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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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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is the kind of jam packed weekend where there is so much going on, you’re going to wish that you could be in more than one place at once. With both Capital Pride and Arboretum Arts Festival spanning the whole weekend, there is more than enough to keep even the busiest of bees busied. Thursday marks the final day to catch World Press Photos at the War Museum. A compilation of the year’s best in photojournalism, it is something you want to be sure not to miss. After the War... | Continue reading article

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From vampire slaying to dressing fabulously: The 7th Annual Village Movie Night

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Just before Wesley Snipes starred in Blade – in which he bulldozes his way through hundreds of grotesque vampires plotting to conquer the world – he played a sassy drag queen in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar. Needless to say, it was a bit of a surreal experience watching the two movies back-to-back. If you really want to giggle, watch Snipes play his macho, blade wielding self before you head off to the Village Movie & Night Market to watch To Wong Foo, this Friday. It’s quite... | Continue reading article

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Find out about the Fall’s big events at the next Hub & Spoke

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It was over three years ago that we first participated in Hub & Spoke. Hosted by Hub Ottawa, the event enabled us to tell a group of local movers and shakers about what we did, what we were trying to achieve and how we wanted to get there. During the night we made important connections, without which we wouldn’t be where we are today. Both Hub Ottawa and Apt613 have come long way since then, but Hub & Spoke remains the place to showcase social and eco innovation and create... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Fevers by Melanie Broguet, courtesy the Fevers website.Photo of Fevers by Melanie Broguet, courtesy the Fevers website.

The rain isn’t sticking around for long, so there’s no excuse for missing a mini maker faire, a little treasures sale, a big wild challenge, or any of the other-sized events going on around town. There are myriad ways to tickle your funny bone this weekend, with My Summer Crush Improv heading into their three weeks of all comedy, all the time. Opening night is Thursday, followed by evening and late night shows all weekend long. Laughs for Animals is also happening this weekend, raising money for the Ottawa Humane Society.... | Continue reading article

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Pets and a garden party: The Ottawa Humane Society honours Chef Kurt Waldele

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Photo by Kelsey Sunstrum.Photo by Kelsey Sunstrum.

Where can you pet a furry friend while munching on bites of five-star cuisine? Ottawa Humane Society’s (OHS) Summer Harvest Garden Party, of course! On Sunday, August 10, from 2:00 to 5:00pm, animal lovers gathered indoors and outdoors at Jean Pigott Place at City Hall for the organization’s 14th annual party, honoring the late Chef Kurt Waldele. Once hosted by Chef Waldele, the OHS has continued the tradition since his passing in 2009. Executive Chef for the National Arts Centre for over 30 years, the renowned Waldele was a great... | Continue reading article

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Best of Ottawa Dance Parties 2014: A Follow-Up

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A Tribe Called Red. Photo by Nadya Kwandibens.A Tribe Called Red. Photo by Nadya Kwandibens.

Earlier this summer, we brought you the Best of Ottawa Dance Parties. You guys spoke up about the parties we missed and we listened. There most certainly are other great dance parties in the city besides the six we listed, and now as we dance closer to the end of summer we want everyone to be able to hear about them! We’ve put together a little poll based on your suggestions (with ample room for more). Let us know where the party is at and we will check out the top three choices... | Continue reading article

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