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Introducing The Jenn Hayward Show

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Still from The Jenn Hayward Show.Still from The Jenn Hayward Show.

It could be that comedy clubs aren’t really your scene, or perhaps you’re just looking for new comedic venues to explore. Whatever your inclination may be,  The Jenn Hayward Show is worth bringing to your attention. On July 5, local comic Jenn Hayward launched her official YouTube channel,  The Jenn Hayward Show,  a production which she describes as “a way to promote Ottawa culture with a comedic twist.” Hayward began doing stand-up comedy in Ottawa about five years ago. She loves the storytelling aspect of comedy and the way comedy... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: The electronic sounds of Frayd

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Even though he’s only 17 years old, Ottawa-based DJ and electronic music producer Frayd is already making quite a name for himself. Having grown up in a musical family, his precocious talent started to manifest itself in the fall of 2013, when he began making electronic music in his bedroom under the name Chil Pollins. He then changed his stage name to Frayd in 2014 and subsequently released three EPs under that moniker.  (Check out his Soundcloud page to listen to some samples of his tracks). The teenage artist now brings... | Continue reading article

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#WALK Together, it’s that simple

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If you’ve been roaming the streets of downtown, soaking up some of this temperate summer weather in the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed some rather peculiar black-and-white posters taped to utility poles. No fancy pictures. No attention grabbing graphics. Just: #WALK TOGETHER JULY 18TH PARLIAMENT HILL 2:00PM This may have created more questions than it answered. I spoke with one of the creators of #WALK Together, Kenneth Antonio, to figure out just what this walk was all about. “#WALK together” is a sort of “un-demonstration”, a statement... | Continue reading article

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#FoodieFriday: Coffee and curios at CC’s Corner in Richmond

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Cameron and Savannah Kallos of CC's Corner. All photos by Katie Shapiro.Cameron and Savannah Kallos of CC's Corner. All photos by Katie Shapiro.

Cameron Kallos says that the two strangest things he has ever sold at CC’s Corner was a 1940′s portable electroshock therapy kit…and a 20 oz single decaf shot Americano. If this combination, coffee and curios, sounds strange to you, you’ll have to make your way out to Richmond to see just how well it works. Husband and wife duo Cameron and Savannah Kallos have created something fun and unique in rural Ottawa. CC’s Corner is a small antique store within a coffee shop, and while they tend to not carry... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The charitable pumpkin fairy

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Fairy tales come in all shapes and sizes, including those stories whose magic can extend into the real world. Let me explain: Ottawa-based author Suzanne Stoltz is the creative force behind Sophie the Pumpkin Patch Fairy, a cute children’s book that describes a special trip to a pumpkin patch that reveals a kind fairy. What makes this book special, however, is its charitable heart.  More specifically, for every copy of the book that is sold, a part of the proceeds go to Elimu, an Ottawa-based charity run by volunteers that promotes... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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The Salja Dance Group will be competing at the Kpop World Festival preliminaries this weekend. Photo by Vien Thi Luyen.The Salja Dance Group will be competing at the Kpop World Festival preliminaries this weekend. Photo by Vien Thi Luyen.

Welcome to the weekend, folks! It looks like another great one, here in the city! We’ve got lots going on – Bluesfest, the Night Market at Lansdowne, and all kinds of other great events. Here’s the low down for y’all. Ottawa Bluesfest will be wrapping up this weekend at Lebreton Flats. Don’t miss out on performances by the Hilotrons, Mother Mother, the Tragically Hip, Musk Ox, Buck N’ Nice, the Tea Party, and Monkey Junk. Saturday is supposed to be a little rainy, but it’s bright skies and sunshine for... | Continue reading article

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Greg Houston wants to sell you on Just For Laughs

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Greg Houston performs at Mugshot's TacoMic night. Photo by Dennis Elliot.Greg Houston performs at Mugshot's TacoMic night. Photo by Dennis Elliot.

Post by Greg Houston. So myself – Greg Houston a local comic based out of Ottawa, that performs all over and produces monthly and bi-monthly comedy shows is going to Just For Laughs! … As press. I thought I’d practice by interviewing myself? (with help on questions from Ottawhat? Podcast). I’m checking out the festival to sell it to Ottawaeans, and I’m going to sell Ottawa to JFL. JFL has been around since the 80s and is an internationally recognized Comedy festival that brings industry people from all over the... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for July 15, 2015

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Photo of Leanna TenEycke, Art Battle Golden Horseshoe Champion. Photo By Natalie Zazulyk Fine Photography, from the Art Battle websitePhoto of Leanna TenEycke, Art Battle Golden Horseshoe Champion. Photo By Natalie Zazulyk Fine Photography, from the Art Battle website

This week on Apt613 Live, Michaella Francom talks to Catherine Brunelle of Write Along Radio, a local podcast about all things writing-related. Kabriya Coghlan chats with Jamil Keyani about Art Battle, a live competitive painting event happening in Ottawa this Thursday. Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in every Tuesday on CHUO 89.1 fm at 6pm.

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Five surprising facts we learned on the Ottawa Free Tour

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Scenery on the Ottawa Free Tour, photos by  Hollie DaviesScenery on the Ottawa Free Tour, photos by Hollie Davies

When I was invited to tag along on The Ottawa Free Tour, a new activity on offer, I didn’t have to think it over much –  they had me at “free”. With scarcely anything in life that doesn’t put a dent in my bank account, I’m clearly going to jump at anything that costs nothing. And I’m sure glad that I did. It’s a 2-hour walking tour that takes place every Saturday (May 2-Sept 5) at 2 p.m. I met up with our expert guide, and the rest of the group, at the... | Continue reading article

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