first for Ottawa. As a result of a flippant remark to a reporter in 1973, Alan Ayckbourn found himself committed to writing a trilogy of plays.  The result was his brilliant classic, The Norman Conquests. Ayckbourn’s three plays share the same 6 characters.  There are 2 sisters – Ruth the businesswoman who is married to Norman the assistant librarian, and Annie the spinster who is caring for their mother.  Their brother Reg is an... | Continue reading article

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Project SoundCheck hopes to prevent sexual assault at festivals

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Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Kira-Lynn has been an activist her whole life and part of the local music scene for nearly as long. In high school she worked the door at shows or sold merch for her friends’ bands. Eventually she began performing herself. Throughout the years she noticed that at these shows, women were often made to feel uncomfortable, whether due to harassment from men or overt sexism that went unchecked. Given her activist roots, Kira-Lynn was immediately drawn to a recently established project aimed at addressing these issues present within Ottawa’s music... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Making the Link – Sausages and Beer

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Aren’t sausage puns the wurst? Beer and sausages: a perfect pairing. Below I’d like to call attention to two venues in Ottawa’s east end where you can indulge your palate with these two German delicacies. Beechwood’s newly opened Clarkstown Kitchen and Bar (formerly El Mason) has modernized the historical beer and sausage marriage and taken it to the next level with craft beer and artisinal sausages. The out-of-this-world in-house sausage creations include Lamb & Rosemary, Pork Cilantro & Citrus, Beef Short-rib & Orange and Chicken Lemongrass. They are all bangin’ bangers,... | Continue reading article

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Quoi faire ce weekend? + Win food for 2 at Palestinian Fest

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It is with great sadness that we must inform you we have arrived at the last of the summer weekends, with many of us and our kiddos returning to school next week. There is, however, still cause to celebrate as the weekend remains packed with great goings on – a proper send off to the blessed summer months. Open Air Social Club throws one of its last outdoor dance parties of the year tonight on Sparks. Open Air has been going strong all summer and DJ Gregular and Sierra plan... | Continue reading article

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Cityfolk presents #Marvest2015: A local music harvest

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The Aberdeen Pavilion, along with various sites throughout the Glebe, will be the site of some Marvest shows.  Photo from the Apt613 pool by flickr user Lazy_ArtistThe Aberdeen Pavilion, along with various sites throughout the Glebe, will be the site of some Marvest shows. Photo from the Apt613 pool by flickr user Lazy_Artist

Ottawa’s CityFolk Festival team are stepping it up a notch this year not only with the move to the massive and centally located Lansdowne Park, but also with the addition of an exciting off-shoot series of performances called Marvest. Marvest, as the name implies, is a musical harvest of world-class talent plucked from our very own garden of local performers. Working in conjunction with the Glebe BIA, 60 local bands will be featured in shops and venues along Bank Street and on the three stages inside the Aberdeen Pavilion on... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Ellison

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Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Ellison About: Ellison moved to Ottawa three months ago from Montreal, and is originally from Winnipeg. Hood: Chinatown. I met up with Ellison by the Kowloon Market. She was off to a restaurant, but lives on Preston Street at the intersection of Chinatown and Hintonburg. Complaint: She is disappointed by the low frequency of... | Continue reading article

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