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The Strain launch Pledge campaign ahead of Folk Fest performance

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Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.

Have you ever wondered who’s behind a rockers look? Turns out, it could be you. Front man and lead singer of The Strain, David Taggart, has put his infamous golden locks on the chopping block – for the right price that is. It’s all part of the Wakefield bands new Pledge campaign aimed at raising money to record a new album after a two year hiatus. “All our fans really stepped up to help us win Ottawa’s Big Money Shot [in 2012],” he said. “We’re looking for that support to... | Continue reading article

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Urban Craft turns 3! New vendors, a pop-up diner + a $20 giveaway

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Dual StormTrooper Alderaandack Chairs by The Legendary Workshop.Dual StormTrooper Alderaandack Chairs by The Legendary Workshop.

Okay crafty boys and gals its official, Ottawa’s Urban Craft (a quarterly craft show out in the Glebe) is celebrating their third birthday this September 13th. An anchor of the craft show circuit since 2011, this year’s planning committee promises a bigger and better event with more independent designers to celebrate the big day. Boasting over 50 vendors, a pop-up diner where attendees can nosh on locally-made eats and other surprise goodies, the upcoming craft show offers modern and hip merchandise to spruce up any home. In the past 3... | Continue reading article

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Seasick Steve plays Ottawa Folk Fest this weekend

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Photo from seasicksteve.com.Photo from seasicksteve.com.

Seasick Steve, aka Steven Gene Wold, is an American blues guitarist/singer-songwriter whose songs and stories tell of many of his exploits of life on the streets – a life he chose at the young age of 13 to escape the perils of violence at home. They are tales of survival, spun into mud-soaked Mississippi blues, boogie, and bluegrass elements. A simple man, who despite the past hardships of homelessness, starvation, imprisonment and his rolling stone years of freight train hopping from town to town, has always seen music as his... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: 6 things you need to know about Holland’s Cake and Shake (and its instigator)

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An assortment of cakes from Holland's Cake and Shake. Photo from their Facebook page. All other photos by Pam Kapoor.An assortment of cakes from Holland's Cake and Shake. Photo from their Facebook page. All other photos by Pam Kapoor.

#1 Inventive dessert ideas? He’s always had ‘em. In his previous gig at Chef Marc Lepine’s famed Atelier, pastry chef Michael Holland had carte blanche to make whatever he wanted: “I was able to do my ideas, but in a different way” (because they were composed, plated dishes). Now, his own platform at Cake and Shake allows Chef Holland to unleash years of concepts that have been proofing patiently in his culinary mind. This guy takes dessert-making very seriously, but his reputation for whimsical creations suggests a guy who loves... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ministry of Coffee are doing things differently – and it’s working

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Alex (left) and Fadi of The Ministry of Coffee. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Alex (left) and Fadi of The Ministry of Coffee. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

Gray and raining, it was the perfect cafe day when I met with Alex and Fadi, co-owners of The Ministry of Coffee. The coffee shop was chalked full of coffee lovers – on laptops, with notebooks, in discussion with friends – as we sat with sky blue mugs filled with coffee. “Is this an AeroPress?” Fadi asks Alex after taking a sip. “And she is drinking?” Yirgacheffe Konga Alex replies. You can tell they both live coffee and that the shop is, really, a product of this passion. Both Alex... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Rob Reid, Festival Producer for House of PainT

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Image from House of PainT's Facebook page.Image from House of PainT's Facebook page.

House of PainT gets underway in a few short hours. Our contributor got the inside scoop from festival producer Rob Reid. Read on: Apt613: Where does the festival take place, and why did you choose this location? Rob Reid: House of PainT Festival happens at the House of PainT legal graffiti wall, under the bridge where Bronson Avenue crosses the Rideau River, beside Carleton University. How has the festival changed over the past 11 years? How has it stayed the same? At its core, House of PainT has always been... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Jean Grae, scheduled to perform at House of PainT on Friday, September 5. Photo from her Facebook page.Jean Grae, scheduled to perform at House of PainT on Friday, September 5. Photo from her Facebook page.

This weekend is a big one for hip hop in the city, with House of PainT happening, all weekend long! Thursday marks Day 1 of House of PainT, and the OG 500 Poetry Slam and Art Expo at the Mayfair Theatre. 12 spoken word poets will go head-to-head, for a chance at the 500$ grand prize. This year’s slam features Urban Legends team captain, ApollotheChild, and 2012′s UL team captain, King Kimbit. Best of all, the event is free for Carleton University students! There is also a Bluesprint Series Showcase happening... | Continue reading article

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The West End Well and Ottawa Storytellers join forces

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Photo by Jared Davidson.Photo by Jared Davidson.

A good story can be a powerful thing. It can connect, it can inspire, and it can provide meaning to a community. But in the hands of a gifted teller, it can take on a kind of magical quality, rising above mere words on a page. It is a magic that Ottawa Storytellers has been creating for over 25 years. The organization promotes the art that is storytelling, and consists of over 70 experienced storytellers. This September, Ottawa Storytellers plans to bring their art to Hintonburg with Tellings at the... | Continue reading article

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TGIM? Showcase Mondays returns to Zaphod Beeblebrox!

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Eric St-Cyr and Ashley Craven of Archy & Mehitabel, hosts of Zaphod's Showcase Mondays. Photo from their Facebook Page.Eric St-Cyr and Ashley Craven of Archy & Mehitabel, hosts of Zaphod's Showcase Mondays. Photo from their Facebook Page.

Does one ever look forward to a Monday? With legendary night club, Zaphod Beeblebrox, reviving their Showcase Mondays, the beginning of your week doesn’t have to seem so bleak. Showcase Mondays was a former staple at Zaphod’s until health problems forced owner, Eugene Haslam, to cease the event. A few years later the show is re-launching, though staying true to its original format. This time around, however, it will be hosted by folk duo, Archy & Mehitabel. Eric St-Cyr of Archy & Mehitabel, as well as the Communications Representative for... | Continue reading article

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Geek-out your walking with Ottawa (de)tours

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Photo courtesy of lazy_artist (Mitch Carriere) from the Apt613 flickr pool.Photo courtesy of lazy_artist (Mitch Carriere) from the Apt613 flickr pool.

I love a good walking tour. I’ve been a fan of Jane’s Walk for quite a while and Apartment613 has run some pretty amazing walks over the years. That’s why I was so pleased to learn about the newly launched Ottawa (de)tours, an insightful set of walking tours and conversations that are addressing political and social issues. I shot a few questions over to Dan Monafu, one of the founders of the project, to find out more about what we could expect, and also had the pleasure of taking part in... | Continue reading article

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