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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Food and Wine ticket giveaway

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Susie Arioli. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.Susie Arioli. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

This first weekend of November has much in store for us Ottawans. This weekend is full of local visual arts love. Thursday brings about the final show at The Studio Cafe. Artist Crystal Beshara will be showing her series of watercolour and oil paintings of Newfoundland, inspired by her visit out East in 2013. The Ottawa School of Art is also hosting a fundraiser screening of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” at the Bytowne Theatre Thursday night at 9:20pm. Tickets are 10$ and go towards supporting arts education in our... | Continue reading article

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Life, Death & Coffee?

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Photos by rubiconphotography.com.Photos by rubiconphotography.com.

Linda Ellis, in her famous poem “The Dash,” writes of the time between our birth and our death; she called this the ‘dash.’ It is where we experience life, the world around us, and the people in it. Death cafés, a recent global phenomenon, have tapped into the notion of the dash in a way that may catch people by surprise. They center on the discussion of death all while in a friendly, warm setting. While this may seem morbid to some, the intention is quite the opposite. One of... | Continue reading article

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Hilotrons pay tribute to veterans on centennial anniversary of WWI

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The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.

To honour those who fought in — and suffered through — WWI, Ottawa-based band Hilotrons are performing live renditions of some of Ennio Morricone’s compositions alongside a screening of the 1928 Canadian silent film Carry On, Sergeant! Mike Dubue, the band’s vocalist among other roles, clarifies why this film is unlike most war-era pictures, and gives some insight into the reasoning of a creative mind. Apt613: Other than being a Canadian band from Ottawa (an obviously patriotic city), why were you so drawn to this project initially? Mike Dubue: Truth... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do on Halloween + Les suggestions de @Basement819

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Photo courtesy of Mike Geiger from the Apt613 flickr PoolPhoto courtesy of Mike Geiger from the Apt613 flickr Pool

Halloween can be great if you have access to a child old enough to do the trick or treating rounds, but young enough that you can easily coerce them into giving you their candy. But what to do if you don’t have a kid, can’t borrow one, or you secretly think that “Halloween is christmas for jerks“? This edition of the Apt613/Basement819 weekend roundup has you covered. Thursday is the not-so-calm before the storm. First, our mandatory Support Local plug: you have a choice between a Terrarium Workshop by Flock... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Foodieprints launch Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital tonight!

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Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.Don Chow and Jennifer Lim. Photo by Justin Van Leeuwen.

Jennifer Lim and Don Chow love food and Ottawa and have written a book about it: Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital. They are also the bloggers for my personal favourite Ottawa food blog: Foodieprints. The book is now available in stores and on Amazon.ca. The book looks at Ottawa’s food landscape as well as transformations in the last 30 years or so in Ottawa’s continuously evolving food scene. Before we get to talking about the food scene itself, I was really curious about how Jen and Don, who are a couple,... | Continue reading article

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Canada’s Art Scene: Reflections & Representations

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Leaves of Grass as seen at dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012. Photo: Anders Sune Berg.Leaves of Grass as seen at dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel, 2012. Photo: Anders Sune Berg.

The National Gallery of Canada’s Shine a Light: Canadian Biennial 2014 exhibition features more than 88 works by 26 Canadian artists. There’s something for every art taste from film and video installations to sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs. The show highlights the Gallery’s recent acquisitions over the past two years in its Contemporary, Indigenous and Photographs collections. One of the more striking pieces is Geoffrey Farmer’s Leaves of Grass. This 124 foot long installation first appeared in 2012 at dOCUMENT (13) in Germany. Through a donation, Farmer acquired 50 years... | Continue reading article

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The Rotters Club celebrates re-issue of Rot n’ Role at Nee’wollah

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Arson. Photo from arson-rock.com.Arson. Photo from arson-rock.com.

This Hallowe’en, some of the elder statesmen of Ottawa’s punk and alternative music communities will gather to celebrate the legacy of a short-lived music venue with a big influence on local music. Nee’wollah (read it backwards if you’re confused), takes place October 31st at Zaphod’s, revisits acts associated with the Rotters Club, and celebrates the reissue of the Rot n’ Role  compilation album. With only 500 copies in the original 1979 pressing, the album became a collector’s item for Ottawa music cognoscenti. Nee’wollah attendees will get to see comedian Mike... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do + Introducing Les suggestions @Basement819

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Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.

Halloween is just around the corner and there’s plenty of fun to be had in preparation for next week’s festivities. We’ve got everything from Poutinefest to beatboxing burlesque to keep yourself entertained and warm this weekend, so let’s get started. Want to take in some art and culture this weekend? John Wenzel is Exhibiting all weekend in Westboro. The exhibit is in tandem with Julian Luckham’s photography book release as part of What If Weekends Exhibit. Support Local Month is still going strong and is working with Vivien Tytor for... | Continue reading article

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Toronto supergroup, Sheezer hits Zaphod’s on Thursday

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Sheezer, from left to right:  Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.Sheezer, from left to right: Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.

We often have the strongest attachments to music we listen to in our teens. Members of Sheezer, like many of their listeners, discovered the angsty alternative rock band Weezer at a formative time in their lives.  On October 23rd, Ottawans will have the opportunity to relive their own teen years when Sheezer plays at Zaphod’s. As their name suggests, Sheezer is a group of female musicians who play covers of Weezer songs. The band is something of a Toronto supergroup: members of the band also play or have played in... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: The Seventh String by Snowday

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Photo from snowdaymusic.ca.Photo from snowdaymusic.ca.

Though Snowday is about to release their debut album, As We Travel, on November 25, this “chillout electronic duo” have been making beautiful music together for over eight years. Bonded by a mutual love of underground hip-hop and inspired by the sounds of Brian Eno and Steve Reich, these friends (Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner) will be bringing their laid back sounds to Ottawa this weekend. “The Seventh String” is the first single from their forthcoming album and one of six videos produced in a series of live recordings called... | Continue reading article

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