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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Whether you’re an environmentally-concerned fiancee, a Tibetan film buff, a tango aficionado or anything in between, this city’s got something for you this weekend. Tonight, Legion of Saints hits the stage at Babylon, while NDMA celebrates a new EP down at the Mercury Lounge. The Goodluck Assembly is giving a sneak peek of their new album at Cafe Dekcuf Friday night, and there will be lots of jazzy goodness with Molly Johnson at the NAC. The Flaps take over the GluePot Pub for their cd release party – The Hilotrons and... | Continue reading article

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Nancy Richler – March 7 talk at Octopus Books

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Nancy Richler is a fantastic writer and is a joy to read.  Luckily for local book lovers, the Montreal-native will be in Ottawa on Thursday discussing her latest novel The Imposter Bride, a beautifully written story that focuses on a heartbreaking mother-daughter relationship. The novel begins with a mysterious European woman who arrives in Montreal from Palestine just after World War Two.  Set to marry Sol, a man who she has never met, she is told on arrival by her husband-to-be that he no longer wishes to marry her.  Amidst this... | Continue reading article

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From demos to Demonstrations: Q&A with The Goodluck Assembly

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The Goodluck Assembly, formed by brothers Bruce and Mike Libbos, are set to release their sophomore album Demonstrations in May 2013.   This record is fresh, both to the band and the fans, and so rather than planning a release far in advance, they are ready to get the music out there. Which means, in true DIY indie spirit, the album will be out in May one way or another. “We have a record, we want to play it and we want people to hear it, so we’re going to give... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for February 28

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Photo by joshbg2k on flickr.Photo by joshbg2k on flickr.

Listen here or in iTunes. Ryan steered the show solo this week, and like many people around town, he’s really excited about the announcement that Björk will be playing Bluesfest this summer. He also had the chance to chat with the organizers of Femicon, the local International Women’s Day event at the Library and Archives on March 8. Next, the folks from Ideavibes called to talk about the Apps for Ottawa contest, which aims to reward developers for coming up with useful, creative, and effective applications using the City of Ottawa’s... | Continue reading article

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Homebased release new album, Get Busy

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Ottawa has entered a golden age of hip hop. Seriously. With acts like Jesse Dangerously, Philly Moves, Flight Distance, Atherton, and Homebased, you don’t have to go that far from the Transitway to find some really seasoned, talented rappers and turntablists making their way in this new capital city reality. Funnily enough, if one of those names is unfamiliar to you, it’s likely the last one. Stranger still, Homebased has been active and forceful in Ottawa since at least 2009. The trio chalks up their absence from the central discourse... | Continue reading article

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Wanderweg: A local filmmaker’s journey across Switzerland

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“With every travel, it is very much about space and time together,” says Neeko Paluzzi, a Masters student in communications at the University of Ottawa whose first feature-length documentary Wanderweg premieres this Thursday at 7pm at the Mayfair Theatre on Bank Street. “And this film is about two time periods coming together in the same space.” The film follows Paluzzi’s travels through Switzerland’s diverse and scenic cantons, but it is not a cinematic backpacker’s guide to Switzerland.  It is an intriguing, reflexive travel film that is “more about travel than about travelling,” and a... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: How well do you know our city?

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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! Can I have your number… 4 out of 5: You are officially in the know. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but a little quality google time may be in order. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in a while. 1 out of... | Continue reading article

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Party & Bullsh*t brings back the 90s

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Here’s a question: do you like Biggie? I mean Notorious B.I.G.; do you like him? He’s a rapper. He died 16 years ago (gawd I feel old). He was a pioneer, a visionary, an exceptional rapper. And so, this month, some of the localest of local deejays and rappers are throwing a big party in his honour, to mark the anniversary of his death. Atherton, Circa Beatz and So Nice will be there, kicking it nineties style with backwards caps pretty much everywhere. The thing is called Party & Bullshit... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogoshere: Urban development and local news

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Ottawa is in the midst of a development boom. Whether it’s the recently approved Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, plans to build several large condo buildings in the Preston/Carling area, the transformation of Wellington Street from Westboro to Hintonburg, the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, or the numerous other construction projects in the city, our national capital region is undergoing a large-scale change. This development has not gone unnoticed in the local blogosphere, which is why this week’s round-up of local blogs looks at sites that focus on the current transformation... | Continue reading article

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