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Ottawa luxury fashion gets a facelift

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

As one fashion luxury door closes in Ottawa, a new one opens. The iconic Holt Renfrew, a Sparks Street fixture for the last 78 years, will be closing its doors for good on January 25th, 2015.  Nordstrom, a large high-end American department store, will be taking over the luxury fashion market in Ottawa and will be open for business on March 6, 2015 at Rideau Centre.  Fear not fashionistas, there will only be a six-week withdrawal where high-end designer labels won’t be easily accessible in the Ottawa area. It is... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Twisted Reasons is suspenseful and tantalizing International thriller

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Detail of Twisted Reasons cover art. Image from Geza Tatrallyay's Google+ page.Detail of Twisted Reasons cover art. Image from Geza Tatrallyay's Google+ page.

Although the first book in Geza Tatrallyay’s Twisted Reasons trilogy does follow many of the now popular spy/thriller conventions, the author has set it apart with incredible detail and evident research. Published by Alymer, Quebec-based Deux Voiliers Publishing, the story opens with Greg Martens, an unsuspecting American with Hungarian heritage, who is set to meet his long-time friend Adam in Vienna. However, horror strikes and Greg learns that Adam has been brutally killed a couple of hours prior to Greg’s arrival in Austria. That day, not only does Greg find out about his friend’s... | Continue reading article

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M. C. Escher at the National Gallery: An incursion into the reality of illusions

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M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.

Printmaker Maurits Cornelis Escher is like an Old Master who would have lost his way in the 20th century. He produced some 450 prints over his 50 year career. Throughout, he remained obsessed with the representation of space. Fifty-four of his prints are on display at the National Gallery until May 2015. A rare opportunity – and a real treat. Escher captured popular imagination with his “impossible architectures”. What to think of a circular flight of stairs that you can climb indefinitely? The result is both tangible and bewildering. Any... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for Jan 13, 2015

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La Radio by  Maritè Toledo on Flickr. La Radio by Maritè Toledo on Flickr.

Hey kids! Well here we are- a new year and a new home!  Apt613 Live! is now airing each Tuesday night from 6:00-6:30 on CHUO 89.1 FM.  Tune in and get to know your 613 as the workday winds down and the night’s possibilities open up before you! This week we kick off the 2015 season by interviewing V: poet extraordinaire and proud creator of a newly launched album Watch Your Driving, a Spoken Word Album by V.  Apt 613 chatted with V about her life as a poet and... | Continue reading article

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New year, new hashtag!

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Photo by Colin White.Photo by Colin White.

With the first Weekend Roundup of the year around the corner, we have exciting news for you all – the Apt613 Weekend HashtagProject is back! New year, new hashtag: #apt613wknd There are all kinds of wonderful things happening in this city all the time – especially on the weekends – and we want to be sure to see them! Hashtag all your photos from the weekend’s events and we will feature some of the best on our Instagram feed. Go out, do things, have fun, and take photos!

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Apt613 Live for December 17, 2014

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Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Hey kids! This is the last show of 2014 and we’ve jam packed it with interviews and music this week. To start thing off, I interview Fraser Mackay, a guide with the Ottawa Haunted Walk’s special tour this month, The Nightmare Before/After Christmas, which runs for the next two weekends. Then Trevor Pritchard catches up with the folks at Kichesippi Brewery to talk about their green practices. Finally I sit down with our Librarian in Residence, Jessica Green, who shares her holiday book ideas – either something you can sit down... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and there’s much happening about, with so much going on, do get out of the house… For all you creative-types, Spins & Needles hosting Holi-DIY & DJ Party at Pressed this Thursday night. Come out and enjoy some funk, techno, and house beats spun by local DJs Jason Skilz, D-Mass, and Grumpy B and create some holiday themed creations. All supplies are included within the 10$ cover to the event. Follow up the funk with some new wave music at New Wave night at OZ... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Poems to Brood about

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Detail, book jacket, Brood.Detail, book jacket, Brood.

In his new chapbook, Brood, Ottawa poet Rob Thomas defamiliarizes the ordinary and makes us view the seemingly mundane. By “telling it slant,” as Emily Dickinson advised, he provokes readers’ thoughts. The cover photo by Ellen Moran, showing a child-sized person in a grotesque mask, holding hands with a larger figure in a gorilla or Yeti suit, suggests that the poetry inside won’t be a sentimental look at parenting. About half of the poems were previously published in literary magazines, an indication of their merit. Several capture the weird side... | Continue reading article

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The Haunted Walk presents Nightmare Before/After Xmas

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Snowy Sun and the Cathedral. Photo by Fernando Farfan.ca from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Snowy Sun and the Cathedral. Photo by Fernando Farfan.ca from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

It’s that time of year again when the world is hushed in a blanket of snow; multi-coloured lights illuminate your walk home in the evening and spirits of the undead return to haunt the living. Yes I’m talking about Christmas time.  Sitting around telling scary ghost stories may seem at odds with other seasonal traditions, but really they’re as much a part of the Christmas festivities as stockings hung by the fire and eggnog in your glass (and frankly I’ll take the undead over that monstrous yellow concoction any day).... | Continue reading article

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Books and comics by local authors that make great gifts!

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Photo via Bibliotheek Kortrijk (Creative Commons)Photo via Bibliotheek Kortrijk (Creative Commons)

Last year we published the Apartment613 holiday gift list for 2013, which contained a list of more than 60 writers from the National Capital Region.  Given the popularity of that post, we are now publishing the 2014 edition of books and comics by local writers, which you can use to purchase special holiday gifts for the literary people in your life. The list below contains more than 50 writers from our region.  All the summarised works have been reviewed by Apartment613, with the exception of those named under “upcoming reviews,”... | Continue reading article

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