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Pets and a garden party: The Ottawa Humane Society honours Chef Kurt Waldele

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Photo by Kelsey Sunstrum.Photo by Kelsey Sunstrum.

Where can you pet a furry friend while munching on bites of five-star cuisine? Ottawa Humane Society’s (OHS) Summer Harvest Garden Party, of course! On Sunday, August 10, from 2:00 to 5:00pm, animal lovers gathered indoors and outdoors at Jean Pigott Place at City Hall for the organization’s 14th annual party, honoring the late Chef Kurt Waldele. Once hosted by Chef Waldele, the OHS has continued the tradition since his passing in 2009. Executive Chef for the National Arts Centre for over 30 years, the renowned Waldele was a great... | Continue reading article

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Crushing on improv

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Summer love is in the air and what are we crushing on? Improv. If you’re looking for somewhere to laugh your pants off with a beer in hand, look no further than the 3-week comedy series, My Summer Crush which opened at Arts Court  Tuesday, August 12th. Featuring some of the best improv, sketch comedy, late night, stand-up, music and beer in Canada, it’s no wonder My Summer Crush is back for another year, even bigger and better. Crush Improv core member, Al Connors shared the impressive growth of the... | Continue reading article

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YouthCanSlam poetry festival returns

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YouthCanSlam gears up August 12-16 for its second annual Youth Poetry Festival! Artists from across Canada will meet in the nation’s capital to celebrate the art of the spoken word. This week long event not only gives young budding artists the opportunity to connect with their audience in the spirit of camaraderie, but also allows them to develop their craft with the mentorship of established Canadian poets. The festival boasts tons of activities and events, including group sessions, a Youth Arts Fair, an Artistic Performance Showcase, a National Youth Picnic,... | Continue reading article

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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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