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Valentine’s Day Roundup

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Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist in Apt613's Flickr pool.Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist in Apt613's Flickr pool.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching love is in the air (or yet again, it may just be your breath that you’re seeing with the ridiculous cold weather outside). Before we digress, however, let’s proudly proclaim that as hardy Canadians full of love we won’t let Mother Nature get in the way of romance. So if you still have not planned a night out with your amore on February 14, fret not, as we have compiled a list of date suggestions. Restaurants Levante Bistro at 180 Rideau Street is organizing a special Valentine’s menu for... | Continue reading article

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The Chamber Players unveil Rush Hour Concerts: Classical music on the go!

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Emcee Julie Nesrallah flips the last page of her prepared notes. Everyone gathered in St.  Andrew’s Church on Kent lets out an audible breath of relief. We empathize with the poor CBC Radio 2 host, who seems to be a little short of breath herself. It seems there’s simply too much to say about the Chamber  Players of Canada. Let’s set the scene a bit. It’s a snowy night in Ottawa. The streets are slick and empty, most weather-fearing folks having opted to stay in and skip the awfulness. And... | Continue reading article

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Speed gaming at the Meeples Republic: Take the long march to new friends

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Photo courtesy of Randy Son Of Robert on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Randy Son Of Robert on Flickr.

It’s one of the most common questions we get asked at the blog: how do I meet new people in this city? Cruising the bars solo is a crap shoot, and not everyone is inclined to sign up for Dodgeball at OSSC (I, for one, cannot even look at a dodgeball due to long-standing elementary school trama). Enter The Meeples Republic: a new service that hopes to put the social into social gaming. TMR founders Ashley and Ka (full disclosure: Ashley is a longstanding Apt613 contributor) wanted to combine their love of... | Continue reading article

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Tour de bloggosphere: Photo-blogs and photographers

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Photo courtesy of Paul WisenbergPhoto courtesy of Paul Wisenberg

Greetings fellow blogophiles as we take another look at the impressive array of local bloggers. This week we focus on the visual arts, as we surf the numerous photo-blogs in our city. One excellent site is Ottawa Seen 365 Ways in 365 Days, where amateur photographer Christophe Ledent posts a different photo of the national capital region each day. (See Local Tourist Ottawa for more details on Christophe’s work). Another impressive blog is Singing Moon, which contains gorgeous snapshots of our region. If you enjoy live bands, Ottawa-based photographer and music lover Ming... | Continue reading article

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Undercurrents review

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Photo courtesy of Julie LaurinPhoto courtesy of Julie Laurin

Tuesday evening marked the beginning of Ottawa’s third annual undercurrents festival at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (1233 Wellington Street West). Festival Director Pat Gauthier’s  showcase of six theatre productions includes a mix of local and national creations that highlight some of the best cutting-edge theatre in the country. With each show lasting about an hour at the most, very reasonable ticket prices, multiple performances, and productions you might not normally get to see—or know about until after the fact — the festival is one of the most accessible theatre available.... | Continue reading article

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Still Standing You? A relationship in dance

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Photo courtesy the NAC website.Photo courtesy the NAC website.

The National Arts Center launched an engaging new dance series this week called Face 2 Face, featuring work of four international companies presented at three venues in Ottawa (NAC Studio, ArtsCourt Theatre and ArtsCourt studio). Face 2 Face presents duets as the thematic focus to tie the series together. The duet provides a perfect idiom for choreographers to explore the intricacies and negotiations of relationships. In one of these performances, Still Standing You? the assumptions, pitfalls and beauty of relationships is tackled by the two very different choreographers/creators/dancers, Pieter Ampe... | Continue reading article

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Les Coquettes bring the art of tease to Centrepointe

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Photo provided by Les Coquettes.Photo provided by Les Coquettes.

This Saturday, Toronto’s Les Coquettes will bring their style of burlesque cabaret to Centrepointe theatre for their first ever “soft-seat” show. The troupe has been gigging in and around the Greater Toronto Area for the last nine years, so local burlesque fans are in for a real treat. To sweeten the deal, Toronto’s infamous and vivacious Coco Framboise will be along for the ride. Even better, you can read more about how to get free tickets to the show through Apartment613 at the bottom of this post. Les Coquettes co-founder... | Continue reading article

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Snowblower offers up a healthy, sex-positive festival for guys into guys

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Snowblower is an annual winter festival that addresses the unique health and wellness needs of gay men in Ottawa. It’s a community-based festival organized out of the Aids Coalition of Ottawa (ACO), with programming designed to engage men who have sex with men in a sex-positive dialogue about their health. Over 11 days in February, the team behind snowblower will present workshops, parties and information sessions all under this theme. We caught up with Nick Valela, the coordinator of the festival, to find out what he’s got planned for the... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613′s 2013 Big Sexy O-Town Survey!

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Photo courtesy of je@n on flickrPhoto courtesy of je@n on flickr

Once again we are Valentine’s Day as an excuse to run our annual sex syurvy! Our goal: to satisfy our own voyeuristic streak to provide a safe and serious place to discuss sexual issues of great import, such as Ottawa’s best makeout spot. While some of the questions in this year’s survey are new, for the most part we are sticking to the questions designed by Nadine Thornhill, a sexual health educator and blogger at Adorkable Undies. Thanks again to Venus Envy’s Shelly Taylor for her input. With two years... | Continue reading article

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Game Day: A Game Summit Photoblog

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All photos courtesy of Joelle GuédonAll photos courtesy of Joelle Guédon

Game Summit is in full swing over the river at the Palais de Congres in Gatineau, and apt613 is hitting the floor to play some… some games of giant Catan? Kafkaesque? Yes. Fun? Also yes! I discovered some brand new board games that now hold a special place in my cold heart. So, now I’ll shut up and dim the lights. The photo blog is below! Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

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