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4 board game cafes & shops to help beat the winter blahs

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Selection of classic board games at the Game Buff. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.Selection of classic board games at the Game Buff. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

With the holidays fast-approaching, and as exams and work slowly wind down, it’s easy to drift into winter hibernation.  A warm cup of hot chocolate and a Home Alone marathon are hard to resist this time of the year. But if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous this holiday season, and are willing to venture outside of the warm and cozy confines of your home, why not check out one of Ottawa’s up-and-coming board game cafes & shops. Quite possibly the ideal winter activity, board games allows you stay in... | Continue reading article

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Freezing: A winning panto! + ticket giveaway

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All photos courtesy of Matt Cassidy.All photos courtesy of Matt Cassidy.

Freezing, the family friendly holiday production at The Gladstone Theatre, embraces an inventive plot line steering away from the movie loosely echoed in the title. Familiarity bred anticipations and comfort, with many young girls in attendance decked out in their finest Anna and Elsa gear, while original storytelling guaranteed the production was no poor man’s version of the film. Set in the troubled land of Snow Globe, Queen Gerda (Gab Desmond – in a stellar cross-dressed performance) is keen to marry off Princesses Hanna (Esther Vallins) and Adele (Jessica Vandenberg)... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush: Holiday Edition

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Rogue Eclipse

In this edition of Apartment Crush, we visit Jennie, Matthew and their dog Rogue Eclipse in their Lowertown two-storey apartment. Their home houses a unique collection of original artwork, whimsical figurines and heirloom furniture. While both Jennie and Matthew have day jobs (in arts administration and design/marketing, respectively), they also work as independent artists: Jennie makes art about television and the internet, Matthew makes video and gifs, and was recently on Tumblr’s 2014 Artists to Watch list. They spend their spare time hanging out with their dog, Rogue Eclipse, a retired racing greyhound... | Continue reading article

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New Year’s Eve in Ottawa, 2014

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Photo by ludovick on Flickr.Photo by ludovick on Flickr.

It’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for New Year’s Eve, is it? Luckily, you have a number of fantastic parties to choose from around our great city. Wherever you end up December 31st, remember to stay safe and have fun! If you’re looking for an extravagant night, the Mad Hatter’s NYE Party is the perfect opportunity to don your most outrageous, fabulous attire for an Alice in Wonderland-themed event. You could also choose to combat the cold at the Canadian War Museum’s festive Havana Nights, a... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for December 17, 2014

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Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Hey kids! This is the last show of 2014 and we’ve jam packed it with interviews and music this week. To start thing off, I interview Fraser Mackay, a guide with the Ottawa Haunted Walk’s special tour this month, The Nightmare Before/After Christmas, which runs for the next two weekends. Then Trevor Pritchard catches up with the folks at Kichesippi Brewery to talk about their green practices. Finally I sit down with our Librarian in Residence, Jessica Green, who shares her holiday book ideas – either something you can sit down... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and there’s much happening about, with so much going on, do get out of the house… For all you creative-types, Spins & Needles hosting Holi-DIY & DJ Party at Pressed this Thursday night. Come out and enjoy some funk, techno, and house beats spun by local DJs Jason Skilz, D-Mass, and Grumpy B and create some holiday themed creations. All supplies are included within the 10$ cover to the event. Follow up the funk with some new wave music at New Wave night at OZ... | Continue reading article

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Those Gulls soar into House of Targ tonight!

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Photo courtesy of Those Gulls.Photo courtesy of Those Gulls.

Ottawa’s Those Gulls soar into House of Targ this Thursday to belt out tunes at their Forevermore album-release party. Sharing the bill with the band are Kings Quest and Saint Clare. Gulls members Andrew Grosvenor and Peter Zachar took some time with us to share thoughts on the album, home-recording, and Katy Perry. Your very-soon-to-be-released album is called, Forevermore? How did you decide on this name? AG: The word ‘forevermore’ is actually featured in the song “Alternate Exit.” In that context, and in the overall context of the album, it... | Continue reading article

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Précieux nectar de 2014 :: le top des meilleurs albums selon Basement 819

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Top album

Alors que Basement 819  s’apprête à célébrer sa première année d’existence (woo-hoo!), au même moment, l’année 2014 tire sa révérence… Quel destin fatal elles ont hérité toutes ces belles années! Pour en souligner ses meilleurs moments et faire ressortir le précieux nectar qui l’a marquée, on vous propose de revenir sur les albums qui sont ressortis du lot lors de dernier millésime. Très analytique, l’équipe Basement 819 a sondé plusieurs mélomanes provenant de divers coins de l’Ontario et du Québec dans le but de cerner les albums canadiens qui ont... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Poems to Brood about

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Detail, book jacket, Brood.Detail, book jacket, Brood.

In his new chapbook, Brood, Ottawa poet Rob Thomas defamiliarizes the ordinary and makes us view the seemingly mundane. By “telling it slant,” as Emily Dickinson advised, he provokes readers’ thoughts. The cover photo by Ellen Moran, showing a child-sized person in a grotesque mask, holding hands with a larger figure in a gorilla or Yeti suit, suggests that the poetry inside won’t be a sentimental look at parenting. About half of the poems were previously published in literary magazines, an indication of their merit. Several capture the weird side... | Continue reading article

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Jeremy Shaw’s Variation FQ on display at the NGC

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Still from Variation FQ by Jeremy Shaw, 2011-13. 16 mm b/w film, 11:02 minutes.
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2013 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation. Photo by Jeremy Shaw.Still from Variation FQ by Jeremy Shaw, 2011-13. 16 mm b/w film, 11:02 minutes. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Purchased 2013 with the Joy Thomson Fund for the Acquisition of Art by Young Canadian Artists, National Gallery of Canada Foundation. Photo by Jeremy Shaw.

Post by Nicole Hurtubise. I can recall a significant part of my childhood when my sister and I were left to the company of the television. Hours spent in the glow of its presence, watched or unwatched as we played, fought or just passed the time staring into its light. Ubiquitous within those long glowing Winnipeg afternoons were NFB shorts, the Log Driver’s Waltz, The Sweater, Canada Vignettes and the short films of Norman McLaren. These came to us in the moments between TV shows. Waiting for Degrassi or the... | Continue reading article

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