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Festibière de Gatineau: bigger is better

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Photo courtesy of the Festibière Facebook page.Photo courtesy of the Festibière Facebook page.

What a difference a year made between  the first and second editions of Gatineau’s Festibière. While last year’s edition was a resounding success, “it’s much bigger this year,” explained Monsieur Guy Blain, founder and chef at L’Orée du bois in Chelsea. The number of kiosks increased from 32 to 63, doubling in size. This means there’s a lot more choice. Unfortunately, due to provincial liquor laws, don’t expect local breweries like Beau’s or Kichesippi to be present (I really wonder if someone’s working on fixing this issue). Festibière is a... | Continue reading article

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April showers bring Darren Flowers: Brothers Beer Bistro opens on Dalhousie

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In early April, 366 Dalhousie resembled a Vietnamese restaurant trashed by marines. Today, a new restaurant has opened featuring a charming, rustic setting with wood and natural colours decorating the interior. The owners were lucky to uncover beautiful brick walls while transforming the old Takara restaurant into Brothers Beer Bistro, which opens tonight. “We wanted something warm and inviting,” says Hamilton-native and co-owner Nick Ringuette. “We also wanted an industrial look, as you can see with the exposed pipes for the taps.” Not only is Brother’s mise-en-scène stimulating - so is the beer menu. With 16 draft and... | Continue reading article

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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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