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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. There’s a movement afoot across the country led by First Nations and other indigenous peoples to fight for the rights of First Peoples in Canada. Led by First Nation youth and spreading through social media, Idle No More is a movement that’s led to teach ins and protests. Above are photos from Friday’s protest that went from Victoria Island to Parliament Hill.

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The Chamber Players of Canada prepare for holiday cheer bringing

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Photo courtesy of Joelle GuédonPhoto courtesy of Joelle Guédon

As I watched the Chamber Players of Canada rehearse for Saturday’s Christmas concert, I felt myself overcome by something like holiday spirit. Granted, some of my good cheer may have seeped into me, osmosis-like, from the frankly gigantic Christmas tree that towered to my left. But I think that the vast majority of it was due to the combination of string instruments with snowy weather. Something about the holidays just screams out for musical accompaniment. And so it’s fitting that the Chamber Players of Canada are kicking off their fourth... | Continue reading article

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Indie-rock your way into the holiday with Amos the Transparent

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This Friday Amos the Transparent will take the stage at Mavericks for the Indie Rock Holiday party with a special End Of The World twist. To find out a bit more about their plans for an indie rock holiday, we sent a few questions of to Jon Chandler from Amos the Transparent. Apartment613: What are your plans for the holidays? What does an Indie-Rock Holiday look like? I don’t have too much planned this year, really. I’m fortunate enough to say that most of my family is local so I’m... | Continue reading article

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Stop listening to lame holiday music. Download Jim Bryson’s instant holiday album.

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For anyone who has Josh Groban’s holiday album on repeat this season, we’re here for you. Local (and national) favourite Jim Bryson has released an instant holiday album that you can download from his Bandcamp. The proceeds of the album go to the Shepherds of Good Hope in Ottawa and Royal Ottawa Hospital Foundation’s “You Know Who I Am” Foundation. It’s a great album for a great cause. Get it online for 8 bucks. Also of note, the artwork for the album was done by our designer for Support Local... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Celebrate the end of the world here! Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist on Flickr.Celebrate the end of the world here! Photo courtesy Lazy_Artist on Flickr.

Holidays are coming fast! This weekend, you can mark them with some festive burlesque, a bit of serious thinking, or do a bit of holiday gift rapping at hip hop karaoke. It seems that Ottawa’s music scene is all set to host you at a seasonal bash or two. Jim Bryson’s annual festivities are sold out for Saturday (some Sunday tickets are left), but there are more. Poorfolk, Terrible Liars and Male Nurse are teaming up for their 5th annual Christmas Rock Party, and Zoo Legacy will have DJ Atherton... | Continue reading article

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NaNoWriMo: I’ve earned my virtual certificate

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series on a local writer’s trek toward 50,000 words as part of this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge. You can read the first part here. We gave Mike a few weeks to ice his fingers before asking him to pound out a few more words for us. As you’ll see below, he reached his goal with time to spare. Mike wasn’t the only local writer hitting the keys during this year’s challenge. According to the NaNoWriMo Word Count Scoreboard, local writers have written... | Continue reading article

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Why *make*? To affect quality of life

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Post by Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger. Initally posted on Artengine’s blog. To read our conversation with Megan Smith and Ryan Stec (Artengine’s Artistic Director), or for more information about the Critical Residency, click here. ‘Making’, ‘to make’, ‘maker’ are more of those questionable terms like ‘new’ and ‘contemporary’ – used within the current cultural dialect with ambiguous and broad meaning. Most importantly though, like ‘new’ and ‘contemporary’ they all pack a powerful punch as far as representing evolving human creativity. While, making is still most often categorized as a subculture, this... | Continue reading article

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Watercan helps you give the gift of water to Ugandans in need

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Looking for a special Christmas gift this year? Well, thanks to a local charity, you can now show your love for a relative, spouse or friend by giving a present that will make a real difference. Watercan, a non-government organization located at 321 Chapel Street, is currently running its holiday campaign Gifts of Water. The fundraiser, which runs until Christmas day, is looking to collect $60,000 to install clean water and sanitation equipment at two medical clinics in Uganda. People can make a donation on behalf of someone else and... | Continue reading article

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The Apartment613 Holiday Gift Guide

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The holidays are a great time to introduce your friends and family to the local shops and goods you enjoy year round. Resist the urge to order everything from Amazon and take a look through some of our local holiday gifting suggestions. N-Product started making super cool watch straps for your iPod nano, and they have expanded into all sorts of cool things. They are making these neat laser-cut maps from reclaimed wood, but also have a collection of jewellery cards and some clothing that you should check out. Everything is... | Continue reading article

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