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Jake’s Gift a testament to theatre at its finest

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Julia Mackey as Jake in Jake's Gift . Photo by Tim Matheson.Julia Mackey as Jake in Jake's Gift . Photo by Tim Matheson.

“Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” “Isabelle” “Isabelle who?” “Is-a-belle necessary on a bike?” Although humour was neither characters’ strong suit (knock knock jokes turned into an elaborate explanation), their chemistry was palpable and full of playful banter. This slightly somber, albeit completely heartwarming play brought everyone to their feet in a standing ovation. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as audience members alternated between vigorously clapping and discreetly wiping their eyes. This multi-award winning, Canadian play, written and solely performed by Julia Mackey, was a testament to theatre in... | Continue reading article

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Holiday Craft Show Roundup 2015

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Pretty River Woodwork. Photo by Amy Eaton Photography.Pretty River Woodwork. Photo by Amy Eaton Photography.

Guest Post by Krista Leben, a politico by day, and producer of Urban Craft + maker of Leaf & Petal by night. It’s become a bit of an October tradition for me to gather up a list of my favourite craft shows that are coming up during the holiday season. I’m particularly excited for this year: there are always new and interesting shows popping up, and veteran shows on the scene are always evolving and adding new elements to their shows. While not a comprehensive list of all the craft shows happening in Ottawa this... | Continue reading article

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Monet at the National Gallery

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Claude Monet, Le pont de bois, 1872, oil on canvas, 54 × 73 cm. VKS Art Inc., Ottawa. Photo © NGC, Ottawa.Claude Monet, Le pont de bois, 1872, oil on canvas, 54 × 73 cm. VKS Art Inc., Ottawa. Photo © NGC, Ottawa.

Don’t look for soothing water lilies in the current Monet exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Subtitled A Bridge to Modernity, this series of 12 paintings bring together visions of war and visions of hedonism. Monet becomes a prophet of the contradictions of the 20th century, what we’ve called modernity. Impressionist painters wanted to move away from monumental historical works. They developed plein-air execution in touch with their direct response to scenes, unpolluted by conceptual considerations. As a result, the size of the canvasses in this exhibition is relatively... | Continue reading article

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Win a Meet & Greet with Xavier Rudd on Saturday night!

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Xavier Rudd and the United Nations. Photo courtesy of Nettwerk Music Group.Xavier Rudd and the United Nations. Photo courtesy of Nettwerk Music Group.

Contest: Apt613 has one pair of tickets to give away for this Xavier Rudd and the United Nations show. The lucky winner will also have the opportunity to meet Xavier Rudd. To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com telling us what the album title, Nanna, signifies. A winner will be chosen by random draw on Thursday, November 5 at 8pm.  Xavier Rudd returns to Ottawa this Saturday – this time with an incredible group of musicians from all over the world in a project they call Xavier Rudd and the... | Continue reading article

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Helping patients obtain medicinal green cards

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Photos from the National Access Cannabis Facebook page. Right: NAC Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony with CEO Gulwant Bajwa and NAC member Shauna.Photos from the National Access Cannabis Facebook page. Right: NAC Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony with CEO Gulwant Bajwa and NAC member Shauna.

If you live or work in Ottawa’s trend-setting Hintonburg, chances are you’ve noticed the new addition to Wellington Street’s storefronts. National Access Cannabis (NAC), a BC-based company founded by former Public Servant Alex Abellan, recently opened its franchise doors this past July in the heart of Ottawa’s blooming Hipsterville.  The clean, haute-couture look, lined with an organic bamboo wood storefront sign is both inviting and surprising, given the negative stigma that is often associated with medicinal and recreational cannabis use. NAC’s mandate aims to do just that: deconstruct negative messaging... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Taverns and Troublemakers is boozy history lesson

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All photos by the author.All photos by the author.

As part of the “Taverns and Troublemakers” exhibit at the City of Ottawa Archives (running October 1st until March 19th) a historical tavern tour was offered: “Booze, Bus and Banter” (next tour is March 9th, with a possibility for more). Because I love alliteration, hate missing any beer-related event in Ottawa and am always looking for an chance to apply my History BA, I hopped aboard. How fitting is it that on Back to the Future Day (October 21 2015 for those pretending they’ve never watched the movies) I was... | Continue reading article

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Carve out the perfect Halloween at Pumpkinferno

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All photos by Sofie Sharom.All photos by Sofie Sharom.

Post by Sofie Sharom. You can follow her on Instagram @sofiesharom or on twitter @intotoronto. The season of ghouls, goblins and excessive candy eating is upon us. For those looking for a festive way to spend Halloween night, Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village is the place to be. The historic site for this spooky event is located about an hour and fifteen minute drive south of the nation’s capital, just due west of the small hamlet of Morrisburg. Pumpkinferno, now in its 3rd incarnation, is a magnificent display of over... | Continue reading article

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Halloweekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa? + Schmoozefest giveaway

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

Welcome to the Halloweekend! It is time to don those costumes and hit the town for some spooktacular Halloween fun. With so much happening, you should definitely plan for costume changes. There is a Spooky Reggae Party happening tonight at Oz Kafe, with special guest Michael Caffrey from Ghettoblast Sound System. He and Reggae Party regulars Jas Nasty, Ben Armstrong, and Chris International will be spinning the best ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, and dancehall – all on vinyl. Double Barrel X Timekode are back again this Friday night, to throw... | Continue reading article

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Martini Madness in support of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada + ticket giveaway

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All images from Martini Madness' Facebook page.All images from Martini Madness' Facebook page.

There is something suave and sophisticated about putting on formal wear and sipping martinis. Could it be connected to my love for Daniel Craig’s Bond? Definitely. Getting back on track… Celebrating its 10th year, Martini Madness has been providing an annual platform to get your inner James Bond on while supporting Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. And the 2015 edition is here. Presented by Kelly Santini LLP, the event takes place Friday the 13th of November at Lago Bar and Grill from 7:00PM until 1:00AM. The aforementioned shaken and/or stirred martinis are provided... | Continue reading article

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

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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: Danny About: Danny is originally from California, but she moved to Ottawa when she was very young. She has dual citizenship. Hood: Glebe Complaint: The roads are a little bit bad, says Danny. They’re super busy and it’s hard to cross the street. The same thing on Bronson: it takes forever to... | Continue reading article

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