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Looking above: The Roof Gardens of historic downtown Ottawa

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Photo by Jon Schofield.Photo by Jon Schofield.

Last Sunday I found myself atop the rooftop garden of the Rideau Centre to participate in the newest addition to Heritage Ottawa’s long list of city walking tours. I was there for the tour of the Roof Gardens of the Rideau Centre and NAC, which is led by the Vice-President of the organization, David Jeanes, and offers a fresh perspective on the history of surrounding buildings and sites that we all think we know so well. Alongside me were roughly forty keen local heritage enthusiasts, whose impressive turnout on the roof made nearby pot-smokers... | Continue reading article

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Grab a book, pick a chair – enjoy the sunshine, or the shade at the Capital Reading Garden

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Photo courtesy of the Capital Reading Garden.Photo courtesy of the Capital Reading Garden.

This story starts in New York City. Mary Beth Baker and her partner’s family were in the Big Apple and Mary Beth wanted to see the lions at the New York City library. They passed through Bryant Park to get to the library – and to their surprise – right at street level, they found a bunch of books, chairs and tables.  ”The open air library was a beautiful space.” says Baker, who unfortunately didn’t get to spend that much time there. But the idea stuck in her head… Fast... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Books & Lit, News

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Feral Children courtesy their myspace page.Photo of Feral Children courtesy their myspace page.

It’s another sunny one ahead, friends. And while our coverage of all things local at Bluesfest continues (did you know Kelly from the Claytones can do an awesome Cher impression? Or that The Flats want to head to Pluto? We’ve got the inside scoop, folks), there’s more than just music happening this weekend. First of all, grab a summery novel and head down to the canal downtown to check out the Capital Reading Garden, a popup space that’s perfect for bookworms. Shakespeare fans should head to Prescott for their annual... | Continue reading article

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mother tongue books closes its doors

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Photo of rob mclennan doing a reading at mother tongue books courtesy pesbo on Flickr. mother tongue books has been an Ottawa bookstore institution for 18 years – many young and future feminists passed through its doors. A community hub ever since it opened in 1994, mother tongue books has served as a creative, safe space for people to meet, chat and share life. They’re not going out quietly, though – they’ve been throwing regular events since they announced the closing, and have a few more events to go before... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: $600K gone from Escapade Fest, lobbyist registry, NCC change and more!

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Photo courtesy of ibekev on Flickr.Photo courtesy of ibekev on Flickr.

The National Capital Commission will be getting a new CEO soon. Marie Lemay was appointed Associate Deputy Minister of Infrastructure. The Citizen says that “many praised Lemay’s infectious enthusiasm, [but] critics said she lacked the vision to do the big things that really define great capitals. Waterfront development, redevelopment of Sparks Street and animation of Ottawa’s shorelines were not far advanced under her leadership.” After a successful weekend of festivities, Escapade Festival organizers had a rude awakening last monday when they discovered that $600,000 went missing, and co-organizer Nick Vachon hasn’t... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: BB10, Hoedown done?, LRT west and more!

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Photo courtesy of SageCGI on Flickr.Photo courtesy of SageCGI on Flickr.

Poor Hoedown. After its money woes and cancellations, the city’s now told organizers that they cannot use the proposed Stittsville ranch location as it isn’t zoned to hold a large gathering of people. Denis Benoit and company have been resilient in making this year’s festival happen but I’m afraid this might be the final nail in the coffin. The city of Ottawa has decided to wait another year before deciding which corridor it will use for the western extension of the LRT. This means that all 15 options proposed are still... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Canada Day edition

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Photo courtesy of Wagboy on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Wagboy on Flickr.

Canada Day and cottages: that sums up many an Ottawan’s weekend plans. Of course, for those of you staying the city this long weekend, the first option will be hard to miss. The usual craziness will take place around Parliament Hill, with Feist, Simple Plan and many more giving free shows. Major Hill and Jacques-Cartier parks will also be hopping, as well as several museums (click here for a full list) . You can also catch some free shows as part of JazzFest. There’ll also be a Canada Day event for almost every community... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Sens draft, movies in Ottawa, Bridgehead roastery and more!

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Photo courtesy of Derek Mellon on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Derek Mellon on Flickr.

The NHL draft was held this past weekend and the Sens selected Ottawa 67′s defenceman Cody Ceci in the first round. They also picked up Gatineau native François Brassard, goalie for the Québec Remparts. Furthermore, there was some chatter that the Sens are trying to land Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets, but most sources say that’s unlikely to happen as Ottawa’s not on his preferred destination list. Ottawa’s film and tv industry may pick up if Invest Ottawa has its way. IO is looking to invest in a new sound... | Continue reading article

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Jazz Festival kicks off tonight

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Photo by Celia Perrin Sidarous from Adam and the Amethysts' website.Photo by Celia Perrin Sidarous from Adam and the Amethysts' website.

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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