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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Fragments - photo by Paul Hockett, courtesy his Flickr page. His show is at Blink this weekend.Fragments - photo by Paul Hockett, courtesy his Flickr page. His show is at Blink this weekend.

This city loves to burst at the seams with activities during the summer. We flock to our favourites (like movies outside!) and try to fit in new adventures (not-your-grandma’s-classical music festival, anyone?). And this weekend will be no exception! In classic events, Urban Art Show is back for another year down at Minto Park, where they’ll have photography, painting, fabric, jewelry, and even furniture design from some of Ottawa’s best artists. This year, they’re offering Best in Show prize of a gallery exhibit at La Petite Mort. Other art events abound... | Continue reading article

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The sweet sounds of Jazz and construction mix at Levante Bistro and Lounge

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All photos courtesy of Alejandro BustosAll photos courtesy of Alejandro Bustos

As construction workers rip up the north side of Rideau Street, surrounded by fencing and concrete barriers, the smooth sounds of jazz play inside Ottawa’s newest downtown restaurant. Welcome to Levante Bistro and Lounge at 180 Rideau, where the neighbour across the street is a 350L CAT excavator, but the ambience inside is filled with jazz, suave urban decor and, if I may offer a tip, a nice spicy chipotle sauce. “We had the unfortunate situation of opening up our doors two weeks before the start of the (Rideau Street)... | Continue reading article

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Au Café Show adds a spoonful of drama to your coffee

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Photo courtesy of Au Café ShowPhoto courtesy of Au Café Show

A new coffee shop infusing a little theatre into its lattes recently opened its doors at 161 Promenade du Portage in front of the Portage IV Complex in Hull. This humongous coffee shop, once home to Presse Café, provides a warm and enjoyable setting to unwind and enjoy theatrical shows while serving local products. “We noticed the lack of venues in the region and, since we like the atmosphere of a coffee shop, we decided to combine the two,” said co-owner Fredéric Jobin. Both owners studied theatre at the University... | Continue reading article

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Gigspace Ottawa – A unique way for audiophiles to listen and practice

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Photo courtesy of the Gigspace on facebookPhoto courtesy of the Gigspace on facebook

It can be easy to forget that communities take work; that those restaurants, social centres, murals and parks don’t just appear on the scene like resolute clovers popping up in the corners of our sun-fried fields. No, dynamic communities need people with the drive and determination to grow ideas into fruition. Located on Gladstone Avenue, just past the Gladstone Theatre, Alcorn Music Studios (AMS)/Gigspace Ottawa is one such place. In the front window under the sign, lush leaves dangle from the ceiling. After walking up the stairs and opening the door,... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Ottawa Olympics update, Monopolatte, River’s sewer problem and more!

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You might criticize him for skipping out on city council’s last meeting, but I think it’s kind of cool that Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury is in London, volunteering for the 2012 Olympics. He’s there as an outfitter for the Canadian olympic team, something he did in 2010 in Vancouver as well as in Guadalajara, Mexico for the 2011 Pan-Am Games. Follow his tweets from London. In other Olympic news, the Sun’s got a day-by-day look at Canadian athletes with Ottawa connections competing in this year’s Olympics. The Sun’s also been... | Continue reading article

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Paper Kindle Club: The Horse that Leaps through Clouds

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Welcome to the Apartment613 Paper Kindle Club! Hosted by Collected Works, Wellington West’s favourite bookstore, we feature works and authors with an Ottawa connection. This week we are featuring the author of The Horse that Leaps through Clouds, a non-fiction work by local author Eric Enno Tam. Join in the discussion below.

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Hey carnivores, this one’s for you: Trailer Pork Boys serve up slow-cooked to go

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You know it’s good when you wake up the next morning craving more. I guess you could say the Trailer Pork Boys’ pulled pork sandwich is good, then. Into its second week, Ottawa’s newest food truck is all about the pig. The menu is short, sweet, and to the porkalicious point: sandwiches (pulled pork & a “Cuban”) and ribs top the charts. This truck is happy to join two of the hottest trends going: seeing food trucks proliferating urban streets across the continent and the carnivorous response to growing vegetarian/vegan... | Continue reading article

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Is Ottawa Ready To Roll The Dice On A Downtown Casino?

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In March of this year, talks of bringing a casino within Ottawa city limits were back on the table after the Ontario government announced a decision to begin accepting private-sector bids for the establishment. The news made headlines, and it seemed like everyone had an opinion on the whereabouts of the casino and if having one in Ottawa was even a good idea. Five months later, these ambitious plans are at a standstill. No concrete information on the project has been released to the public, and sites for the casino are all... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for July 25th, 2012

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Listen here, or on iTunes. Note: the Paper Kindle Club is this Sunday, not Saturday as is reported in this podcast.  This week on Apt613 Live, Jared hosts the entire show by himself! In addition to his unreasonably strange antics, we were able to snag two interviews this week. The first is with Gerry Paquette, Professor of Game Development at Algonquin College. In addition to other disciplines, Paquette teaches Algonquin game dev students about board games, something we are Apt613 are generally fairly enthusiastic about (though Katie often proclaims her annoyance with... | Continue reading article

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