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Instameet at Chinatown Remixed: An interview with Mink Williams of @igersottawa

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You may have seen a certain character who walks about Ottawa’s Chinatown with a mobile phone, snapping pictures, playing with filters. He has an effortless cool, even when snapping pictures of neighbourhood kittens. His name is Mink Williams, and he is one of the founders of the Instagramers Group in Ottawa (@igersottawa). He also happens to be Apartment 613’s new photography editor! In case you’re a luddite, Instagram is a social media application for smart phones which allows users to share photos in real-time and pick fancy filters with an effect... | Continue reading article

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Amos reaches out to fans to fund new album

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Music by Amos the Transparent suspends you in time as you’re transported to a nostalgic moment in your life, thinking about the lover that got away or the regret of a path not taken. It is music that evokes the imperfection of the choices that we make and has you singing along with all your heart. You would say the music belonged to a favourite movie soundtrack about real people, with all their quirks and dramas. It is their ability to connect through disarming music and lyrics that has launched... | Continue reading article

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Crass, butch and hilarious: Kalyani Pandya parades herself on stage + ticket giveaway

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Kalyani Pandya. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Storytellers.Kalyani Pandya. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Storytellers.

Growing up is never easy for anyone, and especially difficult for anyone wanting to stray the path of their traditional family upbringing. Kalyani Pandya gives a heart wrenching and often hilarious view into the struggles she felt coming out as a gay woman in Winnipeg with her performance The Arrangement, the Marriage, and Me. Her story is told through the eyes of two women; Anila, entering an arranged marriage in Delhi and Kamal, a woman coming out as gay to her traditional family in Winnipeg. Even with both women countries... | Continue reading article

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Autograph: Reformed and revamped

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Autograph band members from left to right: Steve Lynch (lead guitar, bkg vox), Simon Daniels (lead vocals,  guitar), Randy Rand (bass, bkg vox), Marc Wieland (drums). All photos by Terry Steeves.Autograph band members from left to right: Steve Lynch (lead guitar, bkg vox), Simon Daniels (lead vocals, guitar), Randy Rand (bass, bkg vox), Marc Wieland (drums). All photos by Terry Steeves.

Last Friday night, I set out with my camera, my notepad, and weeks of compiled research, to interview and take in a rock band that is back with a vengeance after 25 years. Their name is Autograph, and they have returned bigger, stronger, and louder than ever, adding a fresh, new and powerful flavour to their music. But first…a brief history… Before Autograph was even a band, it was a man by the name of Steve Plunkett, a singer/guitarist/songwriter who had written songs he wanted to develop and record as... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Clemow through the years

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Photo likely taken by the Topley Studio, is somewhere on Clemow west of Bank, ca. 1914. Photos courtesy of National Capital Commission, Library and Archives Canada, and Glebe Heritage Committee.Photo likely taken by the Topley Studio, is somewhere on Clemow west of Bank, ca. 1914. Photos courtesy of National Capital Commission, Library and Archives Canada, and Glebe Heritage Committee.

In the Greber Report of 1950, one of the streets that was noted in passing as an example of successful beautification was Clemow Avenue Driveway. It is surprising that Greber did not spend much time on Clemow, given its success as a planned streetscape. Extending from the Canal driveway, this tree-lined driveway included Monkland Avenue and crossed the north end of the Glebe and passed through Central Park and ended at Bronson Avenue. Designed between 1904 and 1914 by the Ottawa Improvement Commission with the support and collaboration of a... | Continue reading article

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Mexican fiesta has been the Tac-O The Town!

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Photo from Tac-O The Town Facebook Event by Privé.Photo from Tac-O The Town Facebook Event by Privé.

Privé is at it again promoting another [classy, 19+] mouth watering experience, that has been the Tac-O The Town! What is Privé, you ask… Privé is an Advertising and Marketing agency that loves food. They are “famous” for bringing Ottawa The Underground Chef Market in November of last year and The Sip n’ Slurp Noodle Fest. in February. I used the word “famous” because as a fat girl at heart Privé events are always the highlight to my week. Nothing beats a night out with fantastic food! It’s a perfect... | Continue reading article

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What will you discover at The Shenkman?

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The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.The Arrogant Worms. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Spring is here, and with it comes a series of arts and culture venues announcing their next season, and the Shenkman Arts Centre is certainly no different. Having attended several events at Shenkman over the last few months I was definitely curious about what was on the plate for next season. The official release of next season’s lineup came out on May 1st, and it proved to be very interesting. Chosen to celebrate the Centre’s 5th anniversary, the shows listed seem to continue the Shenkman tradition of having an eclectic... | Continue reading article

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Honouring Canada’s music, dance and theatre artists

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Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.Everyone was glamour and black tie at the GG Performance Awards. All photos by Marie-Pierre Daigle.

The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala honoured the country’s best artists in music, dance and theatre at the National Arts Centre this Saturday, May 10. In alphabetical order, the 2014 laureates are Anik Bissonette for her career as a dancer, teacher and artistic director; Canada’s most travelled rock band, Blue Rodeo; Brent Carver for his acting and singing career; actor, singer-songwriter and humanitarian Tom Jackson; Louise Lecavalier for her dance and choreography; actress and teacher Janine Sutto; Jean Giguère, Winnipeg arts patron, received the Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate National Drone Day at Gallery 101

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Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.Photo from the Self Surgery Bandcamp page.

This Saturday, Gallery 101 is helping Ottawa celebrate National Drone Day. From 1-4pm, the gallery will showcase artists such as Herons Wake, Self Surgery, and, with what has to be one of the best band names ever, The Human Being Lawn Mowers. Think of drone music as a palate cleanser. It’s the total opposite of the likes of Katy Perry and other nascent pop stars. Drone music is ambient, evocative, spacey and limitless. It lacks rhythm and lyrics, which is refreshing for when you’ve had enough of rhythm and lyrics... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What are you up to this weekend, Ottawa? Music-wise, you’ve got a bunch of options. Tonight, it’s all indie, all the time with Palm Trees, Android 16 and Randy Shenanigans at Avant Garde, while bands compete for big bucks down at Ritual. Adam Baldwin takes his guitar skills down to Zaphod’s, while the Radioactive party is back at the Mercury Lounge. Friday, Secret Broadcast brings some alt-rock to Zaphod’s, and things get great with The Great One edition of Kitchen Party dance party at Rochester Pub. Ten Second Epic brings... | Continue reading article

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