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Getting your schlock on: 24 hours at Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa’s home of stuff you won’t see anywhere else

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Photo by Amy Jane Lawes.Photo by Amy Jane Lawes.

As part of their 80th birthday celebrations, the Mayfair Theatre ran a schlock cinema marathon last weekend – a 24 hour celebration of all that is sublimely bad in moviedom. These are films to be enjoyed, in our post-modern era, at a very high level.  Your faithful correspondent made it out alive and elated, but ever since strange and dream-like memories of the event are flashing back to me in a uniquely cinematic form… The following previews contain scenes not suitable for those of a nervous disposition, or an aversion to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Staring contest - Winchester Warm vs. Teddy Bear. Photo by Jarrett Bartlett.Staring contest - Winchester Warm vs. Teddy Bear. Photo by Jarrett Bartlett.

It’s the last full weekend of Support Local month, friends, and there’s plenty to pack in. Tonight is the next edition of Apartment613 Talks, our lecture series, and tonight will focus on entrepreneurship and creativity in the city as we chat with three of Ottawa’s creative business folk. Tomorrow night, it’s ArtsNest at Magpie – there will be tacos, beer, bands and sparkly goods on display. Saturday, we’ve got Idle Hands craft show and the Hintonburg Artisan Craft Sale (not to be confused with the Artisan craft sale at the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is a great weekend if you’re Scottish, or if you”re curious about what’s behind the walls of the Croatian, Lithuanian, German or Spanish embassies. It’s also not a bad weekend if you’re into all things local, with Support Local month officially starting today. Tonight we’ll be down at Raw Sugar for the Support Local launch party, where there will be local brews on tap, spins from Jose of Kitchen Party, and a few awesome giveaways. Friday night, it’s the Self-Propelled bike-inspired art show at Grey Area Gallery (down at... | Continue reading article

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Video(s) of the week: Shorts from the 2012 OIAF

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If you’ve watched our video of the week before, you may have noticed they tend to be music videos related somehow to this awesome city. So what have we got for you this week? Wait, where’d that video above come from?! There were no shots of Parliament or Raw Sugar Cafe. No mention of O-Town, and that accent doesn’t sound very Outaouais. We do often feature videos by local artists, but we also like to pay homage to the things happening in and around our neck of the woods. That... | Continue reading article

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Elephant Landmine Survivor Documentary Opens One World Film Festival

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(c) Julia Ferdinand. Soraida Salwala, the founder of FAE's Elephant Hospital, pets Motala after her first steps on her new prosthesis.(c) Julia Ferdinand. Soraida Salwala, the founder of FAE's Elephant Hospital, pets Motala after her first steps on her new prosthesis.

The world is coming to Ottawa. On Thursday October 11, the 23rd annual One World Film Festival kicks off at Library and Archives Canada. Featuring nineteen films, including fourteen full-length documentaries and five short films, the festival is for film goers looking for a bit more during their screen time. This year’s line-up touches on experiences such as inner city youth in major Canadian cities, the Rwandan genocide, the Arab Spring in Yemen in Egypt, Japanese internment in Canada and the economic crisis in Greece. In addition to a slam... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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The Divorcees play the O-town Hoedown Saturday night. Photo courtesy their website.The Divorcees play the O-town Hoedown Saturday night. Photo courtesy their website.

It’s a little quieter this weekend as people scatter decorative gourds on the dining room table and bake up pumpkin pies, but we’ve still got some great options for you. Hoping to make that Thanksgiving dinner a little more fairly traded? Credible Edibles has the perfect workshop for you. And, staying with the season, learn all about how harvesting is actually done (scythes are so last century) and how you can harvest energy from those very crops. Lefty McRighty and the O-town Hoedown enter the last weekend of that music... | Continue reading article

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Treepot indie filmmaker showcase returns – win tickets!

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Ottawa’s got a thriving filmmaker scene – which is why the Treepot Indie Filmmaker Showcase gets better every year. Coming up on October 4, this fourth showcase is going above and beyond, featuring some of Ottawa’s best as well as some folks who once called Ottawa home. It all takes place down at the Bytowne, where for just $10 you can catch over ten short films and music videos, and win a few awesome prizes. We’re in the mood for prizes, too, so we’re giving away five pairs of tickets... | Continue reading article

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Ralph Bakshi: Past, Present and Future

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Take One by Yasmin Nissim Ralph Bakshi is a lot of things. He’s an award winning animator, a director, an artist; he’s the man behind Fritz the Cat, one of the most successful independent animated films ever made, along with countless other notorious features that have pushed boundaries and offended the conservative sensibilities of the unimaginative. Most importantly though, Ralph Bakshi is a self-professed stubborn old man who will never compromise what he has to say in favour of slick, big-budget production. Several of Bakshi’s works were screened last week during The... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Nuit Blanche is here!Nuit Blanche is here!

Ottawans, you’ve never seen a weekend like this – it’s going to be one big art party! With Festival X’s photography, the Animation Festival’s films, and Nuit Blanche’s all nighter on Saturday, you’re sure to find something that delights and amuses. First off, Nuit Blanche: we Apartment613 folks will be stationed down in the market, with our Canadiana-themed photo booth – come by and get your picture taken as a Mountie or an explorer or a Red Coat, and then see it projected for all to see. Just around the... | Continue reading article

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Get your animation on! Win passes to this year’s animation festival

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Apartment613 is pleased to be partnering with the Ottawa Animation Festival this year. I think the Animation Festival is a local treasure and hopefully we can all get out to enjoy it. All the screenings and major events are in our event calendar on the left, so have a look through and see what you’re into. We’ve got a bunch of passes for Apartment613 readers and we’re hoping that you’ll tweet and comment about the shows and events. If you’re interested in attending the festival shoot us an email and... | Continue reading article

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