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Ottawa’s expanding appetite for public art

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Cassandra Dickie and Michael Davis. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Cassandra Dickie and Michael Davis. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Two concrete underpasses in Ottawa were recently transformed into colourful murals by the hands of local artists and support from city officials. Unveiled by the artists in late August with Mayor Jim Watson and city councilors, the murals do more than showcase local talent. They represent Ottawa’s expanding taste for different art forms in public spaces: “The city usually chooses proposals for statues and sculptures,” notes Cassandra Dickie, 28, one of four graffiti artists who were given the green light to spray-paint under the Queensway overpass at Metcalfe. Dickie, together... | Continue reading article

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City Pulse: Ottawa mall wars, part 2

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New dining hall at the Rideau Centre. Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.New dining hall at the Rideau Centre. Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

Have you ever found yourself desperately prowling around Bayshore’s jam-packed parking lot on a Sunday afternoon looking for a parking spot amidst the on-going construction? Have you ever walked through Rideau Centre on a weeknight trying to guess what’s going on inside the former Sears store near Mackenzie King Bridge? It’s no mystery that both malls have been undergoing major renovations over the past few years. Bayshore Shopping Centre launched its $200 million Bayshore Reborn Redevelopment project  in the Spring of 2012. What began with the gutting of the former... | Continue reading article

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The Apt613 Fellowship Program: Now taking applications!

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Photo courtesy of Scott Beale / Laughing Squid on flickrPhoto courtesy of Scott Beale / Laughing Squid on flickr

Last Spring Apt613 ran it’s first-ever indiegogo fundraiser to support our new initiative: The Apt613 Fellowship program. This program will allow us to support projects that go beyond blog posts and radio segments. The goal is to take our coverage of the best of Ottawa’s grassroots arts and culture to the next level. Today we’re launching the application process for the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The due date for applications is September 24, 2014 and the application form is available here. Please read the following Q&A for more information, and don’t hesitate to write to... | Continue reading article

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City Pulse: Ottawa mall wars, part 1

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Conceptual drawing of an open square at the Kanata Outlet Mall. Image courtesy of the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers.Conceptual drawing of an open square at the Kanata Outlet Mall. Image courtesy of the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers.

The latest big move in clothing & fashion retail in Ottawa is coming this fall, with the opening of the new Tanger Outlets in Kanata. Scheduled for its grand opening on October 17th, the Tanger Outlet Centre will feature major Brand name factory stores including Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Coach, Michael Kors, and the Nike Factory Store. The company behind this new project, North-Carolina based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, currently runs 45 outlet malls throughout the United States and Canada. So you can expect a similar array of retailers in... | Continue reading article

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Rideau Centre’s Dining Hall reflects a new generation of eating

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The new Rideau Centre Dining Hall. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.The new Rideau Centre Dining Hall. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

Tonight, at precisely 9pm, the Rideau Centre Food Court as we know it will close for the last time. Rideau Centre’s new Dining Hall will replace the Food Court that served the mall since its grand debut in 1983. Occupying the lower level of the former Sears store, the modern, state-of-the-art eating area will open to the public tomorrow at 11am. A slew of brand-spanking new food vendors fills the space, with cuisines originating from all around the world. Notable eateries to try are MLT DWN, a gourmet grilled cheese... | Continue reading article

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Aziz and Co celebrate 50 years

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From left to right: Sheena Zain (store manager, daughter), Zubeda Ujjainwala (mother and owner) and Jasmine Aziz (Daughter). All photos by Charlie Crabb.From left to right: Sheena Zain (store manager, daughter), Zubeda Ujjainwala (mother and owner) and Jasmine Aziz (Daughter). All photos by Charlie Crabb.

While stumbling and bumbling around, a drunk man tripped into a small store, which had just opened on the corner of Bank and Gilmour streets. He wandered through, gazing at its vibrantly coloured collection of bed spreads, dresses and textiles, unsure of where his drunken adventure had led him. It was different from the other stores he meandered by on the street. The aroma of the burning incense enticed him to wobble down to the back end of the shop. Intoxicated by the smell, he grumbled, grabbed a pack of... | Continue reading article

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Capital Pride promises to offer an edgier festival this year

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A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.

In its ever-lasting quest to be more fabulous, fantastic and flamboyant than the year before, the Capital Pride Committee is releasing a program that’s edgier than its predecessors. This year’s Capital Pride Festival will kick off at the Museum of Nature. As part of the museum’s popular Nature Nocturne event series, revelers will launch Pride, while checking out the Museum’s exhibits in a night club-esque setting. The Village Movie Night is also evolving. This year’s night in front of the silver screen will include a fully licensed bar. The committee’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Beechwood gets a market!

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Photo by SMcGarnigle on Flickr.Photo by SMcGarnigle on Flickr.

This post first appeared in Vanier Now. It’s been a rough couple of years for farmers’ markets in Ottawa. We’ve experienced a spate of market closures, the most recent being the highly publicized Sparks Street market cancellation. But local market goers should take heart in Beechwood’s new market, which is great news for those of us in Vanier and other east-end neighbourhoods. East-enders were left in the lurch in 2013 when the lone farmers’ market in the area was cancelled abruptly. The cancellation was controversial. Several longstanding market vendors made... | Continue reading article

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Canada’s independent music artists want a bigger slice of the apple pie.

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D'Ari Pouyat, lead singer of the band Nine Mile and show host of CIRAA's The New Indie podcast series. Photo from Nine Mile's Facebook Page.D'Ari Pouyat, lead singer of the band Nine Mile and show host of CIRAA's The New Indie podcast series. Photo from Nine Mile's Facebook Page.

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage is in the middle of a review of the Canadian music industry. On December 5, 2013, the committee moved to undertake the review in order to: a) inform Committee members of the details and impacts of the government support on Canadian music, as well as the creators and entrepreneurs who create and distribute music in Canada; b) determine how funding is allocated; c) to establish whether the government support is meeting the objectives laid out for it, and to make recommendations... | Continue reading article

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From the Artist: Healing Trees intervention on Percy Street

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All photos by Kim Gauvin.All photos by Kim Gauvin.

Post by Kim Gauvin. If I had been asked to name the defining characteristics of Centretown at this time last year, I would have mentioned the gable-roofed houses, a few key shops and restaurants, and, of course, the eclectic mix of great people. I would have completely overlooked the trees. The trees, as it turns out, are as important as the architecture. They soften some of the edges and make our neighborhood more inviting. I had not given much thought to the trees until last fall, when I started seeing... | Continue reading article

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