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An interview with Wes Marskell of The Darcys

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Fans of Arts & Crafts records will want to catch the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival on February 2, when Toronto’s The Darcys team up with Montreal’s Pawa Up First at the University of Ottawa’s Academic Hall. Let’s make sure we give them a warm welcome Ottawa, because both of these bands will be traveling long distances on treacherous winter roads to bring you some sweet sweet sounds. I recently had the chance to connect with Wes Marskell from The Darcys by phone, and we had a great chat that covered... | Continue reading article

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Sexual Overtones brrrrlesque returns

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Sexual Overtones is known for their sexual satire, quirky humour and clever skits. Burlesque and vaudeville lovers in the city will have noticed their absence over the last year, so when posters began popping up around town for their latest show, Winternude, excitement started building. Set for Saturday night down at St. Brigid’s, Winternude is sure to thaw any winter chill you’re feeling. We at Apartment613 sent some questions to two troupe members, Powder Puff and Aristotle O’Nasty, find out more about what they got up to on their hiatus and... | Continue reading article

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3 Brasseurs brings its tasty brews to Sparks Street

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As Ottawa’s love affair with the beer brewing industry rages on, hot and heavy, new brew pubs seem to be popping up every other day. Last year saw the opening of so many such establishments that to list them all here would be futile. Instead, take a gape at our beer map. Yup. There’s a lot of beer in Ottawa. But is there enough? I think not. Which is why I was pleased to see the opening of 3 Brasseurs’ first Ottawa location. The French brewer, whose beer has become... | Continue reading article

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Scary Bear Soundtrack launches new music video, takes two year hiatus

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Usually ‘rock star’ and ‘human rights lawyer’ aren’t two vocations you’d think would go together. The former involves lots of tireless practice, touring, performances, and maybe the odd trashed hotel room. The latter involves representing people in cases of poverty, racial and sexual discrimination and domestic abuse, and, if your name is Gloria Guns, going to court in your longjohns. Guns, the frontwoman of Ottawa band Scary Bear Soundtrack, will be leaving at the end of the month to spend two years in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, practicing human rights law... | Continue reading article

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The Amalgamation gears up for new album release

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Blasting from beat-up antique speakers hooked up to a wobbly turntable in a smoky bar – the ideal listening situation for a band like The Amalgamation. Timmins-conceived and Ottawa-based, the band currently consists of two men who know the meaning of rock, Jeff Bertrand and Brad Martel. Their sound is sometimes described in line with a Dinosaur Jr. or a Black Keys vibe: loud guitar licks with a funky backbeat. After a Bluesfest performance last summer, the band settled down to record their second full length album. Due out in the... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: NHL’s back, save yourself from the flu, condos in New Edinburgh and more!

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The NHL lockout is finally over and the Sens, like many other teams, have promo-galore to entice fans back to Scotiabank Place. “Among the offerings to the fans is free parking on opening night, free admission to kids 14 years of age and younger in four of the first 10 home games, $1 popcorn and pop in seven of the first 10 games and half price merchandise up until the end of opening night at home.” Will the love of the game, or the special treats see you go back... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for Jan. 9, 2013

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Listen here, or in iTunes. In this edition, Ryan and Karen take to the airwaves to chat with Jason Pelletier of Spins and Needles to talk about their new endeavour. They also air two interviews by their common co-host, Trevor: first, with Gloria Song of Scary Bear Soundtrack, who are playing their last show on Jan. 16, and second, with Mathieu Fleury, the city councilor behind the drive to bring Monocle editor-in-chief Tyler Brule to Ottawa to make suggestions as to how to fix our city. Musical stylings come courtesy... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Plaid Parade!

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The lovely folks over at Velo Vogue captured the delighted (if not slightly chilled) faces of the Plaid Parade participants back in November. Part of Support Local month, the bike parade brought out Ottawans dressed in their finest plaid, which they displayed en masse riding about Hintonburg, down through the Experimental Farm, and back to SuzyQ Doughnuts. Who knew Ottawans were so down with Scottish fashion? While there were no kilt mishaps to report, you will catch a glimpse or two of the infamous Kichesippi beer bike in this whimsical... | Continue reading article

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Impact Academy: Building skills for the greater good

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HUB Ottawa has now shed its beta status and is entering its most important year yet. The organization was launched a year ago as a collaborative space for Ottawa’s social innovators to network, build relationships, work on projects and learn new skills. To that end, HUB Ottawa has been hosting a number of brown bag lunches and talks on varied topics, including Apt613′s first ever live panel. However, there was a need for something more structured and systematic, with content tailored more directly to HUB members’ needs and ambitions. Enter Impact Academy, which on January... | Continue reading article

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