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Weekly New Quiz: How well do you know your city?

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Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Desserts of the World Festival: Celebrate Mother’s Day by putting her in a sugar coma

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Who knew that there was a glaring gap in the city’s roster of summer festivals? I didn’t until I found out about the Desserts of the World Festival, taking place this Wednesday, May 8th at the Shenkman Arts Centre. Now that I think about it, the lack of a festival focusing exclusively on baked goods and other sweets was a shocking omission, one that has shamed Ottawa until now. The premise of the event is simple: pay a $20 admission, then sample a variety of sweet things from around the world... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Cooking, Food & Drink

Video of the week: Coffee cupping competition

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Last month, a team from Bridgehead traveled down to Guatemala to visit the sources of their coffees. They traveled throughout the countryside, meeting growers and visiting cooperatives. One of the highlights? A cupping competition to determine the best coffees produced by CODECH, an umbrella cooperative that represents 300+ farmers in rural Huehuetanango. Here, we get a glimpse into the wonderful world of cupping – coffee beans are ground, brewed, smelled, tasted, spit out and analysed by judges. Some of the best end up here in our city – that medium... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Family blogs (and cute babies too)

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The National Capital Region has a lot of blogging parents.  In fact, after viewing more than 600 local blogs, I would argue that there are more family-friendly sites in our region than those that focus on hockey or politics.  With this in mind, this week’s column contains a round-up of family blogs. Recommended Starting Points The Ottawa Mommy Club is a fantastic source of information for parents and anyone else interested in family-related posts.  Their list of bloggers alone has dozens of sites that cover everything from parenting to home... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for May 2, 2013

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Listen here or on iTunes. Ryan and Katie started the show off with an interview with provocative local photographer Jonathan Hobin. Though his images of children in metaphorical representations drawn from world issues may be familiar to Ottawans, his work is starting to make waves (and draw criticism) internationally. He is currently about to have his first solo exhibition in Toronto, but he took the time to call in from a hotel lobby in Hogtown. Next, they chatted with Lee and Janik, who are both a part of this weekend’s... | Continue reading article

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Videos of the Week: Winners of the Teen Tech Video Awards

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The Ottawa Public Library recently announced the winners of the third annual Teen Tech Week Video Contest.  Teens aged 13 to 18 were invited to create a one-minute video about their favourite book. The video could be a book trailer, parody, review, dramatization of their favourite scene, or anything related to their book of choice.  Below are the top three videos. 1st Place: (Curious George Rides a Bike).  Directed by Zachary Spence, a graduate of Canterbury High School, and starring his two friends, Max Spence and Ryan Graves. 2ndPlace: (Silver Wing).  Directed... | Continue reading article

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Got mad administration skillz? We’re hiring!

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Apt613 is busier than ever! We need some help to make sure we can continue to cover the events, news and arts that we love. We’re looking for a part-time blog coordinator to help out with the day-to-day operations of the website, which include: assisting our volunteer writers and editors by editing and posting daily blog articles; promoting articles on social media; responding to inquiries about coverage and partnerships; programming our weekly radio show, Apartment613 Live; helping to plan events. If this sounds like something you’re interested in taking on,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: May the Fourth be with you edition

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May 4 has for long been a landmark date for Star Wars fans. But recently, it’s moved beyond being a reason for private snickering between sci-fi devotees with a penchant for wordplay, becoming a holiday of sorts for geeks of all stripes. If this sounds like you, be sure to take part in a double dosage of geeky revelry by hitting local comic book stores for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 4. The Comic Book Shoppe promises to give away a selection of free comics, complete with photo opportunities... | Continue reading article

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Best cocktails in Ottawa

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I transplanted here from New York in July 2012 and I have a confession to make. In my first few months in Ottawa I dragged my partner into various random places (often on Elgin St.) for a drink, and then complained that, “no one in this town knows how to make a proper Negroni!”  He would simply roll his eyes and tell me not to say that too loudly. Yes, I know it sounds a little pretentious and obnoxious, but it seemed to be the sad, honest truth.  Part of... | Continue reading article

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