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[Square]: Helping to launch Hintonburg Festival this summer

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"Zig" by Tafui."Zig" by Tafui.

I remember the days when I first moved here and I barely ventured West of Bronson or as I referred to it W.o.B. My boyfriend at the time had his film studio in Hintonburg, but there was little other reason to head out to the mainly residential neighbourhood. Now, things have radically changed and Hintonburg is not only home to some of Ottawa’s coolest homes, it is also a cultural hotspot featuring casual fine dining restaurants, funky stores and hip galleries. This is certainly something worth recognizing and celebrating. In... | Continue reading article

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Olivia Chow offers Ottawa a “two for one” mayor deal

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Left: Jim Watson, photo from his Twitter. Right: Olivia Chow, photo from www.torontosun.com.Left: Jim Watson, photo from his Twitter. Right: Olivia Chow, photo from www.torontosun.com.

In a surprise move Olivia Chow has declared that she will also run for the office of Mayor of Ottawa in the upcoming 2014 municipal election, offering Ottawa a “two for one” deal if she also wins her bid to take the reigns at Toronto City Hall. “If a crack-smoking buffoon can successfully run Toronto, I can probably run at least two cities” stated Chow in a one-on-one interview with Apartment613 this morning, adding “quite frankly, I’m worried I might be bored with just a single city to run.” “Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Review: Craig Ferguson hits the Capital with a hearty helping of humour

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Photo provided by Cnetrepointe Theatres.Photo provided by Cnetrepointe Theatres.

Craig Ferguson, host of the Late Late Show, delivered a much needed dose of hilarity during two back-to-back nights last week at Ottawa’s Centrepointe Theatre. His Hot And Grumpy! Tour 2014, part of the Just For Laughs Festival, features stops in Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Kitchener, Toronto, Halifax, and London. It was just the cure for a Canadian winter that has overstayed its welcome, “with weather conditions not meant for humans to live in“, titters Ferguson. Before taking the stage, the show opened with funny man Josh Robert Thompson, better known... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Ottawa Fire Fighters Memorial

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

For some reason that is beyond me, in all the times that I passed by City Hall, I’ve never noticed the two larger-than-life bronze firefighters posted right next to the Rink of Dreams. Luckily for me, I stumbled upon the two bronze statues on a clear Saturday afternoon this weekend as I was walking to Rideau Centre. Call it good luck, good weather, or a new prescription for contact lenses, either way, I am happy I finally discovered the Ottawa Fire Fighters Memorial at 110 Laurier Avenue. This monument was... | Continue reading article

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The Zolas kick things off at Mavericks this Wednesday

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Photo by Kristen Berlie.Photo by Kristen Berlie.

If you’re not already familiar with the music of Vancouver-based band The Zolas, this Wednesday at Maverick’s is the perfect chance to get introduced. Having never seen them in concert, I’m eager to see how the technicality and energy of their most recent album, Ancient Mars, translates to a live performance. The band’s core duo Zachary Gray (guitar/vocals) and Tom Dobrzanski (piano) are engaged song-writers whose piano/guitar based music is elevated to a level of beyond-pop with intricate instrumentation, surprising chord progressions and syncopated rhythms.  Every time I listen to... | Continue reading article

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Tonight! Calvin Love brings his bedroom punk to Club Saw

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Photo by Zachary Ayotte.Photo by Zachary Ayotte.

Calvin Love finished his Love On Top tour last night in Montreal, and celebrates by playing alongside Theaternia at Club Saw tonight. Calvin Love’s bedroom punk, electronic sound is remnant of the music that came during post punk in the 70’s, and his songs like Cool have a smooth electronic sound backed up by plucky bass notes, music sure to move a crowd. For Caleb Abbott of Theaternia, Club Saw seems like the perfect place for the two electro bands to combine their music. “The first time I played Club Saw was... | Continue reading article

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Babes & Gents: A local design company with big dreams

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All photos by Jessica Deeks.All photos by Jessica Deeks.

Dressed in Babes & Gents drop-crotch pants, Amir Hasanzadehzargari is enthusiastic as he tells me about his challenges and dreams, his unique and rocky road to launching Babes & Gents, an Ottawa-based clothing brand. Launched last year, the company sells its clothes online at babesngents.ca. As of today, that is the only place you can buy Amir’s creations. His collection includes lines for women and men, and is surprisingly well priced. Most items, from hats to crop tanks to tees hover at around $30, although there are a few items, such... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Cuff the Duke does brunch at Earl’s Erling’s Variety

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Mathias prepping the blueberry buttermilk pancakes for you! Photo from the Erling's Variety Instagram page.Mathias prepping the blueberry buttermilk pancakes for you! Photo from the Erling's Variety Instagram page.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. In this edition, Cuff the Duke headed out to the Glebe to test out the hood’s newest brunch hangout, Earl’s Variety, which, due to a potential legal dispute with a Vancouver restaurant chain has since changed its name to Erling’s Variety. Erling’s offers diners a bright and spacious room in which to summarily gobble up freshly prepared brunch items made in the... | Continue reading article

Welcome to the food circus – eat, drink, SPRING

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Photo by Denis Drever.Photo by Denis Drever.

Ringmaster: “Ladies and Gentlemen, Children of all ages- well legal age, welcome to the Greatest Show on Earth. Welcome to the circus! You are about to take part in a fulfilling day of sipping and nibbling. Exciting, and fantastic features all on display before your very eyes. From the far corners of your municipality the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival takes much pride in presenting – Eat Drink SPRING! [the sound of applauding] Look around. See the sparkle in everyone’s eyes. For one day and one day only we invite... | Continue reading article

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The music of the 60s – A story in photographs

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Ethan Russell performs in Oakville, CA. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Ethan Russell performs in Oakville, CA. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, April Laramey is a writer who spends far too much time on the internet. You can find her on facebook here. Ethan Russell would be the first to tell you that he stumbled into his photography career. In 1967 he was a 21-year-old living in London, looking to become a writer. “I’m working in a hospital with children and a friend of a friend comes to visit and it turns out he’s a writer for an almost brand new magazine called Rolling Stone…and... | Continue reading article

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