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Blue Rodeo – Ottawa’s “Valentime’s” Day tradition

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Blue Rodeo. Photo by Heather Pollock.Blue Rodeo. Photo by Heather Pollock.

We are giving away two tickets to see Blue Rodeo on February 14 – read below for more info! Canada’s beloved Blue Rodeo are back on the road with a brief 25-date winter tour, criss-crossing the country from coast-to-coast in support of their latest effort, Blue Rodeo – Live at Massey Hall, which was released Oct. 16, 2015 under Warner Music Canada. The album highlights their Feb. 2014 show during the band’s, In Our Nature (2013) tour, and is their second live recording captured inside Toronto’s landmark venue. The album,... | Continue reading article

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Masters ‘n Dogs gives back to the community (human and canine)

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All photos by Kelly Hotte.All photos by Kelly Hotte.

On a crisp, bright January morning, Lucie Meloche is not in her Westboro pet shop. The owner of Masters ’N Dogs instead is trundling along Murray Street, arms full. Her destination is Shepherds of Good Hope, and her bounty is handmade fleece blankets. “It’s so satisfying to give back. I’m so thankful that in partnership with dog coat designers Chilly Dogs, we have been able to help Shepherds.” This donation is the latest charitable activity of the business. “We’ve raised over $8,000 with our recent events, and hope to double... | Continue reading article

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Snakecharmers: Ooluu on their new album, Ophus

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Ooluu. Photo by Sera Stopard.Ooluu. Photo by Sera Stopard.

While John Lee Hooker purrs and growls from a set of speakers, a bottle of small batch twelve-year-old C.C. decants on the desk beside ornate glass tumblers. Vladimir Nabokov and Judith Butler are names inscribed down the spines of books spread-eagle on a desk, illuminated by a single chalk-red light hanging from the ceiling. With me are Eric Davindra and Asa Holloh of Ooluu, vocalist and guitarist/bassist respectively. By the time we get around to business, we’re already several fingers of whisky in, and the conversation is fast and fluid.... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the blog: Interviewing Sanita Fejzic

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Since launching our fellowship program in 2014 (thanks to the generous support of our readers!), Apartment613 has encountered many super-talented Ottawans. Sanita Fejzic is one such individual—a thoughtful writer, playwright, and active community member. For her fellowship, Sanita set up a new city department—well, not officially, but as close as we’ll get. The Department of Compliments and Complaints allowed people to share what they love and what they wish they could change about Ottawa. She interviewed people all over the city, and the diversity of answers is fascinating. Her fellowship... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Hard-boiled comedy in McGinnis’s Stark Nakid

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Joseph Hutt is a freelance writer and editor in Ottawa, and a radio host on CKCU. You can find links to his various endeavours on his website, at www.cuppajoebooks.com. Stark Nakid, Sean McGinnis‘s debut novel released by Aylmer-based Deux Voiliers Publishing, starts off just like any other hard-boiled detective story: with murder… That being said, Sam Spade never had to solve a case of “death by baby grand piano,” but that’s the trouble our eponymous flatfoot finds himself embroiled in. Despite questionable investigative methods (and an even more questionable fighting style),... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with A Tribe Called Red’s Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau

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A Tribe Called Red. Photo courtesy of Falling Tree Photography. ATCR will be headlining the #NACPresents 5 year anniversary party this Saturday night.A Tribe Called Red. Photo courtesy of Falling Tree Photography. ATCR will be headlining the #NACPresents 5 year anniversary party this Saturday night.

The NAC Presents concert series is hosting its 5th anniversary party this Saturday, January 9 in the NAC foyer. Live music at the party will feature U.S. Girls, Mehdi Cayenne and The Lionyls, and will be headlined by hometown “powwow-step” superstars A Tribe Called Red. Apt613 spoke with Ian “DJ NDN” Campeau this week to talk about the year that was for ATCR, and what 2016 will bring. Apt613: It’s a brand new year, so I’ll start by asking, what did A Tribe Called Red get up to in 2015?... | Continue reading article

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Hidden gem offers Ukrainian delights

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All photos by Kelly Hotte.All photos by Kelly Hotte.

You always remember your first perogie. For me, it was during my high school days. A plateful of lovely stuffed dumplings was placed before me by my Polish friend’s mother. “You will never find a better perogie.” she said proudly as she watched me chomp away in delight. I’ve had many fine perogies through the years. None quite matched that wonderful initial plate. What I took as a challenge by my friend’s mother to find a better perogie has continued through the years. Imagine my delight upon discovering Perogies, the... | Continue reading article

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Tahini Moitra’s collages mix modern commentary with vintage imagery

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Detail of a collage by Tahini Moitra, all images courtesy of the artist.Detail of a collage by Tahini Moitra, all images courtesy of the artist.

Tahini Moitra is a third year graphic design student here in Ottawa.  Born in Mumbai City, India, Tahini has been studying in Canada for the past seven years, most recently at Algonquin College.  While wrapping up her program, she was eager have a few pieces of her work stand out from her classmates’ work.  This led her to step away from her computer, and pick up some old magazines and scissors. “I had a few magazines laying around and decided to cut them up and made them into a collage... | Continue reading article

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New electronic music from Ottawa’s Frayd (+ free download)

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Ottawa-based electronic musician Frayd released his debut album Mountain online last week, and you can listen and download it for free on Soundcloud. “Frayd” is the stage name chosen by 17 year-old Gabe Roberge, a senior at Canterbury High School. The album ranges from slow, dreamy, ambient tracks to up-tempo dance songs that would make a great soundtrack for any party. “Leave Here Now” was the first single released ahead of the album, and it’s the slowest song of them all, but Roberge said it’s a good starter for someone to... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Searching for the secret of happiness

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“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz Legendary cartoonist Charles Schulz is best known for creating the Peanuts comic strip, with such famous characters as Snoopy. This famous dog, however, is not the only four-legged cartoon that can bring happiness to readers, as we can see from the illustrated children’s book Cocopuff: A Happy Tale by Ottawa writer Monica Dumont. With beautiful illustrations this book tells the story of Cocopuff, a lovable furry creature from D.D. Doggie World. Curious to find the secret to happiness, he decides to journey to the... | Continue reading article

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