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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Happy World Water Day, Ottawa! Pour yourself a celebratory glass of the stuff and head over to enjoy all things H2O down at Raw Sugar tonight. Music wise, things will be busy over at Babylon on Friday night. The Nearly Naked Truth fundraiser for Planned Parenthood kicks off the evening, featuring Rockalily Burlesque and DJ Bad Guy. Later that night, the decks will be passed to a plethora of local DJs from Ottawa’s best dance parties to raise a few funds for CHUO. While The Pelts take to the Rainbow,... | Continue reading article

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Urban Forum: The good the bad the ugly – Live-blogged!

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Photo courtesy of guidedbycthulhu on Flickr Urban Forum is a series of public events intended to create dialogue and discussion on planning issues in Ottawa. Apartment613 will be live-blogging from the Urban Forum event this evening, so if you can’t make it out in-person, you can follow along here starting at 7:00pm. If you’re move into twitter, follow Stephan Telka and Ryan Saxby Hill for live updates. Tonight’s Urban Forum will feature Dr. David Gordon from Queen’s University who will present The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A historical... | Continue reading article

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Vintage finds at The Fieldhouse + ticket giveaway!

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Post by Peter Sutherland. I think I’ve been organizing antiques shows longer than anyone in this country. For almost 2 decades I’ve been helping organize one of Ottawa’s largest shows, Antiquing at The Fieldhouse, which returns to Carleton University from Friday, March 30 until Sunday April 1, 2012. To clarify, the vast majority of inventory at 99.9% of antique shows in Canada is NOT “antique” (100 years or older).  It may be vintage (say 50 years), retro (say 30 years) or nearly new (say yesterday) – but not antique.  And... | Continue reading article

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On the public service – “Pink hair, and in the stuffy public service no less?”

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Photo by J. B. Hildebrand, jbhildebrand.com Post by Nick Charney Recognising that “Government Town” might be one of the adjectives that come to mind when thinking about Ottawa, we recruited public-servant-blogger-renaissance-man Nick Charney for an occasional series on the culture of the public service. He will be highlighting the interesting personalities running our national government and the cool stuff they get up to in the nation’s capital. You can read more from Nick on his blog CPSRenewal. I was chilling at the Bridgehead in Hintonburg, making some final notes in preparation for my... | Continue reading article

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

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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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