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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy The Hidden Cameras website. They're playing Westfest Friday night.Photo courtesy The Hidden Cameras website. They're playing Westfest Friday night.

And we’re (almost) back to the weekend! It’s hard to believe that it’s already time for Westfest, but indeed, this free music festival has crept up on us once again. Sure, we’ve known the lineup for a while, but that’s only built up the excitement. Plus, getting a head start on music festival enthusiasm can only be a good thing – or at least that’s what the organizers of the Arboretum music+arts festival are convinced of. Head down to Babylon tonight to get a taste of what this newest festival... | Continue reading article

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Made In Canada: Marc Adornato has much to report

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Marc Adornato has an uncanny ability to be in three places at once. Over the last two years, the Ottawa-based artist has been working towards Made In Canada, a series of artworks set to be unveiled this Friday at The Daily Grind , Shanghai, and the Hintonburg Public House. Drawing on elements and objects from his vast collection of antiques, Adornato’s artistic practice speaks to larger themes of politics, consumerism, and sustainability. “It started with video work from a few years ago,” explains Adornato. “I spent weeks at Library and... | Continue reading article

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The temperature is rising at FeverFest

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After a successful year one, the team behind FeverFest is back with a two-day program, co-hosted at the Clocktower Pub and Irene’s pub in the Glebe. They have an expanded list of performers including Kalle Mattson, Fevers (they sort of had to play right?), Dave Norris and the Fiftymen. The fun starts Friday June 22 and continues all day Saturday, including events on an outdoor stage at the Clocktower. We’ll be playing some music from bands playing the festival tonight on Apartment613 live (CHUO 89.1FM from 9-10pm), but here is... | Continue reading article

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Ticket Give Away! le pArty at the Ottawa Art Gallery

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Geneviève Thauvette, Chance (2012). Oil paint, digital c-print. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery's website.Geneviève Thauvette, Chance (2012). Oil paint, digital c-print. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery's website.

Calling all art enthusiasts – the time has come for the 16th annual Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG) fundraiser, le pArty – and Apartment613 has two tickets to give away! On Thursday night, head over to the gallery for your chance to bid on work from sixty-six local artists, including Jon Hobin, The Latest Artists (Andrew + Deborah O’Malley), and Bear Witness. For a preview of the art works available, check out the OAG website. “It’s the one art auction in our community that the funds go directly back into exhibition programming... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Cuts at Citizen, Hoedown, Kahoot and more!

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It’s been about a week since the Ottawa Citizen announced it was cutting 20 jobs in its news room as well as its Sunday edition. What’s more, the Citizen is planning on rolling out a pay wall by mid to end of June. The city’s pulled the plug on the Capital Hoedown…not exactly, but it might as well have by prohibiting the organizers to use Kanata’s Walter Baker Park for the festival because organizers “failed to pay a required $150,000 amount to use city-owned property from Aug. 10 to 12.”... | Continue reading article

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The return of Saturday Morning Cartoons

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Image adapted from photo taken by revolveless on Flickr.Image adapted from photo taken by revolveless on Flickr.

Do you long for the days of yore, when you could lounge in front of the television on a Saturday morning in your pyjamas, eating breakfast and watching cartoons guilt-free? Of course you do! Which is why Apartment613 and Pressed Café are joining forces to bring you Saturday Morning Cartoons on Saturday, June 9. From 10am onwards, dine on waffles (might I suggest The Hangover? Beef brisket at it’s finest) as we screen some of our favourite cartoons. Show up in your pj’s and you get a free, all-access pass to... | Continue reading article

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Music Video of the Week: Atherton’s Lights Out

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Ottawa MC and producer Atherton’s back with a new video! Atherton’s been a feature of the Ottawa hip hop scene for a few years now, having won best  Ottawa hip-hop act in the Xpress’ 2005 and 2006 Best of City Poll (RIP). He’s also one of the driving forces behind Vinal Tap, an independent music and arts collective founded in Ottawa in late 2003. The rapper is perhaps best known for his 2011 rap tribute to everyone’s favourite cafinated Canadiana, Tim Horton’s yearly rrRoll up the Rim contest. The official video for Lights Out, directed by Adrian Parks... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: Review of Circle Mirror Transformation

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It is only by looking in a mirror that people can see themselves as they are. In the final play of the Great Canadian Theatre Company’s 2011–12 season, Circle Mirror Transformation, five people’s lives intersect over the course of a six-week community centre creative drama workshop. The class is led by enthusiastic former hippie Marty (Mary Ellis) and attended by her comparably reserved husband James (John Koensgen), recently divorced furniture artisan Schultz (Andy Massingham), ex-New York failed actress and aspiring massage therapist Theresa (Sarah McVie), and introverted teenager Lauren (Catherine... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Ottawa Race Weekend, Bayshore renos, Beckta’s gezellig and more!

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Ottawa Race Weekend brought more than 42,000 runners to the streets of Ottawa over the past couple of days. No big surprises on the results, with twenty-eight-year old Kenyan Laban Moiben winning for the second straight year. He broke the Ottawa Marathon record with a time of 2:09:12, shaving 19 seconds off the previous time set in 2009. On the women’s side, Ethiopia’s Yeshi Esayias made it first to the finish line. Winners of the Canadian National Championships were Toronto-based 28-year-old Rejean Chiasson with a finish of 2:19:54 and Lisa... | Continue reading article

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