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Jazz Festival kicks off tonight

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We like to fill our schedules up at Apartment613, so when it’s festival season here in Ottawa (read: summer time), we get out and about as much as we can. This weekend, we’re juggling a few things, but are pretty dang excited about the Jazz Festival. We’ll be camping out there for the coming week, bringing you live-blogging and tweets galore. Rather than give you our amateur analysis of the best shows, we spoke to the festival’s programming manager, Petr Cancura, who gave us the inside scoop on this year’s lineup.... | Continue reading article

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Wanted: Home for Bridge to Gatineau

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Post by Olivia Crossman Seldom do issues ignite passion in suburban residents like the plan to build a sixth inter-provincial bridge linking Ottawa and Gatineau in the city’s east end. On the evening of June 12th, large crowds gathered at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orléans. A public consultation was hosted by the National Capital Commission (NCC) and Roche-GENIVAR Joint Venture as part of Phase 2B of the Interprovincial Crossing Environmental Assessment (EA) Study. The planners are considering public input for the social, cultural, human health, environmental, transportation and economic... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Dreaming of a new Rideau St., good news for beer lovers, and lots more!

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Rideau Street is about to get dug up and the construction will last until the end of next Summer. While this is being done to replace old water pipes and even older sewers, it’s also an opportunity to fix the street and make it hipper as Councillor Mathieu Fleury says. The Citizen’s David Reevely took a stroll down Rideau St. with Fleury to see the good, the bad and the what could be of Rideau. We’re getting another festival this Summer and I think many of you will be excited... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Folk fest, Presto fiasco, gray squares, Swift’s $2.1M and more!

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We’ve always been big fans of the Ottawa Folk Fest, and this year’s line up is stellar. Quite the coup by festival supervisor Mark Monaghan to get the Bon Iver – Kathleen Edwards tandem. What else should get you excited? Patrick Watson’s silky voice, John K. Samson musing over his PhD, the dark songs of Timber Timbre, Van-city’s Dan Mangan and lots more. The festival takes place a bit later this year – from September 6-10 at Hog’s Back Park. The Presto card is buggy, unfortunately. In early testing, users... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Cuts at Citizen, Hoedown, Kahoot and more!

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It’s been about a week since the Ottawa Citizen announced it was cutting 20 jobs in its news room as well as its Sunday edition. What’s more, the Citizen is planning on rolling out a pay wall by mid to end of June. The city’s pulled the plug on the Capital Hoedown…not exactly, but it might as well have by prohibiting the organizers to use Kanata’s Walter Baker Park for the festival because organizers “failed to pay a required $150,000 amount to use city-owned property from Aug. 10 to 12.”... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Ottawa Race Weekend, Bayshore renos, Beckta’s gezellig and more!

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Ottawa Race Weekend brought more than 42,000 runners to the streets of Ottawa over the past couple of days. No big surprises on the results, with twenty-eight-year old Kenyan Laban Moiben winning for the second straight year. He broke the Ottawa Marathon record with a time of 2:09:12, shaving 19 seconds off the previous time set in 2009. On the women’s side, Ethiopia’s Yeshi Esayias made it first to the finish line. Winners of the Canadian National Championships were Toronto-based 28-year-old Rejean Chiasson with a finish of 2:19:54 and Lisa... | Continue reading article

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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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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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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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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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