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Weekly News Quiz: July 15, 2013

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Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: Three Little Birds

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Three Little Birds have made headlines in the past for the politically driven messages in their music. You’ll get a chance to take in their eclectic mixed-bag of musical influences, which range from country to reggae, when they take the stage at the Rideau Centre on Sunday at noon. Thanks to Three Little Birds for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. How would you describe your sound? We pull upon a wide range of musical styles - everything from Balkan styled harmonies within reggae beats to country-flavoured melodies... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: John Carroll and the Epic Proportions

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When John Carroll takes the stage at Bluesfest on Sunday, he’ll be a long way from his roots as a street busker. Now a seasoned veteran, playing gigs for the CBC and holding down a long-term residence at the Laff in the Byward Market, John Carroll and his Epic Proportion offer a study in real blues. If you want to take a break from the big name acts this weekend, these guys would be a good bet. Read our mini interview with John below to get a feel for how... | Continue reading article

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Blogging Bluesfest 2013: The Wicked Mercy

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The Wicked Mercy bill themselves as apocalyptic blues and, if their heavy, lick-laden sound is any indication, it’s an apt descriptor. Led by Case Bronson (an assumed name based on local lore?), the band will take the stage at Bluesfest today at 2pm. But first, they were kind enough to answer some questions for us. How would you describe your sound? We’d describe our sound as gritty rock n’roll soaked in blues and whiskey and mixed with whatever feels good.  Some tunes have Spanish melodies, psychdelic, prog-rock and funk elements. How long... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for July 11, 2013

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Listen here or in iTunes. On this week’s show, Karen chatted with Anna Lewis of the Bear & Co. theatre company about their spaghetti western interpretation of Comedy of Errors. The production will be running in outdoor venues across the city until early August, and Karen gets the lowdown for you here. Next, our host was joined by Nick Charney, who has spearheaded a new local T-shirt project named Bureaucratees. If you’re a disillusioned government lackey looking for some tongue-in-cheek clothing, these might be the tees for you. Here’s what we... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + giveaway!

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So Bjork is stopping by for a visit, if you haven’t heard – her first time in the country in 11 years. If she’s not your cup of tea, perhaps an actual cup of tea is? Bad jokes aside, this weekend has a few hidden activity gems. Roller Derby Saved My Soul, a light, fun theatre production, is playing one night only at Arts Court (we’ve got a ticket giveaway below!). Cyclists can get out for a 20km scavenger hunt and bike rally with a few friends, competing for some great... | Continue reading article

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Take a look: The Victoire Project

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Regine Paquette (left) and Katie Frappier of Victoire Boutique. Photo by Andrew SzetoRegine Paquette (left) and Katie Frappier of Victoire Boutique. Photo by Andrew Szeto

If you’ve seen our Style File posts, you’ll know Ottawa’s got swagger. Two of the lovely ladies we’ve got to thank for it are Katie Frappier and Regine Paquette: fashionistas, besties, and successful local business women. This delightfully dressed duo is responsible for the carefully curated and much loved Victoire Boutique. The girls clearly have great style, but what really sets Victoire apart is their philosophy. The pieces you find are timeless and well-made, because Frappier & Paquette are  “smitten with Canadian design.” Victoire features designers from all across the... | Continue reading article

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Wear your golden handcuffs with pride!

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Image courtesy of Bureaucratees.Image courtesy of Bureaucratees.

Consider this a bit of payback for our t-shirt contest from last year. Nick Charney and Chris Pointer have come together to create Bureaucratees - a set of satirical t-shirts aimed at the city’s public servants. They’ve combined some of the sayings, puns and funny realities of government employment and some creative design treatments to create a fun set of t-shirts. “Sometimes you’ve got to be able to make fun of yourself and own your stereotypes, we figured what better way to do that than wear it proudly on your... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: The most powerful card in your wallet

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Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 5. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips.  It’s not your credit card, your driver’s license, or your health card, but your library card. You can remove that skeptical look from your face as I’ll tell you why this piece of plastic is mighty. First off, your Ottawa Public Library card is free if you live in Ottawa. It gives you access... | Continue reading article

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