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Let’s Get Fresh Initiative continues Ottawa’s fight against HIV/AIDS

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Post by Katherine Palbom At first glance the war on HIV AIDS is a good story, with headlines like ‘End in sight’ popping up in newspapers and all over the internet. New drug treatments have transformed what was once a death sentence into a chronic illness, and there are even babies getting ‘cured’ from the virus (or at least going into long term remission).  However look deeper and it is evident that, while there is light at the end of the tunnel, there is still a long way to go before HIV/AIDS is truly... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Intelligent short stories that offer smart and unusual thoughts

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The mind of Andrew Simpson is an ideas machine.  After reading The Big Picture, his collection of clever short stories, it was easy to imagine that his brain is actually a powerful alien computer, which is designed to furiously produce an endless stream of fascinating albeit quirky thoughts. Published by BareBack Press from Hamilton, The Big Picture contains 60 stories that describe a surreal universe.  There is the man who is hired by God to be a hitman, and the time machine that ends humanity in 2014.  You can read about... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The market courtyards

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

Ask any local resident what’s the one place in Ottawa that you absolutely have to visit when you’re in town. Nine times out of ten, the answer you’ll get is the Byward Market. While there are a ton of other great spots in Ottawa, there’s no denying that the busiest and most well-known area of the city is the Market. Though not so much of a landmark or icon as Parliament Hill, it packs all of the urban necessities. From shopping at the Rideau Centre, to its restaurants, bars, art... | Continue reading article

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Hey Maker: A chat with Steve St Pierre

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By now you’ve likely seen the Support Local logo and poster – goodness knows we at Apartment613 have been using it wherever possible for the last few weeks. As we wind down on this month long initiative, we wanted to chat with the guy behind the ingenious design. Steve St Pierre of Maker, cleverly realizing that our city is in the shape of a heart, has created a logo that (we like to think, at least) warms the actual hearts of Ottawans, and lets them show a little extra lovin’... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Two new fiction books look at the wonder of Christmas and childhood

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Paul Mackan is a true master of the arts.  For more than four decades, he was involved in community theatre and church music, as well as spending several years as a freelance broadcaster with CBC radio.  His efforts won him an ACTRA Award, as well as a filmmaker prize from the Ontario Arts Council. With an already distinguished artistic career, the Ottawa resident  is now keeping busy by writing fiction and poetry books.  Ready for the holiday season, he has published two new works, one a collection of short stories and... | Continue reading article

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Child prodigy and NAC orchestra to perform at two special concerts (+ ticket giveaway)

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At just 19 years of age, Conrad Tao is already a piano master.  With a fluidity over the keyboard that is breathtaking, (see the video clip above), the native of Urbana, Illinois has been wowing audiences the world over with his incredible skill. A child prodigy who started playing the piano at 18 months of age, Tao will be in Ottawa for two concerts on November 28 and 29 at the National Arts Centre.  To help welcome this immense talent to the nation’s capital, Apartment613 is giving away a pair... | Continue reading article

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Best outdoor art in Ottawa – The Market and Hull edition

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As the weather outside becomes less inviting, walking around the city will inevitably change. You may be less tempted to linger. The meaning of this word, to stay in a place longer than necessary because you simply don’t want to leave, is often done effortlessly when a good sculpture or a powerful installation engages us. Outdoor art can easily be dismissed as static. And yet, there is a discourse between the work, the artist and the viewer that is dynamic. Unique, not just for between viewers—everyone sees differently—but unique every... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Indulge your senses at the third annual Ottawa Tea Festival

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Given today’s popularity of hipster cafes and artisanal coffees, it is easy to overlook that tea has also been seeing a renaissance that goes far and wide beyond the traditional afternoon cup of our forbearers. To a novice, the dazzling array of tea types, origins, techniques, and appurtenances at local specialty shops may be daunting indeed. The third annual Ottawa Tea Festival, taking place at the Ottawa Convention Centre this Saturday (November 23) is a great venue to introduce first-timers to the world of tea, or to expand the knowledge and... | Continue reading article

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Picturama! A photography show for all humankind

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The Civil Servants present Picturama! Ottawa’s original anything-goes photography show. In an age where Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter rule our lives and facilitate much of our interactions with others, the Civil Servants have created a uniquely social event to share your photography with strangers. It’s called Picturama! and it’s a new type of photo show. The premise is simple. Any camera-wielding-human may submit up to 10 of their favourite 4×6 or 4×4 snap shots, the hosts of Picturama! will display them at Fall Down Gallery, and any and all attendees... | Continue reading article

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