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Hood Wars Semi-Final: Centretown versus Hintonburg

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Photo courtesy of tcp909 and SLM on flickrPhoto courtesy of tcp909 and SLM on flickr

Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Show your support for your favourite Hood Wars contestant by picking up our special hood wars pins (pictured to the left), availible online soon! Congrats to Centertown, who won the semi-final with 52% of the vote. The Hintonburg vs Centertown semi-final is a tough touch call. On the one hand, sheer size of Centretown’s legions is enough to strike fear... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: Death and the Maiden

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Photo by David Whiteley.Photo by David Whiteley.

Death and the Maiden is set in Chile in 1990, in the aftermath of the Pinochet regime.  Fifteen years earlier, Paulina Salas (Geneviève Sirois) was abducted, tortured, and raped for two months.  A chance meeting has her husband Gerardo Escobar (Chris Ralph), a lawyer freshly appointed to the new government’s commission to investigate the prior regime’s human rights abuses, bring home Dr. Roberto Miranda (Paul Rainville), who Salas recognizes from her past.  In an eruption of years of repressed emotion, she turns the tables on her former captor.  She wants... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Governor General Awards, Mayfair woes, allergy season and more!

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Photo courtesy of ssstevieb on Flickr.Photo courtesy of ssstevieb on Flickr.

The 20th anniversary of the Governor General Performing Arts Award were held at the NAC and yours truly got to attend. There was much pomp and circumstance to honour art philanthropist Earlaine Collins, concert pianist Janina Fialkowsk, dancer and choreographer Paul-André Fortier, theatre director Denis Marleau, director Deepa Metah, director, writer and composer Des McAnuff, the band Rush and comedienne Mary Walsh. I was particularly impressed by some of the short films produced by the NFB to honour the winners. While South Park creator, Matt Stone’s appearance to honour Rush... | Continue reading article

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Izakaya Asian Kitchen and Bar: A watered-down sake joint with style

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Photo courtesy of the Izakaya facebook pagePhoto courtesy of the Izakaya facebook page

That’s right, a watered-down sake joint with style. What do I mean by this? Well after educating myself on the traditional izakaya sake shops, I can safely say that Izakaya Asian Kitchen and Bar (339 Elgin st.) really isn’t an izakaya at all, although it does have an inviting atmosphere, tasty drinks and satisfying menu (hence the bit about style). Will this restaurant’s weak relation to tradition deter customers? No. Will they still enjoy their visit? Absolutely – but it depends on what they order. Read Foodie Print’s Izakaya review... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars Boonies Conference: Almonte vs Gatineau

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Photos by The Webhamster and guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.Photos by The Webhamster and guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.

Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Show your support for your favourite Hood Wars contestant by heading down to Urban Craft this weekend to pick up our special hood wars pins (pictured to the left). In the Hood Wars context, ‘boonies’ is a nice word. Not only does it sound like ‘bunnies’, but it is our catch-all category to describe all the lovely places outside the downtown core or... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa vocal group Harmonic Generation to perform on Saturday Night

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Gloria Song is a music writer for Apartment613. She also has her own band Scary Bear Soundtrack Ottawa’s own a cappella club Harmonic Generation will be putting on a special performance this Saturday night at the beautiful First Baptist Church. The concert is a fundraiser for the Canada-Africa Community Health Alliance, and will also feature performances by the African drumming group Kunundrum and Ugandan Traditional Dancers. In keeping with the theme, Harmonic Generation will be performing some African songs, as well as other covers including Adele, Michael Jackson and the... | Continue reading article

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Neighbourhood Wars Eastern Conference: New Edinburgh versus Sandy Hill

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Photos courtesy of fieldtripp and kriscip on Flickr.Photos courtesy of fieldtripp and kriscip on Flickr.

Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Show your support for your favourite Hood Wars contestant by heading down to Urban Craft this weekend to pick up our special hood wars pins. Hood Wars’ Eastern conference is the first to feature two neighbourhoods that have not yet been battle tested. Last year there was a minor outcry that New Edinburgh did not make the Hood Wars line... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa’s neighbourhoods

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This weekend is the perfect time to get out and about and enjoy your neighbourhood, so that you’re well-equipped to exercise your democratic right and vote in our continuing Neighbourhood Wars. Jane’s Walk is one way to do it, as is hopping on your bike, but the events below will give you an extra excuse to hit the ‘hoods for a good time! Hintonburgers (the people, not the food) can meander down into neighbouring West Wellington for the 1st Thursday Art Walk tonight. It’s your last chance to catch Where the... | Continue reading article

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Lee Fields turns up the soul

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Photo courtesy of Lee Fields.Photo courtesy of Lee Fields.

  Lee Fields is the genuine article. Still going strong after forty-three years in the business, this soul man has lost none of his funk and feeling. He released his first album in 1969, and over his fabled career has worked with so many of the legends of the industry, from Kool & The Gang to Sharon Jones. His most recent project, Lee Fields and the Expressions, is set to take Ottawa on Friday night. To describe this band as a throwback would be selling them short. Instead, I’ll use... | Continue reading article

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