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4in1 music sessions packs its bags and moves inside for the winter season

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The Love Machine at '4in1'. Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.The Love Machine at '4in1'. Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.

Matias is a music blogger at Ottawa Showbox as well as one of the organizers of the ’4in1′ Acoustic Sessions.  Earlier this year, it was decided that a series of acoustic sessions was needed in order to give a platform to artists in Ottawa’s blossoming music scene. No, the purpose was not to make money or promise fame and fortune to participants. The object is to give musicians an outlet to try out some new things, play some new (and old) material, and bring more people into this growing community of... | Continue reading article

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This week on Apartment613 Live: Royal Wood, Creative Mornings, and the one-dollar bookstore

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Listen here or on iTunes. Howdy, Apartment613 Live fans! Interested in buying a bookstore? Taking in a beer-themed lecture? Or simply hanging out at a local coffeeshop with one of Canada’s top singer-songwriters? Then you’ll definitely want to check out this week’s podcast. We kick things off with a preview of today’s Creative Mornings lecture — despite the name, this one’s actually taking place at noon — featuring Steve Beauchesne and all the creative goings-on at Vankleek Hill microbrewery Beau’s. Later on, we send intrepid Apartment613 editor Jared Davidson over to the Collected... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Yes, it’s the time of year when questionable warm wear can abound – particularly in the office. But! Embrace those ugly sweaters and put them to good use – who knows, you could win a worst dressed award. Everyone likes some fame, right? Anyways, on to regular-wear events: this weekend, there’s a heckuva lot of dancing happening. Tonight, it’s an aerobics-themed cabaret burlesque show and dance party at Babylon – channel your inner Richard Simmons! Tomorrow, party it up with Tanya Davis in a funked-up, souled-out shindig at Fall Down,... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Hollerado’s “Pick Me Up”

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The indie rocking Hollerado released yesterday what may be their oddest video yet. And for the band that once filmed themselves racing ostriches, that may be quite an accomplishment. As I look through Hollerado’s extensive library of music videos, it immediately becomes clear that this is a band that values the visual medium. Each of their productions is unique and compelling: you’ll find no formulaic band-rocks-out-under-bright-lights videos here. “Pick Me Up” is fever dream of puppetry, catchy tunes and balloons—so many balloons. It’s a bit hard to parse, but the video seems to... | Continue reading article

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Talkin’ wine, women and song with Royal Wood

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Okay, it’s still a few weeks until Royal Wood takes the stage at the National Arts Centre. But the Juno-nominated singer-songwriter made a brief pit stop in our city this week, and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to chat with him about all sorts of stuff — like his most recent album We Were Born to Glory, his marriage to fellow Canadian musician Sarah Slean, and his recent endeavours in the world of wine-tasting. (When he’s not dominating the CBC airwaves, Wood’s taking sommelier courses, haven’t you heard.) What... | Continue reading article

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My Neighbourhood Bites: Searching for Ottawa’s hidden foodie talent

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Ottawa residents are privileged by the rich cultural culinary landscape and all it has to offer. Mexican, sushi, Mediterranean, and of course, shawarma, are typically all available in Ottawa’s various neighborhoods. However, while great food is right around the corner, we all have our special recipes that we can’t wait to show off to friends, or recipes that have been in our families for decades that we attempt to master and make our own. The growing foodie movement, as well as the inevitable food porn found plastered all over the... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: free your data and your apps will follow.

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Photo by Lazy_Artist on flickr.Photo by Lazy_Artist on flickr.

Listen here or on iTunes. Or tune in to CHUO 89.1 FM every Wednesday at 9 p.m. This week Ryan was joined by Mike and Mike of Vanier Now fame, the foremost experts on the study of Vanier. They’re at the forefront of the collision (or collusion) of many disparate elements that are changing the very fabric of the neighbourhood, and over the last year their blog has become a beacon for those changes. Edward Ocampo-Gooding from Open Data took us into the local municipal data mines and gave us... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Ups and downs of local businesses, Sparks St. NYE party and more!

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

It appears another independent bookstore is biting the dust. Collected Works announced this weekend that it is for sale and, if not purchased by Christmas, will close its doors. As one of the few bookstores that focused on local authors, this is one business that will be missed. In happier news, the Mayfair Theatre has reached its fundraising goal of $45,000 that will allow it to purchase a digital project and stay in business. Lee Demarbre, one of the four co-owners of the Mayfair, told Centretown News early this month that, without a... | Continue reading article

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Leonard Cohen – a treat for the ears

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Photos courtesy of rparson86 on Flickr.Photos courtesy of rparson86 on Flickr.

By Marcel Chiasson Friday night Scotiabank Place had a treat beyond all expectations when Leonard Cohen and his excellent entourage engaged a packed house for over three hours. This included three encores, each longer than the last. The poetry of Cohen was the same as what we know & love, and the inimitable turn of phrase was ever present. What was striking was the showmanship, the inclusion of his players in many credits for great solos, and the clear appreciation for the audience, and for the beauty of women. The... | Continue reading article

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