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Weekly News Review: Astrolab, Bank St. construction and more!

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Did you know about the Astrolab Theatre? If you answered no, you’re not the only one. The open-air space, located next to the Samuel de Champlain statue the National Arts Museum was unfortunately never used to its full cultural potential. For most Ottawans, it was just a great lunch spot. Recently, the National Capital Commission (NCC) announced it would be demolished because it is no longer suitable to host events. May 24th is the date construction will begin on the Glebe section of Bank St. The $22 million project will... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 takes to the CHUO airwaves! Check out our podcast and donate to the fundraising drive

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Here at Apt613, we’re not just content with establishing absolute dominance over the entire interwebs. No, our aspirations go well beyond that – and that’s why this summer we’ve taken to the radio airwaves as well! It’s true, dear readers: from 2-3 pm on Thursday afternoons, you can catch our mellifluous voices on CHUO 89.1 FM. We’ll be playing new and local music, conducting interviews with fascinating Ottawa-area folks, and generally expanding our media empire to new and awe-inspiring heights. We’re hoping also to offer our shows online throughout the... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Patio fees cut, sooner LRT, celebrating the Prairies and more!

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I don’t want to get too excited about this but early reports from City Hall claim that Ottawa’s LRT may be ready one year ahead of schedule, meaning the LRT would be fully operational in 2018 instead of 2019. Some sections of the LRT could be ready for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. To learn more about the LRT project, I strongly encourage you to read West Side Action’s 5-part story. Did you know that patio rental fees in Ottawa are more than double what other major cities in Canada... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Get out to vote, get out to the market, and get out to the gallery!

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It’s election time in Ottawa! Local candidates were out and about last week, making the case for their various platforms, and now it’s up to us to elect the folks we think can deliver for Ottawa. We’ve been surveying candidates on the tough issues (their favourite lunch spot, beavertail, happy hour, etc.) and you can find the results for Nepean here, Ottawa South here, Ottawa-Centre here, Ottawa-Vanier here, and a bunch of other folks from random ridings here. Our friends over at OpenFile Ottawa have also done lots of interesting... | Continue reading article

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Bridgehead comes to Hintonburg! And other neighbourhood rumors…

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We’re a bit late in the game to announce this, but Bridgehead made another big announcement to bring a bit of sunshine to our rainy day: it was finally confirmed that it’s opening a location in Hintonburg. Many persistent rumors had Bridgehead moving into what’s currently the KFC on Wellington St. West but they’ve picked the location at Fairmont and West Wellington, formerly CUPEXXX (which moved across the street) and Vivante. The space had been empty for a while. Bridgehead hopes the shop will open in the fall of this... | Continue reading article

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Inside City Hall: Things a rookie Councillor learns quickly

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Post by Mathieu Fleury, Rideau-Vanier councillor, Ottawa native and lover of the great outdoors. The youngest member of city council, Coun. Fleury will be giving us the inside scoop on what’s going on at 110 Laurier Ave. West in his periodic column. When I ran for Council, I was told that being a Councillor would require a change from my normal life as a lifeguard at Plant pool to working as an elected representative at City Hall. Here are a few examples that jumped out right away when I started... | Continue reading article

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Art Matters Debate: Read about it live tonight on Apartment613!

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Live TV : Ustream As a rule, Apartment613 focuses on Ottawa, the city, rather than Ottawa, the capital of Canada. However, during election time the distinction breaks down. Given the city’s dependence on the public service and auxiliary industries, what happens in the upcoming election has huge consequences for the vitality and prosperity of the national capital region. Support for arts and culture often gets overlooked as an issue of practical importance. Some people dismiss it as an economic issue, ignoring the fact that many art and culture institutions (theatres,... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Pixies, revitalizing downtown Gatineau and more!

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Ah yes, we forgot to mention The Pixies in our Weekend Roundup. Whoops. One of the biggest bands of the end of the 80s early 90s played an awesome set at the Civic Centre, a set described as face-meltingly loud and sizzling in intensity by the Citizen’s Lynn Saxberg. A move by city council to modernize government has come back to pinch them in the butt. City councillors have voted to eliminate the written record of what was said by the public and councillors at committee meetings instead, going for... | Continue reading article

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Aloha Room back in business!

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Another sign Ottawa’s night life is picking up? The folks behind Barrymore’s have decided to re-open the legendary Aloha Room. In a recent Facebook message, Barrymore’s Manager George Syriannis writes: On Wednesday April 20th – ALOHA ROOM is re-opening its doors 7 days and nights a week. To some of you this little room meant alot. When it closed its doors it made you really depressed .Well its BACK n BETTER than ever. We haven’t changed much…. (dusted it up a bit and cleaned the washrooms). Open every days at... | Continue reading article

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Feeding the rumour mill with a tasty brew?

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Ottawa may just have a new brew pub opening, and hopefully in time for patio season. Don’t worry – it’s not going in the Market or near our already-beloved Clocktower in the Glebe. According to CBC News, the Toronto-based Mill St. Brewery put in an application to move into the Thompson-Perkins Mill near the Portage Bridge. According to the paperwork submitted to the City by Chorny Associates Architects Inc., a micro-brewery would be installed at the Mill, churning out 40 kegs per week. 20 of these would be served at... | Continue reading article

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