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The Cowards Return from Tour, Prepare to Play CHUO Benefit

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The Cowards, a local mix of punk, rock, blues, and grunge, will be playing at Avant Garde on March 24th as part of the CHUO funding drive this month. I sat down with most of the band (Kyle Sheehan, Sean Mackinley, Pat Kuhn, and Vanessa Cote… Bassist Andrew Barr was sick), to talk about their first tour, plans for upcoming releases, and their recent fame. How did the band start? Kyle: We started in early 2009. We’d been writing songs together for a few years but could never find decent... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Music, Ottawa Tourism

Weekly News Review: JunoFest, Beechwood Fire – one year later and more!

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Photo courtesy of J B Hildebrand on Flickr.Photo courtesy of J B Hildebrand on Flickr.

Ottawa’s hosting the Junos at the end of the month. Coinciding with the award ceremony is JunoFest where 80 or so artists will be playing all over the city. OpenFile Ottawa’s created a nifty map of where and when the shows are taking place. About a year ago, a fire destroyed the Home Hardware and some adjacent buildings on Beechwood Avenue. The neighbourhood is still struggling to recover from the fire one year later, and an insurance quagmire has put the breaks on the redevelopment of the area. Summer’s here... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: Penny Plain – Great puppets, wooden play

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Penny Plain is all about the puppets. They’re exquisitely crafted, detailed, and lifelike. Their strings are in the skilled hands of Ronnie Burkett. It would be a tragedy to be unable to see them clearly. Well, I wish I’d brought a pair of opera glasses. Penny Plain, the blind proprietor of a boarding house, is content to wait out the imminent end of civilization with her heretofore faithful canine companion Geoffrey, listening to events unfold on the television. Geoffrey, however, has other ideas—so, too, do her boarders: Wesley Dollop, a... | Continue reading article

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Long live fashion: An interview with Fevers

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Fevers is quickly becoming a band that local music lovers whisper about. If their EP Passion is Dead is any indication, they seem to have their own personal direct-line to the pulsing nucleus of cool music in thiscity. Most people hear shades of Stars and Young Galaxy in their sound, but I hear equal amounts of M83 and Passion Pit. Regardless, these are good sounds to be influenced by. Despite it all, they’re really just a group of genuinely nice people with a boatload of musical talent. We sat down... | Continue reading article

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Policy that goes NOM NOM: Ottawa’s first community food action plan

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Imagine an Ottawa where food is valued as a public good. You might see commuters buying healthy, locally produced food from vendors at OC Transpo stations on their way home from work. You might see children or residents gathering at schools and community centres for workshops in nutrition, cooking and gardening skills. You might see a transformation of little-used urban green spaces into sites of shared food production with fruit trees and vegetable plots. You might see busy mothers feeding their children in the privacy and safety of dedicated public... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: St Patty’s Day edition

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We've all got a bit of a Fevers this week...Photo of Fevers courtesy their website.

Even though the phishers are trying to get us down, we’re still going to help you figure out how to spend your weekend, Ottawa. Green beer aside, you’ve got some pretty spectacular options ahead. First up? Tonight, you should check out Hey Ocean. And Aiden Knight. And The Donna Litas. Thankfully, they’re all playing at one venue, so you don’t need to show-hop around the city. Competing for your attention this evening is The Reason and Gentlemen Husbands, along with a few others down at Mavericks. And as has become... | Continue reading article

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Jonathan Hobin returns with Little Lady / Little Man

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Jonathan Hobin, So That It Won't Be Forgotten (triptych), 2002-2012, UV ink on aluminumJonathan Hobin, So That It Won't Be Forgotten (triptych), 2002-2012, UV ink on aluminum

Regular readers of Apartment613 will remember the haunting yet beautiful images from the show In The Playroom at the Dale Smith Gallery. Jonathan Hobin, the artist behind that show, returns with a new series on display at the City Hall Art Gallery. The show titled Little Lady / Little Man opens this evening with a reception starting at 5:30pm. The work is a personal series featuring photographs of Hobin’s grandparents taken on their deathbeds, combined with images from other periods of their lives. At first viewing, the images (at least those available by email... | Continue reading article

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Beans, Blossoms, Beats & Bauhaus: Blumenstudio

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Photos by Carly Wolff.Photos by Carly Wolff.

Take an Italian café with a contemporary touch serving up ethically-sourced beans and locally-made treats. Add a dairy case filled with milk, butter and eggs from nearby Cochrane’s Dairy and Stirling Creamery for those early-morning milk runs. Layer on a carefully-edited wall of magazines and newspapers. Combine it all in a Bauhaus-inspired floral shop and the result is Blumenstudio. The brainchild of Katrin (Kat) Kosk and partner Nathan Turner, Blumenstudio is a calm oasis of smooth coffee, colourful blossoms, playful vignettes and subtle beats. Located on an otherwise car-focused stretch of Parkdale Avenue between Wellington... | Continue reading article

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Logging on from City Hall: New chat session improves access to the mayor

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On March 8 at 12:30pm anyone with access to the internet had the opportunity to ask Mayor Jim Watson any question they felt needed an answer. You could do so either by going to Jim Watson’s website or by using the hashtag #AskJim via Twitter. This is part of an ongoing monthly initiative dubbed Monthly Chat With The Mayor. For an hour during lunchtime, you can shoot the bull with Jimmy boy and take the bull by the horns on certain issues. This gives you the choice to either spend your lunchtime asking questions to the... | Continue reading article

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