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Hollerado kicks it in the boonies at Oktoberfest Ottawa

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After a 25-minute drive and a bumpy school bus ride to Clarke Fields Park in Barrhaven, my friends and I made it to Oktoberfest Ottawa this weekend. Running September 27th to 29th, the festival’s headline was “Food, fun, froth, frauleins und fantastich musik”. We were not disappointed. The fields were filled with heated tents, small stages and lots of beer, which, considering the ticket was only $15, was nothing to squawk at. Highlights included $6 beer tokens, long, hilarious and friendly lines for the outhouses and many well dressed and costumed patrons. If... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Discussing writing with a possible zombie (no, really)

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Photo taken from Victoria Dunn's Facebook page.Photo taken from Victoria Dunn's Facebook page.

Victoria Dunn is the evil hive mind of local writers Victoria Higgins and Meghan Dunn.  Using this pen name, the duo jointly wrote Alice Hearts Welsh Zombies, a wacky novel published by The Workhorsery that is filled with zombies, bog snorkelling, and an organization called the Odyssey International’s Enforcement branch that fights the supernatural. In an act of magic, Apartment613 fused the two writers together to form their single, joint-persona. Below is a transcript of the email interview with Victoria Dunn, a mysterious creature who has her own Facebook page.  If you want to... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: The Trafalgar Building endures along the ever-changing Queen Street

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Queen Street at Metcalfe, circa 1938. All photos from Library and Archives, Canada.Queen Street at Metcalfe, circa 1938. All photos from Library and Archives, Canada.

The discovery of human bones under the street near 66 Queen has made me think of the passage of time and of the ways in which a streetscape can change. Queen Street itself has been transformed repeatedly over the course of the last few centuries. Up until the 1840s, the eastern end of Queen Street was Ottawa’s first graveyard, known as “the old burying ground.” In the 1850s, when the street was first laid out, the graveyard was moved east to Sandy Hill and the first First Baptist Church was... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Talented illustrator turns to crowdsourcing to help publish two children’s books

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All illustrations by Gerry CapelleAll illustrations by Gerry Capelle

Gerry Capelle has had an impressive career in animation, ranging from his work on the TV show Arthur, to previous assignments with such legendary publications as National Lampoon, Raw and Heavy Metal.  His long list of credits can be seen on IMDb, in addition to his design and storyboard work for commercials in the United Kingdom, New York City, Australia, Montreal and Toronto. Currently living in Perth, which is located about an hour south-west of the nation’s capital, the former longtime resident of Ottawa is now working on a new... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars 2013 Round Four: Best Neighbourhood Party

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Photo courtesy of DrewOtt on Flickr.Photo courtesy of DrewOtt on Flickr.

Hood Wars is Apt613′s annual neighbourhood contest where we ask our readers to choose what area deserves the title of best in the city. The Ottawa Open edition of Hood Wars will take place over five rounds: Best Restaurant Row (September 18); Best Public Art and Architecture (September 21); Best Green Space (September 25); Best Neighbourhood Party (September 29); Best Je-ne-sais-quoi (October 2). In each round readers will vote for any Ottawa neighbourhood that they think represents the best in that round’s category. The top neighbourhood will get 10 points, the runner-up 9 points, third place... | Continue reading article

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Bake on! Ottawa Cookie Jam comes to town

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Ever dreamt of being in a room surrounded by delicious, drool-inducing cookies with a license to sample as you please? I have, and it looks like my dreams are coming true as the first inaugural Ottawa Cookie Jam rolls into town on October 5 at Parkdale United Church. And while my dreams of having free rein might have to be reined in a bit (who could really eat dozens of cookies in one shot, apart from those otherworldly competitive eaters, anyway?) with 60 bakers signed up and ready to bring... | Continue reading article

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Son of a Certain Woman is a brilliant novel by one of Canada’s best authors

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Photo of Wayne Johnston courtesy of Nancy Williams.Photo of Wayne Johnston courtesy of Nancy Williams.

Sometimes you read a book that is so good you just want to get up and applaud.  Other times a novel touches you so strongly that you are left speechless, unable to react.  The Son of a Certain Woman, the new novel by Newfoundland-born writer Wayne Johnston, somehow manages to accomplish both of these things at the same time. Local readers can hear Johnston speak about his great new work this coming Monday, September 30. The talk in the nation’s capital is a warm up to the 2013 fall session... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for September 25, 2013

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Photo by Sakura on flickr.Photo by Sakura on flickr.

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’s show kicked off with a chat about Saturday’s Ottawa Food Truck Rally. Karen and Trevor were joined by Lunch owner Tim Van Dyke, who will be bringing their food truck to the rally at the corner of Rochester and Pamilla in Little Italy. Next, our hosts had a chat with David Gourlay,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: first Ottawa food truck rally supports local

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Think Lunch's hand-painted truck driving off into the sunset.Think Lunch's hand-painted truck driving off into the sunset.

The City of Ottawa launched a new street vending program earlier this year and now food trucks of all varieties can be found in the city adding to a tastier landscape of quick eats. If you’ve been dying to try one of the food trucks, including those that are not located in your corner of town, this Saturday, September 28 is your opportunity.  In the spirit of community and food, eleven of the trucks will gather at the corner of Norman and Pamilla Streets in Little Italy for the first... | Continue reading article

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