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The Thinker and The Chucker: An outdoor curling tale

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Photos by Mike Reynolds.Photos by Mike Reynolds.

From February 8 to 10, 48 of the world’s best outdoor curlers (or at least 48 men who knew the event was taking place and were crazy enough to sign up), gathered at the Dalhousie Lake Curling Club for the 21st playing of the unofficial World Outdoor Curling Championships. Calling The Lake a curling club is akin to calling your driveway the Daytona International Speedway. What it is, however, is a warmish building, an hour and change from Ottawa by car,  that sits in front of a frozen body of water. And the snow is removed... | Continue reading article

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Playing with scale: Monumental work by Amy Thompson

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See Your West 1. Work by Amy Thompson.See Your West 1. Work by Amy Thompson.

Amy Thompson is back in town. After taking a road trip out west a few years ago, the Ottawa-based artist and illustrator has returned with two separate exhibitions, Monument and Bookish, at the Ottawa Art Gallery’s (OAG) Art Rental and Sales and town., respectively. Through collage and mixed media, Thompson’s latest work reconstructs vintage postcards, photographic plates, and other reference materials (including library index cards), that play with elements of scale and take pleasure in the details. I fell in love with Thompson’s work years ago, when she held a space at the... | Continue reading article

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Undercurrents (the art exhibit) opens at Fritzi Gallery

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Reincarnate Spectrum by Eric ChanReincarnate Spectrum by Eric Chan

The Lorraine Fritzi Gallery at the GCTC is a space dedicated to exploring the relationship between visual art and theatre. For each play that opens at the GCTC, an artist creates a body of work to reflect the story presented on the stage. Last Thursday was the vernissage of Undercurrents at the Fritzi, a companion exhibit to the theater festival of the same name. Artists Eric Chan (eepmon), Kristy Gordon, Karina Kraenzle, Zoe Hussey, Tony Clark and Betty Liang were each asked to interpret and illustrate a play from this festival.... | Continue reading article

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Valentine’s Day Roundup

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Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist in Apt613's Flickr pool.Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist in Apt613's Flickr pool.

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching love is in the air (or yet again, it may just be your breath that you’re seeing with the ridiculous cold weather outside). Before we digress, however, let’s proudly proclaim that as hardy Canadians full of love we won’t let Mother Nature get in the way of romance. So if you still have not planned a night out with your amore on February 14, fret not, as we have compiled a list of date suggestions. Restaurants Levante Bistro at 180 Rideau Street is organizing a special Valentine’s menu for... | Continue reading article

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The Chamber Players unveil Rush Hour Concerts: Classical music on the go!

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Emcee Julie Nesrallah flips the last page of her prepared notes. Everyone gathered in St.  Andrew’s Church on Kent lets out an audible breath of relief. We empathize with the poor CBC Radio 2 host, who seems to be a little short of breath herself. It seems there’s simply too much to say about the Chamber  Players of Canada. Let’s set the scene a bit. It’s a snowy night in Ottawa. The streets are slick and empty, most weather-fearing folks having opted to stay in and skip the awfulness. And... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for February 7th

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photo of Parliament Hill at DuskPhoto courtesy of _muckraker_ from the Apartment613 Flickr group

Listen here or on iTunes! On this week’s Apartment613 Live I caught up  with Patrick Gauthier to chat about what’s going on at this year’s Undercurrents Festival at the GCTC. There is a pretty great line-up at this year’s festival. You can also read a few reviews from our own theatre blogger, Andrew Snowdon, on Apartment613. I also gave fellow  Apartment613 Editor Katrina Marsh a call to find out what she has planned for our annual sex survey. You can fill out the survey online here and also discuss all your sex... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: Are you a local news stud or a current affairs dud?

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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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Speed gaming at the Meeples Republic: Take the long march to new friends

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Photo courtesy of Randy Son Of Robert on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Randy Son Of Robert on Flickr.

It’s one of the most common questions we get asked at the blog: how do I meet new people in this city? Cruising the bars solo is a crap shoot, and not everyone is inclined to sign up for Dodgeball at OSSC (I, for one, cannot even look at a dodgeball due to long-standing elementary school trama). Enter The Meeples Republic: a new service that hopes to put the social into social gaming. TMR founders Ashley and Ka (full disclosure: Ashley is a longstanding Apt613 contributor) wanted to combine their love of... | Continue reading article

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Amanda May Lingerie opens on Dalhousie

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Amanda May Beaubien at the lingerie shop opening.Amanda May Beaubien at the lingerie shop opening.

Walking into Amanda May Lingerie is like being granted entrance into a sophisticated lady’s Parisian closet. Situated on trendy Dalhousie Street, the 600 square foot space is nothing but head to toe elegance. With soft lighting, delicate lace garments and antique accessories throughout the room, Amanda May puts the sophistication back into lingerie shopping, and will likely leave you stunned at the thought of buying a 3-pack of cotton undies ever again. Inspired by the empowered, confident women of Ottawa and abroad, store owner Amanda May Beaubien says that while... | Continue reading article

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