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The Haunted Walk presents Nightmare Before/After Xmas

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Snowy Sun and the Cathedral. Photo by Fernando Farfan.ca from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Snowy Sun and the Cathedral. Photo by Fernando Farfan.ca from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

It’s that time of year again when the world is hushed in a blanket of snow; multi-coloured lights illuminate your walk home in the evening and spirits of the undead return to haunt the living. Yes I’m talking about Christmas time.  Sitting around telling scary ghost stories may seem at odds with other seasonal traditions, but really they’re as much a part of the Christmas festivities as stockings hung by the fire and eggnog in your glass (and frankly I’ll take the undead over that monstrous yellow concoction any day).... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa’s newest microbrewery goes gaga over craft . . . cocktails?

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Photo from the Lowertown Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Tobi Cohen.Photo from the Lowertown Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Tobi Cohen.

So Ottawa’s newest brewpub fancies itself a cocktail connoisseur eh? Well, let me be the judge of that. I was invited to the Lowertown Brewery in the Byward Market last week, not to sample its southern barbecue or craft brews, though I did try both. I was there to try something a little less obvious – its handcrafted cocktails which, on weekends, are supposedly served up with flair. On a Wednesday night, the mixology show consisted of a short-lived burst of flame while heating up an orange peel with a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Originals ticket giveaway

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Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa, we really should have seen this coming after yesterday’s storm warning about the Dec 10th snowfall. Now, I know how tempting it is to shake down the nearest grocery store for all the egg nog they have in stock and take to the couch until it all goes away, but you would be missing out on incredible activities this weekend like Shopify’s Makers Market, Maxwell’s Bistro Strip Cheese III: Return of the Cheese Burlesque show, or the Berdy Elegance Networking Event for fashionable men. Let’s start with Friday. ‘Makers... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for Dec. 10, 2014

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Wreaths of Parkdale. Photo by justinvl on the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Wreaths of Parkdale. Photo by justinvl on the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Hey kids! This week on Apt613 Live we’re bringing you an interview that speaks to the spirit of the season. Steve Beauchesne is a co-founder of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company: an Ottawa favourite whose ever-evolving flavours can be found on-shelves and on-tap at LCBOs and bars around Ontario. Yet Beau’s is more than just a brewery: they’re working with a creative business model that allows them to give until it hurts-without hurting profits. I chat with Steve about Beaus’ innovative approach to charity that goes beyond writing a cheque. As if that... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: A teen romance time capsule

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All photos courtesy of Catherine Boivin.All photos courtesy of Catherine Boivin.

Opening the pages to Yours Truly, Miss Creation is akin to opening the window on a very specific moment in life: a moment when part-time jobs rule; Zaphods is the standard for Friday night; French fries are 2:00 am snacks; and university is a great excuse to troll Elgin Street during frosh week.  (Unless you’re this book’s protagonist, because then you’d much rather escape to the Manx than pub-crawl down Elgin.) Yours Truly, Miss Creation is Catherine Boivin’s debut novel and rests snugly in the genre of Teen Romance.  Vera... | Continue reading article

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Timeslice: An imagery of time by Ralph Nevins

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Anne7, detail. All photos by Ralph Nevins.Anne7, detail. All photos by Ralph Nevins.

Raymond Aubin is an artist in contemporary photography who also writes critiques and reviews in visual and media arts. Imagine being able to see a whole movie at once, collapsed into a single still image. This is the intriguing experience that artist Ralph Nevins proposes at the Trinity Art Gallery of the Shenkman Arts Centre. The exhibit comprises of 35 sharp and contrasty black and white photographic prints. Their formats range from square to panoramic, some panoramas measuring as much as 245 x 15 cm. The smaller images are displayed... | Continue reading article

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LOCAL Public Eatery set to be next neighbourhood favourite

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Photo provided by LOCAL Public Eatery.Photo provided by LOCAL Public Eatery.

Walking into LOCAL Public Eatery is a different experience than at other Ottawa restaurants. The difference is barely recognizable, but it’s there. The cool, modern décor is reminiscent of eateries in Toronto or Montreal while the warm, inviting staff make you feel at home. My eyes were drawn to colorful vintage fluorescent lights and the open kitchen at the back. A cozy and casual vibe was palpable and I immediately felt at ease despite the bustling crowd and hurry of servers around me. Upon arrival, the hostess let me know... | Continue reading article

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Tyler Kealey on final stretch of Song-a-Day project

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It seems like this time of year is associated with a kind of short-term nostalgia. With a new year approaching, it’s almost tradition to take a step back and consider the passing year — the triumphs and the disappointments, the bright moments and the sorrows — and perhaps to raise a glass. This year, there are few that can look back on their last tour around the sun with as much clarity as local musician Tyler Kealey. You see, he’s recorded a good deal of it. Kealey has for the... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for Dec. 3, 2014

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Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.

Hey kids-and welcome to December! I don’t know about you but I’m very excited to flip that page on my calendar (yeah, I’m kickin’ it old-school with an actual paper calendar hanging on my wall).  We’ve arrived at that magical time of year when smiles seem easier, folks seem friendlier, and when gee whiz it’s okay to let loose your inner child. This week on Apt 613 LIVE we’re highlighting two very cool events taking place this weekend: Fryquency is celebrating its one-year anniversary over at Mugshots this Saturday November... | Continue reading article

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Monster Truck rolls into Ottawa

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Bassist/lead vocalist, Jon Harvey, with Steve Kiely on drums/vocals. All photos by Terry Steeves.Bassist/lead vocalist, Jon Harvey, with Steve Kiely on drums/vocals. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Saturday night, Monster Truck rolled into Ottawa’s Bronson Centre, and turned this once Catholic high school for girls 700-seat auditorium into a spectacular arena rock show. Ultra high ceilings, a massive elevated stage, theatre-style seating, and plenty of standing room up front, made this the perfect sized venue, and despite its cavernous interior, maintained excellent acoustics. The name Monster Truck, was first introduced to me by way of the many who spoke of this amazing rock band from Hamilton, Ontario that opened for the legendary Deep Purple in 2012. Formed... | Continue reading article

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