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Weekend roundup: What to do in O-town

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Photo courtesy Mikey G Ottawa on Flickr. As you’ll see from the listings below, the city has woken up from its post-holiday hibernation and has thrown itself into full-fledged winter fun mode. On the schedule for this weekend? Dog sled rides in Gatineau, a Winter Bike Parade, and likely a few snowball fights. Kalle Mattson plays tonight, bringing some indie rock to the stage at Mavericks. If you’re hoping to indulge in some dance-y tunes, head to Club Saw this evening for Anamanguchi. There will be DJ stylings down at... | Continue reading article

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Gatineau Winter Beer Festival!

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For the first time ever the Gatineau Beer Festival is happening in Jan.! Quebec artisanal and craft beer, beer and food pairings, food and beer conferences, more beer, music, bonfires, an ice bar, DJs, beer stein balancing contests, Mexican tapas, and dog sleigh rides. At the Chateau Cartier in Gatineau beginning at 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fri., Jan., 20. and Sat. Jan. 21. See: http://www.festibieredegatineau.ca/winter-beerfest/

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The Internet goes on strike against SOPA

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In solidarity with other websites in the US and around the world, Apt613′s is going dark today in protest over proposed provisions that could cause enormous harm to the Internet and freedom of speech. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), if made law, would expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement and copyright holders to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. From GoodCanadianKid: What  Powers would SOPA Grant? Laws are currently in existence that award law enforcement the ability to shut-down websites, applications and services that commit... | Continue reading article

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The second annual Big Sexy O-Town Survey: Sex in the Capital City

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Trudeau once famously quipped that “there’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation”. Of course, he never said anything about bloggers. Once again Apartment613 and Venus Envy are sticking our noses in where they don’t belong. The second annual Big Sexy O-Town Survey will get the intimate details of what really goes on in Ottawa’s bedrooms, bars and bordellos. Our goal: to satisfy our own voyeuristic streak to provide a safe and serious place to discuss sexual issues of great import, such as what’s your favourite Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Liberal Convention, Nuit Blanche curator, canal skating begins and more!

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Think the planning process is flawed, broken, serves private interest instead of the community as a whole? Donna Silver offers up her Top Ten Ways To Restore Confidence In City Planning at Spacing Ottawa. The Liberal convention happened this weekend. Mike Crawley is the new president of the Liberal party, narrowly beating Sheila Copps. Will this mark a time of renewal for the Liberals, as Crawley hopes? Time will tell. We also heard that Ottawa South MP, David McGuinty (brother of Dalton) is considering running for Liberal leadership. The Citizen’s... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: Review of the NAC’s 2 Pianos 4 Hands

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Take your familiar theatre review column, sprinkle in some academic insights and a good dose of industry knowledge, and you’ve got So Much Theatre: a semi-regular feature by Apartment613′s Andrew Snowdon. Follow Andrew on twitter: he’s @snobiwan. Dreams sometimes have a roundabout way of coming true. 2 Pianos 4 Hands traces the funny and touching story of two young boys who grow up chasing the dream of becoming concert pianists. Far from being a conventional play, it takes the form of progressive anecdotal vignettes or brief scenes interwoven with stunning... | Continue reading article

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Step aside Burt Bacharach: Remi Royale takes Lounge Music to the extreme

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Forget crooning men in slick suits; Remi Royle is not your grandmother’s lounge singer. Royale, a comedy/music act that plays the first and last Sunday of each month at the Manx Pub (370 Elgin), is the type of act you either love… or hate. The contentious act is now the subject of a mini-documentary by Algonquin Documentary Arts student Julien Sokol, who first saw Royale in action a year and a half ago. I remember his performance had a very polarizing effect on the audience. Half the people seemed to... | Continue reading article

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B.A. Johnston and the Endless Highway of Canadian Music

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By Alessandro Marcon Both the best and worst that can be said of troubadour B.A. Johnston is that he sweats hard for his fans. Few entertainers are so overtly abrasive, disgusting and belligerently shirtless and yet, paradoxically, so charismatic, hardworking and flat out entertaining. Think modern day performance humour: wow this is awkward, mixed with well delivered one-timers, and unabashedly, literally right-in-your-face engagement. B.A. Johnston works in a similar strain to Ottawa’s own Remi Royale but writes and sings his own songs, which he plays on acoustic guitar or sings... | Continue reading article

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Sweet music for the winter blues

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Last night after a beer at Chez Lucien, I headed to the Château Lafayette (better known to its patrons as the Laff) to meet with John Carroll. The Kemptville musician has had a residency at the Laff for the past seven years. I was there on my own when a spring chicken of about 70 named Roy accosted me. “Is it your first time here?,” he said. When I replied no, he announced “I’ve come here every Wednesday for some years now to hear John and I’ve never seen you... | Continue reading article

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