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Poetic Elements’ EP release party at the Grind

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Poetic Elements, Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan (left) and Curtis Masai Nyarko. All photos by Alex Lauzon Photographe.Poetic Elements, Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan (left) and Curtis Masai Nyarko. All photos by Alex Lauzon Photographe.

Ottawa hip hop group Poetic Elements will be releasing their first EP this week. I had a chance to chat with the guys about the route to performing and recording hip hop here in our city. The story of Poetic Elements begins back in 2006, when Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan and Curtis Masai Nyarko were in high school. Masai was already in a rap duo and Apollo was writing poetry at the time. At Apollo’s request, Masai taught him to rap. The two of them grew together and they began putting... | Continue reading article

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Kettleman’s Bagels bags Internet shame for anti-gluten-free post

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Photo from kettlemansbagels.ca.Photo from kettlemansbagels.ca.

Post by Joel Balsam. I love bagels. Not the six serving behemoth donuts with holes found in New York and Toronto; the smaller kind made with water. The Mordechai Richler of bagels attributed in the both aptly regal Montreal Mile-End borough bagel holes St. Viateur and Fairmount. But as the son of a “Montreal Anglophone refugee” who fled to Ottawa in the ‘80’s, I grew up on the incredibly comparable, if not, dare I say it, on par 24/hour bagel shop Kettleman’s Bagels. So when the creators of my beloved... | Continue reading article

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Sex Survey Results! A deep, hard hitting analysis

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Photo courtesy of wilding.andrew on Flickr. Photo courtesy of wilding.andrew on Flickr.

The results are in for our completely non-scientific annual sex and dating survey. We asked Ottawa to throw back the sheets to show us what you got and now we can’t unsee it. We now have no choice but to share the love (or lust) with the rest of you. Quality and Quantity Around 21% of Ottawans are getting a perfect amount of sex; the average didn’t vary by sexual orientation. The guys are doing worse in that department than the gals: only 13% of men indicated they were getting... | Continue reading article

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Wicked Grin head to Memphis 2014!

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Wicked Grin, from left to right: Murray Kingsley, Liam Melville and Leigh-Anne Stanton. All photos by Terry Steeves.Wicked Grin, from left to right: Murray Kingsley, Liam Melville and Leigh-Anne Stanton. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ottawa’s own Blues band, Wicked Grin, winners of the Ottawa Blues Society Road To Memphis Competition in 2013, will be representing our city in the International Blues Challenge 2014, being held in Memphis, Tennessee from January 21-25. The IBC, now in its 30th year, is the world’s largest gathering of Blues musicians, competing for cash, prizes, and industry recognition. Organized by The Blues Foundation and its affiliated organizations, the annual competition is a search for the best Blues band, and the best solo/duo Blues act. Last year, 125 bands, and... | Continue reading article

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Staring into the political crystal ball with three of Canada’s top political journalists

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Photo of Paul Wells courtesy of Andrew TolsonPhoto of Paul Wells courtesy of Andrew Tolson

While the Senate scandal rivets the country, political junkies from across Canada are asking some fairly important questions.  Is this the beginning of the end for Prime Minister Harper?  Will the Conservatives weather this brutal storm and win a fourth consecutive term? Are Canadian horrified, or simply indifferent, about what is happening on Parliament Hill? With exquisite timing, the Ottawa International Writers Festival has organized an event on Tuesday, October 29, with three of Canada’s best political journalists to discuss national politics.  While all three were booked some time ago, before the... | Continue reading article

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Radical Orations for Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.

With only one day left until the National Capital’s biggest night-long art party, now would be a good time to get familiar with some of the artistic projects that are going to be happening on Saturday night (if you haven’t done so already). The Nova Express Kiosk (Byward Market Zone, at George & William) will have a series of projects curated by Michael Davidge. Presented by the City of Ottawa’s Art Centres, the artists included are Guillermo Trejo (Ottawa), Dominique Sirois (Montreal), Allison Rowe (Toronto), Gerald and Maas (Ottawa), and the Think... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: September 16, 2013

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Photo courtesy of Mike Geiger on flickrPhoto courtesy of Mike Geiger on flickr

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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West side business comings and goings

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Photo from the Flying Banzini Facebook page.Photo from the Flying Banzini Facebook page.

There’s been lots of action on and around Wellington West these past few weeks. Here’s a rundown of moves, new business openings and future businesses along the strip. Tall Tree Cycles will be taking over the Red Chair Kids space this fall, around November. While the space doesn’t immediately seem bigger than their current space, they will benefit from a full basement where they can do work and store bikes. Since Alteriors moved to Old Ottawa South, I had heard many rumblings about a Starbucks moving into the space. A couple... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: September 9, 2013

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From the X-Files wiki page.From the X-Files wiki page.

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: Return from Labour Day weekend

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Photo courtesy of UnDaily Power on Flickr.Photo courtesy of UnDaily Power on Flickr.

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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