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Eschaton 2012: for those that haven’t drank the Kool-aid

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It appears that Armageddon is all around us. Whether it’s movies about the end of the world, fantasy novels by Christian fundamentalists on the apocalypse or the popular expression “drinking the Kool-Aid” that stems from the 1978 Jonestown Massacre, it seems we can’t help but think about the end of time. So what is a modern, science-loving, rational-thinking person to make of this apocalyptic buzz? Why, attend a conference for rational skeptics at a Best Western Hotel in downtown Ottawa. “We know that there are many myths and ideas about... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week – Pony Girl performs live from their living room [+ contest]

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Our video of the week this week comes live via the living room of art-rock band, Pony Girl. They are playing this Friday at Café Alt and thought it might be fun to give away some tickets and tracks here on Apartment613 first. You can get two sample tracks online here and if you’re into them, send us an email to apartment613@gmail.com and we’ll enter you in a draw to win tickets to their show this Friday. You can find more on the show here. Enjoy!

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse take to the stage in Ottawa

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Photo by Anwar Massoud.Photo by Anwar Massoud.

Neil Young needs no introduction. Most Canadians are familiar with his music, the persona of a Canadian rock and folk icon that he created in the late 1960s, and the fact that he has always stood up to the proverbial “man” in his music.  All of that being said, this isn’t a review of Neil Young’s career, but of the concert he put on Saturday night at Scotiabank Place. The show opened with alt-country band The Sadies. With a versatile song selection, they reminded me of that awesome band that... | Continue reading article

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Mother Mother: Getting out of the sticks

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Photo by Anwar Massoud.Photo by Anwar Massoud.

There’s one thing that I can appreciate about a show that purports not much more than really good music… it’s that everyone and anyone can have a really good time!  That’s exactly what Ottawa got Friday night when Mother Mother’s The Sticks Tour came to the Bronson Centre. At no more than a maximum of approximately 2,000 attendees, this was definitely a mix of friends and acquaintances, boyfriends and girlfriends, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and partners sharing bathroom duty for their young children. Neither Labatt nor Molson had... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Talks: Entrepreneurship and creativity in Ottawa

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Apt613 editor Ryan Saxby Hill speaks with Tobias Lütke of Shopify at Pressed. Photo by Ming Wu.Apt613 editor Ryan Saxby Hill speaks with Tobias Lütke of Shopify at Pressed. Photo by Ming Wu.

A Toronto-based friend of mine can be mean when talking about our nation’s capital. “Ottawa is a great place to raise a plant,” he once told me, jokingly. “It’s also a good city for your parents to live in.” This opinion of Ottawa as a stuffy, boring place where dreams go to die is shared by many people. Based on the rapidly growing number of hip and young entrepreneurs in the city, however, it’s a view not grounded in reality. “Sometimes we are down on Ottawa because the rest of... | Continue reading article

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Electioneering is a farce in SevenThirty Productions’ November

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Image courtesy of the Gladstone's websiteImage courtesy of the Gladstone's website

Every four years, the US presidential election captures the attention of the world.  And why shouldn’t it?  From a practical perspective, it is of immense interest to every person on the planet: who will be placed in charge of the largest nuclear arsenal and greatest concentration of purchasing power in the world?  Even then, a straightforward intellectual contest between two capable candidates would likely be quite uninteresting whatever the stakes.  Fortunately, the American presidential race has a long and proud history of shenanigans, crackpot candidates, scandal, and cover-up.  In short,... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Composting in apartments, Ottawa’s cheap gas, Centretown’s future and more

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Currently, the city doesn’t offer organics recycling for all multi-residential buildings but this might change. New guidelines are being discussed to standardize garbage and recycling bin requirements for multi-residential buildings, but there’s still lots to discuss. What other cities have multi-residential buildings compost? British Columbia may have a thing or two to teach us. Bitching about the price of gas? Count yourself lucky, Ottawa’s got the third cheapest gas in the country ($1.25/L in October) according to a Statistics Canada study. Cheapest cities? Not surprisingly, Edmonton ($1.14) and Calgary offer cheaper... | Continue reading article

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Indigenous Perspectives and Representations in the Media

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On Saturday, November 17th at the Media Democracy conference, an abundance of workshops and discussions were provided into which participants could sink their inquisitive teeth.  Focusing on National as well as International topics, dynamic and intelligent presenters illustrated issues relevant to critical alternatives to mainstream media, and illuminated new avenues of both interpretation and participation. One such panel discussion that took place at 10:30 a.m. included Jennifer David, a media consultant and one of the founders of the APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network), Jocelyn Formsma, a filmmaker and host of... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

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Vintage galore!

All photos courtesy of Adria May There were swells of vintage-lovers looking to buy that special one-of-a kind item at this year’s Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show on November 18. This years’ event has held for the first time at the Ottawa Convention Centre and was packed with enthusiastic fashion-lovers. I had the good fortune of meeting four fabulous women: Julia, Rosa, Erin and Erica. Name: JULIA CARON Occupation: Works for CBC Radio, Quebec City Outfit: Dress – Toronto, somewhere on Queen Street West Shoes – Mexico City (she recalled entering a store... | Continue reading article

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