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The Suzuki & Rubin Eco Tour politely rocks the capital

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Photo courtesy of Graeme Cunningham.Photo courtesy of Graeme Cunningham.

Dr. David Suzuki – geneticist, environmentalist and the planet’s Steward-in-Chief – and Jeff Rubin – economist, award-winning author, and petrol price-prognosticator – arrived to a packed house at the Centretown United Church on Tuesday night. The event, part of their multi-city Eco Tour and organized by Octopus books, was moderated by  the leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May (a last minute replacement for CBC Ottawa Radio host, Robyn Bresnahan). The two impassioned, albethey alternatively motivated special guests delivered a refreshingly complementary one-two punch of economic and moral arguments for how climate change will or... | Continue reading article

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The Unrefined Olive: Olive Oil and Balsamic Tasting Bar

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Sampling wares prior to purchase is not often an option. The chance for this experience is what originally lured me to the Unrefined Olive: Olive Oil and Balsamic Tasting Bar, located on Second Avenue. Once I entered, however, I was guided through the store by knowledgeable staff and my afternoon soon turned out to be as informative as it was flavourful. They had me tossing back product and tossing aside misconceptions with equal fervor. Food does not improve the tasting experience. It turns out that there is no such thing... | Continue reading article

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Apply now! The 4th Annual Critical Blogging Residency at Artengine

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This year Apartment613 and Artengine continue our endeavor to foster new perspectives on the media arts landscape with an open call for the 2013 Critical Blogging Residency. This residency is for an art critic or cultural journalist from the Ottawa-Gatineau area, who will cross post thought-provoking dialogues on the Artengine and Apartment613 blogs throughout the year. Conceived as a creative space for expression and research into culture, technology and social engagement, the content and direction will be developed in consultation with the Artistic Director of Artengine. The residency begins with... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News 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 four questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 4 out of 4: News stud! Can I have your number… 3 out of 4: You are officially in the know. 2 out of 4: Not bad, but a little quality google time may be in order. 1 out of 4: Do you live in Ottawa? 0 out of 4: Current affairs dud… You might as well live in Toronto.  ... | Continue reading article

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3 O’Clock in the Afternoon is an evening well spent

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Photo by Erik Berg, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo by Erik Berg, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Presented by Carte Blanche, Norway’s National Company of Contemporary Dance, 3 O’Clock in the Afternoon debuts at the NAC this weekend. For this piece, Carte Blanche commissioned well-known and respected Norwegian choreographer and long-time Carte Blanche collaborator, Ina Christel Johannessen. In 3  O’Clock in the Afternoon, Johannessen questions the notion of boundaries – geographical, political and emotional – either created by or imposed upon us. The piece explores the impositions, necessity and navigation of those boundaries, and what it means to live within or outside of their delineations. The stage, subtly... | Continue reading article

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Tour de Blogosphere: Blogging Bookworms

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I love books. Interested in finding fellow readers, I searched the blogosphere for Ottawa bookworms. To my delight, the national capital region is filled with blogging bibliophiles, which are the focus of this week’s round-up of local blogs. Blogging Bookworms There is a surprisingly large number of Ottawa blogs dedicated to publishing book reviews and literary-related posts. While the list below is not exhaustive, it will give you a good idea of where to find suggestions for new books, authors and in some cases local literary news. Meaghan, a senior... | Continue reading article

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Like (or hate) what we do? Take our reader survey!

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We do what we do here at Apt613 for two reasons: we have fun doing it, and we hope that it helps you connect with city in new and wonderful ways. For the most part we aren’t hard-nosed journalists, just people with day jobs and delusions of blogging grandure. We know we do somethings well, others less so (typos for example, although in our defense we’re pretty sure our spell-checker is possessed by a daemon). If you like what we do here, or if you don’t but – like a... | Continue reading article

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Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Dr. John, David Byrne and St. Vincent to headline mainstage at Ottawa Jazz Festival

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The Jazz Festival announced their line-up for the main stage today, with a few big names topping the list. I’m particularly excited about getting a chance to see David Byrne and St. Vincent live. I love their album and it should be a great show. It’s also your chance to see a few icons of the music industry. It’s not every day that Willie Nelson and Aretha Franklin come to town. The program also features Macy Gray with a Big Band collaborator, as well as a full roster of more... | Continue reading article

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BADBADNOTGOOD bound to Ritual

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Over the past 18 months, the music world has opened up for Toronto based trio BADBADNOTGOOD and they’ve spread themselves into it. Their jazzified hip-hop is bold and bodacious, and is getting loads of attention. A Youtube video featuring the band alongside Odd Future’s Tyler the Creator has gotten nearly 1 million views. They backed Grammy winning Frank Ocean at last year’s Coachella Festival, and have laid down tracks for hip-hop legends like Ghostface Killah. Having released two “studio” albums, and two live albums for free on their website, the... | Continue reading article

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