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Wonder Geeks Activate comes back to Zaphod’s

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From the first WGA event.

Geeks! Art! In a club?! It might not be what you expect, and that’s exactly why it exists. Wonder Geeks Activate (WGA) is where “the comic book convention meets the nightlife scene.” The endeavor, started by Adam Tupper, is really a way to deconstruct the geek genre while having some fun and supporting the community. Tupper wanted to help support a community that needed it – geeks. He knew they were around, but hadn’t realized “the city was so gung-ho, so excited for shows of a geeky nature” until seeing the... | Continue reading article

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Your new favourite band: Montreal’s SUUNS

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Photo by Joseph Yarmush.Photo by Joseph Yarmush.

I won't lie. Being a blogger sometimes has its perks...like getting an early copy of an album. And I've had SUUNS' latest record Images du futur on repeat at my house for the last two months. These four guys, out of Montreal, have managed to create something fresh - with songs running the gamut from rocking wa-wa filled Mirror Mirror to dancey tunes that remind us a bit of Radiohead with the bleeps and bloops replaced by scowling guitars on Power of Ten. Apt613 caught up with singer Ben Shemie in between tour stops.

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Spring is coming – we promise. While the weather might seem otherwise, this leafy green event out at Kichesippi Brewery will prove to you that fresh produce isn’t too far away. At the very least, the food and music and beer will distract you from a snowy reality. Tonight at Babylon, it’s Raw Hip Hop with Blakdenim, hosted by VCX, Precice Kenny Creole and Diamond. Some of you, though, might just want to camp out in Wakefield this weekend – with Jenn Grant tonight, Harlan Pepper tomorrow, and New Country Rehab on... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Sucks hardcore. Party at the Legion!

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Photo courtesy of blurasis on flickrPhoto courtesy of blurasis on flickr

Sometimes, the first step is just admitting you have a problem. This is the principle behind the Ottawa Sucks, a punk and hardcore fest taking place this weekend. By starting from the premise that, yeah, Ottawa isn’t necessarily the coolest place in the world, Ottawa Sucks hopes to bring great bands to the city, build community, and lend recognition to the excellent music that does exist here. Jo, who is organizing the fest, is or has been a member of local bands Germ Attak, Blue Cross, and Iron Dogs. He explained that the... | Continue reading article

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14.5 rapid-fire Qs with B.A. Johnston

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Photo courtesy of Mammoth Cave Recordings.Photo courtesy of Mammoth Cave Recordings.

Stranger to neither sailor suits nor snot rockets, the perpetual troubadour tornado that is B.A. Johnston once again blows through Ottawa on April 12th. The truculent gale, teeming with both guttural growls and Casio-keyboard jingles, shall unleash its mighty strength on Irene’s alongside Flying Fortress and Mnemonics. B.A. is somewhat fresh off the wave of his newest release “Hi Dudes!”, which was produced by Paul Linklater (Dave Bidini, The Pinecones) and Stephen Macleod (Windom Earle), and is his first full length release on Mammoth Cave Recording Co. Apt613 caught up with Johnston... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Boyhood gets into trouble with Thailand

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Ottawa-based band Boyhood released a new video this week and we have so many questions! Bullets? Balaclavas? Misdoings at the City Centre? The band – AKA Caylie Runciman (guitar/vox/keys), Callum Runciman (drums/vox), Luke Martin (bass) and Alex Stakovic (guitar) – took to the back alleys and dingy corridors of Ottawa to film a curious narrative to accompany the track Thailand, from their soon-to-be released self-titled LP. The video was produced by Travis Boisvenue (who we know already from past projects Modulo and Roberta Bondar’s Night Danger video). When asked where the... | Continue reading article

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Is Nature Nocturne getting you closer to nature?

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bird visualPhoto by Camille Zara Ansar from Ottawa Velo Vogue

Dr. Adam Oliver Brown is a professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Ottawa with an interest in Science Communication.  Last week I went for a trip to the museum to reconnect with nature and was met by a raucous crowd of hundreds of party-goers sipping on cocktails and dancing to the loud beats of a DJ.  This was the third of a now monthly installment of Nature Nocturne, a social evening at the Nature Museum bringing in a new crowd of visitors to reconnect with Nature while they... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Illustrators, painters, sculptors and other artists

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Photo by fieldtripp courtesy of Apt613 Flickr groupPhoto by fieldtripp courtesy of Apt613 Flickr group

You may have noticed local painter Patrick John Mills on the Mackenzie King Bridge, who is painting outside every day in March.  If you are not familiar with this project, or are aware and want to know more, you can visit his blog where he is documenting his adventure.  (Images of Centretown and The Big Beat have also written about this great undertaking). Mills’ painting endeavour got me thinking about other art-related blogs in the National Capital Region.  While the following list is by no means exhaustive, it will provide a starting point for those... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Yes, there are egg hunts happening this weekend!. And if you’re feeling a bit of spring fever, head to the Black Sheep for a remedy or two. There’s a ton of music adventures to be had over the next few days. Danny Michel plays again tonight at the NAC Studio, after a great show yesterday. Also tonight, it’s the Winners Circle Edition of the weekly Battle of the Bands at the Lunenburg Pub – the best of the best face off against each other. Tomorrow night, you’re going to have to... | Continue reading article

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TwoShot: Different photographic perspectives, one fantastic project

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Photo by Kym Shumsky (Sossusvlei, Namibia)Photo by Kym Shumsky (Sossusvlei, Namibia)

Two-shot (ˈtwo-ˌʃɑt ) 1. (Cinema) a medium-range camera shot of two persons: 2. A two shot is a type of shot in which the frame encompasses a view of two people.  The shots are also used to show emotional reactions between the subjects. Local photographer Kym Shumsky has a talent for making strangers feel comfortable.  In her photo-blog Le Mien, she photographed 100 strangers over a 21-month period, culminating in an exhibit and book that raised $2,000 for Operation Rainbow Canada. She is now working on a new artistic endeavour called TwoShot, a... | Continue reading article

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