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Ottawa Winter Jazzfest brings you inside from the cold at Winterlude

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Known for ice sculpture and skating on the canal, Winterlude hasn’t necessarily always been a key destination for the musically oriented. The JazzFest’s Petr Cancura is hoping to change that with this year’s Winter Jazzfest. We got some answers from Petr on what you can expect at the festival and why he thought jazz might be just what the Ottawa winter needs. Apartment613: I understand that this Winter Jazzfest is based on a similar event that takes place in New York. What was your inspiration to try to bring an... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Even those of you who are only mildly interested in federal politics probably know that the House came back this week. It’s not the only crazy political antics to have recently returned, though: Question Period The Musical! is back in town for one day only, after a successful Fringe run last summer. What else have we got going on? Well, Jeremy Fisher and Chris Velan are not just playing two shows at The Black Sheep, they’re heading out on a cross-country ski trip and want you to come. The Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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From the Belly to the Heart ~Du Ventre, Au Coeur (a free community dinner)!

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A FREE community dinner and night of bilingual story sharing from the forefront of some of Ottawa’s current worker struggles. ALL ARE WELCOME but space is limited! 5:30pm ~ Feb. 5 Jack Purcell Community Centre Near Elgin and Lewis _______________________________________________ With artistic performances by: Three Little Birds & Poetic Speed http://www.myspace.com/threelittlebirdstheband http://komiolaf.com/ _______________________________________________ With Stories from the workers of the: Museums of Science & Technology, Aviation and Agriculture Novotel Hotel Salvation Army Organized and sponsored by: Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) National Capital Region: PSAC Local 73100 – Salvation... | Continue reading article

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Strength in diversity: Ottawa’s first-ever women’s poetry slam a rousing success

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Review by Averie MacDonald. Pictures by Joel Eastwood. To call it “girl power” wouldn’t really do it justice. But there was definitely something powerful hanging in the atmosphere last Saturday night at Ottawa’s first Women’s Slam Championship. To be sure, it was a night about women. The line-up featured a handpicked selection of Ottawa’s finest female poets. The poetry was full of empowering messages passed from sister to sister. Even the music fit the theme — DJ Prufrock spun an all-girl soundtrack featuring legends like Lauryn Hill. But the slam... | Continue reading article

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Strength in diversity: Ottawa’s first-ever women’s poetry slam a rousing success

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Review by Averie MacDonald. Pictures by Joel Eastwood To call it “girl power” wouldn’t really do it justice. But there was definitely something powerful hanging in the atmosphere last Saturday night at Ottawa’s first Women’s Slam Championship. To be sure, it was a night about women. The line-up featured a handpicked selection of Ottawa’s finest female poets. The poetry was full of empowering messages passed from sister to sister. Even the music fit the theme — DJ Prufrock spun an all-girl soundtrack featuring legends like Lauryn... | Continue reading article

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Naughty Novelist Night: Three literary ladies get you ready for St Valentine’s

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Suckuary (aka February) fast approaches – the dreaded month of slushy streets and minus 30 degree cold snaps that drains even the most dedicated scenester’s will to have fun. No wonder some medieval visionary decided to sex up the month with a little romance. Fortunately, this year you don’t have to wait until the 14th to get a little action… at least of the literary sort. This Thursday, February 2, Venus Envy will be featuring a reading from three local authors – Barbara Sibbald, Jasmine Aziz and Patricia K. McCarthy - whose latest works... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: Flying solo edition

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This week on the podcast, Apartment613 editor Karen goes it alone on the technical side of things, while her usual co-hosts Ryan and Trevor are mysteriously absent. Thankfully, Katrina (Apt613′s Vice Editor – not vice-editor, but editor of all things vice-related) joins her in the CHUO studio to rein in the monologues. We interview Maureen McEvoy, Ottawa Public Library’s Manager of Communications and Community Relations, all about the Human Library Project. Yes, it’s where humans turn into books for a day – and we find out if it’s possible to... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Bronson, Barrymore’s, LRT Stations and more!

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The city has decided not to widen Bronson when it changes old water mains and sewers in March. While the city has decided not to make the city worse for pedestrians, cyclists and folks that live on Bronson, it’s not really making it better either. “Make no mistake about it. Bronson’s not going to turn into a nice street as a result of this. It’s going to remain an overused road that blights the neighbourhood, but it’s going to be less blight than what the city had planned it to be,”... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Exclusive: Pressed does waffles!

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For anyone who has spent a morning waiting outside Jak’s Kitchen for brunch, it will come as welcome news that there is now another brunch option in the neighbourhood. Pressed, the upstart sandwich joint at 750 Gladstone, will start serving a waffle brunch tomorrow from 10-2. Pressed gave us a chance to sample their fare this afternoon. “I wanted to keep it really simple, just like the sandwich concept for the restaurant in general,” says Jeff Stewart, owner and in-house visionary. For $12, brunchers can choose from five delicious options,... | Continue reading article

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