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Au pays de Groenland au Zaphod

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Photo courtesy of Bonsound.Photo courtesy of Bonsound.

Par Cindy Savard, une moitié de Basement 819, émission de radio bientôt en onde sur CHUO 89,1 FM et en balladodiffusion sur Apt613.ca.  Et voilà une naissance qui était essentielle! Groenland a officiellement pris vie en avril 2013 avec un premier album The Chase. Montréalais et talentueux, ils ont pris par surprise pas mal de monde. J’ai suivi leurs débuts, j’ai assisté à leur montée en flèche. De salles combles en salles combles (le jour du lancement, je n’ai même pas réussi à me faufiler entre les branches pour accéder à l’intérieur... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Political Circus

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Justin Trudeau finger puppet. Photo by Travis Boisvenue.Justin Trudeau finger puppet. Photo by Travis Boisvenue.

In honor of support local month, I had the chance to interview local artist Gabe Thirlwall who is the founder of The Political Circus. Her set of political finger puppets has quickly gained popularity amongst local artists and politicians themselves, a project that Gabe started in 2009. Apartment613: I know you mentioned on your blog that Political Circus came about because you wanted to showcase how Ottawa is not the sleeper city people think it to be. What else inspired you to come up with such a unique project? What... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Atomic Rooster giveaway

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Love poutine? Look no further than Sparks Street – you’re now booked up for the weekend. Support Local month is entering its third weekend, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Tonight, there’s a vernissage of Andrea Stokes’ work down at Mint Hair Studio. It’s also the Alice Alishka pop-up shop at Workshop Boutique – your chance to get a hold of some one-of-a-kind pieces she’s just created. If you’re in the mood for some quirky, old films, Raw Sugar has partnered up with the Mayfair to showcase some... | Continue reading article

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Holiday craft show roundup 2013

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Linocut greeting cards from MakerJane. Photo by Robin Sidhu of Urban Craft.Linocut greeting cards from MakerJane. Photo by Robin Sidhu of Urban Craft.

The holiday season is packed full of craft shows–so many that you could hit one up every Saturday and Sunday from now until Christmas! Krista Leben, coordinator and co-founder of Urban Craft, has once again put together a curated guide of indie shows for you to hit up: the shows here feature hip handmade stuff that you (and everyone on your list) will love! Glebe Artisan & Craft Fair November 15, 16 & 17 Friday: 6-9pm, Saturday: 9am-3pm, Sunday: 10am-3pm Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue This show is a... | Continue reading article

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Powerful new dance show offers personal reflection on father-son relationship (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo of Akram Khan performing Desh by Richard Haughton.Photo of Akram Khan performing Desh by Richard Haughton.

When British-born dancer Akram Khan started working on DESH, his new solo show, he thought it was going to be about his mother.  As he started putting together the innovative piece, however, he discovered that it was really a celebration of his father, who had told him numerous stories when he was a child that were taken from his homeland of Bangladesh. “(My mother) was the one who was always pushing Bangladeshi culture on me as a child, and I always felt closest to her,” recounts Khan in a recent... | Continue reading article

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Think global, gift local with SMAKK gift card service

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Photo courtesy of SMAKK.Photo courtesy of SMAKK.

Take an idea and run with it. That’s what Heidi Fuller and Bettina Vollmerhausen did when they created SMAKK. Heidi lived abroad for several years and every time she wanted to send a gift card home to Canada, be it for a birthday or a wedding, she ended up buying from big chain store. It irked her that there wasn’t a platform where she could buy gift cards from local businesses. She kept the idea in her back pocket until a chance encounter with Bettina, an old friend, at the... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: The Nicholas Sparks House

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Front entrance to Nicholas Sparks house, c.1950. All Photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.Front entrance to Nicholas Sparks house, c.1950. All Photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

Nearly 60 years ago, in late 1954, the Nicholas Sparks house was demolished. Although there had been some serious discussion about preserving the place, the federal government – under the auspices of the Department of Public Works and the Federal District Commission – decided that restoration and preservation would cost too much. Moreover, the house was in the way of a new construction project: the West Memorial Building. Already more than a century old by this stage, the Sparks home had been recognized by historians as a place of national... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Museum of Nature

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This week’s gem is not exactly a hidden one, but it’s definitely one of the most impressive buildings in the City. Designed by architect David Eward, drawing inspiration from similar Scottish Baronial style estates in Europe, the building is affectionately referred to as “the castle”. When you look closely you can notice many similarities between the museum and the Parliament buildings such as the use of local sandstone and the similar window design. And that’s not a coincidence. The idea was to establish a national landmark on the opposite end... | Continue reading article

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Flowers and Vintage: The Loveliest Shop

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Photo by Rémi Thériault.
Jaime McLeod and Vanessa Madely are the owners of Flowers and Vintage.Photo by Rémi Thériault. Jaime McLeod and Vanessa Madely are the owners of Flowers and Vintage.

Photos by Rémi Thériault Flowers and Vintage is one of the loveliest shops in Ottawa. As the name suggests, it combines two of my favourite things: men’s and women’s vintage apparel and floral arrangements. The store opened last September at 502 Somerset at Lyon with a tasteful and wonderfully curated collection of items for sale. Flowers and Vintage is the result of a collaboration between Vanessa Madely of Sparrow Floral Design and Jaime McLeod of Housewife Vintage. Jaime sold her previous store – Aunt Olive’s on Gilmour – a couple of... | Continue reading article

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