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Wellington Gastro Pub: The stairway to culinary heaven

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Photo courtesy of Joelle GuédonPhoto courtesy of Joelle Guédon

As you open the door of The Wellington Gastropub you will be presented with a set of stairs. They will take you not only to the second floor dining room, but also to the height of culinary delight in Ottawa. Open for five years now, the Gastropub at 1325 Wellington Street West continues to be among the best restaurants in Ottawa. The food, service and décor are three reasons many respect and recognize the Gastropub. Once inside you’ll notice the beautiful natural colours which decorate the trendy dining room and bar.... | Continue reading article

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Memories of Bluesfest 2012

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Photo courtesy of Joelle GuedonPhoto courtesy of Joelle Guedon

At Apt613, we sometimes get nostalgic. Whether it’s reminiscing about the Lynx or missing the sweet, sweet tones of 93.9 Kool FM, we’ve always had a soft spot for the past. And with Bluesfest 2012 behind us, and with another year to wait before we can enjoy the incredible heat of July in Ottawa while listening to blaringly loud music while hung over, we thought this would be the perfect opportunity to reflect on what went on during the Bluesiest festival around. It’s a little something we like to call... | Continue reading article

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Hip Hop Karaoke’d

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Photo courtesy of Hip Hop Karaoke OttawaPhoto courtesy of Hip Hop Karaoke Ottawa

I’m standing at the side of the stage, my palms sweaty (something about spaghetti). DJ So Nice is warming up the crowd with a few of his trademark beats. It’s a hot night, and Mugshots, the bar behind the Ottawa Jail Hostel, is packed to capacity. All heads are turned to the stage. The audience waits. They came to see me. Well, me and the other twelve-or-so performers at Ottawa’s first monthly Hip Hop Karaoke event. Before me, two people from Hip Hop Shakespeare, a show at this year’s Fringe... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Congestion in Ottawa, Paradiso closing, brush fire and more!

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Photo courtesy of funderstorms on Flickr.Photo courtesy of funderstorms on Flickr.

How’s your daily commute to work? A study conducted by TomTom, the in-car GPS navigation system, concluded that Ottawa’s now the 10th most congested city in North America and 3rd most congested in Canada after Vancouver and Toronto. What’s more, it’s the only Canadian city where congestion levels went up from 2011. Get that LRT up and running! The home of jazz in Ottawa – Cafe Paradiso – has been forced to close its doors over unpaid HST. The Cafe has been closed since June 30 - soon after Canada Revenue Agency officials... | Continue reading article

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On top of their game: Diplo, Beirut and Skrillex

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Photo courtesy of François Levesque.Photo courtesy of François Levesque.

It’s already the last weekend of Bluesfest. Bottle of water in hand, sunscreen all over my body and shades on my face, I headed out to Lebreton Flats yesterday afternoon where I checked out Diplo, Beirut and Skrillex. Diplo can be considered a super-producer. He’s worked with the likes of M.I.A., Robyn, Kid Cudi and Beyonce. I was a bit surprised to see him in the 6pm slot ahead of someone less established than himself such as Pretty Lights. Nevertheless, there was a big crowd on the main stage when... | Continue reading article

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Looking above: The Roof Gardens of historic downtown Ottawa

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Photo by Jon Schofield.Photo by Jon Schofield.

Last Sunday I found myself atop the rooftop garden of the Rideau Centre to participate in the newest addition to Heritage Ottawa’s long list of city walking tours. I was there for the tour of the Roof Gardens of the Rideau Centre and NAC, which is led by the Vice-President of the organization, David Jeanes, and offers a fresh perspective on the history of surrounding buildings and sites that we all think we know so well. Alongside me were roughly forty keen local heritage enthusiasts, whose impressive turnout on the roof made nearby pot-smokers... | Continue reading article

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Kelp and Pressed team-up to bring more tunes to Gladstone Avenue

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The unlikely music venue that brought you several solid weeks of experimental music over the spring is now teaming up with Ottawa’s favourite record label to deliver even more to their sandwich-eating and Kichesippi-sipping customers. Pressed Gourmet Sandwich Bar will soon be hosting Kelp-curated music shows, adding another smaller venue to Ottawa’s indie music scene. The plan is to book shows mainly on Thursday through Saturday, starting once the dinner crowd is done with their pulled pork or smoked brisket. Jeff Stewart from Pressed says he was always interested in the possilibities... | Continue reading article

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Grab a book, pick a chair – enjoy the sunshine, or the shade at the Capital Reading Garden

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Photo courtesy of the Capital Reading Garden.Photo courtesy of the Capital Reading Garden.

This story starts in New York City. Mary Beth Baker and her partner’s family were in the Big Apple and Mary Beth wanted to see the lions at the New York City library. They passed through Bryant Park to get to the library – and to their surprise – right at street level, they found a bunch of books, chairs and tables.  ”The open air library was a beautiful space.” says Baker, who unfortunately didn’t get to spend that much time there. But the idea stuck in her head… Fast... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Books & Lit, News

Video of the Week: Kalle Mattson’s Water Falls

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Waterfalls are mesmerizing. Watching them, listening to their soothing lull, it’s easy to lose track of time. You may find watching the new video for local musician Kalle Mattson’s single, “Water Falls,” similar. It’s directed by Kevin Parry, who’s also responsible for the “Thick as Thieves” video that went viral last November (if you haven’t seen it you’re probably the only one – check it out here). The stop motion animation in “Thick as Thieves” is beyond awesome, but not something Kalle Mattson wants to be defined by. The new... | Continue reading article

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