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Join us at Jane’s Walk Ottawa 2013

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Photo courtesy of Justinvl from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupPhoto courtesy of Justinvl from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Every year Apartment613 works with Jane’s Walk Ottawa - a festival of free neighbourhood walking tours - to give a tour of an area where we love to hang. We pull together some of the business owners we know (and some we want to know better) and ask them the sorts of questions we’d ask if we were interviewing them for the blog. We lead a group of walkers door-to-door to listen in on the conversation. It’s a neat opportunity to see a neighborhood close-up and meet some of the people that we think are... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Clive Doucet’s new novel explores the process of reinventing oneself

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Photo of Clive Doucet by Andrew BalfourPhoto of Clive Doucet by Andrew Balfour

Many Ottawa residents know Clive Doucet as a former municipal politician, the principled city councillor who served for four terms at City Hall and who ran unsuccessfully for Mayor in 2010. What some local residents may not be aware of, however, is his remarkable literary career that has seen Doucet publish numerous books and several plays. “The reality is that I have always been an artist and a writer,” Doucet tells me in a phone interview.  ”This is my lifetime’s work.” While his involvement in city politics from 1997 to... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: April 29, 2013

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Photo courtesy of Ross Dunn.Photo courtesy of Ross Dunn.

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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Apartment613 Live for April 25, 2013

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Photo by peetje2 on flickrPhoto by peetje2 on flickr

Listen here or in iTunes. Hey loyal Apt613 readers! This week we’re trying out something new on the Apartment613 Live post. Now you can listen to each individual show segment by using the handy Soundcloud widget below each description. Let us know if you like this in the comments. If you haven’t yet, be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes. This week’s show was about eating and dancing, but not about eating while dancing, which would probably be uncomfortable and wouldn’t turn out well for anyone. Ryan and Karen... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Bluff by Little Stella

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A nice tune and cute video by Ottawa’s Little Stella, a Folk/Rock/Pop/Electronic group with hints of country. What started as a high school act in Manotick (what’s in the water over there, some kind of nuclear waste that turns all their kids into musicians?) The song is from their 2012 self-titled EP.

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Tour de blogosphere: Blogging cooks

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Photo by Robert Couse-Baker courtesy of FlickrPhoto by Robert Couse-Baker courtesy of Flickr

The Ottawa blogosphere is filled with blogging chefs who post their culinary secrets online.  To showcase this celebration of cuisine, this week’s column will focus on local cooking blogs.  Sites that primarily contain restaurant reviews and/or discuss culinary subjects in general will be covered in a future story. Before proceeding, however, I would like to give a shout-out to foodiePrints, who compiled this great list of almost 150 food-related blogs.  While some of these sites are dormant, most are active and provided me with a strong starting point for this... | Continue reading article

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Four Cellos put on a magnetic show

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Photo by Lidija Marie Rozitis.Photo by Lidija Marie Rozitis.

It’s not very often that a church is packed on a Tuesday morning, but that was the case this past week at St. Andrew’s Church in the Glebe. It was a full house as audience members came to see four notable cellists (Julian Armour, Denise Djokic, Paul Marleyn, and Stéphane Tétreault) perform both classical and modern pieces. Before the show, as the audience waited in line to find their seats, I couldn’t help but notice I was one of the few to represent my own age demographic. While the time slot for... | Continue reading article

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Steve Adamyk on his band’s latest record, plans for 2013, and his punk music infuences

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Photo of the Steve Adamyk Band by Andrew CarverPhoto of the Steve Adamyk Band by Andrew Carver

Steve Adamyk is the front-man for the Steve Adamyk Band, one of the best bands going in Ottawa right now.  Their latest album Third was released this past February on Dirtnap Records.  Steve was nice enough to talk with me on Facebook about the group’s upcoming tour, the first punk bands he ever listened to, and more.  Below is a transcript of our discussion edited for length. Apartment613: What’s coming up in 2013 that you’re excited about? Steve Adamyk:  We’ve got a west-coast tour coming up in May, for starters, that we’re... | 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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