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Live chat with Jim Watson: Today at noon!

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Support Local logo designed by Steve St. Pierre.Support Local logo designed by Steve St. Pierre.

As part of Support Local month, we figured that it would be a great opportunity to talk to our city’s mayor about all things Ottawa. So today, we’re moderating #AskJim, the mayor’s monthly live chat session. Got a question about the city programs? Want to know more about our transit system developments? Wondering how the city is supporting arts and culture? And for small businesses – what kind of opportunities are we creating for new, young entrepreneurs? From 12-1pm today, you can tweet your questions to the mayor using the... | Continue reading article

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Rapping about Print: Jesse Dangerously

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“If you listen to enough rap, you kind of just of have to rap.” Jesse Dangerously sits across a glass table from me, a single cupcake untouched on his paper plate. He’s talking about his history, from his youth in Halifax when he first felt the tug of hip-hop to his current life in Ottawa. He describes his early induction into rap as the discovery of a vibrant new world to explore. The sheer density of rap intrigued him, gave him something to pick apart. He became interested in the... | Continue reading article

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Get ready to rumble, and weep: Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon bring Gender Failure to the 613

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Post by Courtney Powless. Kitchen-table storyteller Ivan Coyote and country-turned-electropop musician Rae Spoon bring their show Gender Failure to Carleton University on November 22. Apartment613 caught up with Coyote over the phone to get the scoop on the show that unwraps and unravels the gender binary and promises to make you rumble with laughter, and weep. Apartment613: You have a seven-year artistic partnership with Rae Spoon. Was Gender Failure a long-time project, or a more spontaneous idea—how did you come to it? Ivan Coyote: In the past, Rae and I... | Continue reading article

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The Ottawa Media Co-op: Journalism beyond the mainstream

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Frustrated by the narrow perspective portrayed in the mainstream media, a group of local activists is operating a news site dedicated to independent journalism. The Ottawa Media Co-op is a grassroots online publication that allows alternative reporters to post stories, videos, audio clips or photographs online. In order to participate, all you have to do is set up an account and self-publish your work. While the site has been posting news for some time now, the collective’s current project  is to become a full member of the national Media Co-op,... | Continue reading article

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Jazz Festival hosts Pugs and Crows tonight at the NAC

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The Pugs and Crows have been garnering acclaim for their instrumental performances that bridge jazz, rock and classical sounds into something really quite interesting. If you’ve been enjoying the experimental music nights at Pressed, this might be the show for you. They won the Galaxie Rising Start award at the Vancouver Jazz Festival and are playing tonight at the National Arts Centre, presented by the Ottawa Jazz Festival. I shot a few questions over to Cat Toren, pianist for pugs and crows in advance of their show. Apartment613: You’ve had some success at... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Naming our new CFL team, Restaurant owner sentenced and Woodroffe Ave reopens ahead of schedule

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Now that it’s 99% certain that CFL football is coming back to Ottawa, the search for a team name begins. While no one got too attached to the Renegades, the Rough Riders still resonates with many Ottawa football fans, but we know there won’t be 2 teams with the same name – albeit different spelling – in a 9 team league. The Citizen looks at Ottawa’s history for inspiration for a new moniker. What do you like? The 20th Ottawa Business Achievement Awards took place. Some of the winners included Halogen... | Continue reading article

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Reflecting on last week’s Wine and Food Show

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This past weekend, the Ottawa Convention Centre hosted the 27th Ottawa Wine and Food Festival, lauded as a sensory extravaganza for gastronomes and oenophiles. Being relative newbies to Ottawa, and guilty of foodie proclivities, my friend and I naively paid our dues (Sunday ticket just under $30 with “fees”), and looked forward to exploring the local gustatory palette and learning a few tricks from the professionals. As we belatedly read the fine print in the Events Guide, it also became clear that samples or cooking demos weren’t included in the... | Continue reading article

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Jenn Grant: Ottawa, the new album, and a contest for our readers

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In advance of her making the trip to the capital for a few shows at the National Arts Centre, we gave Jenn Grant a call to chat about her connection to our city and her new record The Beautiful Wild. She’s released a beautiful new album. It’s interesting and diverse in lots of fun ways — almost as if she took the best sounds off the last record and used them to inspire the next. “With each record anyone would mature as an artist and you are more confident in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa (plus, win tickets!)

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3-inch buttons made from test prints from work by Diane Bond for cut/paste/copy (now showing at Pressed Cafe).3-inch buttons made from test prints from work by Diane Bond for cut/paste/copy (now showing at Pressed Cafe).

Well, we’ve reached the halfway point of Support Local month, as November trucks along and the days get shorter. But no need to despair – there’s still plenty of events to come! We’ve got two art openings – one at Shanghai (use your passport!) and one at Mugshots, as well as a crazy birthday bash for Timekode, celebrating seven years of sweat and dance. Also in celebrations? Wunderkammer turns one! Be all classy-like at 327 Wine Bar Friday evening, with music by bassist Tobias Meis. You can also head out... | Continue reading article

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