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Ring in the New Year with Scots and Scotch at Hogmanay

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Fireworks over City Hall. Photo by Cynthia Münster.Fireworks over City Hall. Photo by Cynthia Münster.

For the second year in a row, the Scottish Society of Ottawa will be holding a Hogmanay to celebrate the arrival of the New Year, Scottish Style. The event will be taking place at Ottawa City Hall, where party goers can enjoy live music, traditional Scottish food, Scotch tasting, entertainment for children, skating on the Rink of Dreams, and fireworks at the stroke of midnight. What’s more, Hogmanay is completely free, except for food and alcohol, which certainly beats hefty cover fees usually charged anywhere else on NYE. Founded by... | Continue reading article

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The Gatsby New Year’s Ball is one hot ticket

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Photo credit: Gatsby New Year's Ball.Photo credit: Gatsby New Year's Ball.

New Year’s eve in Ottawa is not going to be the same again for those who attend the Gatsby New Year’s Ball, which is expected to be the most glamorous party in town this week. The organizers, Tami Varma, Scott Porter, Sam Patil and Poppy Vineberg, expert party planners, wanted to create the biggest new year’s event this city has ever seen. They secured the Former Grand Trunk Union Railway Station (now the Canada Conference Centre) and will transport the building back to its glory days. NEW YEARS GALA 2014... | Continue reading article

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New Year’s Eve roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy scott.a.hooker on Flickr.Photo courtesy scott.a.hooker on Flickr.

We at Apartment613 wish you and yours a safe and happy holiday! We’re taking a bit of a break this week, but still wanted to give you the low down on what you can do to ring the new year in. In typical Ottawa fashion, we’ve got everything from comedy to music to galas and more. It’s your last decision of the year, so choose your plans wisely! Babylon is known for throwing hopping dance parties, and this year will be no exception. Taking the stage will be Silkken Laumann,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + a theatre ticket giveaway

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Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.Dog Day plays tonight at Pressed.

‘Tis the season for launch parties, apparently. Tonight Dann Oickle releases his new album Blitzkreig! down at the Mercury Lounge. Tomorrow, Oldam Brand kicks off its existence at IdeaSpace, displaying some of their unique fixtures and makings. Down on Elgin, the new Mags + Fags sister store Boogie and Birdie officially opens, with treats and deals galore. There are plenty of craft shows happening, if you’re still looking for unique handcrafted gifts. Urban Craft is Saturday down in the Glebe, while the Ottawa Farmers Market has a special holiday version.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Atomic Rooster giveaway

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Love poutine? Look no further than Sparks Street – you’re now booked up for the weekend. Support Local month is entering its third weekend, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Tonight, there’s a vernissage of Andrea Stokes’ work down at Mint Hair Studio. It’s also the Alice Alishka pop-up shop at Workshop Boutique – your chance to get a hold of some one-of-a-kind pieces she’s just created. If you’re in the mood for some quirky, old films, Raw Sugar has partnered up with the Mayfair to showcase some... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Let them eat cake!

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Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.

Today’s roundup is chock-a-block full of adventures, and also gives you the chance to win your very own delicious vegan cake. Read on to find out more. The second weekend of Support Local starts off tonight down at Flock Boutique, where Purple Urchin is setting up a pop-up apothecary. Just down the street at Twiss & Weber, you’ll find a trunk show featuring local designers, and Wunderkammer kicks off the holidays tonight in the Market. Friday night, A Curious Shop loves its customers back with fire spinning, treats and deals... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Ticket giveaway for NAC’s Casual Friday

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Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.

We gain that extra hour back this weekend, giving us extra time to jam in all of the events taking place over the next few days. Support Local Month officially kicks off tomorrow, with two events happening – the free Scattered Clouds show, and a Dia de los Muertos party at the Atomic Rooster. The HiLoTrons show at the Black Sheep is a special one, too – they’ll have the Goodluck Assembly and Hydrothermal Vents on stage, too, with Hard Science providing visuals. Tickets for the bus from Ottawa to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So October is almost over, and that means the city gets scary. Get a head start on Halloween with some spooky sexy stories, a WonderGeeks night of festivities, some pumpkin carving and, of course, a vampire or two. Costumes are more than welcome tonight down at the Mercury Lounge, where super-talented NOAH will be putting on a show with the help of a few friends. Thursday evening will also bring the eerie experimental sounds of For Esmé at Raw Sugar, while The Belle Game are out at the Black Sheep. The Babes4Breasts... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + giveaway to Inside Out Film Fest

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Suuns are in town Friday. Photo courtesy their website.Suuns are in town Friday. Photo courtesy their website.

Music, movies, and specialized markets – we’ve got it all this weekend in Ottawa. Film buffs have a lot to choose from: a documentary on the secret world of modular synthesizers in Ottawa, home movies (you can even bring your own), and Nosferatu with the traditional live accompaniment. There’s also the Inside Out Film Festival (plus a dance party) – and we’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets for Blue is the Warmest Color, playing at the festival Sunday at 8pm. Just leave a comment below with your favourite movie (LGBT or... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Chic Gamine courtesy their website.Photo of Chic Gamine courtesy their website.

The trees changing colour can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest. Or Ribtoberfest. Beer and food, at least. There are a few shows to add to your list this weekend. Chic Gamine combine French pop with Motown, and Basia Bulat sings from her latest album. Jadea Kelly will be out at the Black Sheep Thursday night, while Craig Cardiff will perform a couple of shows there over the rest of the weekend. Jon Hynes releases his first EP at the Clock Tower with help from a few friends, and it’s First Funk... | Continue reading article

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