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Video of the week: Refugee Rights by Ikenna Onyegbula

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<iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/zHthlErCOLU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> We don’t often talk federal politics on Apt613, but we thought this topic was important because it’s not just about politics, but also human rights. When the Canadian government announced it was implementing cuts to health insurance for refugees, it created a big backlash among many groups – from new Canadians to the healthcare community. The government has thus far stood by its plan. The changes have been described by civil society organizations like Amnesty International as “unconstitutional” and falling “short of international legal requirements with... | 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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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway!

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It’s St. Paddy’s day this weekend, folks, and we’ve got just the burlesque show to celebrate. Need something a little more traditional? Head out to your local pub, Irish or not! Guaranteed they’ll be in a festive mood. Tonight at the NAC, you can catch the hip-hop/rock/soul music of Sound of Lions, while Algoma releases her new album down at the Mercury Lounge. Three local bands will take to the stage at the Lunenburg Pub for their weekly battle of the bands – this week, Go Long (!), Leadfoot Pretty,... | Continue reading article

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Upcoming NAC show Beyond the Railroad to shed light on black Canadian history

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Photo courtesy of Greg "Ritallin" Frankson.Photo courtesy of Greg "Ritallin" Frankson.

February is Black History month and the stories of Black Canadians are rich, but often remain untold or neglected in common historical discourse. Ottawa story-tellers Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson and Ruthanne Edward will shed light on the varied experiences of Black Canadians in Beyond the Railroad: Black History in Canada, this Thursday, February 21, at the National Art’s Centre’s 4th stage. Edward and Frankson’s show is intended to challenge assumptions and perceptions of Black Canadian history. As part of the Ottawa Storytellers, they will combine story-telling with singing to describe the experiences of Black Canadian men and women... | Continue reading article

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Creative Mornings takes on Happiness

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“Happiness” illustration by Jen Mussari“Happiness” illustration by Jen Mussari

This Friday, Creative Mornings is taking on the issue of happiness. John Zelenski from Carleton University is the director of the happiness lab, a facility devoted to testing what makes us happy and how we can control and manage our happiness. If Ottawa’s long (and cold) winter is getting you down, this morning lecture might be just what you need. We sent a few questions over to Zelenski to find out more about his work and his lab. Apartment613: Can you explain the link between nature and happiness? Does this bode... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.

It’s back to being chilly, which has all of the skaters in the city crossing their fingers and hoping that the canal will open soon… For those of you needing a bit of extra warmth, while Winternude sounds like a very cold activity, it’s gonna be hot. Local band Good2Go will be at the Atomic Rooster tomorrow night, while down at Raw Sugar there’s a fundraiser/party for the Ottawa Rock Lottery, featuring Zoo Legacy, a screening of the ORL documentary, and a DJ dance party. Also in fundraisers, the Carleton... | Continue reading article

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Get ready to rumble, and weep: Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon bring Gender Failure to the 613

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Post by Courtney Powless. Kitchen-table storyteller Ivan Coyote and country-turned-electropop musician Rae Spoon bring their show Gender Failure to Carleton University on November 22. Apartment613 caught up with Coyote over the phone to get the scoop on the show that unwraps and unravels the gender binary and promises to make you rumble with laughter, and weep. Apartment613: You have a seven-year artistic partnership with Rae Spoon. Was Gender Failure a long-time project, or a more spontaneous idea—how did you come to it? Ivan Coyote: In the past, Rae and I... | Continue reading article

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Taste of CHUO: A new (and delicious) yearly treat

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All photos courtesy of Alejandro BustosAll photos courtesy of Alejandro Bustos

Ottawa City Hall erupted with appetizing flavours this past Sunday, as local restaurants dished up samples of their culinary specialities as part of Support Local month. Doubling as a fundraiser for University of Ottawa campus radio station CHUO, the first annual Taste of CHUO brought together almost a dozen restaurants that offered everything from Ethiopian cuisine to Salvadoran dishes to Caribbean flavours. Local brewer Kichesippi Beer also poured some of their tasty creations for those looking to wash down all of the tasty treats. “The name ‘A Taste of CHUO’... | Continue reading article

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Laughing with Goldstein at the Ottawa Writer’s Fest

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Photo Courtesy of Dwight WilliamsPhoto Courtesy of Dwight Williams

From the moment that Jonathan Goldstein steps into the lights and behind the podium, he looks uncomfortable. Within mere minutes, the audience is laughing. The guffaws, hoots and chuckles that sound through the church continue throughout the evening as he reads from his book, converses with the host and fields questions from the audience. Though I can’t actually see the shimmering glare of perspiration on his neck or bald head, I imagine he’s sweating. I wouldn’t expect less. It’s part of his humour and part of why we laugh. Goldstein,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Spooky-ish edition

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Photo courtesy rickbond79 on Flickr.Photo courtesy rickbond79 on Flickr.

With Halloween just around the corner, there’s a whole bunch of events hiding behind a bush, waiting to jump out at you and reduce you to a puddle of fear. But be brave, Ottawans, and head out to look those ghouls in the face. For those of you with wicked awesome costumes, this Mobile Costume Party is where you should be Friday night. Missed last week’s zombie walk? Westboro will have a few of them wandering around. Zaphod’s is throwing an Indie Rock Halloween Party, and you can transform into your favourite Hollywood... | Continue reading article

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