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Cauldron Kitchen brings shared economy ethos to Ottawa foodie scene

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Dave Neil and David Villarroel believe their still-under-construction Cauldron Kitchen will fill a void in Ottawa's foodie scene. Photo courtesy of Maja Villarroel.Dave Neil and David Villarroel believe their still-under-construction Cauldron Kitchen will fill a void in Ottawa's foodie scene. Photo courtesy of Maja Villarroel.

When I pulled up to the Overbrook industrial park and saw David Villarroel and his two young boys waving a blaring fire truck towards the back of the building, I thought: Oh no, the Cauldron Kitchen is already up in smoke! Turns out it was just a burning bush outside and not the premature demise of the Ottawa engineer’s new start-up business — a first-of-its-kind in the city — a commercial community kitchen. A sign from above, perhaps? Had he and business partner Dave Neil indeed been “chosen” to lead Ottawa’s... | Continue reading article

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Corpus breathes new life into an old topic.

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Corpus cast from left: Eric Craig, Colleen Sutton, Laurie Fyffe, Sascha Cole, John Koensgen, Daniel Sadavoy. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Corpus cast from left: Eric Craig, Colleen Sutton, Laurie Fyffe, Sascha Cole, John Koensgen, Daniel Sadavoy. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

On May 1st Darrah Teital’s award winning play Corpus had its opening night. Corpus was sold as a young scholar coming across a relationship that had happened in Nazi occupied Poland, and her investigation of that relationship leads her into a romantic one of her own. The Holocaust is a tough subject to sell admittedly, and I’ll say I was very impressed how the playwright and director (Brownyn Steinberg) both tackled the subject matter and repackaged an old story into a new one. Teital is noted as saying “in order... | Continue reading article

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Presto: 5 ways to make us like it

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Photo from the OC Transpo Facebook page.Photo from the OC Transpo Facebook page.

In 2013 Ottawa finally got something people in a lot of other cities have been using for a decade or more: transit “smart cards”. Used with onboard electronic card readers, Presto Cards have replaced the old monthly passes and greatly reduced the need for paper tickets. They have changed the way we purchase and use bus fare. But the transition hasn’t been problem-free. Almost from the outset, critics have taken to social media to vent their frustration with Presto problems; the backlash even has its own twitter account. And almost... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa StoryTellers talk disaster at (un)told

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An eclectic group of listeners. Photo from untoldottawa.com.An eclectic group of listeners. Photo from untoldottawa.com.

Disaster stories was the theme of April’s (un)told event, hosted by the Ottawa StoryTellers at the Daily Grind on April 28. (un)told is a monthly event. Story tellers stand in front of the group and tell a five minute long original story. Stories ranged from a rock climbing fall to a sweet old lady innocently destroying a pair of boots, all the way to a group of cousins being soaked with pee. Some story tellers chose to perform their stories as slam poetry and one woman told a fictional story. This month’s event... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live – April 23rd Show

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Still from The Acorn's "Crooked Legs."Still from The Acorn's "Crooked Legs."

Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CHUO 89.1 FM. If you miss it, you can catch this week’s show using the handy Soundcloud widget below. And remember to subscribe to the podcast version of the show on iTunes. This week was all about young, local talent hitting the Ottawa art scene. Our first interview was with Katherine Lawson, one of the organizers and artists participating in this year’s Ottawa University Bachelor of Arts Grad Show ‘Preface’. We met to discuss the Fine Arts program, as well as what to expect... | Continue reading article

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Experimental band WHOOP-szo combine healing with art

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Photo from WHOOP-Szo Bandcamp page.Photo from WHOOP-Szo Bandcamp page.

I’m trying to call WHOOP-szo frontman Adam Sturgeon from my cell phone in western Nunavut to his cell phone in Port Greville, Nova Scotia, where the band is recording between gigs. The cell phone service, he warns, is “coming in and out” in little bits. It’s a challenge – there are lags in conversation while the signal is bounced back and forth all over the country, and sometimes his voice cuts out. But despite the technical issues, his enthusiasm for his art comes through clear. It seems that’s what the... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live – April 16th

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Ray Besharah and Greggory Clark. Photo by Esmeralda Smith RomeroRay Besharah and Greggory Clark. Photo by Esmeralda Smith Romero

Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CHUO 89.1 FM. If you miss it, you can catch this week’s show using the handy Soundcloud widget below. And remember to subscribe to the podcast version of the show on iTunes Hey friends! This week was my first show as an Apt613 Live radio producer. I had a lot of fun tinkering with editing software for the first time, though sadly there’s no “Awake” button for my occasionally sleepy voice. On this week’s show I was super excited to welcome a variety of guests.... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 30 avril :: Eventful Capital en visite, le MIFO présente une nouvelle scène émergente, la musique-est-en-stock et Éric ose en théâtre!

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Source :: Alexander VladSource :: Alexander Vlad

Basement 819, 14e édition cette semaine. De la belle et grande visite en studio! Eventful Capital, une tribune à applaudir très chaudement! Derrière la plateforme d’information culturelle Eventful Capital, se cache depuis plus de trois ans une passionnée de musique et de culture : Elly Laberge. Chaque semaine, elle s’active sur son blogue pour présenter aux amoureux de la culture une liste très complète d’événements culturels de la région. Son blogue :: http://eventfulcapital.wordpress.com Le fil Twitter @EventfulCapital est également alimenté quotidiennement par Elly Laberge elle-même. C’est qu’elle ne s’arrête jamais! Consultez... | Continue reading article

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Explore Ottawa with Jane’s Walk

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Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event.
Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event. Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.

A city’s vibrancy is that of its communities, namely that of the people who take part in its active building. Too often we hear that Ottawa is boring and there’s nothing going on, but that is the refrain of those uninvolved. Perhaps people who bemoan Ottawa are looking for a scene rather than a community. While we do have pockets of the former, I think Ottawa is much richer in its community ties, full of collaboration and support. To belong to that, you have to do more than just complain.... | Continue reading article

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