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Apartment613 Paper Kindle Club: The Horse that Leaps through Clouds

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Remember books? Sometimes known as Kindles that you don’t need to plug in, those nice paper objects were useful for filling up bookcases and, as an added bonus, sometimes contained useful information or great works of art. In partnership with Collected Works, West Wellington’s favorite independent bookstore, Apartment613 is hosting a bi-monthly book club to celebrate books and the people who write them. Our focus is on local authors, both fiction and non-fiction. We’re getting the discussion going both in person and online about the best of Ottawa’s literary scene,... | Continue reading article

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We turn Apartment613 Live over to all things Xpress

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The final Xpress cover

It’s a bittersweet Apartment613 Live this week. We devoted the entire show to Ottawa’s weekly arts and culture paper, the Ottawa Xpress. This week’s issue of the Xpress is the final print edition and we learned this evening that the Xpress website will also soon be shutting down. It’s the end of an Ottawa institution and we spent an hour with Guillaume Moffet, Managing Editor of the Xpress; Ben Welland, Xpress photographer; and Fateema Sayani, former Xpress Editor in Chief and culture columnist and contributing editor at Ottawa Magazine. It’s a not-to-miss... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars Final! Centretown vs New Edinburgh

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Photos courtesy of Mike Fancie and ndh on Flickr.Photos courtesy of Mike Fancie and ndh on Flickr.

The story to date: Hood Wars first erupted in 2011 and soon spread across the city like Jim Watson on a fundraising bender, spreading verbal violence and bad puns throughout Ottawa. No one knows just how it got started, although local conspiracy theorists claim it’s a plot by Larry O’Brien and the giant spider statue to kill the light rail project. In spring 2012 the violence broke out once again. Four veterans – Hintonburg, Chinatown, Centretown and the Glebe – took on the as yet unbloodied New Edinburgh, Gatineau, Sandy... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Sexhibit, archeologists dig up Flats, tree house concert and more!

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Photo courtesy of Miao G on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Miao G on Flickr.

The sexhibit: as controversial as people say it is, or are certain Ottawans just a bit prude? I think it’s the latter, since in cities like Montreal and Regina, Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition barely made waves. Have a look and judge for yourself in this Montreal Science Centre micro-site dedicated to the exhibit. Archeologists have set up on Lebreton Flats as part of preparatory work to the construction of the LRT. There are likely many ruins that will be uncovered dating from the early 1900s. Lebreton Flats were destroyed for... | Continue reading article

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Live blog of Apartment613 Talks: Is Ottawa a Creative Capital?

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Apartment613 Talks

How close are we to being a truly creative Capital? This panel brings together three of Ottawa’s top designers and leaders of Ottawa-based design firms to talk about their experiences leading companies that run on creativity. What does it take to succeed as a creative entrepreneur in Ottawa? Is Ottawa becoming a hub for creative ideas and energy? Could Ottawa be the place to launch your creative career? Our panelists include: Ryan Anderson, owner of Northern Army and founder of the Social Media Breakfast Sara Roncarelli, owner of Fifty Creative... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Occupy Redux, Big Brother Market Style, and the Robots are Coming!

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They’re back… or are they? According to the CBC, the group formally known as Occupy Ottawa (now Occupied Ottawa) marched down to the Garden of the Provinces and Territories this Saturday night. Speculation that they were about to occupy a second park came to nothing, although the group has stated that they may continue to try and set up a new camp in Confederation Park. Big Brother comes to Ottawa. Not the reality TV series, but having someone watch your every movement. Pub 101 is taking photos of everyone who... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars Semi-Final: New Edinburgh vs Gatineau

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Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Show your support for your favourite Hood Wars contestant by picking up our special hood wars pins (pictured to the left), availible online soon! The last Hood Wars battle before the final pits New Edinburgh against Gatineau. Which place is better suited to go up against the Centertown juggernaut in the final? New Edinburgh strong performance against Sandy Hill showcased the dedication... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Talks: The Creative Capital? Ottawa’s top designers on how to stay creative in a government town

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Apartment613 is pleased to announce our latest project in a never-ending quest for world domination… Apartment613 Talks! We’re planning a series of lectures that will highlight themes and ideas that you’ve come to expect from Apartment613 – except we’ll be discussing them in real life (or IRL). For our first event on May 16 we’re taking on the creative capital. How close are we to being a truly creative Capital? This panel brings together three of Ottawa’s top designers and leaders of Ottawa-based design firms to talk about their experiences... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars Semi-Final: Centretown versus Hintonburg

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Photo courtesy of tcp909 and SLM on flickrPhoto courtesy of tcp909 and SLM on flickr

Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Show your support for your favourite Hood Wars contestant by picking up our special hood wars pins (pictured to the left), availible online soon! Congrats to Centertown, who won the semi-final with 52% of the vote. The Hintonburg vs Centertown semi-final is a tough touch call. On the one hand, sheer size of Centretown’s legions is enough to strike fear... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Governor General Awards, Mayfair woes, allergy season and more!

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The 20th anniversary of the Governor General Performing Arts Award were held at the NAC and yours truly got to attend. There was much pomp and circumstance to honour art philanthropist Earlaine Collins, concert pianist Janina Fialkowsk, dancer and choreographer Paul-André Fortier, theatre director Denis Marleau, director Deepa Metah, director, writer and composer Des McAnuff, the band Rush and comedienne Mary Walsh. I was particularly impressed by some of the short films produced by the NFB to honour the winners. While South Park creator, Matt Stone’s appearance to honour Rush... | Continue reading article

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