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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So we’ve made it to May 2-4, and the humidity has arrived just in time to warm up the weekend. The sheep will probably be happy it’s time for their annual haircut. Things will get hot down at the Black Sheep this weekend, with Meaghan Blanchard stopping by tonight, and Motel Raphaël playing with Erik Lind and the Orchard on Friday. Saturday, lightning-strike survivor Kellylee Evans plays, storming the stage with her intense vocals. If you can’t make it out to Wakefield, stay in town for Good For Grapes and... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Comiccon 2014 Wrap-up!

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Bobbie and her Borg pup! Resistance is futile! (And really, really cute). Mad Hatter by Mike Hatter...he swore that was his real name.Bobbie and her Borg pup! Resistance is futile! (And really, really cute). Mad Hatter by Mike Hatter...he swore that was his real name.

This past weekend, Comiccon descended upon the capital once again. I sadly missed the event in its sophomore year, but had attended the very first Ottawa Comiccon in 2012. I was quite excited to see how the convention had grown since my last experience and, I have to say, there was most definitely a difference! First and foremost, the sheer size and scope of this event was significantly larger than my first foray into the world of Comiccon. Originally only occupying part of the EY Centre (formerly the CE Centre),... | Continue reading article

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Instameet at Chinatown Remixed: An interview with Mink Williams of @igersottawa

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You may have seen a certain character who walks about Ottawa’s Chinatown with a mobile phone, snapping pictures, playing with filters. He has an effortless cool, even when snapping pictures of neighbourhood kittens. His name is Mink Williams, and he is one of the founders of the Instagramers Group in Ottawa (@igersottawa). He also happens to be Apartment 613’s new photography editor! In case you’re a luddite, Instagram is a social media application for smart phones which allows users to share photos in real-time and pick fancy filters with an effect... | Continue reading article

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Amos reaches out to fans to fund new album

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Music by Amos the Transparent suspends you in time as you’re transported to a nostalgic moment in your life, thinking about the lover that got away or the regret of a path not taken. It is music that evokes the imperfection of the choices that we make and has you singing along with all your heart. You would say the music belonged to a favourite movie soundtrack about real people, with all their quirks and dramas. It is their ability to connect through disarming music and lyrics that has launched... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Revealing the mystery and romance of Yemen

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People in the west do not often hear about Yemen, one of the more remote countries in the Middle East.  A nation of roughly 24 million on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, whose capital is Sana’a,  this country south of Saudi Arabia can appear mysterious to occidental eyes. Thanks to the writings of Ottawa-based author Qais Ghanem, however, readers can now travel to the land of Sheba, where they will discover a complex country filled with passion and corruption, altruism and hypocrisy, incredible kindness and brutal violence. A retired neurologist, Ghanem has... | Continue reading article

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Crass, butch and hilarious: Kalyani Pandya parades herself on stage + ticket giveaway

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Kalyani Pandya. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Storytellers.Kalyani Pandya. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Storytellers.

Growing up is never easy for anyone, and especially difficult for anyone wanting to stray the path of their traditional family upbringing. Kalyani Pandya gives a heart wrenching and often hilarious view into the struggles she felt coming out as a gay woman in Winnipeg with her performance The Arrangement, the Marriage, and Me. Her story is told through the eyes of two women; Anila, entering an arranged marriage in Delhi and Kamal, a woman coming out as gay to her traditional family in Winnipeg. Even with both women countries... | Continue reading article

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Autograph: Reformed and revamped

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Autograph band members from left to right: Steve Lynch (lead guitar, bkg vox), Simon Daniels (lead vocals,  guitar), Randy Rand (bass, bkg vox), Marc Wieland (drums). All photos by Terry Steeves.Autograph band members from left to right: Steve Lynch (lead guitar, bkg vox), Simon Daniels (lead vocals, guitar), Randy Rand (bass, bkg vox), Marc Wieland (drums). All photos by Terry Steeves.

Last Friday night, I set out with my camera, my notepad, and weeks of compiled research, to interview and take in a rock band that is back with a vengeance after 25 years. Their name is Autograph, and they have returned bigger, stronger, and louder than ever, adding a fresh, new and powerful flavour to their music. But first…a brief history… Before Autograph was even a band, it was a man by the name of Steve Plunkett, a singer/guitarist/songwriter who had written songs he wanted to develop and record as... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Clemow through the years

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Photo likely taken by the Topley Studio, is somewhere on Clemow west of Bank, ca. 1914. Photos courtesy of National Capital Commission, Library and Archives Canada, and Glebe Heritage Committee.Photo likely taken by the Topley Studio, is somewhere on Clemow west of Bank, ca. 1914. Photos courtesy of National Capital Commission, Library and Archives Canada, and Glebe Heritage Committee.

In the Greber Report of 1950, one of the streets that was noted in passing as an example of successful beautification was Clemow Avenue Driveway. It is surprising that Greber did not spend much time on Clemow, given its success as a planned streetscape. Extending from the Canal driveway, this tree-lined driveway included Monkland Avenue and crossed the north end of the Glebe and passed through Central Park and ended at Bronson Avenue. Designed between 1904 and 1914 by the Ottawa Improvement Commission with the support and collaboration of a... | Continue reading article

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Lunch Out Loud Ottawa 72- Landscaping Special and The Yips!

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Episode 72 of Lunch Out Loud Ottawa is up! We meet with Rocky Laporte, owner of The Gentleman’s Gardener in Orleans. He is a 4th generation gardener and has seen the city of Ottawa grow around him. We concentrate on landscaping for first-time homebuyers and what they can do on a budget and with a smaller yard. Topics such as trees, grass, and local nurseries are discussed.Music this week was from the high energy Ottawa band The Yips! Check them out on May 25th at Pressed and listen to their... | Continue reading article

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