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Join us at Jane’s Walk Ottawa 2013

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Photo courtesy of Justinvl from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupPhoto courtesy of Justinvl from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Every year Apartment613 works with Jane’s Walk Ottawa - a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours - to give a tour of an area where we love to hang. We pull together some of the business owners we know (and some we want to know better) and ask them the sorts of questions we’d ask if we were interviewing them for the blog. We lead a group of walkers door-to-door to listen in on the conversation. It’s a neat opportunity to see a neighborhood close-up and meet some of the people that we think are... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Bluff by Little Stella

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A nice tune and cute video by Ottawa’s Little Stella, a Folk/Rock/Pop/Electronic group with hints of country. What started as a high school act in Manotick (what’s in the water over there, some kind of nuclear waste that turns all their kids into musicians?) The song is from their 2012 self-titled EP.

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Four Cellos put on a magnetic show

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Photo by Lidija Marie Rozitis.Photo by Lidija Marie Rozitis.

It’s not very often that a church is packed on a Tuesday morning, but that was the case this past week at St. Andrew’s Church in the Glebe. It was a full house as audience members came to see four notable cellists (Julian Armour, Denise Djokic, Paul Marleyn, and Stéphane Tétreault) perform both classical and modern pieces. Before the show, as the audience waited in line to find their seats, I couldn’t help but notice I was one of the few to represent my own age demographic. While the time slot for... | Continue reading article

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Steve Adamyk on his band’s latest record, plans for 2013, and his punk music infuences

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Photo of the Steve Adamyk Band by Andrew CarverPhoto of the Steve Adamyk Band by Andrew Carver

Steve Adamyk is the front-man for the Steve Adamyk Band, one of the best bands going in Ottawa right now.  Their latest album Third was released this past February on Dirtnap Records.  Steve was nice enough to talk with me on Facebook about the group’s upcoming tour, the first punk bands he ever listened to, and more.  Below is a transcript of our discussion edited for length. Apartment613: What’s coming up in 2013 that you’re excited about? Steve Adamyk:  We’ve got a west-coast tour coming up in May, for starters, that we’re... | Continue reading article

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Tonight: Northern Scene kicks off with SWARM

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From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Looking for something to do tonight? As a part of the launch of Northern Scene, a handful of galleries in Ottawa and Gatineau will be hosting events, exhibition openings and performances by some of the best talent coming from the North. Billed as “the largest gathering of artists from Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut”, the festival will showcase more than 250 artists over ten days. SWARM starts with a gallery crawl at 6pm — to get around the city you can walk, bike or take a ride... | Continue reading article

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Song of the Week: One Sweet Day by Common Citizens

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Photo courtesy of Common Citizens on facebookPhoto courtesy of Common Citizens on facebook

The perfect pre-weekend state of relaxation does not come by itself: you have to work at it. A sunny day, glass of wine and of course a great song. One Sweet Day by local electronic act Common Citizens hits just the right note to get you ready for whatever you have planned on Friday night. The duo – comprised of Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner – remix Mariah Carey’s “One Sweet Day” featuring Boyz II Men beyond recognition, creating a smooth track that will wind you down without putting you... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Shotgun Jimmie's release party is Friday night. Photo courtesy his website.Shotgun Jimmie's release party is Friday night. Photo courtesy his website.

Get yourself in the weekend groove with this exclusive Apartment613/Ceremony mix, curated by Gary Franks, one of our fave Ceremony DJs. It’s the perfect soundtrack to deciding how you want to kick up your weekend! There’s a stellar line up of Northern artists, musicians and more stopping by our city for the next week for Northern Scene – it’s well worth your time to seek some out! There’s a fashion show, an art party featuring 15 artists in one night, and a welcome ceremony to kick it all off tonight.... | Continue reading article

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Broker4tickets.com: A local startup that both nurtures and capitalizes on our love of hockey

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From Broker4Tickets' Facebook pageFrom Broker4Tickets' Facebook page

Neil Cooke has found a way to bring together two of our favourite things: entrepreneurship and hockey. Earlier this season, he launched broker4tickets.com, a local start-up that bases its business in making it easier for Ottawans to get closer than ever to the hockey they crave — by enabling season ticket holders to sell their unused tickets to other fans. Last week, I swung by the Broker4Tickets office in Kanata to speak with Cooke (President and CEO) and Stuart Sage (Director of Business Operations), to learn a bit about how their business strives... | Continue reading article

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Mike Dubue wants to compose you a ringtone (and score a silent film)

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Mike Dubue, former front-man of the Hilotrons, is trying his hand at another silent film.  You might remember these events happening at the Mayfair a while back.  This time Mike and a group of local musicians have rented out the ByTowne Cinema to present The Adventures of Prince Achmed with an original score.  They are looking for help in putting this event on and have created an indiegogo campaign where you can donate money in return for tickets and other pretty cool rewards.  Among the goodies offered to donors, Mike will... | Continue reading article

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Big Dick show off Colours

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Photo courtesy of Remi Theriault.Photo courtesy of Remi Theriault.

Ottawa punk rockers Big Dick released their first video off of their self-titled debut today. The video, directed by Lesley Demo, Media Art Coordinator for Arboretum Festival features some sweet visuals from snowy Ottawa, some wrastlin’ and good ole’ rock’n'roll. Big Dick plays at Mavericks on April 27th with Single Mothers. Big thanks to Rolf Klausener for the tip.

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