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Indie-rock your way into the holiday with Amos the Transparent

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This Friday Amos the Transparent will take the stage at Mavericks for the Indie Rock Holiday party with a special End Of The World twist. To find out a bit more about their plans for an indie rock holiday, we sent a few questions of to Jon Chandler from Amos the Transparent. Apartment613: What are your plans for the holidays? What does an Indie-Rock Holiday look like? I don’t have too much planned this year, really. I’m fortunate enough to say that most of my family is local so I’m... | Continue reading article

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NaNoWriMo: I’ve earned my virtual certificate

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on a local writer’s trek toward 50,000 words as part of this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge. You can read the first part here. We gave Mike a few weeks to ice his fingers before asking him to pound out a few more words for us. As you’ll see below, he reached his goal with time to spare. Mike wasn’t the only local writer hitting the keys during this year’s challenge. According to the NaNoWriMo Word Count Scoreboard, local writers have written... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Provincial Liberals debate in Ottawa, bring on plasma gasification and more!

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You’ll get the chance to hear from provincial Liberal candidates vying for Premier Dalton McGuinty’s job this Tuesday as Glen Murray, Sandra Pupatello, Eric Hoskins, Charles Sousa, Hrinder Takhar, Kathleen Wynee, and Gerard Kennedy will debating at Carleton University’s River Theatre Building starting at 7pm. Innovative solution or environmental quagmire? That’s what the next few years will tell us about the newly signed 20 year deal linking the city of Ottawa to Plasco Energy Group. Under the terms of the 20-year deal, the city will truck 109,500 tonnes of garbage annually to be run through... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Ups and downs of local businesses, Sparks St. NYE party and more!

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It appears another independent bookstore is biting the dust. Collected Works announced this weekend that it is for sale and, if not purchased by Christmas, will close its doors. As one of the few bookstores that focused on local authors, this is one business that will be missed. In happier news, the Mayfair Theatre has reached its fundraising goal of $45,000 that will allow it to purchase a digital project and stay in business. Lee Demarbre, one of the four co-owners of the Mayfair, told Centretown News early this month that, without a... | Continue reading article

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Open Data Ottawa hosts Learn Hack YOW

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This weekend Open Data Ottawa and their partners at the City of Ottawa will be hosting Learn Hack YOW at City Hall. It’s your chance to come mess around with some of the city’s data sets, brainstorm ideas for what to do with data, and learn some practical skills that will help you engage with the exciting new world of open data. You don’t need any technical skills – in fact, the organizers tell me they are hoping that a full range of academics, activists, artists and others will show... | Continue reading article

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Wolverine and Lego sex: Eschaton 2012

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Sometimes a speaker is so fascinating all you want to do is listen to them for hours. I was left with this impression after attending the keynote lecture at the Eschaton 2012 conference, which was held in downtown Ottawa from November 30 to December 2. Given by the renowned biologist and university professor Paul Zachary “PZ” Myers, the talk at the Canadian Museum of Nature discussed the role of chance in evolution. Like many people, my understanding of evolution is based on a basic view of natural selection. The child’s... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What’s on your agenda for this weekend, Ottawa? Perhaps some burlesque with your usual Sunday brunch? Or a holiday food market like no other?A bit of improv? Or a classical Christmas concert, perhaps? If you’re looking to take in some art – or trying to find some for gifts – the Ottawa Art Gallery and Cube Gallery might have something for you, or Cyclelogik’s Holiday Sweat-ER in an art sale like no other (we’re talking food and DJing). Craft sales continue, too, with Craftalicious happening down in the Glebe on... | Continue reading article

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MediaStyle’s IdeaSpace: a soon-to-be creativity hotspot

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Downtown Ottawa will soon have a 3,000-square-feet location exclusively dedicated to creative projects. Called IdeaSpace, the site at 131 Bank Street is scheduled to open on February 1. The brainchild of the inventive folks at MediaStyle, a local digital public affairs agency, the site is meant to allow local residents to implement imaginative ideas. Possibilities could include, but are not limited to, month-long art shows, computer hacker nights, weeklong seminars, private parties, pop up restaurants, interesting weddings or a location for movie shoots. “What we have in store for the... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Train relic at Lebreton Flats, new Ottawa.ca, a step closer towards a casino and more!

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This is old news, but old news you might not know about. Were you aware there was an old brew train recently uncovered underground at Lebreton Flats? Neither did I. The Citizen reports on it and highlights Ottawa’s booming brewery history of decades ago. The City of Ottawa has launched its updated, user friendly website at ottawa.ca. You’ll be able to pay for several city services online. The website also adapts to the mobile experience, whether you are using a smart phone or tablet. In other city news, the Rink of... | Continue reading article

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Eschaton 2012: for those that haven’t drank the Kool-aid

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It appears that Armageddon is all around us. Whether it’s movies about the end of the world, fantasy novels by Christian fundamentalists on the apocalypse or the popular expression “drinking the Kool-Aid” that stems from the 1978 Jonestown Massacre, it seems we can’t help but think about the end of time. So what is a modern, science-loving, rational-thinking person to make of this apocalyptic buzz? Why, attend a conference for rational skeptics at a Best Western Hotel in downtown Ottawa. “We know that there are many myths and ideas about... | Continue reading article

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