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Escape…with an Ottawa company offering scenic bicycle tours

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A cycling path in Aylmer: all photos taken by the author along the tour route.A cycling path in Aylmer: all photos taken by the author along the tour route.

A bicycle. That’s what it all began with. I had been wanting to buy a bike for a while now, given that my boyfriend is a pretty avid cyclist and enjoys exploring the city from this unique vantage point. When I came across the opportunity to join a Leisure Bicycle Sightseeing Tour with the new company Escape Bicycle Tours right here in Ottawa, I decided that it was finally time to make that purchase. $60.00 later, I had my very own bike, courtesy of Cycle Salvation, and although it’s used and rusty, in... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The man who changed our city forever

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Sparks Street 1930s.  Photo used in Transforming Ottawa.Sparks Street 1930s. Photo used in Transforming Ottawa.

Jacques Gréber is arguably the most important person in Ottawa’s history.  If you want to know why Canada’s capital looks the way it does, then you can thank (or blame) this famous French architect who played a pivot role in our city’s development. Following a request by Prime Minister MacKenzie King, the Gréber Plan was released in 1950.  This massively influential report led to numerous changes in our region, including: the demolition of Lebreton Flats; Gatineau Park expanding; the train station leaving downtown; and the expansion of numerous downtown roads (thank you for... | Continue reading article

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Laughter first, yoga second: Through the Gaze of a Navel

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Photo by Itai Erdal, from the Magnetic North websitePhoto by Itai Erdal, from the Magnetic North website

Well, it finally happened folks. There I was, bent over in my Downward Dog when Emelia Symington Fedy – the yoga instructor, professional advice giver, self-proclaimed pop psychology expert and witty performer – told the class to “twerk it like you can work it”. I never thought I’d see the day I’d be encouraged to twerk in a yoga class, let alone in front of an audience, but I can (somewhat) proudly strike that off my bucket list now. I’m not saying it was Emeila’s very real threat to keep... | Continue reading article

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Jazzfest: Interview with Rebecca Noelle

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Photo by Julia Unchurra.Photo by Julia Unchurra.

Ottawa diva and songwriter Rebecca Noelle considers herself lucky to have found out at a young age what direction her life would take. She established an early relationship with all things jazz, a genre she embraced growing up in a family immersed in its music. “I grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald. My grandfather was a jazz musician and so my mom grew up in a house where the band would rehearse their jazz standards. She developed a love for it and used to play Ella in the car. I... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Tipi, by Andrew Power from the Apt613 Flickr Pool.Tipi, by Andrew Power from the Apt613 Flickr Pool.

The weekend has arrived in time to celebrate the longest days of the year with plenty of great things going on in this fine city of ours. The nights may be short, but they promise to have just as much happening, from dance parties, to musical performances, and even a festival (or five). The weather is beautiful today and tonight, Zipcode meets Open Air Social Club for an outdoor techno block party.  Glowfair takes over Bank Street, from Slater to James, this Friday and Saturday. Each block will have a... | Continue reading article

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S’éclater pleinement au festival Fringe d’Ottawa

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La 19e édition du Festival Fringe d’Ottawa a pris son envol mercredi soir au théâtre de la Cour des arts. Pleine à craquer, les spectateurs ont chaleureusement accueilli 32 performances présentées en format « échantillon ». La palette de couleurs est attrayante; cet avant-goût a fait son effet, nous trépignons d’impatience! Jusqu’au 28 juin, toutes les têtes curieuses et friandes d’expérimentation théâtrales pourront se délecter d’une programmation riche de 56 œuvres originales. Pour ceux qui n’ont même jamais entendu parler du festival Fringe, est venu le temps de vous plonger dans cette... | Continue reading article

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Review: Dangerous Corner at Ottawa Little Theatre

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All photos by Maria Vartanova.All photos by Maria Vartanova.

In Dangerous Corner, we see that as good as the truth might be, too much can stir up some rather serious trouble. Geoff Gruson directs the Ottawa Little Theatre’s production of the psychological thriller/ mystery written by J.B. Priestley, best known for An Inspector Calls.   Dangerous Corner is one of Priestley’s “time plays” where he plays with J.W. Dunne’s theory of time. Dunne believed that past, present and future all take place simultaneously and it’s our consciousness that keeps us from seeing outside of the piece of time we’re... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Six

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Today we bring you the sixth and final episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Bonnie Robinson,  the founder of YOW Productions. A professional writer, producer and director, she talks about her favourite types of films to make and where she likes to go to see movies in Ottawa.  She also reminds us that making films is most often a collaborative endeavour and has some great tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to plug into the local filmmaker community. Have a look: Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for June 16, 2015

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Ottawa's Nightshades will be playing Ottawa Explosion Weekend on Thursday June 19 at Mugshots.Ottawa's Nightshades will be playing Ottawa Explosion Weekend on Thursday June 19 at Mugshots.

This week on Apt613 Live contributor Jean McLernon sits down to chat with Island Park Distribution co-owner Martin Conley-Wood to find out what makes them unique.  Plus we’re the fly-on-the-wall for a conversation between Jared Davidson and BIA chair Heather Garrod as they discuss this year’s Glowfair. Music as always throughout the program: we’re giving you a little teaser from folks who will be taking the stage at Jazzfest and as part of Ottawa Explosion which will be taking over music venues around town this weekend! Tune in to Apt613... | Continue reading article

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