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The Great Ottawa Beer Guide

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Are you a fan of craft breweries? Microbrasseries? Brew pubs? Beer in general? Then think of this article as a scavenger hunt for the National Capital Region beer aficionado. Despite all the back-to-school sales and frosh week prep going on, there is still some summer left and hunting down a quality pint is a good way to spend it. In honour of National Capital Craft Beer Week, we’ve assembled a list of local destinations for discerning beer fanatics. This list is a pastiche of beer landmarks across the National Capital... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So enamoured are we are with all things beer in Ottawa that it seems not a Weekend Roundup goes by without at least some mention of the bubbly beverage. This week is no different. National Capital Craft Beer Week is in full swing this week, with events too numerous to mention. And while the Week ends this weekend, it won’t be without some fanfare. You see, at the core of National Craft Beer Week is the National Capital Craft Beer Festival, which takes place at Marion Dewar Plaza (just outside... | Continue reading article

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Tall Trees: up-and-coming young musicians

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Tall Trees recently released their first EP, launched their new website, and have been generating some  positive buzz. Despite their musical achievements, the band has yet to graduate from high school—all of the members are 17 years of age. Tall Trees have a killer sound, a great stage presence, and are as hard-working as any contemporary local band. The act consists of three Canterbury High students: Jad Hammoud, Peter Klaassen and Josh Wynnyk. All trained musicians, they demonstrate an enormous amount of skill on their chosen instruments. Hammoud’s vocals, reminiscent... | Continue reading article

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On renaming and rebranding Centretown

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You might have heard that a recently-launched campaign celebrating an entity called “South Central Ottawa” as “the next great hood” has turned a lot of heads, especially among residents of the neighbourhood itself. What’s wrong with a little community spirit? First point: the world already has a South Central . But that’s neither here nor there. Perhaps it’s because, until a few months ago, no one had ever heard of South Central Ottawa. Perhaps it’s because the project isn’t being community-driven; the people behind South Central Ottawa,  the Urban Capital... | Continue reading article

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“Gather Wish,” the debut EP from local band High Waters, is neither obvious nor shy

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Do they even make records like this anymore? The debut release of Ottawa-based High Waters (previously incarnated as Life in 2D) embodies the band’s proud defiance of “static genres.” This music falls confidently between rocks – part indie, part classic, part experimental. If you’re desperate for comparisons before taking a listen, think Coldplay meets Hawksley Workman (sorry, High Waters). A concept album through and through, Gather Wish calls for a top to bottom listen to truly appreciate the musicality and sonic storytelling on offer. This EP is an entertaining ride that mixes strong musicianship with... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Cycling from the burbs, a giant blanket fort party, upgrading Plouffe Park and more!

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Thinking about cycling downtown from the burbs? Journalists from YourOttawaRegion tried it out. Read about their trials and tribulations as they traveled from Kanata, Orleans, Barrhaven and Nepean to City Hall. There’s been a lot of bat stories recently, and it’s not because of The Dark Knight Rises. Rather, one of the hottest summers in decades has set off an eruption of bat problems in Ottawa. While bats are generally not dangerous, there’s been a bit of a scare after an Ottawa resident found a dead bat that had rabies. Here’s a bit of... | Continue reading article

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Local shorts under the stars at Centretown Movies

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Treepot media has hosted a few evenings highlighting local shorts, one at the Bytowne last March and one at the Mayfair in Septermber. The events featured short films and music videos – work from the local community that Treepot is part of. “It started as a way to get our stuff on the big screen” says Jith Paul, owner of Treepot Media. If you’ve never heard of Treepot, you might still know their work. They have done work with local favourites the Sound of Lions and they are involved in... | Continue reading article

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Indie Coffee Passport: Book passage to a caffeine buzz

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Coffee drinkers listen up: If you want to avoid a Starbucks rut while discovering independent java hot spots, then this article is for you. This past spring, a dozen coffee shops in Ottawa launched the indie coffee passport with the express purpose of supporting independent stores. For $14, you can purchase a passport online or at participating locations and in return have a free coffee, tea or espresso-based beverage (up to $4.50 menu price) at each of the 12 locales. The promotion runs until November 30. Apartment 613 was curious about how the program... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for August 8, 2012

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This week’s show is jammed full of interviews and topical discussion! Listen to it here or on iTunes! Once again, Jared takes the reigns as the host of this week’s Apt613 Live. In the absence of authority, this week’s podcast runs wild into bizarre and unfamiliar territories. First up, Katie joins Jared at Pub Italia to discuss the upcoming National Capital Craft Beer Week, all the while sipping delicious local ales. Next, Jared visits the wild wilderness that is West Ottawa to interview Cam Sloan from Common Citizens, a band that lives... | Continue reading article

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