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Weekly News Review: Presto cards arrive, Somerset House conflict almost resolved, the year in restaurants and more!

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10,000 free Presto cards were snapped up by eager customers looking to try out the new system. Because of the high demand, OCTranspo is making another 2,000 free cards available shortly. Yours truly picked one up, I’ll let you know how I like it over the next few weeks! Back in September, I wrote about a petition launched by Centretown residents asking that the city and owner of Somerset House resolve the legal actions. It appears like the petition paid off. Centretown Buzz reports that in a surprise move at its... | Continue reading article

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Winter Beerfest is back! Many porters expected at Château Cartier to welcome thousands of beer enthusiasts

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Originally published in Bulletin d’Aylmer. The 2013 Winter Beerfest organizers are expecting as many as 12,000 guests for their second edition at the Château Cartier, January 24, 25 and 26. That’s 8,000 more than last year. “In 2012 we were hoping for 3,000 guests and over 8,000 showed up,” Manuela Teixeira, Vice-President of the Beerfest organizing committee, told the media. “The site, which combines indoor and outdoor spaces, has been doubled in size to accommodate the guests,” said Joel-Marc Frappier, Executive Director at Château Cartier. Last year’s popularity meant some... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.

It’s back to being chilly, which has all of the skaters in the city crossing their fingers and hoping that the canal will open soon… For those of you needing a bit of extra warmth, while Winternude sounds like a very cold activity, it’s gonna be hot. Local band Good2Go will be at the Atomic Rooster tomorrow night, while down at Raw Sugar there’s a fundraiser/party for the Ottawa Rock Lottery, featuring Zoo Legacy, a screening of the ORL documentary, and a DJ dance party. Also in fundraisers, the Carleton... | Continue reading article

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An interview with Wes Marskell of The Darcys

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Fans of Arts & Crafts records will want to catch the Ottawa Winter Jazz Festival on February 2, when Toronto’s The Darcys team up with Montreal’s Pawa Up First at the University of Ottawa’s Academic Hall. Let’s make sure we give them a warm welcome Ottawa, because both of these bands will be traveling long distances on treacherous winter roads to bring you some sweet sweet sounds. I recently had the chance to connect with Wes Marskell from The Darcys by phone, and we had a great chat that covered... | Continue reading article

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Sexual Overtones brrrrlesque returns

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Sexual Overtones is known for their sexual satire, quirky humour and clever skits. Burlesque and vaudeville lovers in the city will have noticed their absence over the last year, so when posters began popping up around town for their latest show, Winternude, excitement started building. Set for Saturday night down at St. Brigid’s, Winternude is sure to thaw any winter chill you’re feeling. We at Apartment613 sent some questions to two troupe members, Powder Puff and Aristotle O’Nasty, find out more about what they got up to on their hiatus and... | Continue reading article

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3 Brasseurs brings its tasty brews to Sparks Street

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As Ottawa’s love affair with the beer brewing industry rages on, hot and heavy, new brew pubs seem to be popping up every other day. Last year saw the opening of so many such establishments that to list them all here would be futile. Instead, take a gape at our beer map. Yup. There’s a lot of beer in Ottawa. But is there enough? I think not. Which is why I was pleased to see the opening of 3 Brasseurs’ first Ottawa location. The French brewer, whose beer has become... | Continue reading article

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Scary Bear Soundtrack launches new music video, takes two year hiatus

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Usually ‘rock star’ and ‘human rights lawyer’ aren’t two vocations you’d think would go together. The former involves lots of tireless practice, touring, performances, and maybe the odd trashed hotel room. The latter involves representing people in cases of poverty, racial and sexual discrimination and domestic abuse, and, if your name is Gloria Guns, going to court in your longjohns. Guns, the frontwoman of Ottawa band Scary Bear Soundtrack, will be leaving at the end of the month to spend two years in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, practicing human rights law... | Continue reading article

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The Amalgamation gears up for new album release

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Blasting from beat-up antique speakers hooked up to a wobbly turntable in a smoky bar – the ideal listening situation for a band like The Amalgamation. Timmins-conceived and Ottawa-based, the band currently consists of two men who know the meaning of rock, Jeff Bertrand and Brad Martel. Their sound is sometimes described in line with a Dinosaur Jr. or a Black Keys vibe: loud guitar licks with a funky backbeat. After a Bluesfest performance last summer, the band settled down to record their second full length album. Due out in the... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: NHL’s back, save yourself from the flu, condos in New Edinburgh and more!

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The NHL lockout is finally over and the Sens, like many other teams, have promo-galore to entice fans back to Scotiabank Place. “Among the offerings to the fans is free parking on opening night, free admission to kids 14 years of age and younger in four of the first 10 home games, $1 popcorn and pop in seven of the first 10 games and half price merchandise up until the end of opening night at home.” Will the love of the game, or the special treats see you go back... | Continue reading article

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