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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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Apartment Crush: Sarah and Gregg’s mid-century bohemian labour of love

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Sarah, Martha and Gregg

Take a peek into the apartments and homes of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. Post by Katie Marsh, pictures by Katie Marsh and Gregg Blakely. If you would like us to feature your place in Apartment Crush, let us know by emailing apartment613@gmail.com For Sarah and Gregg, the arrival of baby Martha was, among other things, a decorating call to arms. The pregnancy gave the couple a strong incentive to transform their Centretown rowhouse from a party zone into a more family-oriented space. Rather than hire contractors to do the work... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: How to stay warm edition

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Photo of Sunfields courtesy their website.Photo of Sunfields courtesy their website.

Even though the temperatures are set to warm up ever so slightly this weekend, we know you might still feel the winter chill. So here are our top five ways to stay warm this weekend: 1. Go dancing! We all know it’s a great way to heat up the night – a little samba, a bit of funk and vintage reggae… Plus regular DJs at Zaphod’s, Babylon and the Mercury Lounge. Want some art mixed in with your beats? Head to Transmit on Friday. You can also kick up your heels with... | Continue reading article

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The Café Alt Concert Series features local (and not-so-local) treasures

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Photo Courtesy of Jared DavidsonPhoto Courtesy of Jared Davidson

Every day, a kazillion University of Ottawa students walk by Simard Hall, eyes forward, headphones on. Being a student is a tough gig, and each of them has numerous things to focus on, like not getting hit by that car at the cross walk or figuring out where the heck CUBE building is. Some will soldier on, fighting through the crowds and against the cold winds, while others will take refuge in Simard Hall’s basement, in Café Alt, the university’s only student run food vendor. The small café has become... | Continue reading article

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Our proposed name for Ottawa’s new CFL team

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A couple of weeks ago, we heard that the OSEG is contemplating the name Red Blacks for Ottawa’s future CFL team. However, it doesn’t look like residents support the proposition. A recent Ottawa Citizen Internet survey asked readers if Ottawa Red Blacks is a good name for the city’s new CFL team? An overwhelming majority, 91%, disapproved. Over 3,700 participated in the survey. The Ottawa Sun also solicited its readership to see what they thought of the potential name. Similar results from the Citizen’s questionnaire emerged, with 82% disliking it. Roughly 1,800 surfers voted. I have my... | Continue reading article

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Anna Frlan’s Interbellum: wartime steel

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All photos courtesy of Alejandro BustosAll photos courtesy of Alejandro Bustos

Anna Frlan’s current exhibit at the Ottawa School of Art is the best show that I have seen by a local artist. Comprising five steel sculptures, the exhibit Interbellum at the schools’ main gallery at 35 George Street is simply brilliant. An Ottawa-native whose parents came to Canada from Croatia following World War II, Frlan heard numerous stories about war while growing up. This background forms the seed of Interbellum, a word which describes the period between the First and Second World Wars. The spark that led her to create... | Continue reading article

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