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So Much Theatre: Fly Me to the Moon

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No matter how routine your job, you never really know what you’re going to find when you go in to work. What starts as a regular shift for Belfast home-care workers Loretta Mackie (Margo MacDonald) and Frances Shields (Mary Ellis) quickly turns into a question of scruples when their client dies on the toilet on the day his pension cheque is due to be deposited. The moral dilemma with which the protagonists of Marie Jones’s Fly Me to the Moon are faced grows deeper and deeper as the day goes... | Continue reading article

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U.S. Electioneering in Ottawa

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United States President Barack Obama will likely be re-elected to a second term. The Apartment 613 election team has come to this conclusion after spending countless hours reviewing polls, early voting numbers, demographic patterns and other relevant statistics. As Canada’s capital city, our town is filled with political junkies. Being the friendly neighbours that we are, we decided to assist our fellow policy wonks to get their U.S. news fix by compiling a list of political web sites. Our hope is that these sites will give you all the news... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: News & Ideas, Politics

Support Local: Self Propelled displays the art of cycling

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Post by Julia Bustos New in town, I still experience a bit of a culture shock when I’m running around. For starters and despite preconceived notions, Ottawa has a fair share of cultural happenings for folks wanting to get involved. Secondly, events tend to be all inclusive; kids, dogs, parents and grandparents are all in attendance, all keen. So it shouldn’t have been a surprise when I walked into the Five Cents tattoo studio for the Self Propelled art show and, like, everyone was there. The combination of an awesome location, delish... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Cyclists paint the town plaid, Ottawa vies for Shawarma crown, Elmdale Tavern changes hands and more!

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Does Ottawa truly have what it takes to be the shawarma capital of the world? A recent Citizen article explored this question, and while it didn’t quite come up with an answer, it did point out a lot of interesting peculiarities of the local shawarma scene. One of which is our habit of loading these delectable wraps with veggies, which apparently is something of a local affectation. Ottawa’s first-ever plaid parade for cyclists, part of our very own Support Local campaign, went off without a hitch yesterday and CBC TV... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: General, News, News & Ideas

Celebrating four years with Raw Sugar

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It seems like just yesterday that Apartment613 was celebrating our launch party at Raw Sugar cafe. We really love the spot and we always turn to Nadia and her great staff, when we have a milestone to celebrate. We spent the night there last night celebrating the launch of Support Local Month and this winter we unveiled the new look for Apartment613 there. Raw Sugar is celebrating a milestone of it’s own this weekend. It their fourth anniversary party. They have assembled a great list of DJs and will have a fun... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Dance, Interviews, Music, Store

Taking a Road Trip with Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan

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post by Melanie Brown Who would you take on a road trip? With most journeys, the destination isn’t as important as how you get there, and the person you take can make the all the difference.  In their recent collaboration, Susie Burpee and Linnea Swan use the road trip as a metaphor to explore the wonderfully turbulent journey of friendship and what it means to experience this with someone along the way. Burpee and Swan have been dancing together for a while. Both trained at the School of Contemporary Dancers... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live on Halloween: demonic craft shows, haunted plaid, and music from the damned

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Listen here or on iTunes. It’s the Halloween episode of Apartment613 Live, everyone! So brace yourself for a chilling hour of terrifying, bloodcurdling—er, actually, to be honest, we didn’t include too much in the way of traditional frights last week. (Unless you count a shrieking pumpkin toy we dug up.) Then again, maybe you’re terrified by the idea of dozens of plaid-wearing cyclists taking over the city’s streets, gnawing on the flesh of any drivers or pedestrians they encounter! If that’s the case, commence trembling, because we got Chris Sheppard... | Continue reading article

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Laughing with Goldstein at the Ottawa Writer’s Fest

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From the moment that Jonathan Goldstein steps into the lights and behind the podium, he looks uncomfortable. Within mere minutes, the audience is laughing. The guffaws, hoots and chuckles that sound through the church continue throughout the evening as he reads from his book, converses with the host and fields questions from the audience. Though I can’t actually see the shimmering glare of perspiration on his neck or bald head, I imagine he’s sweating. I wouldn’t expect less. It’s part of his humour and part of why we laugh. Goldstein,... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Comedy, Spoken Word

Mind over matter and our origins in stardust: Science at the Writers Festival

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For thousands of years, people have speculated about the nature of the human mind, as well as the origin of our species. In two riveting presentations at the fall 2012 edition of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, these questions were discussed and, at times, hotly debated. In a fascinating talk on Saturday, October 27, Mario Beauregard, an associate research professor in the departments of psychology and radiology at the Université de Montréal, argued that the brain and mind are not synonymous. Discussing his groundbreaking book Brain wars, Beauregard made the... | Continue reading article

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