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Inspiration comes from the other side of Lake Erie

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Debate #3 by Guillermo Trejo. Drypoint Etching on Cintra Board and Relief Print.Debate #3 by Guillermo Trejo. Drypoint Etching on Cintra Board and Relief Print.

Print-making, comparing Cleveland to Ottawa, and a new perspective on the United States. Guillermo Trejo talks to us days before the opening of his solo exhibit at La Petite Mort. Guillermo Trejo has been calling Ottawa home for the last 6 years already and has been in a number of group shows at La Petite Mort. A year or so ago, this piece attracted LPM owner Guy Berube’s eye and they started discussing collaboration on a show that would showcase Trejo’s trademark wood and lino cut work. A February date... | Continue reading article

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#BustOutYOW… it’s Maker: Nigel Vezeau

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Visual representation of the noise levels within an area of Ottawa by Nigel VezeauVisual representation of the noise levels within an area of Ottawa by Nigel Vezeau

Post by Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger. Initally posted on Artengine’s blog. To read our conversation with Megan Smith and Ryan Stec (Artengine’s Artistic Director), or for more information about the Critical Blogger Residency, click here. This month I caught up with Nigel Vezeau, an Ottawa-based maker. This post is part of the #BustOutYow series which aims to showcase people and projects that are creatively intervening in and engaging with the architecture of our surroundings; that are discussing or revealing public stories – publicly. They are people who are... | Continue reading article

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BREAKING NEWS: Imperial Food and Beverage is closed

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The brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupThe brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Apartment613 has confirmed that the Imperial restaurant on Bank street is now closed. According to owner Chris Edwards “they were unable to reach an agreement” with their landlord, forcing him to close the business. Our understanding is that the building is owned by the same folks as Barrymore’s. We’ve contacted them for a comment and we’ll be updating this story with any new information as we have it. Without a restaurant to run, Chris says that he’s planning to take a bit of time off now and perhaps do some... | Continue reading article

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Game Summit grows, moves to new venue

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Photo Courtesy of Joelle GuédonPhoto Courtesy of Joelle Guédon

Here at Apartment613, we like our digital media. Heck, for all you know we could be computers, sent from the future to enslave all humans with our blog posts. But as enamoured as we are with the world of ones and zeroes, it still doesn’t eclipse our love for clunky, physical board games. Nothing beats the joy of setting out a brand new board game, learning the rules, and crushing your friends with epic dice rolls. Multiply that joy by 100, and you have something of an idea of why... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Zip line on Sparks? Venture capitalism, and tourism in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy of Trevor Pritchard on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Trevor Pritchard on Flickr.

Sure, Ottawa and the national capital region gets its droves of tourists in the Summer, and during Winterlude and Tulipfest but I don’t really think of the capital as a touristy city like my hometown, Québec City. What brings tourists to Ottawa? The latest edition of the Ottawa Business Journal’s annual “book of lists” lists Leamy Lake casino as the top tourist attraction in the region with 2.8 million visits in 2011. Gatineau Park comes second at 2.7 million, and to David Reevely’s and my great surprise - the Rideau Carleton Raceway comes... | Continue reading article

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Taxidermy, meteorites and flashy duds: An evening at Nature Nocturne

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Photo by the Canadian Museum of NaturePhoto by the Canadian Museum of Nature

This past Friday, Ottawans in the know sought out an unusual destination for their  socializing: the Canadian Museum of Nature. See, they didn’t need some cheesy Ben Stiller movie to know that the inaugural Nature Nocturne, their after-hours dance party, was going to be cool. First conceived of in New York City, Nature Nocturne brought out more than one thousand well-dressed and curious folks who wandered through the museum’s galleries, participating in live art with the Luminartists and rocking the dance floor until midnight. The party — expected to become a... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 tours the local blogosphere: An introduction

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Photo courtesy of Geekgirly on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Geekgirly on Flickr.

Ottawa has an incredibly large blogging community. To help publicize this amazing body of work, Apt613 will provide a weekly round-up of some of the best posts in the city. To get things rolling, here are some websites worth reading. With our recent Arctic-like weather, it’s easy to be overcome with January blues. Andrea from a peak inside the fishbowl, however, has some positive thoughts on our recent deep freeze, as well as revealing that Westboro Beach is a great place to go sledding. If you want to find some... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Royal Wood reviews the Back Lane Café

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Photo courtesy of Trevor PritchardPhoto courtesy of Trevor Pritchard

Welcome to Foodie Friday at Apartment613 — a new feature in which we slice through the many layers of Ottawa’s food scene with the dexterity of a master chef.  Our first post  is particularly special: we got Juno-nominated musician Royal Wood to review the Back Lane Cafe, one of Ottawa’s most well-regarded new dining spots. And over the next year, we’ll be partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the new all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. Next up: a review... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for January 23: live performance from Yuri Bakker and an update on The Acorn

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Listen here or in iTunes. This week’s episode features a live musical set from Yuri Bakker who is in town as a musician in residence at Café Alt. Yuri plays Café Alt as part of a series organized by Popdrone starting February 1st. We also caught up with Rolf Klausener to get an update on The Acorn and his other on-going projects at the Manx and Arboretum. We round out the show with a chat with Marc Clairoux, a former gang member who will be taking part in the Ottawa Library’s... | Continue reading article

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