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Hood Wars 2013: The Ottawa Open

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Hood Wars is Apt613’s annual neighbourhood smack down, a war of words to determine which of the city’s 97 neighbourhoods is the best. The story to date: The Hintonburg Mafia won the first ever Hood Wars, using methods I will not divulge lest I wake up with a horse head in my bed. Smugly assuming superiority at the launch of Hood Wars year two, the Mafia was unprepared for an assault by the guerrilla forces of Chinatown and were quickly dispatched. Chinatown fought on bravely, but were quickly overwhelmed by the... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa International Animation Festival: Heroes and mummies and camels, oh my!

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Photo from the OIAF website.Photo from the OIAF website.

It’s back! Once again the nation’s capital will become a buzzing hub of activity for lovers of all things animated. The Ottawa International Animation Festival is a five day event beginning this Wednesday September 18th and running until Saturday the 22nd. As always, the schedule is an exciting grab-bag of talent and imagination from Canada and around the globe. There are multiple screenings of each feature, so if you’re unable to make a particular time, don’t despair! Chances are there’s a second screening you haven’t missed yet, so make sure... | Continue reading article

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Best outdoor art in Ottawa – Centretown edition

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Elephants, by Christopher Griffin. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.Elephants, by Christopher Griffin. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

Art is not exclusive to museums or galleries. It’s all around us and in many ways, it’s inside us: our way of being and seeing; what we call the art of living. Yet how many times do we rush our way to work or play, unaware of the beauty that surrounds us? Not just natural beauty, with its mystical ebb and flow, but architectural splendour or sculptural masterpieces? Outdoor art, a more inclusive umbrella term, is what makes me want to walk slow and savour the city.    At first,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Growing hope from the grieving soil of Ground Zero

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The phone call in 2008 may have been the worst moment in Nicholas Gagnier’s life.  At the time things were improving for the local poet, whose life was returning to relative normalcy after years of substance abuse, homelessness and depression. Then came the horrific news that his friend Michelle Vachon had committed suicide. “I will never forget that phone call,” writes Gagnier in the new poetry anthology Ground Zero.  “It will ring in my ears until the day I die.” Dealing with intense grief, and trying to understand a death that “perpetually haunts me”, the... | Continue reading article

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Michael Feuerstack and friends bring their indie folk to Le Temporaire this Wednesday

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Apt613 last spoke to Michael Feuerstack upon the release of Tambourine Death Bed back in May. Since then he’s returned to Ottawa a few times to play the second edition of the Arboretum Festival as well as lead a workshop at the Ottawa Folk Festival. Feuerstack has returned to the capital region once more, and this time he’s taking Halifax’s Paper Beat Scissors and our own Her Harbour across the river for an intimate show at Le Temporaire in Gatineau. This is the beginning of a tour for Feuerstack and Tim Crabtree –... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: September 16, 2013

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Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Folk Fest 2013: What the folk is going on with the music of today’s youth?

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Photo of Mac Demarco by Saskia Rodenburg.Photo of Mac Demarco by Saskia Rodenburg.

The Ottawa Folk Festival, a longstanding tradition here in the nation’s capital, proved once again that people still yearn for the folk music of long ago and of the present. Taking place in Hog’s Back Park, the five day festival boasted some much sought after artists such as City and Colour, The Sheepdogs and other acts all of which thrilled audiences young and old. Though some critics argue that the Folk Festival can hardly contain the word “Folk” in its name, I found myself instead wanting more of this wonderful... | Continue reading article

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Style File: Folk Fest Edition

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Folkfest Style File!

All photos courtesy of Aisling McCaffrey In most of Canada, Labour Day weekend is a last ditch attempt to enjoy the frivolities of summer before adults and children alike are expected to buckle down and work through the winter. In Ottawa, however, we’ve managed to extend our fun by moving the last days of summer to the weekend after school starts, and incidentally, the best time of year in fashion. With my heart full of love for both festivals and street style, I spent three nights of folk fest checking... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for September 11, 2013

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Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CHUO 89.1 FM. And remember to subscribe to the podcast version of the show on iTunes. On this week’s show, Ryan and Chris chatted with Ottawa International Animation Festival Artistic Director Chris Robinson. The festival, which Robinson says is probably the second largest animation festival in the world, kicks off on September 18. Chris and Ryan rounded out the show with discussions on our beer guide and the local sports team that will remain unnamed on Apartment613 until their management can... | Continue reading article

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