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The Haunted Walk presents Nightmare Before/After Xmas

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Snowy Sun and the Cathedral. Photo by Fernando Farfan.ca from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Snowy Sun and the Cathedral. Photo by Fernando Farfan.ca from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

It’s that time of year again when the world is hushed in a blanket of snow; multi-coloured lights illuminate your walk home in the evening and spirits of the undead return to haunt the living. Yes I’m talking about Christmas time.  Sitting around telling scary ghost stories may seem at odds with other seasonal traditions, but really they’re as much a part of the Christmas festivities as stockings hung by the fire and eggnog in your glass (and frankly I’ll take the undead over that monstrous yellow concoction any day).... | Continue reading article

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Books and comics by local authors that make great gifts!

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Photo via Bibliotheek Kortrijk (Creative Commons)Photo via Bibliotheek Kortrijk (Creative Commons)

Last year we published the Apartment613 holiday gift list for 2013, which contained a list of more than 60 writers from the National Capital Region.  Given the popularity of that post, we are now publishing the 2014 edition of books and comics by local writers, which you can use to purchase special holiday gifts for the literary people in your life. The list below contains more than 50 writers from our region.  All the summarised works have been reviewed by Apartment613, with the exception of those named under “upcoming reviews,”... | Continue reading article

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The Gladstone’s Christmas tradition returns

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Microphone. Photo by  Mika Hiltunen
on Flickr.Microphone. Photo by Mika Hiltunen on Flickr.

An evening bookended by gifts. But first, a word of advice, O gentle reader, before you enter the theatre: The Gladstone bar is featuring eggnog, with or without Sailor Jerry rum. Order yours before the show for intermission. It’s very popular. The Radio Show has become a Christmas tradition at The Gladstone. As befits a tradition, much of the set, props and costumes haven’t changed from previous years. The standing microphones and lecterns for the voice actors. The mics and chairs for the a cappella trio, The Gladstone Sisters. The... | 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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Timeslice: An imagery of time by Ralph Nevins

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Anne7, detail. All photos by Ralph Nevins.Anne7, detail. All photos by Ralph Nevins.

Raymond Aubin is an artist in contemporary photography who also writes critiques and reviews in visual and media arts. Imagine being able to see a whole movie at once, collapsed into a single still image. This is the intriguing experience that artist Ralph Nevins proposes at the Trinity Art Gallery of the Shenkman Arts Centre. The exhibit comprises of 35 sharp and contrasty black and white photographic prints. Their formats range from square to panoramic, some panoramas measuring as much as 245 x 15 cm. The smaller images are displayed... | 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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Monster Truck rolls into Ottawa

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Bassist/lead vocalist, Jon Harvey, with Steve Kiely on drums/vocals. All photos by Terry Steeves.Bassist/lead vocalist, Jon Harvey, with Steve Kiely on drums/vocals. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Saturday night, Monster Truck rolled into Ottawa’s Bronson Centre, and turned this once Catholic high school for girls 700-seat auditorium into a spectacular arena rock show. Ultra high ceilings, a massive elevated stage, theatre-style seating, and plenty of standing room up front, made this the perfect sized venue, and despite its cavernous interior, maintained excellent acoustics. The name Monster Truck, was first introduced to me by way of the many who spoke of this amazing rock band from Hamilton, Ontario that opened for the legendary Deep Purple in 2012. Formed... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa, have you tried the arepas yet?

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Arepas. Photo courtesy of Gooney's Sandwich Works.Arepas. Photo courtesy of Gooney's Sandwich Works.

Arepa, a kind of corn bread made from pre-cooked corn flour, is my favourite food. Of course, I’m biased because it’s a staple in my native Colombia. It also features prominently in the cuisine in Venezuela, where the Granati family, who run Gooney’s Sandwich Works out of an office tower on Laurier, have roots. Gooney’s is the only place in town that serves anything like them. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, the versatile arepa (pronounced “ah-ray-pah”) can be eaten at every meal. Prepared flat and coated... | Continue reading article

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