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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What’s on your agenda for this weekend, Ottawa? Perhaps some burlesque with your usual Sunday brunch? Or a holiday food market like no other?A bit of improv? Or a classical Christmas concert, perhaps? If you’re looking to take in some art – or trying to find some for gifts – the Ottawa Art Gallery and Cube Gallery might have something for you, or Cyclelogik’s Holiday Sweat-ER in an art sale like no other (we’re talking food and DJing). Craft sales continue, too, with Craftalicious happening down in the Glebe on... | Continue reading article

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Make the trek to Kite Hill at Raw Sugar

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Photo by Brianna Greaves.Photo by Brianna Greaves.

Seeing that the holiday onslaught typically sends the live music scene into sputters and fits, you owe it to yourself to check out Kite Hill and friends at Raw Sugar this evening. If you haven’t heard of Kite Hill, it might be worth paying attention because they have some serious Cancon indie cred. Led by Ohbijou’s Ryan Carley, the band rounds itself out with Carley’s bandmate Anissa Hart, former Germans drummer Steve Lappano, Mika Posens of Forest City Lovers and more. The band credits their name to Tantramar, the farm... | Continue reading article

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Diamond Rings brings bolder sounds, new album to Ritual

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According to John O’Regan, the man behind Toronto’s Diamond Rings, his latest album Free Dimensional should translate well into a live setting. “I think a lot of this album is informed by my experience playing live,” says the Oshawa-raised O’Regan, who brings his indie-electronic sounds to Ottawa on Friday when he plays Ritual. O’Regan says he wanted the album—his second, after 2010’s critically acclaimed Special Affections—to both “sound great at home and on headphones” and in music clubs. “The beats hit a bit harder, and I think that there is an... | Continue reading article

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Jill Barber’s second set with the Ottawa Jazz Festival

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Jazz Festivals don’t just fund themselves! This week the Ottawa Jazz Festival is holding their annual fundraiser to help them pull together the resources they need to put on a great show next summer. This year’s event features Jill Barber, an Ottawa Jazz Festival veteran and lover of the capital. I spoke with Ms. Barber for a story before her show at the Jazz Fest last year and we thought it appropriate to reprint that story to get you in the mood for this week’s fundraiser. The show starts with appetizers at 6:30 at... | Continue reading article

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Yarn bombs blanket Vanier as C’est Chill takes over

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Photo by Justin Scott Campbell on flickr.Photo by Justin Scott Campbell on flickr.

It seems like Vanier residents are already way beyond debates of whether the neighbourhood could possibly be “the next Westboro.” While the debate continues, some Vanierans (for lack of a better demonym) are instead choosing to direct their energy toward projects that actually make Vanier a cool place to live. Enter C’est Chill, an appropriately named winter celebration of all things Vanier that kicks off this weekend. The event will begin at noon on Saturday when a symphony of bells will ring from every church in the neighbourhood. A parade... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Jenna Tenn-Yuk in warmer days by Brian Cote, courtesy her website.Photo of Jenna Tenn-Yuk in warmer days by Brian Cote, courtesy her website.

It’s the last few days of Support Local month, folks (and the annual facial hair growing marathon), so get out to catch the last few events. Tonight, some Dalhousie shops are hosting a festive night, and tomorrow? We’ve got a dance party, a mustache celebration, a supper club featuring fresh food mixed with live music, and a chance to learn how to make local treats for the holidays. Before we hit December, you’ve got the chance to see Old Man Luedecke and Grey Kingdom out at The Branch, or a little... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week – Pony Girl performs live from their living room [+ contest]

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Our video of the week this week comes live via the living room of art-rock band, Pony Girl. They are playing this Friday at Café Alt and thought it might be fun to give away some tickets and tracks here on Apartment613 first. You can get two sample tracks online here and if you’re into them, send us an email to apartment613@gmail.com and we’ll enter you in a draw to win tickets to their show this Friday. You can find more on the show here. Enjoy!

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse take to the stage in Ottawa

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Photo by Anwar Massoud.Photo by Anwar Massoud.

Neil Young needs no introduction. Most Canadians are familiar with his music, the persona of a Canadian rock and folk icon that he created in the late 1960s, and the fact that he has always stood up to the proverbial “man” in his music.  All of that being said, this isn’t a review of Neil Young’s career, but of the concert he put on Saturday night at Scotiabank Place. The show opened with alt-country band The Sadies. With a versatile song selection, they reminded me of that awesome band that... | Continue reading article

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Mother Mother: Getting out of the sticks

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Photo by Anwar Massoud.Photo by Anwar Massoud.

There’s one thing that I can appreciate about a show that purports not much more than really good music… it’s that everyone and anyone can have a really good time!  That’s exactly what Ottawa got Friday night when Mother Mother’s The Sticks Tour came to the Bronson Centre. At no more than a maximum of approximately 2,000 attendees, this was definitely a mix of friends and acquaintances, boyfriends and girlfriends, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and partners sharing bathroom duty for their young children. Neither Labatt nor Molson had... | Continue reading article

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Mother Mother set to take the Bronson Centre back to The Sticks

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Mother Mother’s sound is distinctive—three voices, two female and one male, sing beautifully structured harmonies over rock beats and intricate instrumental parts. Once the vocals kick in, it would be difficult to confuse the west coast band with any other. They’ve been described as “art-pop,” a description that, while it can be useful in a pinch, is largely inadequate to convey the eclectic and shifting nature of the band’s sound. “It’s fine. It’s a label. It’s words,” shrugs Ryan Guldemond, Mother Mother frontman, writer and producer. “I’ve been describing [the... | Continue reading article

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