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The soothing songs of Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah

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Photo of Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah by  Katia PershinPhoto of Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah by Katia Pershin

Sometimes you can find the most amazing people in your office building. As a federal government employee, I often interact with talented co-workers who engage in fascinating pursuits outside of the office.  People like Yaa-Hemaa Obiri-Yeboah, whose large talent and imagination is impressive. During the day, she works as a federal inspection officer who reviews and supports Canada’s wide network of embassies and consulates around the world.  During her spare time, however, she is a musician with a beautiful voice and blogger with an intelligent pen. (Full Disclosure: Yaa-Hemaa works in... | Continue reading article

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New Year’s Eve in Ottawa, 2014

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Photo by ludovick on Flickr.Photo by ludovick on Flickr.

It’s not too early to start thinking about your plans for New Year’s Eve, is it? Luckily, you have a number of fantastic parties to choose from around our great city. Wherever you end up December 31st, remember to stay safe and have fun! If you’re looking for an extravagant night, the Mad Hatter’s NYE Party is the perfect opportunity to don your most outrageous, fabulous attire for an Alice in Wonderland-themed event. You could also choose to combat the cold at the Canadian War Museum’s festive Havana Nights, a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and there’s much happening about, with so much going on, do get out of the house… For all you creative-types, Spins & Needles hosting Holi-DIY & DJ Party at Pressed this Thursday night. Come out and enjoy some funk, techno, and house beats spun by local DJs Jason Skilz, D-Mass, and Grumpy B and create some holiday themed creations. All supplies are included within the 10$ cover to the event. Follow up the funk with some new wave music at New Wave night at OZ... | Continue reading article

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Those Gulls soar into House of Targ tonight!

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Photo courtesy of Those Gulls.Photo courtesy of Those Gulls.

Ottawa’s Those Gulls soar into House of Targ this Thursday to belt out tunes at their Forevermore album-release party. Sharing the bill with the band are Kings Quest and Saint Clare. Gulls members Andrew Grosvenor and Peter Zachar took some time with us to share thoughts on the album, home-recording, and Katy Perry. Your very-soon-to-be-released album is called, Forevermore? How did you decide on this name? AG: The word ‘forevermore’ is actually featured in the song “Alternate Exit.” In that context, and in the overall context of the album, it... | Continue reading article

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Précieux nectar de 2014 :: le top des meilleurs albums selon Basement 819

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Alors que Basement 819  s’apprête à célébrer sa première année d’existence (woo-hoo!), au même moment, l’année 2014 tire sa révérence… Quel destin fatal elles ont hérité toutes ces belles années! Pour en souligner ses meilleurs moments et faire ressortir le précieux nectar qui l’a marquée, on vous propose de revenir sur les albums qui sont ressortis du lot lors de dernier millésime. Très analytique, l’équipe Basement 819 a sondé plusieurs mélomanes provenant de divers coins de l’Ontario et du Québec dans le but de cerner les albums canadiens qui ont... | Continue reading article

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The Ginger Fox Band rocked their hearts and souls at The Rainbow

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Ginger Fox Band's front man/lead vocalist, Warren Meredith, seen here with drummer,  
Derek Van Dusen, and rhythm guitarist, Alex Spearman. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ginger Fox Band's front man/lead vocalist, Warren Meredith, seen here with drummer, Derek Van Dusen, and rhythm guitarist, Alex Spearman. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Every once in awhile, you come across an opening act you’ve never seen or heard of, but catches you off-guard at just how great they are…this was one such band I had the pleasure of seeing earlier in the spring of 2014. Great musicianship, well-written originals, and the energetic antics of super front man/vocalist, Warren Meredith, make up this group called, Ginger Fox Band, who have just released their first recorded effort entitled, Won’t Change, a 6-song digital EP of all original material. The Ginger Fox Band, aptly named after... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Originals ticket giveaway

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Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa, we really should have seen this coming after yesterday’s storm warning about the Dec 10th snowfall. Now, I know how tempting it is to shake down the nearest grocery store for all the egg nog they have in stock and take to the couch until it all goes away, but you would be missing out on incredible activities this weekend like Shopify’s Makers Market, Maxwell’s Bistro Strip Cheese III: Return of the Cheese Burlesque show, or the Berdy Elegance Networking Event for fashionable men. Let’s start with Friday. ‘Makers... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for Dec. 10, 2014

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Wreaths of Parkdale. Photo by justinvl on the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Wreaths of Parkdale. Photo by justinvl on the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Hey kids! This week on Apt613 Live we’re bringing you an interview that speaks to the spirit of the season. Steve Beauchesne is a co-founder of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company: an Ottawa favourite whose ever-evolving flavours can be found on-shelves and on-tap at LCBOs and bars around Ontario. Yet Beau’s is more than just a brewery: they’re working with a creative business model that allows them to give until it hurts-without hurting profits. I chat with Steve about Beaus’ innovative approach to charity that goes beyond writing a cheque. As if that... | Continue reading article

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Tyler Kealey on final stretch of Song-a-Day project

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It seems like this time of year is associated with a kind of short-term nostalgia. With a new year approaching, it’s almost tradition to take a step back and consider the passing year — the triumphs and the disappointments, the bright moments and the sorrows — and perhaps to raise a glass. This year, there are few that can look back on their last tour around the sun with as much clarity as local musician Tyler Kealey. You see, he’s recorded a good deal of it. Kealey has for the... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for Dec. 3, 2014

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Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.

Hey kids-and welcome to December! I don’t know about you but I’m very excited to flip that page on my calendar (yeah, I’m kickin’ it old-school with an actual paper calendar hanging on my wall).  We’ve arrived at that magical time of year when smiles seem easier, folks seem friendlier, and when gee whiz it’s okay to let loose your inner child. This week on Apt 613 LIVE we’re highlighting two very cool events taking place this weekend: Fryquency is celebrating its one-year anniversary over at Mugshots this Saturday November... | Continue reading article

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