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Darling Yes, what vintage charm!

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Carly Smith of Darling YesCarly Smith of Darling Yes

Carly Smith of Darling Yes has made a splash in the Ottawa handmade community. Darling Yes is a homegrown business, selling jewelry and hand-drawn art creations crafted in Smith’s home workshop. I had the chance to interview Smith about the building of her brand, her designs, and if she had any advice for those looking to create a business of their own! Apt613: Tell me a little about yourself! My name is Carly and I’m the owner and designer of Darling Yes. I have a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton,... | Continue reading article

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“Moonshine, and train songs, gunfights and gospel tunes”

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Photo courtesy of Murder Murder.Photo courtesy of Murder Murder.

Gloria Song has been performing for over a decade, most recently as a member in Scary Bear Soundtrack, who are performing alongside Murder Murder on June 25, 2015. Hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, Murder Murder guarantees “all murder ballads, all the time.” They aren’t exaggerating: that’s exactly what their music is. Self-described as a “bloodgrass band” – that is, a combination of bluegrass, outlaw country, and exclusively murder ballads – Murder Murder serves up stories of homicide against a surprisingly upbeat toe-tapping soundtrack in a variety of contexts and locations, from... | Continue reading article

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Jazzfest: In conversation with Danielle Allard

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Danielle Allard: photo by Justin van Leeuwen, Body painting by May MazorDanielle Allard: photo by Justin van Leeuwen, Body painting by May Mazor

Ottawa’s young singer/songwriter sensation Danielle Allard has spent her life immersed in music since the age of 3. She began performing publicly at 9, started receiving formal training at 11, and was writing her own songs by age 14. Her studies at Canterbury High School’s Arts Program would further develop her skills in voice and guitar. “My principal in elementary school was finishing his Ph.D. in music at the time, so he was very supportive of the arts. A couple of other teachers jumped onboard and started putting together theatre productions,... | Continue reading article

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Manic Montebello music festival still a rockin’ good time after 10 years

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Photos taken at Rockfest, courtesy of Tobi Cohen.Photos taken at Rockfest, courtesy of Tobi Cohen.

A decade on, Amnesia Rockfest remains a manic mix of music, moshing, misfits and mayhem. Although this year’s line-up wasn’t my particular favourite, it’s the festival’s unique, anything-goes vibe that’s kept me coming back for the last five years. It’s also what has most certainly catapulted the once-tiny, rural Quebec festival onto the must-see international circuit. Let’s just say, I couldn’t be more proud when I spotted Amnesia Rockfest on Rolling Stone’s “Summer 2015 50 Must-See Music Festivals” list in April. Well, after a hot shower, a goodnight’s rest and some reflection, here’s my... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Now taking applications!

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Photo by Thomas Hawk on Flickr.Photo by Thomas Hawk on Flickr.

In 2014 Apt613 ran it’s first-ever indiegogo fundraiser to support a new initiative: The Apt613 Fellowship program. This program allows us to support projects that go beyond blog posts and radio segments. The goal is to take our coverage of the best of Ottawa’s grassroots arts and culture to the next level. The program launched earlier this year with the presentation of Jith Paul’s #OttawaIndieFilm documentaries. Today we’re launching the application process for the 2015 Apt613 Fellowship Program. The due date for applications is July 10, 2015 and the application form is available... | Continue reading article

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Dance capital: Escapade festival winds up for a sixth booming year

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Joe Ghost performing at Escapade 2014. Photo from @escapademf on Instagram.Joe Ghost performing at Escapade 2014. Photo from @escapademf on Instagram.

On June 27-28 the Escapade Music Festival is bringing a stacked lineup of electronic dance legends and emerging artists to the Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre for its triumphant return to Ottawa. Headliners include the world renowned Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren and dance music forefather Carl Cox. These men have more than 40 years of success between them, and they’ve never stopped pushing the boundaries of today’s electronic music. Both play on June 28. Coming to Ottawa for the first time is the Australian dance duo Knife Party, who take... | Continue reading article

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Jazzfest: Freshlyground’s music brings the world together

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Photo courtesy of Ottawa Jazz Festival.Photo courtesy of Ottawa Jazz Festival.

You’ve probably heard of Freshlyground from their incredibly catchy collaboration with Shakira “Waka Waka (This is for Africa)” during the FIFA World Cup in 2010. But they’re no one hit wonder. For over a decade Freshlyground has been an essential part of the South African music scene, with their album Nomuvula going multiple-platinum, and the band winning a MTV Europe award for Best African Act in 2006.  And don’t forget President Barack Obama once described the band as one of South Africa’s gifts to the world. Founded in 2002, Freshlyground... | Continue reading article

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Escape…with an Ottawa company offering scenic bicycle tours

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A cycling path in Aylmer: all photos taken by the author along the tour route.A cycling path in Aylmer: all photos taken by the author along the tour route.

A bicycle. That’s what it all began with. I had been wanting to buy a bike for a while now, given that my boyfriend is a pretty avid cyclist and enjoys exploring the city from this unique vantage point. When I came across the opportunity to join a Leisure Bicycle Sightseeing Tour with the new company Escape Bicycle Tours right here in Ottawa, I decided that it was finally time to make that purchase. $60.00 later, I had my very own bike, courtesy of Cycle Salvation, and although it’s used and rusty, in... | Continue reading article

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Laughter first, yoga second: Through the Gaze of a Navel

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Photo by Itai Erdal, from the Magnetic North websitePhoto by Itai Erdal, from the Magnetic North website

Well, it finally happened folks. There I was, bent over in my Downward Dog when Emelia Symington Fedy – the yoga instructor, professional advice giver, self-proclaimed pop psychology expert and witty performer – told the class to “twerk it like you can work it”. I never thought I’d see the day I’d be encouraged to twerk in a yoga class, let alone in front of an audience, but I can (somewhat) proudly strike that off my bucket list now. I’m not saying it was Emeila’s very real threat to keep... | Continue reading article

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Jazzfest: Interview with Rebecca Noelle

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Photo by Julia Unchurra.Photo by Julia Unchurra.

Ottawa diva and songwriter Rebecca Noelle considers herself lucky to have found out at a young age what direction her life would take. She established an early relationship with all things jazz, a genre she embraced growing up in a family immersed in its music. “I grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald. My grandfather was a jazz musician and so my mom grew up in a house where the band would rehearse their jazz standards. She developed a love for it and used to play Ella in the car. I... | Continue reading article

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