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Party & Bullsh*t brings back the 90s

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Here’s a question: do you like Biggie? I mean Notorious B.I.G.; do you like him? He’s a rapper. He died 16 years ago (gawd I feel old). He was a pioneer, a visionary, an exceptional rapper. And so, this month, some of the localest of local deejays and rappers are throwing a big party in his honour, to mark the anniversary of his death. Atherton, Circa Beatz and So Nice will be there, kicking it nineties style with backwards caps pretty much everywhere. The thing is called Party & Bullshit... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogoshere: Urban development and local news

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Photo courtesy of Mike.Geiger (Myke) on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Mike.Geiger (Myke) on Flickr.

Ottawa is in the midst of a development boom. Whether it’s the recently approved Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, plans to build several large condo buildings in the Preston/Carling area, the transformation of Wellington Street from Westboro to Hintonburg, the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, or the numerous other construction projects in the city, our national capital region is undergoing a large-scale change. This development has not gone unnoticed in the local blogosphere, which is why this week’s round-up of local blogs looks at sites that focus on the current transformation... | Continue reading article

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Music: Wellington End Preview (Starts Tonight!)

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There’s probably a lot I could say about Wellington End. But, since this is web writing, I’m going to try to condense it into a sentence.  Here it is: Fantastic music, great beer, delicious food, all local. Cheap, too! Just 30 bucks for the whole thing, and that gets you access to 40+ artists across several venues, all in the same, very cool, strip on Wellington near Irving. Tonight’s lineup features NDMA, No Kinds of Love, Kenny Voita and The Glorious Moon Rockets. Find more info here. Oh, and here’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: searching for Ottawa’s finest Caesar

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Sometimes, here at Apartment613, we’ve got to take on tough assignments. For the sake of our discerning readers, we’ve previously had to taste all the pizza, drink all the coffee and eat all the cupcakes. It’s not war reporting, but still, think of the calories. Anyways, this past weekend, the Hintonburg Public House invited us to judge their first annual Caesar contest. They assembled five cocktail enthusiasts and a whole bunch of Clamato juice for a Sunday evening of Caesars. The winning drink for the night came from the HPH’s own bartender,... | Continue reading article

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Bluebird North: Where writers sing and tell

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Photo courtesy Amanda Rheaume's website, by Sean Sisk Photography.Photo courtesy Amanda Rheaume's website, by Sean Sisk Photography.

It is more than a concert, different than a reading and a shade to the left of a songwriting circle.  Tonight’s Bluebird North musical showcase features four singer-songwriters, each taking on a storytelling role.  As in past years, the artists play songs and then share their personal history with each piece.  As host Amanda Rheaume says, “the song is the most important element in a Bluebird concert…the inspiration and the story behind it.”  I connected with Rheaume to discover what other elements go into creating a noteworthy night. As the show’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Supply and Demand gets raw food right

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It’s been quite a few months since my last food post, and that’s definitely not due to a lack of memorable meals to write about or amazing people in the industry I’ve met. That said, I think it’s only fitting that I re-emerge with a post about one of Ottawa’s newest joints, one whose name has been on everyone’s lips recently: Supply and Demand. For those who don’t know, 28-year-old chef Steve Wall – formerly of Luxe, Town, Whalesbone, and the list goes on – recently took a chance and... | Continue reading article

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The future is now: Artengine to showcase new 3D printer at this Saturday’s print-a-thon

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I got an email a couple of weeks ago from an excited Britta Evans-Fenton, Lab Coordinator at Artengine, to let me know they were about to receive a new 3D printer. They invited us to check it out, so I jumped on the chance and headed to Arts Court where Artengine’s M70 lab is located. While my owl was being printed (see pictures above), we chatted about the brand spanking new Ultimaker 3D printer, Mod Lab and what to expect at this Saturday’s print-a-thon event. Artengine is an artist-run centre that focuses on... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: not Bluesfest yet edition

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Photo by ssstevieb on flickr.Photo by ssstevieb on flickr.

The headline says it all folks. Yesterday’s lineup announcement for Ottawa’s largest blues festival that also features electro, hip hop and prog rock sparked a flurry of online discussion and excitement. But if this weekend is any indication, we don’t need to wait until July to take in some wicked-ass music. The organizers of the Doldrums Winter Music Festival certainly aren’t. If you’ve been waiting out winter like a hermit, this festival is trying to flush you out with the likes of Male Nurse, Sadie Hell, Sick Sick Sicks and... | Continue reading article

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Audio: Interview with James and Blackburn at Cafe Alt

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The Soundcloud embed isn’t working, so here’s the direct link. It’s 10 minutes long. A couple weeks back, Cafe Alt hosted the second edition of the aptly named Cafe Alt Concert Series. It was a resounding success, in no little part due to the gentlemen you are about to meet. James and Blackburn is a band named after two streets. And while you should listen to their music, you should also listen to this interview. It’s zany, everybody. Zany. The next edition of the Cafe Alt Concert Series takes place... | Continue reading article

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