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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Yes, there are egg hunts happening this weekend!. And if you’re feeling a bit of spring fever, head to the Black Sheep for a remedy or two. There’s a ton of music adventures to be had over the next few days. Danny Michel plays again tonight at the NAC Studio, after a great show yesterday. Also tonight, it’s the Winners Circle Edition of the weekly Battle of the Bands at the Lunenburg Pub – the best of the best face off against each other. Tomorrow night, you’re going to have to... | Continue reading article

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TwoShot: Different photographic perspectives, one fantastic project

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Photo by Kym Shumsky (Sossusvlei, Namibia)Photo by Kym Shumsky (Sossusvlei, Namibia)

Two-shot (ˈtwo-ˌʃɑt ) 1. (Cinema) a medium-range camera shot of two persons: 2. A two shot is a type of shot in which the frame encompasses a view of two people.  The shots are also used to show emotional reactions between the subjects. Local photographer Kym Shumsky has a talent for making strangers feel comfortable.  In her photo-blog Le Mien, she photographed 100 strangers over a 21-month period, culminating in an exhibit and book that raised $2,000 for Operation Rainbow Canada. She is now working on a new artistic endeavour called TwoShot, a... | Continue reading article

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Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen: Yet another win for west-end foodies

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Despite the lack of a sign over the door, the opening of Richard’s Hintonburg Kitchen over the weekend was one of the neighbourhood’s worst kept secrets. And while west-enders are rejoicing over yet another high calibre addition to a neighbourhood already packed with foodie destinations, it must be a weight off the back of founder and head chef Richard Nigro. He’s been piecing the new venture together for quite some time, and to hear from kitchen staff Lynda Hall, last-minute tweaks (like the addition of a door to mask the entrance to... | Continue reading article

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Roberta Bondar at Cafe Alt: “We saw them when…”

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Photo courtesy Roberta Bondar's website.Photo courtesy Roberta Bondar's website.

Appreciators of the pioneering lady spaceman Roberta Bondar may be disappointed that she hasn’t, in fact, embarked upon a second career in music. The Roberta Bondar that played, along with opening acts Wtchs and Couples, to a packed house at Café Alt on Friday night is instead a group of four Ottawa musicians who play what they describe as “steamy noise rock.” The show was to celebrate the release of their new EP Hiss, released on cassette by local label Bruised Tongue. Roberta Bondar’s music is dense and rhythmic, full of... | Continue reading article

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Luca’s revenge: Nothing says success like a party

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They say that the best revenge is massive success – and nothing says success like a party. It has been just over a month since Ottawa filmmaker Luca Fiore had his Gatineau apartment turned upside down by thieves who stole close to $5000 of filming equipment. This Wednesday at Mercury Lounge, Fiore and his friends invite you to celebrate a night of music, film and successful fundraising; proving that all it takes is a little help from your friends after life throws you a nasty curveball. The fundraising campaign –... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for March 21, 2013: Foodie madness!

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Listen here or on iTunes. It was foodie madness on the show this week, and Ryan and Jared were joined for the whole show by foodiePrints‘ own Don Chow. In a week filled with foodie news, Algonquin College announced a new bursary for culinary excellence in honour of former Ottawa Citizen food editor Ron Eade. Part of the show focused on the news that Art-Is-In Bakery will be rolling back their wholesale operations, meaning that you won’t be seeing their bread on every menu in town going forward. In other big... | Continue reading article

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CICLO – relieving a journey that changed 2 brothers’ lives

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The Canadian Film Institute is presenting the 17th Annual Latin American Festival. Featuring 16 films from 15 Latin American nations, the 2013 edition of the Festival began on Thursday, March 21st and runs until April 7th. I caught up with Andrea Martinez, producers of CICLO, a documentary about Arturo and Gustavo Martinez, brothers who were the first to make the bike trip from Mexico City to Toronto in the 1950s. Fifty three years later these two men, now 75 and 78, drive along the exact same route followed by a... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Pearl Pirie, Ottawa’s blogger extraordinaire

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Ottawa’s blogging community is full of fascinating and thoughtful people.  One of the most prolific members of this interesting group is Pearl Pirie, who can be found in more than a dozen local online sites. Curious to know more about this creative blogger, I spoke to Pearl about her diverse projects, which encompass poetry, photography, cooking and, with one particular blog, observations of the world as seen through the eyes of a cat. “(Blogging is) a way to organise yourself,” she tells me in a phone interview. “I am going... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Urban Cowboy food truck brings a taste of Texas to Ottawa

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Ottawa boys Matt Hinds and Layne Belcher are the owners of the Urban Cowboy, a member of the recently announced food truck fleet that’s set to hit Ottawa in May of this year. With their truck currently in the retrofitting stage, the pair is busy finalizing menu and branding details. Apt613: First and foremost, what are you guys going to be serving? LB: We’ve chosen a Texas-style themed menu which leaves the door open to many different styles of food. Texas-style food is a mix of BBQ and Tex-Mex. The backbone... | Continue reading article

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