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Beastie Boys’ Paul’s Boutique performed live by DJ FOOD, DJ Cheeba and DJ Moneyshot

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There’s something Beastie in the city of Ottawa. The Adam Saikaley Trio lit up The Manx with a live rendition of Ill Communication at the Arboretum Festival, and now, on September 20th at Ritual, U.K.’s DJ Food, alongside DJ Cheeba and Dj Moneyshot will be throwing down a version of Paul’s Boutique, including all, yes all! of the over 150 samples used on the ’89 classic. Hailing from London, and a pillar on Ninja Tune (the record-label home of Amon Tobin, The Herbaliser, Bonobo, and Kid Koala – to rattle... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The lasting joy of the Easy-Bake Oven

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For more than 50 years,  the Easy-Bake Oven has introduced countless generations of children to the joys of cooking.  Since first coming onto the market in 1963, this plastic toy has become a cultural icon, while also serving as an interesting barometer of changing social norms. Fascinated by the decades-long popularity of this culinary rite of passage, Ottawa-based toy historian and author Todd Coopee wrote Light Bulb Baking: A History of the Easy-Bake Oven. “I find the appeal of the book lies in how it traces the 50-year history of a... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Are E-books the death of the paper book?

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Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. I recall my genetics professor making the claim years ago that we would all be working in paperless offices. Fast forward to now, and paper isn’t dead. The debate between paper and digital lives on, and remains very interesting for libraries. I did discuss e-books at OPL in a previous post but I thought... | Continue reading article

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Folk Fest volunteers just being awesome

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Damien, volunteer photographer for Folk Fest in action. All photos by Sharon Cheung.Damien, volunteer photographer for Folk Fest in action. All photos by Sharon Cheung.

This morning I came to the sad realization that festival season is officially over. While we all head back to our Monday morning routine, the festival season ender, Folk Fest was another year of great performers. My personal favourites were Lorde whose jerk-like dance moves kept all our cold tushes warm and  BC’s Wake Owl a pop indie band that everyone should check out. But as much as I enjoyed the show and the awesome food (running the gamut from gourmet poutine to cracked corn to Indian cuisine) I really... | Continue reading article

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A Baker’s Dozen: The 2014-15 season at The Gladstone Theatre

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The nine theatre companies which are sharing The Gladstone Theatre are offering a wide variety of plays for the 2014-15 season – everything from gentle family fare to head-banging punk rock.  Lots of traditional theatrical classics, too, from Moliere to Tennessee Williams to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  Well, the latter IS a tradition, or shall we say a cult? Here’s what’s in store at The Gladstone this season… The season kicks off in mid-September with a new translation of Moliere’s well-loved comedy, The School for Wives, directed by John... | Continue reading article

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Creative in the Capital: Two art workshops everyone should try

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Hollie Davies getting ready to silkscreen the day away at The Studio Cafe. All photos courtesy of Hollie Davies.Hollie Davies getting ready to silkscreen the day away at The Studio Cafe. All photos courtesy of Hollie Davies.

Ottawa is certainly brimming with a creative force, people and events alike. Some of our favourite things to do include the many local arts and music festivals, intimate vernissages, and quirky performances. I decidely to think of myself as being creative in my writing and especially in my ideas, but I’m surely more of a beginner when it comes to art, or music, or crafting, or anything of the like. The beginnings of my newly creative inspirations, coming from a coupon and a friend starting up her own new venture,... | Continue reading article

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Urban Craft turns 3! New vendors, a pop-up diner + a $20 giveaway

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Okay crafty boys and gals its official, Ottawa’s Urban Craft (a quarterly craft show out in the Glebe) is celebrating their third birthday this September 13th. An anchor of the craft show circuit since 2011, this year’s planning committee promises a bigger and better event with more independent designers to celebrate the big day. Boasting over 50 vendors, a pop-up diner where attendees can nosh on locally-made eats and other surprise goodies, the upcoming craft show offers modern and hip merchandise to spruce up any home. In the past 3... | Continue reading article

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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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Q&A with Rob Reid, Festival Producer for House of PainT

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House of PainT gets underway in a few short hours. Our contributor got the inside scoop from festival producer Rob Reid. Read on: Apt613: Where does the festival take place, and why did you choose this location? Rob Reid: House of PainT Festival happens at the House of PainT legal graffiti wall, under the bridge where Bronson Avenue crosses the Rideau River, beside Carleton University. How has the festival changed over the past 11 years? How has it stayed the same? At its core, House of PainT has always been... | 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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