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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Shotgun Jimmie's release party is Friday night. Photo courtesy his website.Shotgun Jimmie's release party is Friday night. Photo courtesy his website.

Get yourself in the weekend groove with this exclusive Apartment613/Ceremony mix, curated by Gary Franks, one of our fave Ceremony DJs. It’s the perfect soundtrack to deciding how you want to kick up your weekend! There’s a stellar line up of Northern artists, musicians and more stopping by our city for the next week for Northern Scene – it’s well worth your time to seek some out! There’s a fashion show, an art party featuring 15 artists in one night, and a welcome ceremony to kick it all off tonight.... | Continue reading article

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Broker4tickets.com: A local startup that both nurtures and capitalizes on our love of hockey

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From Broker4Tickets' Facebook pageFrom Broker4Tickets' Facebook page

Neil Cooke has found a way to bring together two of our favourite things: entrepreneurship and hockey. Earlier this season, he launched broker4tickets.com, a local start-up that bases its business in making it easier for Ottawans to get closer than ever to the hockey they crave — by enabling season ticket holders to sell their unused tickets to other fans. Last week, I swung by the Broker4Tickets office in Kanata to speak with Cooke (President and CEO) and Stuart Sage (Director of Business Operations), to learn a bit about how their business strives... | Continue reading article

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Apt Crush: Tom and Lauren’s Adult Playhouse

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All photos by Rudayna BahubeshiAll photos by Rudayna Bahubeshi

At Lauren and Tom’s apartment, there’s a kitchen cart steps away from the entrance that is perpetually stacked with treats and tea or wine, depending on the time of day. The first thing you notice once you’re in their apartment is the drink that’s immediately put in your hands and the focus on good old hospitality. There aren’t chairs and couches pointing at a television, but furniture and conversation pieces that facilitate afternoons of chatter and laughter. This apartment marks a new chapter for Lauren and Tom. Their previous apartments were... | Continue reading article

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Mike Dubue wants to compose you a ringtone (and score a silent film)

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Mike Dubue, former front-man of the Hilotrons, is trying his hand at another silent film.  You might remember these events happening at the Mayfair a while back.  This time Mike and a group of local musicians have rented out the ByTowne Cinema to present The Adventures of Prince Achmed with an original score.  They are looking for help in putting this event on and have created an indiegogo campaign where you can donate money in return for tickets and other pretty cool rewards.  Among the goodies offered to donors, Mike will... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Cinema, Interviews, Music

Big Dick show off Colours

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Photo courtesy of Remi Theriault.Photo courtesy of Remi Theriault.

Ottawa punk rockers Big Dick released their first video off of their self-titled debut today. The video, directed by Lesley Demo, Media Art Coordinator for Arboretum Festival features some sweet visuals from snowy Ottawa, some wrastlin’ and good ole’ rock’n'roll. Big Dick plays at Mavericks on April 27th with Single Mothers. Big thanks to Rolf Klausener for the tip.

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Filed in: Music

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

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Photo courtesy of John MacNab on Flickr.Photo courtesy of John MacNab on Flickr.

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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Write On Ottawa: Peggy Blair and Cuba’s greatest police detective

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Photo of Peggy Blair by Ryan ParentPhoto of Peggy Blair by Ryan Parent

Ottawa is filled with fabulous authors. To showcase our city’s great literary talent, today we begin a new series in which we speak to writers from the National Capital Region. Ricardo Ramirez, the police inspector in charge of the Havana Major Crimes Unit, can see dead people. Yet again, his ability to interact with the ghosts of murdered victims may be nothing more than a mental disease, perhaps even the same one that killed his grandmother. Amidst this personal anguish inside the head of a Cuban detective, a Canadian police officer... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: National Capital Rock and PhotogMusic

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Photo by Andrew Carver (copyright)Photo by Andrew Carver (copyright)

Ottawa is blessed with several excellent blogs that cover the local music scene.  In the near future, I hope to publish a story on the numerous musical bloggers in town, who cover everything from metal to classical to blues to Irish folk songs.  For this week’s column, however, I want to focus on two local photographers who are doing a fantastic job in documenting the music scene in the National Capital Region. Let’s begin with Andrew Carver, who has been photographing Ottawa musicians for years.  Since starting his blog National... | Continue reading article

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Coffee Geeks meet at the Canadian Brewers Cup & Cup Tasters

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Photo courtesy of the BridgeheadPhoto courtesy of the Bridgehead

I’m a bit of a coffee geek. While on vacation I plan visits to roasters. I consider a half pound bag of coffee to be a valid souvenir and we ditched the electric coffee machine in favour of pour-over and AeroPress brewers at our house long ago. I am, however, NOTHING compared to the coffee experts who will descend upon the Bridgehead Roastery this weekend for the Canadian Brewers Cup & Cup Tasters events. This is a competition where baristas and coffee tasters get to show of their respective skills.... | Continue reading article

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