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The TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival announces its 2012 lineup

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Gloria Song is a music writer for Apartment613. She also has her own band, Scary Bear Soundtrack. The TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival announced its lineup for the 2012 season yesterday at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth stage. Claiming to have “the most ambitious programming schedule ever”, the schedule features 900 musicians playing 120 concerts over eleven days at more than half a dozen venues scattered across the city (including Kanata). A number of music giants such as Allen Toussaint, Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates), Robert Cray, and Branford... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Gala: Going Greek for the kids

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Star trails photo courtesy Dennis Barnes on Flickr.Star trails photo courtesy Dennis Barnes on Flickr.

Growing up, it was a big deal when parents got all gussied up to go out. It was clearly a chance to escape the mayhem of the kids and have a civil night out, all dressed to the nines. But how about getting all dressed up for the kids? That’s what the Ottawa Gala is all about. This annual event gives Ottawans an excuse to get all fancy and support a cause. We had Amy Longard, co-president of the 2012 Ottawa Gala, answer a few of our questions and give... | Continue reading article

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Give the Ballet a try – compliments of the NAC

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Update: Due to the great response to this contest, the NAC has given us 10 pairs of tickets to the show tonight. Thanks to everyone who entered. The winners should have an email in their inbox! The NAC got in touch with us with a pair of tickets to the National Ballet of Canada’s performance of The Seagull this Friday. We reckon that there are likely a few readers who might like to spend their Friday with one of Canada’s finest ballet companies. Maybe you’ve been thinking about giving the... | Continue reading article

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Quit Your Job and live the artist’s dream at the Patrick John Mills Contemporary Fine Art Gallery

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All photos by Vera Grbic You’d thought about it, knew it was bound to happen, and resolved yourself to its eventuality. You understood that somebody, one fateful day, would ask you what you want to be when you grow up. The perpetual scholarly patterns of adolescence couldn’t help but change, as life finally crept into your subconscious and you began to realize that career decisions would have to be made. Back then, those trusty authority figures in your life might not tell you that there are broad variations in career... | Continue reading article

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Local loyalty and spontaneity behind Kitchen Party’s success

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The 10th consecutive Kitchen Party coming up on April 13th represents a veritable decathalon of dance parties. It is also a moment to reflect on the musical milestone achieved by Jose Palacios and Pawel Skorupski (aka DJs Hobo and Sweet Cheeks).  What does KP 10 hold in store for the incumbents and newcomers? If it is anything like its predecessors, I strongly advise you to get in kitchen and listen. “Music-wise it is amazing that we can play whatever we want, anything that we like”, Pawel explains, “I can’t really tell... | Continue reading article

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Jer’s Vision Volunteers explain what they do and why it’s important

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Photo Courtesy of Jer’s Vision This is a guest post from the team at Jer’s Vision to celebrate Day of Pink. Jer’s Vision works with over 75,000 youth ever year, running conferences, workshops, and supporting youth initiatives. Find out more, volunteer & donate at JersVision.org. Also, join them at their Annual Gala celebrating the Day of Pink featuring Rick Mercer; the FREE EVENT is on April 11, 2012 at 6:30 at Tabaret Hall, at the University of Ottawa (75 Laurier Av E). Shannon and Melanie are volunteer workshop facilitators with Jer’s... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate the Day of Pink with Rick Mercer

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Photo courtesy of the Rick Mercer Report Ottawa-based Jer’s Vision is a national organization committed to ending homophobia in schools and youth communities through outreach and educational programming. This week, Jer’s Vision will host its 7th annual Day of Pink Gala at Tabaret Hall. As part of the programming, Jer’s Vision is awarding Role Model of the Year Awards to Rick Mercer and the late Jack Layton. In the wake of the tragic death of Jamie Hubley in Ottawa last year, the fight to create safe and inclusive spaces for... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: PayByPhone, Street Food, Beer and more!

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We wish Hélène Campbell a good recovery following a 7-hour lung transplant on Friday. The young woman, who’s online campaign for organ donation caught the attention of U.S. TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber, finally got her turn; she had been awaiting a new pair of lungs since last summer. The City’s made it easy for people to pay for street parking by rolling out its PayByPhone feature. Any cell phone can use the service and instructions explaining how to use the new feature will be placed... | Continue reading article

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How are Ottawa’s foodie businesses using social media?

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More than few of Ottawa’s restaurants are utilizing social media in order to connect with customers and refine their menus. In fact, it is now more of the rule than the exception. More and more local businesses are harnessing the power of social networking and also interactive crowdsourcing on the Internet in order to build their brands, provide services, and draw in new diners. Some restaurants are using traditional listing services that have been revamped into interactive platforms on which they can list their menus and provide directions. YellowPages.com, for... | Continue reading article

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