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Foodie Friday: Interview with Ottawa’s Nita Beer brewery

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All photos from the Nita Beer Company's Facebook page, unless otherwise stated.All photos from the Nita Beer Company's Facebook page, unless otherwise stated.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: new craft brewery opening in Ottawa! It’s true, the Ottawa beer scene is blowing up and we couldn’t be happier. We fortunate beer-scholars over at BrewBrahs.com had the opportunity to chat with Andy Nita, company CBO and namesake of Nita Beer. One of the newer breweries in town; they are located over at 190 Colonnade Rd, Unit 17, Ottawa, ON. As with every brewery, we highly recommend visiting. Beer fresh from the source is just better. Brew Brahs: Andy Nita, you are the... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: The verbal equations of King Kimbit

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Photo of King Kimbit courtesy of VERSeFestPhoto of King Kimbit courtesy of VERSeFest

In our final post for Poetry Week, we interview Ottawa’s own Kim Nguyen aka King Kimbit who performed at VERSeFest this weekend. As a testament to the power — and reach — of spoken word, Kim Nguyen, 22, stands less than five-feet tall yet speaks with award-winning conviction. “You wanna know how to rhyme you better learn how to add.  It’s mathematics,” she laughs while reciting lyrics by Mos Def as an example of the hip hop and rap from which she draws inspiration. Numbers, as it turns out, have... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Talks: Political Capital – How does a city of public servants engage in politics?

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Apartment613 Talks returns April 1st with a discussion on Ottawa’s political culture. Presented in partnership with the PSAC National Capital Region, this talk will explore how Ottawa’s position as the national capital affects the political behaviour of those who live and work here. How does a city that lives and breathes the always-on political climate of the Hill also engage with the politics in its own backyard? How does a city of un-biased and conflict-of-interest-obsessed administrators navigate the realities of electoral politics? Is there a risk of deepening apathy in... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: Two spoken word artists to be honoured

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Photo of Anthony Bansfield courtesy of VERSeFestPhoto of Anthony Bansfield courtesy of VERSeFest

“Poetry is meant to be read out loud,” says John Akpata, a spoken word poet who was chosen for VERSeFest’s Hall of Honours this year, along with Anthony Bansfield, the founder of Ottawa’s Golden Star Lounge spoken word poetry series. Both are set to be honoured this Sunday, March 29, at 7 pm in a special VERSeFest event, which will see both artists perform their work. Akpata was introduced to spoken word performances when he was a student at Carleton University.  Since then he’s had a successful career as a poet,... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Haneen freedomwriter Alhassoun

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Haneen Alhassoun. Photo courtesy of House of Paint.Haneen Alhassoun. Photo courtesy of House of Paint.

Haneen Alhassoun was 9 years old when she began writing poetry, in Arabic, about her homeland of Palestine. She wrote so many poems that her mother used to tease her, calling her names of Palestinian politicians. For Haneen, poetry was a means of expression that, at that young age, she wasn’t taking seriously and, eventually, she stopped writing. Inspired by having seen Apollo the Child perform his poems at her elementary school, Haneen began writing poetry again. And in the 8th grade, her teacher Shauna Pollock invited two spoken word poets... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: VERSeFest to showcase Canadian and international poets

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Photo of Yves Turbide and Avonlea Fotheringham by Pearl Pirie.  Taken at the Versefest volunteer drive, Pressed Cafe, March 2, 2015.Photo of Yves Turbide and Avonlea Fotheringham by Pearl Pirie. Taken at the Versefest volunteer drive, Pressed Cafe, March 2, 2015.

Matt Jones, the artistic director of VERSeFEST 2015, is unexpectedly calm as we sit down on Saturday morning for coffee near Elgin Street.  It’s only a few days away from the opening of Ottawa’s annual poetry festival and he acknowledges that a few pieces haven’t come together yet (noted later in the article) but he is confident that the theme for VERSeFEST has been achieved: “This year we’ve become much more robust about our outreach program . . . and expanded our presence,” he says, noting that 63 poets and... | Continue reading article

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Milo McMahon performs latest EP at the Rainbow

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Milo McMahon and Mike Beaton, perform on The Rainbow stage Sunday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.Milo McMahon and Mike Beaton, perform on The Rainbow stage Sunday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“There’s a deli sandwich in my heart for every one of you.” Some in the audience might have thought this an attempt at some tongue-in-cheek humour, but Montreal’s Milo McMahon meant it with every well-lived bone in his body. After 6 months on the road and over 33 cities across Ontario, the self-produced and self-managed 28 year old and his drummer/touring partner, Mike Beaton, know first-hand about being on the receiving end of such kindness. The two have journeyed relentlessly across Ontario, promoting McMahon’s newest EP, Gone Too Long, which... | Continue reading article

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The lively Marriage of Figaro takes the stage + ticket giveaway!

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Marriage of Figaro

Photo and videos by Kenneth Ingram. Apartment613 has two pairs of tickets for the Marriage of Figaro’s opening night performance on Saturday, March 21, 2015. To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with “Marriage” in the subject header. Winners will be selected by random draw at noon on Friday, March 20th. It’s a great time to toss aside everything you thought you knew about opera and take a trip to the theatre. Ottawa’s small but mighty Opera Lyra is bringing its lively take on Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro to... | Continue reading article

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Philip Sayce brings Influence to the Rainbow

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Philip Sayce performs at The Rainbow. All photos by Terry Steeves.Philip Sayce performs at The Rainbow. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Canadian musician Philip Sayce, known for his brand of powerhouse blues, has begun a journey across Canada commemorating the launch of his fourth upcoming album, Influence, which will be released in Canada April 7, 2015 through Warner Music Canada. Although previously out in Europe and already garnering rave reviews, Canadian audiences will look forward to a deluxe edition which includes two additional tracks produced by Michael Nielsen, “On The Road Again”, and “I’d Love To Change The World”, which has been released as a single and receiving massive airplay. The... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu

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Still from The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu.Still from The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu.

After months of exceptionally cold winter temperatures and a record-breaking run of 59 uninterrupted skating days on the Rideau Canal, it seems entirely appropriate to give one of Ottawa’s volunteer rink keepers the spotlight. Ewan Reid has been maintaining the McNabb outdoor rink in Centretown for five years now. His story comes to light in this three minute clip by Carleton University second-year grad student, Fangliang Xu. But you can call her Xu (shoe). Inspired by her father’s love of journalism, Xu has been obsessed with seeing the world through... | Continue reading article

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