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Video of the week: Refugee Rights by Ikenna Onyegbula

<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 […]

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

Tonight: Northern Scene kicks off with SWARM

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 […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway!

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWt2yijiCB8[/youtube] 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, […]

Photo courtesy of Greg "Ritallin" Frankson.

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

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. […]

“Happiness” illustration by Jen Mussari

Creative Mornings takes on Happiness

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 […]

Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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 […]

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

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 […]

All photos courtesy of Alejandro Bustos

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

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 […]

Photo Courtesy of Dwight Williams

Laughing with Goldstein at the Ottawa Writer’s Fest

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 […]

Photo courtesy rickbond79 on Flickr.

Weekend roundup: Spooky-ish edition

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 […]

Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDB0HD4J2Ec[/youtube] Ottawa is bursting at the seams this weekend – we’re definitely not ready to let go of festival season quite yet. Today, House of Paint kicks off for four days of graffiti, hip hop and breakdancing. And Saturday is Arboretum, the newest boutique festival celebrating all things local – we’re talking food, […]

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Apartment613 Live: Two Shows for the Price of None!

Apt613 Live is dropping two new shows this week. On the first, we play some music from this year’s Bluesfest, Karen interviews Greg Searle from Harvest Noir, the guys behind 327 Wine Bar on Somerset. And we do it all without the guiding hands or smooth sultry voices of Ryan or Trevor. Despite our impediments, […]

Photo courtesy of Hip Hop Karaoke Ottawa

Hip Hop Karaoke’d

I’m standing at the side of the stage, my palms sweaty (something about spaghetti). DJ So Nice is warming up the crowd with a few of his trademark beats. It’s a hot night, and Mugshots, the bar behind the Ottawa Jail Hostel, is packed to capacity. All heads are turned to the stage. The audience […]

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We’re reviewing EVERY SINGLE FRINGE PLAY!

Hey guys – we’re sort of checked out for the weekend. We’re going to be spending most of our time over at www.fullyfringed.ca reviewing every single play at this year’s Fringe Festival. This is our third year taking the project on and it’s a great time. We hope that Fully Fringed can help make the […]

Photo courtesy of the Destruction facebook group

Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

If you missed the crazy fun that was Chinatown last week, have no fear – the art stays up for another few weeks. You might have to create your own installation pieces or bring your own robots, though… (If you need a gently used set of robots, your best bet is to check out the […]

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