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Homebased release new album, Get Busy

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Ottawa has entered a golden age of hip hop. Seriously. With acts like Jesse Dangerously, Philly Moves, Flight Distance, Atherton, and Homebased, you don’t have to go that far from the Transitway to find some really seasoned, talented rappers and turntablists making their way in this new capital city reality. Funnily enough, if one of those names is unfamiliar to you, it’s likely the last one. Stranger still, Homebased has been active and forceful in Ottawa since at least 2009. The trio chalks up their absence from the central discourse... | Continue reading article

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Wanderweg: A local filmmaker’s journey across Switzerland

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Photo by Neeko Paluzzi.Photo by Neeko Paluzzi.

“With every travel, it is very much about space and time together,” says Neeko Paluzzi, a Masters student in communications at the University of Ottawa whose first feature-length documentary Wanderweg premieres this Thursday at 7pm at the Mayfair Theatre on Bank Street. “And this film is about two time periods coming together in the same space.” The film follows Paluzzi’s travels through Switzerland’s diverse and scenic cantons, but it is not a cinematic backpacker’s guide to Switzerland.  It is an intriguing, reflexive travel film that is “more about travel than about travelling,” and a... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: How well do you know our city?

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Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! Can I have your number… 4 out of 5: You are officially in the know. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but a little quality google time may be in order. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in a while. 1 out of... | Continue reading article

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Party & Bullsh*t brings back the 90s

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Here’s a question: do you like Biggie? I mean Notorious B.I.G.; do you like him? He’s a rapper. He died 16 years ago (gawd I feel old). He was a pioneer, a visionary, an exceptional rapper. And so, this month, some of the localest of local deejays and rappers are throwing a big party in his honour, to mark the anniversary of his death. Atherton, Circa Beatz and So Nice will be there, kicking it nineties style with backwards caps pretty much everywhere. The thing is called Party & Bullshit... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogoshere: Urban development and local news

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Ottawa is in the midst of a development boom. Whether it’s the recently approved Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, plans to build several large condo buildings in the Preston/Carling area, the transformation of Wellington Street from Westboro to Hintonburg, the redevelopment of Lansdowne Park, or the numerous other construction projects in the city, our national capital region is undergoing a large-scale change. This development has not gone unnoticed in the local blogosphere, which is why this week’s round-up of local blogs looks at sites that focus on the current transformation... | Continue reading article

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Music: Wellington End Preview (Starts Tonight!)

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There’s probably a lot I could say about Wellington End. But, since this is web writing, I’m going to try to condense it into a sentence.  Here it is: Fantastic music, great beer, delicious food, all local. Cheap, too! Just 30 bucks for the whole thing, and that gets you access to 40+ artists across several venues, all in the same, very cool, strip on Wellington near Irving. Tonight’s lineup features NDMA, No Kinds of Love, Kenny Voita and The Glorious Moon Rockets. Find more info here. Oh, and here’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: searching for Ottawa’s finest Caesar

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Sometimes, here at Apartment613, we’ve got to take on tough assignments. For the sake of our discerning readers, we’ve previously had to taste all the pizza, drink all the coffee and eat all the cupcakes. It’s not war reporting, but still, think of the calories. Anyways, this past weekend, the Hintonburg Public House invited us to judge their first annual Caesar contest. They assembled five cocktail enthusiasts and a whole bunch of Clamato juice for a Sunday evening of Caesars. The winning drink for the night came from the HPH’s own bartender,... | Continue reading article

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Bluebird North: Where writers sing and tell

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Photo courtesy Amanda Rheaume's website, by Sean Sisk Photography.Photo courtesy Amanda Rheaume's website, by Sean Sisk Photography.

It is more than a concert, different than a reading and a shade to the left of a songwriting circle.  Tonight’s Bluebird North musical showcase features four singer-songwriters, each taking on a storytelling role.  As in past years, the artists play songs and then share their personal history with each piece.  As host Amanda Rheaume says, “the song is the most important element in a Bluebird concert…the inspiration and the story behind it.”  I connected with Rheaume to discover what other elements go into creating a noteworthy night. As the show’s... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Supply and Demand gets raw food right

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It’s been quite a few months since my last food post, and that’s definitely not due to a lack of memorable meals to write about or amazing people in the industry I’ve met. That said, I think it’s only fitting that I re-emerge with a post about one of Ottawa’s newest joints, one whose name has been on everyone’s lips recently: Supply and Demand. For those who don’t know, 28-year-old chef Steve Wall – formerly of Luxe, Town, Whalesbone, and the list goes on – recently took a chance and... | Continue reading article

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