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Weekly News Review: Memories of Jack, gay pride parade, revitalizing Rideau St. and more!

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The country wished farewell to NDP Leader Jack Layton this week. OpenFile shares 7 moments, memories and musings of Jack Layton’s Ottawa. After years of opposition by merchants, it appears that Bank St. between Nepean and James may finally be known as the gay village. Mayor Jim Watson and councillor Diane Holmes are currently working on a new proposal and merchants will be asked to bring forward their concerns. About 1,600 people walked in this year’s gay pride parade held this weekend. There’s been a major push in recent years... | Continue reading article

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Indie folksters The Hidden Words play famine relief show for east Africa

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Post by Jessie Willms. Editor’s note: check out the Apt613 Live podcast this weekend – not only do we spin a few tracks off The Hidden Words’ forthcoming album Free Thyself From the Fetters of this World, but guitarist James Farr comes in for an interview and sticks around as our co-host. The Hidden Words are a fairly recent addition to the nation’s folk music scene. But the group – playing this weekend at the Black Sheep Inn to raise money for the ongoing famine in east Africa – has... | Continue reading article

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Live from the Ottawa Folk Festival: Day One

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It’s that time of year again: the Ottawa Folk Festival is back, this time a bit more centrally located at Hog’s Back Park. It’s a short bike ride down either by the canal or the river. The line-up looks great and, if this first evening is any indication, there seems to be a great crowd. The festival, after a tough year in 2010, has now been taken under the wings of the Ottawa Bluesfest. Extra resources have kept the festival afloat, and we’re hearing that the integration has worked well... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What’s going on around O-town

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We at Apartment613 are big fans of the Maritimes. This blog was itself was sparked by a love of this little rag, and some of us will head out there whenever we’ve got a chance. But when the Maritimes come to us, it’s even better – which is why this kitchen party, this show, and these fiddling championships mean this weekend’s going to be a great one. We’ve also got our fair share of home-grown parties this weekend, what with Folk Fest and Wakefest putting out pretty great lineups. Basia... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 and Open File Ottawa are apologizing for Ottawa

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Andrew Cohen’s piece in the Ottawa Citizen last week certainly struck a nerve. At our latest “Urban drinks” at Shanghai, a few fellow bloggers spent some time discussing our annoyance at the suggestion that despite our “education and affluence” we were all working so hard to make a creative and interesting life in a city that (according to Cohen) can’t seem to do anything interesting or creative. We’re obviously Ottawa “apologists” here on Apartment613. We have a great time in Ottawa and we write about a lot of what we... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: La Nouvelle Scène expands, Skateboarding Championships and more!

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La Nouvelle Scène, one of Ottawa’s pre-eminent franco-theatre homes, will be renovated at a cost of $5.4 million. The space will be 30% bigger meaning more space for artists to create, build and prepare for plays says DG Richard Lebel. Great news for French theatre lovers in the region! With Friends of Lansdowne appealing the decision rejecting their claims that the city broke its procurement rules by sole-sourcing the $300-million project to Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, the city is looking to see if it can recoup the costs of... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Science! The great cupcake challenge

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Post by resident cupcake expert Sabrina Bowman Although other cities have already moved on to macarons and whoopee pies, Ottawa has just recently hopped on the cupcake train (though we already have our own cupcake video).  The cupcake trend has exploded in Ottawa, with three new cupcakeries opening over the past year.  And why not?  What’s not to like about moist, flavourful, delicate cake crowned with a royal swirl of sweet frosting? In order to help our readers navigate the increasingly crowded sea of cupcake providers in Ottawa, Apartment613 spent... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: RIP William Commanda, 30 years of The Underpass and more!

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Former Algonquin Chief, William Commanda, died at the age of 97 this past week. Commanda was named Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008 for his leadership as an elder and promotion of an intercultural understanding that “raised awareness of the traditions and legacies of Canada’s Aboriginal people.” With the city considering creating the ‘Lord Stanley Plaza’ adjacent to the future Rideau Street LRT stop, Spacing Ottawa takes a look at what’s been in its place for the last 30 years, The Underpass. The Ottawa Citizen asks the question:... | Continue reading article

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Capital Slam brings Mary Pinkoski to their Summer Slam Edition

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A poetry slam is an amazing experience. It’s where word nerds get to engage in sport – something that many of us only got to witness in the debate club in high school. Capital Slam has helped to put the national capital on the national poetry map, and has kept it there through regular events featuring top-notch poets from across the country. This month’s slam will feature Edmonton poet (and finalist for her city’s poet laureate position) Mary Pinkoski. We got a few questions in with Mary in advance of her hopping on the... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Ups and downs of farmers’ markets, what makes great spaces and more!

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Radio-Canada reports that farmers in the Byward Market are having their worst sales in five years, primarily be due to changes in circulation and parking laws. At the same time, Ottawa’s Farmers Market was announcing the opening of a new farmers market satellite location at Bayshore Shopping Centre. Maybe people just like to shop closer to home? By now, everyone knows that the City has won the Friends of Lansdowne lawsuit. OpenFile looks at local media’s take on the decision. Friends of Lansdowne are now considering an appeal. Last wee... | Continue reading article

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