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Weekly News Quiz: How well do you know your city?

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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! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Black Widow Promotions: Fourteen years of cacophony, and still going strong

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Photo courtesy of Soilwork.Photo courtesy of Soilwork.

For 14 years, Black Widow Promotions (BWP) has been doing its part to make our nation’s capital a noisier place.  Founded in 1999, BWP is Ottawa’s largest and longest-running heavy metal promoter. BWP was founded by Pete Kasper, who was inspired by a lack of face-melting riffs in our fair city. As I’m sure many Ottawan music fans can understand, Kasper became frustrated when his favourite touring bands would skip Ottawa, opting to stick to shows in Toronto and Montreal instead. Eventually, he decided to take matters into his own hands. “After... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: The blogging bus driver and four other Ottawa blogs that you should read

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Photo by Steve McCullough (stevemccullough.ca)Photo by Steve McCullough (stevemccullough.ca)

The last few blogging round-ups have focused on specific subjects, while listing bloggers who specialise in those topics.  This week’s column is a little different.  Rather than choosing a single category and then discussing it at length, I will instead focus on five interesting local blogs that I have come across recently, and which I have not yet mentioned in Tour de blogosphere. Drives In Circles You might recall the controversy about the singing OC Transpo bus driver.  Are you familiar, however, with his blogging colleague?  Drives In Circles is... | Continue reading article

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Topographies: New work by Deborah Margo at Patrick Mikhail Gallery

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Work by Deborah Margo: Climbing Montjuic and The Colour of Waiting. Image by Tom Evans.Work by Deborah Margo: Climbing Montjuic and The Colour of Waiting. Image by Tom Evans.

A few weeks ago, Ottawa-based artist Deborah Margo unveiled new work at Patrick Mikhail Gallery. Working in various media including sculpture, textile, painting and drawing, Topographies takes knitted installation to new heights. The work evolved from Margo’s recent travels abroad and acts as a record – unique translations of her experiences. If you’ve ever attempted to knit a loved one a scarf, you will appreciate the attention to detail, patterning and repetition evident in the work (the scale alone is impressive). Each hanging contains smaller fragments, much like panels or... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Whitehorse dig into the veggies at The Green Door

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Throughout the year, Apartment613 will be partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the new all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. In this edition, we sent wife-and-husband duo Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet of Whitehorse to a classic Ottawa haunt: The Green Door Restaurant. And each wrote their own review! How nice.  The next NAC Presents review will be by noted Canadian singer-songwriter Danny Michel, who will be playing the NAC Studio on March 27-28. By Luke DoucetThe first rule of... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway!

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It’s St. Paddy’s day this weekend, folks, and we’ve got just the burlesque show to celebrate. Need something a little more traditional? Head out to your local pub, Irish or not! Guaranteed they’ll be in a festive mood. Tonight at the NAC, you can catch the hip-hop/rock/soul music of Sound of Lions, while Algoma releases her new album down at the Mercury Lounge. Three local bands will take to the stage at the Lunenburg Pub for their weekly battle of the bands – this week, Go Long (!), Leadfoot Pretty,... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for March 7, 2013: Ladycast edition

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Listen here or in iTunes. This week, Karen and Katie took to the studio to celebrate International Women’s Day. And Jared was there too. They had great chats with the wonderful women behind Urban Craft Market and Carleton’s Science Café. Katie also sleuthed out some interesting facts about artistic, athletic and political women in and around Ottawa. All of the songs we played featured musically inclined Canadian women. Here’s the track list: Hannah Georgas – Let’s Talk Jill Barber – Mischievous Moon Julie Doiron – Borrowed Minivans Meaghan Smith –... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush: More is more at Beth and Nelson’s thrifty apartment

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Take a peek into the apartments and homes of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. If you would like us to feature your place in Apartment Crush, let us know by emailing apartment613@gmail.com The secret to Beth and Nelson’s style can be found in their love of old things. When the couple moved into their new digs on Somerset Street, they filled the airy rooms of their old-fashioned apartment with thrift store finds and antiques. The result is a homey mix of nicknacks, art and even the occasional piece of taxidermy that... | Continue reading article

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Karine Giboulo: New exhibit shows the vast distance between rich and poor

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Quebec artist Karine Giboulo is a master of producing miniature figures that portray evocative scenes.  From powerful commentary on the production of electronic products from China, to work that has been described as a three-dimensional comic book, Giboulo uses miniature figures to produce thought-provoking work. Her latest exhibit Democracy Village, which is taking place at the Ottawa School of Art at 35 George Street, is no different, as she explores the vast class differences between rich and poor countries. Modelled on a real shantytown named Village Démocratie on the outskirts... | Continue reading article

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