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Audio: Interview with James and Blackburn at Cafe Alt

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Photo courtesy of J&B's websitePhoto courtesy of J&B's website

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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Learning Spanish is possible at any age

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Instructors (from left to right) Monica Reyes, Karen Molina and Alvaro DuqueInstructors (from left to right) Monica Reyes, Karen Molina and Alvaro Duque

With waggling hands and adorable smiles the gathered toddlers begin to sing in Spanish: “Mi cuerpo, mi cuerpo hace música,” they chant, “my body, my body makes music.” Following the body gestures of the group instructor, the eager toddlers proceed to clap their hands and stomp their feet as they recite the rest of the song.  “My hands go ‘clap-clap-clap,’ my feet go, ‘stomp-stomp-stomp,’ my voice says, ‘la-la-la’, and my body goes ‘cha-cha-cha.” The last part is eagerly performed by cute little arms swinging back in forth in a toddler... | Continue reading article

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HUB Ottawa is looking for new hosts!

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Photo courtesy HUB Ottawa.Photo courtesy HUB Ottawa.

Our partners at HUB Ottawa are looking for new hosts. Hosts are indispensable to the HUB community. They animate the space, interact with members and visitors, and engage them in thoughtful conversations. Hosts should be self-motivated and excited to engage with HUB members all over the world through HUBnet, an online social platform. Hosting is a minimum 4 month commitment in exchange for an unlimited HUB membership. HUB is looking for a host that is available once a week, for 4-6 hours. If this position interests you, please send an application to... | Continue reading article

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The Suzuki & Rubin Eco Tour politely rocks the capital

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Photo courtesy of Graeme Cunningham.Photo courtesy of Graeme Cunningham.

Dr. David Suzuki – geneticist, environmentalist and the planet’s Steward-in-Chief – and Jeff Rubin – economist, award-winning author, and petrol price-prognosticator – arrived to a packed house at the Centretown United Church on Tuesday night. The event, part of their multi-city Eco Tour and organized by Octopus books, was moderated by  the leader of the Green Party of Canada, Elizabeth May (a last minute replacement for CBC Ottawa Radio host, Robyn Bresnahan). The two impassioned, albethey alternatively motivated special guests delivered a refreshingly complementary one-two punch of economic and moral arguments for how climate change will or... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Learning, News & Ideas

The Unrefined Olive: Olive Oil and Balsamic Tasting Bar

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Photo courtesy of the Unrefined Olive on facebookPhoto courtesy of the Unrefined Olive on facebook

Sampling wares prior to purchase is not often an option. The chance for this experience is what originally lured me to the Unrefined Olive: Olive Oil and Balsamic Tasting Bar, located on Second Avenue. Once I entered, however, I was guided through the store by knowledgeable staff and my afternoon soon turned out to be as informative as it was flavourful. They had me tossing back product and tossing aside misconceptions with equal fervor. Food does not improve the tasting experience. It turns out that there is no such thing... | Continue reading article

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Apply now! The 4th Annual Critical Blogging Residency at Artengine

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Photo from Artengine's blog.Photo from Artengine's blog.

This year Apartment613 and Artengine continue our endeavor to foster new perspectives on the media arts landscape with an open call for the 2013 Critical Blogging Residency. This residency is for an art critic or cultural journalist from the Ottawa-Gatineau area, who will cross post thought-provoking dialogues on the Artengine and Apartment613 blogs throughout the year. Conceived as a creative space for expression and research into culture, technology and social engagement, the content and direction will be developed in consultation with the Artistic Director of Artengine. The residency begins with... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: How well do you know your city?

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Photo courtesy of Derek Mellon on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Derek Mellon on Flickr.

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five four questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 4 out of 4: News stud! Can I have your number… 3 out of 4: You are officially in the know. 2 out of 4: Not bad, but a little quality google time may be in order. 1 out of 4: Do you live in Ottawa? 0 out of 4: Current affairs dud… You might as well live in Toronto.  ... | Continue reading article

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3 O’Clock in the Afternoon is an evening well spent

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Photo by Erik Berg, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo by Erik Berg, courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Presented by Carte Blanche, Norway’s National Company of Contemporary Dance, 3 O’Clock in the Afternoon debuts at the NAC this weekend. For this piece, Carte Blanche commissioned well-known and respected Norwegian choreographer and long-time Carte Blanche collaborator, Ina Christel Johannessen. In 3  O’Clock in the Afternoon, Johannessen questions the notion of boundaries – geographical, political and emotional – either created by or imposed upon us. The piece explores the impositions, necessity and navigation of those boundaries, and what it means to live within or outside of their delineations. The stage, subtly... | Continue reading article

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Tour de Blogosphere: Blogging Bookworms

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Photo courtesy of J B Hildebrand from the Apt613 flickr groupPhoto courtesy of J B Hildebrand from the Apt613 flickr group

I love books. Interested in finding fellow readers, I searched the blogosphere for Ottawa bookworms. To my delight, the national capital region is filled with blogging bibliophiles, which are the focus of this week’s round-up of local blogs. Blogging Bookworms There is a surprisingly large number of Ottawa blogs dedicated to publishing book reviews and literary-related posts. While the list below is not exhaustive, it will give you a good idea of where to find suggestions for new books, authors and in some cases local literary news. Meaghan, a senior... | Continue reading article

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