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Finger Eleven back in town with new album & something to prove

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Finger Eleven. Photo by Dustin Rabin.Finger Eleven. Photo by Dustin Rabin.

After over twenty-five years practicing the art that is rock and roll, Finger Eleven still seem unwilling to let past successes weaken their resolve. The band has had something of a storied career, with numerous hits and Juno nominations under their collective belts (including one Juno win for Rock Album of the Year in 2008), and yet they continue to chase that perfect sound, that perfect album. “Every morning I wake up with a desire to best myself,” said Rick Jackett, rhythm guitarist for the band. “We still have something... | Continue reading article

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Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015! + Dine Alone Records prize pack

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Photo by Trevor Pritchard in our Apt613 Flickr Pool.Photo by Trevor Pritchard in our Apt613 Flickr Pool.

I know it’s still summer but…. Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy, Oi Oi Oi! Better start practicing your German toasts to health and wellness, because everyone’s favourite Vankleek Hill field party will soon be here. Mark your 2015 cat calendar for Friday October 2 and Saturday October 3: Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015. Oh and tickets went on sale at 10AM August 6 for $27 a day or $39.50 for the weekend – I’ll just wait for you here while you go get those. Welcome back. Look, I could talk about Oktoberfest all... | Continue reading article

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Music for your next road trip

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Photo courtesy of the band.Photo courtesy of the band.

Union Duke’s album Cash and Carry is the perfect soundtrack for a summer road trip.  Greeted by a banjo twang in the first track’s opening bars you can’t help but be overcome by that hopeful feeling you get turning the key in the ignition on a sunny summer’s day and pulling on to the road headed who-knows-where. Consisting mostly of high-energy bluegrass inspired tunes but balanced nicely with some more sombre, bittersweet songs like “Leaving My Girl”, the album is definitely best listened to while rolling down the highway. Probably... | Continue reading article

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Flying Hórses release album at #ARB2015

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Photo from flyinghorses.ca.Photo from flyinghorses.ca.

On a sunny summer’s day last month, in a tiny café in the Glebe, I met up with Jade Bergeron of Flying Hórses. When I sat down with Jade last year, she was just planning her trip to Iceland to record her part of the group’s debut album, Tölt. Now she and Raphael Weinroth-Browne are preparing for their album release at this year’s Arboretum Festival, after which Jade will be returning to Iceland to live and make music. Jade had been dreaming of Iceland for as long as she could remember.... | Continue reading article

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The sexy circus of Spiegelworld’s Empire

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All photos from spiegelworld.ca.All photos from spiegelworld.ca.

The circus has come a long way since carnies and elephants. Now performances like Spiegelworld’s Empire incorporate traditional clowning slapstick and acrobatics with dirty language and mind-blowing acts from around the world. I don’t say this lightly: You have never seen anything like this before. As a huge fan of anything to do with the circus, I take in as much as I can. I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil and steampunk BMX-style acrobatics, but Speigelworld is the most jaw-dropping show among them. The atmosphere is straight out of the big... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Libraries on Wheels

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The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile.  Photo by SimonP from Wikimedia Commons.The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile. Photo by SimonP from Wikimedia Commons.

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. In North America, we’re very lucky that in many communities, we live close to a branch of the local public library. According to Pew Research, most Americans live 5 miles or less to their local library. But most doesn’t mean all, and how do you reach people who can’t access a local branch easily? At... | Continue reading article

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Lots O’ Tacos at Taco Fest

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Tacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook pageTacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook page

Whoever first said “you can’t have too much of a good thing” might very well have been talking about tacos. I can’t say for certain but what is for sure is that if you’re a taco fan there’s a festival just for you. At the second annual Ottawa Taco Fest you can taste tacos from the city’s most creative chefs gathered under one roof to showcase their fresh takes on an all-time favourite. From the bright, punchy flavours of Taqueria Kukulkan to the Angry Dragonz’ Asian fusion creations, the fest promises surprising flavour pairings, innovative... | Continue reading article

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Alex Colville, painter of the ordinary

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Alex Colville, Horse and Train, 1954. Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 × 54.2 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: Robert McNair.Alex Colville, Horse and Train, 1954. Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 × 54.2 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: Robert McNair.

There are just a few more weeks left to visit the exhibition of Canadian painter Alex Colville at the National Gallery. It is not to be missed. Mozart wrote that the virtue of the concerto lies in the fact that it offers something to both the connoisseur and the amateur. This can be said of Colville’s paintings too. And that may be why the artist’s popularity has been unrelenting. In many ways, Colville’s paintings are unassuming. Their dimensions are relatively modest by today’s standards. There is nothing monumental about them.... | Continue reading article

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Q & A with Fury President John Pugh, the man who brought professional soccer to Ottawa

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John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.

We spoke with John Pugh, President of Ottawa Fury FC, and the man responsible for bringing professional soccer to Ottawa. Apt613: Where did you grow up? A place called Hereford, it’s on the border between England and Wales, Pugh is a Welsh name. It’s famous for Bulmer’s Cider and Strongbow, and obviously Hereford cattle. What was your favourite team growing up? I always supported Manchester United. They had a certain aura about them. My boyhood hero was a guy called Denis Law. He was a goalscorer and that’s what I... | Continue reading article

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World Press award-winning photos capture moments of tenderness and danger

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World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. 

St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment.
Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

Award-winning images from around the world are now on display at the Canadian War Museum for a limited time, marking the eighth year that World Press Photo has chosen Ottawa as the premier Canadian location for its annual exhibition. “The images of World Press Photo 2015 were jury selected from among 98,000 entries submitted by close to 6,000 photojournalists from 131 countries,” explains Mark O’Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian War Museum. “The exhibition really does present the finest work by many of the world’s top photographers.” While a... | Continue reading article

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