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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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Basement 819 du 3 décembre 2014 :: Des patinoires neuves. C’est maintenant la féérie des lumières. The Tale of a Town: des récits ottaviens! 80 albums à découvrir sous l’étiquette Poulet Neige.

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Image via la page Facebook de l'événementImage via la page Facebook de l'événement

Basement 819 s’intéresse cette semaine aux activités hivernales et bien sûr, aux festivités qui s’en viennent dans le cadre de la grande célébration de Noël. On se rend compte que la région souligne ça de multiples facettes. En première partie d’émission, Éric s’y est intéressé et propose des activités réfrigérées. Des patinoires féériques & des centaines de milliers de lumières pas aveuglantes! Basement 819 |Chronique “Actualités hivernales” by Basement819 on Mixcloud The Tale of a Town arrive en ville! The Tale of a Town – Canada relève d’une idée vouée... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Support local this holiday season at the Christmas Markets

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After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.

Fresh off the wildly successful Support Local initiative in October comes the Christmas Market. Opening its doors this past Sunday, the Christmas Market will be held at the new Landsdowne Park for a total of five days this month. The 116-year-old Aberdeen Pavilion, colloquially known as the Cattle Castle, celebrated the commencement of the new holiday shopping experience with festive music, decorations, and 120 local artisans. Merchandise for sale included, but was certainly not limited to, fresh produce, preserves, home décor items, and even children’s toys. With no admission and... | Continue reading article

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Bizarre Love Triangle shapes into eclectic holiday art show

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Art work by Eryn O'Neill.Art work by Eryn O'Neill.

Ottawa artist Andrea Stokes is a huge fan of New Order, so it’s no coincidence she chose “Bizarre Love Triangle” as the theme for this year’s annual Holiday Art Show. If you are a child of the ‘80s just hearing those three words likely sets off an electronic drum beat in your head and has you feeling a sudden urge to start dancing; it’s a very infectious tune after all. For the uninitiated, “Bizarre Love Triangle” was a big hit, circa 1986, by the post-punk, electronic-dance British band New Order.... | Continue reading article

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Shipwrecked! offers a wonderful (and clever) dose of silliness

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L-R: Scott Florence (Pommes Frites) and Margo MacDonald ('Restes) - Photo by Andrew AlexanderL-R: Scott Florence (Pommes Frites) and Margo MacDonald ('Restes) - Photo by Andrew Alexander

Silliness often gets a bad rap.  For some lovers of culture, art is not really art unless it is exploring a serious theme.  ”Real actors don’t do slapstick,” I can hear these deep thinkers declare.  ”While ridiculous plot lines are signs of a weak imagination.” In response, one can imagine how Pomme Frites, the wonderful clown character created by local actor Scott Florence from Ottawa’s beloved A Company of Fools, would react.  I can see Pomme in my mind’s eye strut up to these artistic snobs, with a look of... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + ticket giveaway

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Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.

This first weekend of the final month of the year has arrived and it seems as though the snow and cold is here to stay! Not to worry, we’ve got plenty going on to cheer up those winter blues this weekend. As always, there is plenty of music happening. Thursday night brings a night of jazz, with the Craig Pedersen Quartet at Raw Sugar. For those of you that love folk, Raw Sugar is the place to be on Friday night. Krista Muir and Friends will be putting on an... | Continue reading article

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Festival steeped in culture and caffeine returns to Ottawa

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Photo from ottawateafestival.com.Photo from ottawateafestival.com.

Tea tipplers unite. The fourth annual Ottawa Tea Festival descends on the Capital this weekend, promising two days steeped in culture and caffeine. The event will take place at the Library and Archives and organizers are expecting a record turnout. “Last year we had over 2,000 guests. This year we expect around 3,000,” says organizer Jessica Lahrkamp. “Anyone who loves tea, artisanal food, exploring different cultures, amazing performances, fantastic music, and education will fit right in.” The festival was founded by Kimiko Uriu, one of the first certified tea specialists... | Continue reading article

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How to survive a Directing Actors workshop when you haven’t even seen Citizen Kane

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Director's Chairs. Photo by Kool Cats Photography on Flickr.Director's Chairs. Photo by Kool Cats Photography on Flickr.

I’ve always been intrigued by the whole idea of the stereotypical filmmaker. An NYU Film School grad living in some less than glamourous tiny apartment somewhere in Brooklyn, smoking, drinking, and watching the greatest films of all time – collectively creating their own. I’ve always wanted to live that life for a little while. And on the weekend, I, well, sort of, did. Saw Video is a not-for-profit, artist-run media art centre in the heart of our downtown. They offer equipment, training, mentorship, grants and screenings with the goal of... | Continue reading article

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