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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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World Press Photo showcases the best of international photojournalism

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World Press 14 at the War Museum. Photo by Kenneth Ingram.World Press 14 at the War Museum. Photo by Kenneth Ingram.

The World Press Photo Exhibition is currently on display at the Canadian War Museum, showcasing more than 140 award-winning images from the best of international photojournalism. “What I like about it is the variety of stories,” explains Josée Gervais, a program interpreter and guide at the museum who says she looks forward to the exhibit each year. “What’s interesting about the World Press is the way that these photos capture a human side to each story, [whether] tragedies, sports, athletes who have cancer but continue anyway. Some photos show people... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Oz Kafe executes a perfect trifecta

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Photos by Riley Schnurr.Photos by Riley Schnurr.

Although a noticeable lack of emeralds around us, the experience we had at Oz Kafe for dinner was nothing short of a precious gem. Tucked, almost hidden away between Lieutenant’s Pub and Pancho Villa on Elgin Street, Oz certainly delivers a meal fit for a wizard. Only every so often do you find a restaurant that has “the trifecta” – that is, delivers dinner, drinks, and desserts without comprising one for another. I was strategic in my visit this time, bringing along two friends in order to maximize the sharing-plate... | Continue reading article

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The Lemon Bucket Orkestra take to the streets

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Photo from lemonbucket.com.Photo from lemonbucket.com.

This Saturday night the Byward Market will be alive with music and you’re all invited to join the street party. The strolling music and dance-fuelled celebration, presented as part of the Ottawa Chamberfest will be lead by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a 16-strong, Toronto-based “Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-superband.” Marc Marczyk (violinist and vocalist wih LBO) admits that this description of their sound is long but aptly captures what the band is about: “drawing on Eastern European traditions and trying to evoke the feeling of those songs and of that sometimes irrational exuberant celebration... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 30 juillet :: SOUND/TRACKS à l’Église St-Alban. Tout savoir sur les soirées OPEN MIC. Souljazz Orchestra dans notre mire. Ottawa, capitale bilingue ou quoi?!

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Her harbour et Tyler Reekie en session de pratique au TemporaireHer harbour et Tyler Reekie en session de pratique au Temporaire

Basement 819 découvre chaque semaine un peu plus d’excitation culturelle dans la région. Voici quelques morceaux tirés de notre dernière émission pour vous mettre la guimauve à la bouche. SOUND/TRACKS, un événement innovant présenté par SAW Video et Media Art Centre. Ils ont eu la belle idée de réunir des musiciens et des artistes médiatiques pour créer et exécuter des œuvres audiovisuelles collaboratives. Quatre tandems ont été jumelés pour performer ensemble lors de cette soirée. Il s’agit donc de 4 projets créatifs qui risquent de résonner fort et longtemps dans... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.

This long weekend, for those who are lucky enough, sees July roll into August and for those not taking off to spend it lakeside, there is plenty going on in this great city. As always, we here at Apt613 like to keep you in the know, so here you have it: the Weekend Roundup! Thursday night starts the fun early with an evening of dancing under the stars at Open Air Social Club’s POP Edition held at Parliament Pub, with Matty McGovern and Atherton. If POP is not your thing,... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush | Office Edition: Festival House serves as a community arts hub

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Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Take a peek into the homes and offices of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. If you would like us to feature your space, let us know by emailing apartment613@gmail.com Festival House officially opened in early May and unites many of Ottawa’s festival and event planners under one roof. Apartment613 and Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney, the Outreach Coordinator for Ottawa Festivals, take you through the new office spaces that were created inside a former church that dates back over one-hundred years: Apt613: Tell us about how the former Westboro United Church became your new... | Continue reading article

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Local craft beer explosion seems unstoppable

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Photo from brewdonkey.ca.Photo from brewdonkey.ca.

It seems like we’ve been writing about the explosion of the craft beer industry in Ottawa for quite some time now. And with new entries to Ottawa’s already strong list of breweries being announced each year, it doesn’t seem to be abetting any time soon. Excitement for the potential of the scene seemed to start bubbling up around the establishment of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. in 2006. Despite not being based anywhere near the city limits, Beau’s benefitted from being among the first craft brewers to serve the National... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 23 juillet :: FAU MARDI samedi au Mugshots. Le Festival Kafé Karamel prend possession du coeur du Vieux-Hull. Sauvez les cèdres du Liban! (Pour vrai!)

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Basement 819  a débroussaillé le terrain pour vous encore cette semaine. Non seulement cette région regorge d’activités culturelles stimulantes mais derrière celles-ci se cachent des personnalités créatives et proactives. Vous connaissez les soirées FAU MARDI? Derrière le concept s’activent plusieurs têtes pour nous permettre de vivre des soirées inusitées. Parmi ces têtes, nous avons eu la chance de rencontrer Marc-André Bourg, l’un des membres du collectif. Personnalité engagée dans l’environnement culturel de la région, il a 308 projets en branle. Un événement aura lieu au Mugshots ce samedi 26 juillet... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.Strawberries. Photo by Derek Mellon from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

It’s shaping up to be a lovely weekend, Ottawa. Get out and enjoy the city! If you’re hankering for a trip across the ocean but your budget won’t allow it, head to the Parkdale Market for Paris in July – Ottawa Velo Vogue and The Studio Cafe are teaming up to help you create a whimsical French market scene. Tonight, creativity will explode at Club SAW, where House of PainT’s Recognize. fundraiser is happening. They’ll have six visual artists creating new works on 14 different bar stools (donated by Union613),... | Continue reading article

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