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Video of the Week: The Balconies do Bieber

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This is pretty awesome. Ottawa ex-pats The Balconies partnered with Toronto’s Hands and Teeth to do a cover of the Biebs’ classic hit, Baby. Is it OK to like this song now that it has acquired a polite veneer of hipsterdom? Because it’s damn catchy, Balconies front-woman Jacquie Neville rocks the vocals, plus I love the harmonized rap interlude. The video was shot by Mitch Fillion and mixed and mastered by Reuben Ghos at the Verge Music Lab as part of the Mojito Sessions.  

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Weekly News Review: Study says Barrhaven is accident-prone, Casino speculation causes furor, OpenFile takes a temporary break and more!

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Photo by guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.Photo by guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.

Attention Barrhaven residents! Do you find yourself accidentally injuring yourself at an alarming rate? Perhaps you’ve found yourself in the emergency room a little too often. If this sounds like you, a new study says that, among Barrhaven residents, you’re not alone. The Ottawa Neighbourhood Study goes far beyond singling out Barrhaven as the most accident-prone neighbourhood. It’s packed with plenty of interesting information about the city’s various locales. Want to know about crime rates, civic engagement, food deserts and more? Look no further. The Citizen reports. OpenFile brings us word that the segregated bike... | Continue reading article

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Underneath a sea of umbrellas at Harvest Noir

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Braving the rain on Sunday afternoon at Harvest Noir.Braving the rain on Sunday afternoon at Harvest Noir.

This afternoon, participants of Harvest Noir got the call they had been waiting for: the secret location for the ultimate in outdoor picnics. Despite the rain, spirits were high as hundreds of local foodies and fashionistas gathered together on the front lawn of City Hall to eat, drink, and be merry. And… get a little bit wet. Check out our photos of the event below. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

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Google Streetview’s Hintonburg time capsule

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Photo by tcp909 on Flickr.Photo by tcp909 on Flickr.

Checking out Hintonburg on Google Streetview is like taking a time machine back to 2010. It seems like Google hasn’t updated their images of the hood in a few years, so the service erases the massive changes made by the neighborhood’s rapid gentrification project.   View Larger Map Much like Hintonburg’s lightning-fast transition, the Streetview images are quite jarring to look at if you’re familiar with the neighbourhood. Streetview provides a look at the area before Taco Lot, Tennessy Willems, Burnt Butter, Suzy Q’s and countless other restaurants and food vendors moved it. The status-bestowing... | Continue reading article

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Festival X – In the Moment

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"Midnight Blue" by Stv'nn Hall, courtesy of Festival X's Website"Midnight Blue" by Stv'nn Hall, courtesy of Festival X's Website

Borges, at some point before going blind, wrote, “A man sets out to draw the world. As the years go by, he peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, instruments, stars, horses, and individuals. A short time before he dies, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the lineaments of his own face.” As I walk through the doors of the Terence Robert Gallery and set my eyes upon the photographs that make up the exhibition “In the Moment,” I know... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for September 26, 2012

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Photo of the Most Loyals by Alyssa Bistonath. www.alyssabistonath.comPhoto of the Most Loyals by Alyssa Bistonath. www.alyssabistonath.com

Listen here, or in iTunes! This week, Karen takes to the airwaves solo, narrowly avoiding any long rambles in the absence of her co-hosts. The show kicks off with music from Hey Ocean, Parlovr, The Most Loyals and Shout Out Out Out Out, before heading into Chris and Yaz’s Kingston food adventure – which happened right here in Ottawa! From there, we enter O-town Hoedown territory with an interview with Lefty McRighty and hear some tunes from Jack Pine and the Fire. After that? Music from Mother Mother and a... | Continue reading article

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The Fresh Meat Theatre Festival in Review

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Photo courtesy of Fresh Meat Theatre's WebsitePhoto courtesy of Fresh Meat Theatre's Website

As I was on my way through the crowd to my comfortable front-row couch seat, May Can Theatre’s Madeleine Boyes Manseau approached me with a fan of folded construction-paper cards. “Do you believe in fate?” she asked. I won’t tell you what my answer was, or what was written inside the card I chose.  That would spoil the surprise. Surprise is probably the key element in the Fresh Meat Theatre Festival, a three-day cabaret-style showcase of short works by local independent theatre companies.  The brainchild of Backpack Theatre’s Jonah Allingham, Fresh... | Continue reading article

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SNAPSHOT – Still time needed for development

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Photo courtesy of Andrew Alexander.Photo courtesy of Andrew Alexander.

It is rather rare, I am glad to say, that I have nothing good to say about a play.  Sometimes, however, it happens. SNAPSHOT, written by Karen Balcome and directed by Patrick Gauthier, unfolds roughly as follows:  After the death of his wife Leona, Dalton (Peter Froelich) has an unexpected visitor: his teenage granddaughter Charlie (Teddy Ivanova), who at her mother’s urging has come to help him clean house.  Thanks to a “school strike” (which one assumes is a teachers’ strike), she has plenty of time to separate out the... | Continue reading article

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Julie MacCormack: Capturing Neighbourhoods

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Photo courtesy of Julie MacCormackPhoto courtesy of Julie MacCormack

Festival X draws to a close this Sunday, leaving us photo junkies to find our fix elsewhere. Luckily, it’s never hard to find creative and interesting photography work in Ottawa – you just need to know where to look. And sometimes beautiful photographs turn up in the oddest of places. Like, for example, a local pizzeria. On Monday, Tennessy Willems will play host to a series by local documentary photographer Julie MacCormack. The photos will hang in the restaurant from October 1st through November 9th, enhancing, no doubt, the restaurant’s... | Continue reading article

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