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Apartment613 Paper Kindle Club: The Horse that Leaps through Clouds

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Remember books? Sometimes known as Kindles that you don’t need to plug in, those nice paper objects were useful for filling up bookcases and, as an added bonus, sometimes contained useful information or great works of art. In partnership with Collected Works, West Wellington’s favorite independent bookstore, Apartment613 is hosting a bi-monthly book club to celebrate books and the people who write them. Our focus is on local authors, both fiction and non-fiction. We’re getting the discussion going both in person and online about the best of Ottawa’s literary scene,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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You thought last weekend’s sunshine was reason enough to go outside? This weekend, your outdoor adventures will have way more purpose, whether it’s garage sale-ing (get there early!), beer-festing across the bridge, taking in some art in H’burg, or wandering through the city finding edible urban plants (your neighbours’ strawberry patch doesn’t count!). Weather too hot for you? Head to Arts Court for Capital Chill, Ottawa’s coolest art and music event. Fall Down Gallery is embracing the hot hot heat with a little dance party on Saturday. More dance lovers... | Continue reading article

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We turn Apartment613 Live over to all things Xpress

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It’s a bittersweet Apartment613 Live this week. We devoted the entire show to Ottawa’s weekly arts and culture paper, the Ottawa Xpress. This week’s issue of the Xpress is the final print edition and we learned this evening that the Xpress website will also soon be shutting down. It’s the end of an Ottawa institution and we spent an hour with Guillaume Moffet, Managing Editor of the Xpress; Ben Welland, Xpress photographer; and Fateema Sayani, former Xpress Editor in Chief and culture columnist and contributing editor at Ottawa Magazine. It’s a not-to-miss... | Continue reading article

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Win tickets to Capital Chill

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The fine folks from Capital Chill are planning a great show for this Friday night. They have booked some great artists and musical acts and… they would like some Apartment613 readers to go the show for free. If you’re interested in the tickets, shoot us an email with Capital Chill in the subject. We’ll draw a winner tomorrow evening.

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Hood Wars Final! Centretown vs New Edinburgh

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The story to date: Hood Wars first erupted in 2011 and soon spread across the city like Jim Watson on a fundraising bender, spreading verbal violence and bad puns throughout Ottawa. No one knows just how it got started, although local conspiracy theorists claim it’s a plot by Larry O’Brien and the giant spider statue to kill the light rail project. In spring 2012 the violence broke out once again. Four veterans – Hintonburg, Chinatown, Centretown and the Glebe – took on the as yet unbloodied New Edinburgh, Gatineau, Sandy... | Continue reading article

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Get some Attitude! Ticket give-away for Propeller Dance

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After the massive success of our ballet ticket give away, we’re branching out to see if Ottawa will give other types of dance a try. Propeller Dance specializes in what it calls integrated dance, which combines contemporary dancers with and without disabilities in each performance. The style pushes boundaries by exploring new principals of movement with performers usually excluded from the stage. According to co-artistic director Renata Soutter, their June show will be unlike other dance performances. “Propeller Dance is changing the dance world one stage at a time. Ground-breaking... | Continue reading article

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Existential filmaking in the heart of Little Italy

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Video of the construction of Gott Ist Tot’s set in Little Italy. A long-awaited dream comes true in the form of a short film for Ottawa Producer Marc-Antoine Cuerrier. “Doing this movie is definitely a check mark on my to-do list,” said Cuerrier. On April 14, 2012 after installing the green screen, cameras, among other essentials, the sci-fi drama entitled Gott Ist Tot (God is dead), directed by Chris Chitaroni, started becoming reality in a small studio in Little Italy. The title emanates from German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s famous words... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Sexhibit, archeologists dig up Flats, tree house concert and more!

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The sexhibit: as controversial as people say it is, or are certain Ottawans just a bit prude? I think it’s the latter, since in cities like Montreal and Regina, Sex: A Tell-all Exhibition barely made waves. Have a look and judge for yourself in this Montreal Science Centre micro-site dedicated to the exhibit. Archeologists have set up on Lebreton Flats as part of preparatory work to the construction of the LRT. There are likely many ruins that will be uncovered dating from the early 1900s. Lebreton Flats were destroyed for... | Continue reading article

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What to look forward to at this year’s Gatineau Beerfest

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Post and photos by guest blogger Art Hill. Festibiere (Gatineau Beerfest) is scheduled for May 25, 26 & 27 at Lake Leamy Park. This annual festival features the best of the brew coming out of Quebec’s ever growing brewery industry, featuring both established brewers like Boreal or the artisan beer producers springing up almost everywhere around the province.  Apartment 613 was invited to a lunch and presentation hosted by organizer and beer aficionado Mario D’Eer to get the scoop on what Ottawa can expect at this year’s festival. Being a... | Continue reading article

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