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Write On Ottawa: Local writer debuts new fantasy series

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Johnny Eaton has lived an interesting life.  When not writing fantasy, the Ottawa-native spends his summers working as a tree planting boss, while in the colder months you can find him acting and making music.  Although he’s on the road quite a bit, he still spends parts of each year in Ottawa, as well as across the river in Chelsea, Quebec. Apartment613 caught up with the multitalented Eaton to discuss Summons, his debut novel that is Part One of the fantasy series The Panachrest.  Below is a Q&A slightly edited for... | Continue reading article

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Review: The Powergoats album release party rocks Zaphod’s

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Michelle Richards and Jamie Douglas performing "Spin The Globe". Photo by Terry Steeves.Michelle Richards and Jamie Douglas performing "Spin The Globe". Photo by Terry Steeves.

As a musician immersed in the Ottawa music scene for the past 20 years, I’ve had the privilege of not only connecting, networking, and sharing the stage with fellow colleagues in the field, but to now have the opportunity of bringing their passions, pursuits, and performances to the public forefront as a music writer. During this experience, one thing has become clear to me: Ottawa is home to a growing wealth of musical talent, whose efforts are given the chance to flourish with the continued support of live music venues... | Continue reading article

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Teatro brings small plates with big flavour to the GCTC

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Apt613 editor Yasmin Nissim and I recently had a chance to connect with Ziggy Margies, owner of Teatro, the newest restaurant venture to open on the ground floor of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. While the site has been home to several cafés and eateries since the establishment of the GCTC, it’s been troubled by a high rate of turnover. Ziggy and his crack team of culinary wizards aim to make a permanent mark in the location with high-quality dishes, locally sourced ingredients, reasonable price points and greater enticements for... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Opening a restaurant wasn’t on West de Castro’s mind.

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Clover Food and Drink. All photos by Charlie Crabb.Clover Food and Drink. All photos by Charlie Crabb.

She was happy where she was at the Zen Kitchen, where she honed her culinary skills as a sous chef. It wasn’t until her partner, Danielle Guay convinced her to channel her energy towards something de Castro could call her own. “She’d been putting so much energy into where she was before, I thought why not put that energy into her own spot,” Guay says. “So far so good!” Now a little over a month old, Clover Food and Drink has quickly turned into a trendy place to have lunch... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + Festival of India giveaway

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Take a gander at the events going on this weekend – once again, we’ve got a full lineup. Read on to find out how you can win tickets to the Festival of India! In music, Thee Silver Mount Zion is playing with Scattered Clouds out at the Black Sheep tonight, while the Lunenburg Pub hosts acoustic Thursdays with Sarah Patricia Howard, Danielle Allard and Rae Corcoran and House of Targ welcomes Mosley, Still Life and Heavy Hearts to the stage. 8 Locks’ Flat hosts Finding Chuck on Friday, and Whitechapel is... | Continue reading article

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Muskoka Brewery tap-to-table tasting at HPH

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Morning frost in Muskoka. Photo from Muskoka Cottage Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Amanda Armstrong.Morning frost in Muskoka. Photo from Muskoka Cottage Brewery Facebook page. All other photos by Amanda Armstrong.

Beer lovers may be familiar with Muskoka Brewery’s Detour, a dry-hopped IPA. The six-pack design boasts a vibrant teal cartoon map reminiscent of those available at provincial parks. Both the eye-catching design and the name promise an enjoyable and leisurely drink, one that led me off the beaten path and in the right direction. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to meet Gary McMullen, the founder and head brewer of Muskoka Brewery, over a delicious pairing of food and beer at the Hintonburg Public House recently. The... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Ruleta by Lido Pimienta

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Lido Pimienta. Live at EmpyFest in Sarnia. Photo from the artist's Facebook page.Lido Pimienta. Live at EmpyFest in Sarnia. Photo from the artist's Facebook page.

Lido Pimienta is simply badass. Her music is dark and energetic. Often described as experimental pop – she creates a sound that blends afro-Colombian rhythms with electronic beats, chanting traditions of her indigenous ancestry and analog synths. I’m taken in by her ethereal vocals and outspoken on-stage banter. She will make you dance while urging political upheaval and self-reflection. Recently she opened a set at Wavelength with an alternate version of “Oh Canada” that sparked a bit of “controversy” over her intense political statements about nationalism. Following that, here she... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Algebra

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Algebra is the directorial debut of Jith Paul, founder of Ottawa-based production company Treepot Media. The 11-minute film is a poetic short about a painter who is losing his sight and features local Ottawa talent in front of and behind the screen. Shot in Wakefield and downtown Ottawa in 2014, the film has just completed a festival tour with screenings in Toronto, Scotland and France. Here’s the film maker’s Jith Paul’s description of the project. I had the opportunity to see Terence Malik’s film “To the Wonder” at the Toronto International Film festival in 2012... | Continue reading article

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Best of Ottawa Dance Parties 2014: A Follow-Up

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A Tribe Called Red. Photo by Nadya Kwandibens.A Tribe Called Red. Photo by Nadya Kwandibens.

Earlier this summer, we brought you the Best of Ottawa Dance Parties. You guys spoke up about the parties we missed and we listened. There most certainly are other great dance parties in the city besides the six we listed, and now as we dance closer to the end of summer we want everyone to be able to hear about them! We’ve put together a little poll based on your suggestions (with ample room for more). Let us know where the party is at and we will check out the top three choices... | Continue reading article

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