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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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Five fall finds an hour (or less) east of the city

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In Vankleek Hill, photos courtesy of Days Out Ontario, unless otherwise specified.In Vankleek Hill, photos courtesy of Days Out Ontario, unless otherwise specified.

Post by Caitlin Carpenter. The old adage of “head west, young man” may be backwards in Ottawa. Most areas in and around Ottawa have been thoroughly mined by locals for hidden gems. However, the communities to the east of Ottawa are often overlooked. Non-existent traffic and crowds, fresh ingredients, affordable stays, and bucolic scenery should lure Ottawans to the villages of Prescott and Russell for the perfect day trip. Knox Fine Dining, Moose Creek Moose Creek is probably the last place you would expect to find a fine dining restaurant,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway

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Pony Girl's album release party is Saturday night.Pony Girl's album release party is Saturday night.

Once again, the weekend is full – how to choose what to do? We’ll make the decision easy for one reader – read on to find out how to win tickets to the Home & Design show this weekend. 90s pop music lovers should be at Zaphod’s Thursday night for Wannabe, while Marine Dreams will stop by Raw Sugar. Catch The Wicked Mercy out at the Black Sheep on Friday, while Saturday you’ll find the Soul Jazz Orchestra heating the place up. Pony Girl’s album release party is also on... | Continue reading article

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Jeans friendly Opera in the Nation’s Capital

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Capital City Opera

We’ve covered Opera Lyra Ottawa’s productions at the National Arts Centre for a while now, but there is a second and equally compelling opera company in Ottawa: Capital City Opera. It was founded in 2011 by Bart Tecter and Rory McGlynn to offer the nation’s capital an informal, “Jeans Friendly” opera experience, allowing patrons to focus on the art, not the atmosphere. “To most, opera still conjures images of gem encrusted opera glasses, furs and top hats,” says artistic director Rory McGlynn. “We’d like to encourage change in that area.” Their... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: YA novel tackles the misunderestood issue of teenage anorexia

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Photo of Tudor Robins by Debora DekokPhoto of Tudor Robins by Debora Dekok

On the surface, fifteen-year-old Grace is living a perfect teenage life.  Hired to work at the stables all summer to take care of her beloved horses, the Ottawa-resident has also caught the attention of Matt, a handsome co-worker. Behind this contented picture, however, Grace is struggling with an eating disorder that is starting to take over her life.  As she obsessively counts her caloric intake, she threatens to set in motion a serious of events that could have serious consequences. In her debut novel Objects in Mirror published by Red Deer Press, local writer... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars 2013 Round Three: Best Green Space

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Photo courtesy of Coffee Go on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Coffee Go 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 28); 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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NAC launches new dance season with spellbinding, chaotic show (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo by Didier GrappePhoto by Didier Grappe

Award-winning dancer and company director Maguy Marin is one of the most significant figures in French modern dance.  The New York Times has called her, “one of the most important choreographers in France.” Having created some 40 dance works, which have been influenced by theatre and choreographed movement, the Toulouse-born artist has a long history of presenting bold performances that push artistic boundaries. Residents of the National Capital Region have a chance to see her innovative work first hand, as the Compagnie Maguy Marin performs Salves at the National Arts Centre on October 3 and 4.... | Continue reading article

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One World Film Festival explores the global and local with themes of peace, freedom, wealth, justice

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The One World Film Festival is more than just a weekend of documentaries focused on human rights issues and environmental sustainability. It is an opportunity to turn some attention onto under reported issues that don’t make, or don’t stay, in the headlines long enough to capture the collective imagination and to be addressed by the public at large. Reaching beyond the images on-screen, the festival provides an atmosphere that encourages engagement and promotes meaningful dialogue. In the break between screenings audiences can grab a bite to eat and talk amongst... | Continue reading article

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Plosive Productions presents a new take on Private Lives

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Photo by Andrew Alexander. From left to right: David Whiteley (Elyot), Alix Sideris (Amanda).Photo by Andrew Alexander. From left to right: David Whiteley (Elyot), Alix Sideris (Amanda).

Craig Walker directs Noel Coward’s Private Lives in an interesting fashion – one which all audiences may not agree with but which I enjoyed.  Instead of treating the play as a glittering bauble of witty repartee – a comedy about a devil-may-care pair of sophisticated lovers – Walker treats it as a dramatic comedy in which we’re intended to sympathize with the plight of two people who can’t live without each other but can’t live with each other, either. Since this is a very popular play to stage, you’re probably familiar... | Continue reading article

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