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Scary Bear Soundtrack presents Asian Fetishist! Sexual politics have never been so cute!

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Scary Bear Soundtrack is an all-girl rock band based right here in Ottawa. The group consists of the appropriately named Gloria Song (who should be familiar to you all as Apartment613′s music writer), Keyboardist/vocalist Dannik, guitarist Maggie and drummer Ainslie (who also serves the tea). This group’s video for their single Asian Fetishist manages to be smart and silly at the same time, which is not a example of their general sound. The video, released as part of Asian Heritage Month, tackles some issues that many people in our multicultural country can relate... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

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If you missed the crazy fun that was Chinatown last week, have no fear – the art stays up for another few weeks. You might have to create your own installation pieces or bring your own robots, though… (If you need a gently used set of robots, your best bet is to check out the punkottawa.com flea market Saturday, at the Bronson Centre.) Or you could just be lazy and spend the long weekend in your pjs. Why not? 1982 was an epic year – we got our Charter, awesome... | Continue reading article

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Step into our Delorean back to Ottawa’s first comiccon!

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This past weekend the CE Centre was overrun with a fabulous array of self-styled geeks, freaks and misfits attending Ottawa’s first ever Comiccon. Costumed attendees pulled out all the stops with everything from amazingly detailed Steampunk gadgets and gizmos, to scantily clad villains and vixens. There was even a working replica of the The Delorean Time Machine (for the uninitiated, that’s the time machine from the Back to the Future movies that looks a bit like the love child of an 80’s era Toyota Corolla and a Lite-Brite). Created with... | Continue reading article

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Live blog of Apartment613 Talks: Is Ottawa a Creative Capital?

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How close are we to being a truly creative Capital? This panel brings together three of Ottawa’s top designers and leaders of Ottawa-based design firms to talk about their experiences leading companies that run on creativity. What does it take to succeed as a creative entrepreneur in Ottawa? Is Ottawa becoming a hub for creative ideas and energy? Could Ottawa be the place to launch your creative career? Our panelists include: Ryan Anderson, owner of Northern Army and founder of the Social Media Breakfast Sara Roncarelli, owner of Fifty Creative... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, we need to talk: What’s with the weird brown shoes?

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We’re resurrecting a series that ran in the early days of the blog, way back in 2009 when King of the Hill was still on TV and Poker Face meant more then just being good at card games. The few articles posted in our original “I hate to be a snob about this” series – now reborn as “Ottawa, we need to talk” – allowed people to kvetch about the things in the city that drove them wild. Even Pollyanna had a few Oscar the Grouch moments. To submit an idea... | Continue reading article

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A film fest is born: Interview with Asinabka’s Howard Adler

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Next month from June 19 to 24, Ottawa’s newest yearly film festival will be born. The Asinabka Film and Media Arts Festival will highlight aboriginal artists and issues while entertaining the masses. Howard Adler, one of the festival’s co-directors, sat down with Apartment613′s Alessandro Marcon to discuss Asinabka, aboriginal cinema and The Business of Fancydancing. Apt613: Hi Howard, Can you tell us about the Asinabka festival? What is it and what can people expect to see at events? Howard Adler: Asinabka is an Indigenous themed film and media arts festival, taking... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Chinatown Remixed 2012

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Chinatown Remixed, the annual celebration of Ottawa’s most eclectic neighborhood, went off without a hitch this weekend. The art was fun, the crowds were cool and the fashion was hot! Here are some of the fashionistas that caught our eye (sorry guys, but while many of you turned out in style, you were too fast for our crew to catch you). Name:Greta Grip Occupation:Knitter Describe your personal style:Quirky, Witty, Knittery Where did you get your outfit? I made my knitted blond wig and dress, which is a copy of my... | Continue reading article

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VIP Karaoke – Bringing Musical Star Power to Chinatown

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The spirit that Samantha Evert celebrates in her Hood Wars argument for Chinatown is attracting all kinds of multicultural, quirky and independent businesses to Somerset, making it t a fantastic area to play in these days. Adding to the growing love for my ‘hood is the fact that we now have VIP Karaoke. Full disclosure: calling me a karaoke “fanatic” is an understatement. I got engaged at the Big Echo in Tokyo and spent hours at the Fantacity Karaoke in Vancouver when I lived there. Considering my pre-Ottawa karaoke history,... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Occupy Redux, Big Brother Market Style, and the Robots are Coming!

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They’re back… or are they? According to the CBC, the group formally known as Occupy Ottawa (now Occupied Ottawa) marched down to the Garden of the Provinces and Territories this Saturday night. Speculation that they were about to occupy a second park came to nothing, although the group has stated that they may continue to try and set up a new camp in Confederation Park. Big Brother comes to Ottawa. Not the reality TV series, but having someone watch your every movement. Pub 101 is taking photos of everyone who... | Continue reading article

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