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Apt613 Live for February 10, 2015

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Doctor Science. Photo by JD Hancock on Flickr.Doctor Science. Photo by JD Hancock on Flickr.

Hey kids! In case you haven’t checked your calendars this weekend will be ushered in by one of my favourite special days: Friday 13th!  I don’t normally sidestep ladders, avoid cracks in the sidewalk or throw salt over my shoulder to scare away the devil.  But there’s something delightful about indulging in these little rituals on a day punctuated by superstitious possibilities… This week on the show we’ve got Patrick Gauthier: Curator of the upcoming Undercurrents independent-theatre festival.  We talk a bit about what the 2015 program has to offer... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, meet Scott Helman

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Scott Helman. Photo by Chris Payne.Scott Helman. Photo by Chris Payne.

Scott Helman is on the cusp, armed with a left-of-centre poppy sonic identity and just enough songs to leave his hometown, brimming with an expansive energy of what’s yet to come. The Toronto native caught the attention of labels exces at Warner Music Canada while still a teenager and since releasing his debut EP, Augusta last fall, has been steadily building a following, helped along by the radio play of the ever –so-catchy “Bungalow.” Helman has two shows coming up at the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival this Saturday. Early in... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Live Music Scene: The Bourbon Room

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View of the stage from the second level. Ambush, seen here performing during Thursday's opening night. All photos by Terry Steeves.View of the stage from the second level. Ambush, seen here performing during Thursday's opening night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Over the last few years, the sleeping giant of the live music scene in Ottawa has been experiencing a slow re-awakening. The surge of new bands forming, as well as ones that have resurfaced after a long lapse, have sparked a fresh interest and a return of audiences to the live entertainment landscape once again. Many restaurants and bars have been responding to the demand by making modifications to provide space, with some going to lengths of including full sound and lighting. This series of articles seeks to highlight the... | Continue reading article

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Live! on Elgin: Theatre and music in the heart of Ottawa

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Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful
voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Lawrence and Jon Evenchick, the father and son team behind the anticipated Live! on Elgin, invited media this Sunday to show what they have in store for their local arts venue set to open on May 1st. Surrounded by Confederation Park, Parliament, and the hub of shops and restaurants on Elgin St, the location is ideal for this unique and welcomed establishment. Mayor Jim Watson was in attendance, donning the hard hat and sledgehammer to christen the ensuing demolition by driving the first hole in the wall. He also presented... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Frances Boyle’s sound and light show

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It’s called chiaroscuro — contrasting light and dark for dramatic effect — and it is old school.  Picture Rembrandt’s face peeking out of the darkness like that macadamia nut in your double chocolate cookie. It evokes some traditional associations as well.  Light equals truth. Darkness surrounds us and feeds on our fear, ignorance and/or inattention.  “The moon is a knowing blood orange,” for example that “hovers on the horizon, takes light doesn’t/give it.” In her poetry collection Light-carved Passages, published by Ottawa-based Bushchek Books, Frances Boyle deploys all of that fine classic imagery,... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for February 3, 2015

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Illustration by Ottawa artist Colin White. T-shirts and prints will be available at Megaphono events this week. Check out more of his work on Twitter or Instagram @ColinWhite.Illustration by Ottawa artist Colin White. T-shirts and prints will be available at Megaphono events this week. Check out more of his work on Twitter or Instagram @ColinWhite.

Hey Kids! This week on Apt613 Live we chat with Erin Hearty about Lansdowne’s recently opened Farmers Market and the importance of giving farmers a year-round space to connect with the people who love their food! Plus lots of music from some of the folks you can catch performing on stages across the city as part of the Megaphono Showcase Festival running February 3rd-5th. It’s been cold here in the city: warm up with Apt613! Thanks for listening! You can catch Apt613 Live on CHUO 89.1 FM every Tuesday at... | Continue reading article

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High Tide Bow Ties taking one challenge at a time

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All photos from the High Tide Bow Ties website.All photos from the High Tide Bow Ties website.

So there I am shopping in Fabrications, a must-visit fabric shop on Wellington Street West, when I overhear a conversation. A fellow who I’d noticed scouring the shelves and pulling out fabric bolts is now talking with the owner. Apparently he has a business here in Ottawa with his buddy selling bow ties through their online store. They call themselves High Tide Bow Ties. “You should reach out to Apartment613” suggests the owner of Fabrications. At which point I say hello, and, “Cloth bow ties? I’d love to write a... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Urban plans from 1938 cast a light on current times

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The southwesterly curve on Wellington Street, circa 1938. All images from Library and Archives Canada.The southwesterly curve on Wellington Street, circa 1938. All images from Library and Archives Canada.

Ottawans were witness to a major announcement on February 8, 1938.  On this date, the Ottawa Journal reported that the Government of Canada had unveiled and approved Jacques Greber’s plan for the beautification of Ottawa. “Greber Plans to Convert Ottawa into a Picturesque World Capital”‘ trumpeted the headline.  As front page news, this was indeed a splash…and Ottawa would never be quite the same again.  Imagine: you wake up in 1938 and see this news, you read the proposed details…what would you think? The more I look at Ottawa’s watershed... | Continue reading article

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Continuing the discussion on Ottawa’s future

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Photo of Macdonald-Cartier Bridge by Pier-Luc Bergeron (Flickr - creative commons)Photo of Macdonald-Cartier Bridge by Pier-Luc Bergeron (Flickr - creative commons)

Following the great reader feedback over the past several days, we have decided to run a follow-up  group of articles for The Future of Ottawa series.  If you have any suggestions for topics that we should cover, email us at apartment613@gmail.com, contact us on our Facebook page, write a suggestion in the comment box in one of the articles in the series, and/or if you use Twitter, send a message using the hashtag #futott. The Future of Ottawa series was only meant to be a one-time event.  The original plan was to... | Continue reading article

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Countdown to FIFA 2015: Apt613 talks to uOttawa’s star striker Pilar Khoury

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Pilar Khoury. Photo from geegees.ca.Pilar Khoury. Photo from geegees.ca.

As a countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Apartment613 is embarking on a six-part series that will take a look at women’s soccer in and around the city. Our inaugural piece focuses on one local athlete who’s no stranger to making waves at the national level. We got in touch with Pilar Khoury, star striker for the University of Ottawa’s varsity squad and one of this year’s All-Canadian athletes. For those of you not familiar with the talented veteran Gee-Gee, Pilar has been playing at the university level... | Continue reading article

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