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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.SALLY SHEEKS, Flight, 2010, paper, 5 panels, each 45.7 x 152.4 cm. Photo from the Ottawa Art Gallery Facebook page.

The weekend is here and winter weather may have us all inclined to make like bears and hibernate until warmer weather arrives, but I promise you that you won’t want to sleep through this weekend’s events! Fans of the Bluth family – Raw Sugar is hosting Arrested Development Trivia tonight at 7pm! Grab 3 friends, 5$ (that’s half the cost of a banana!), and be sure to arrive early – there is room for 15 teams and this party is going to be off the hook! The first Double Barrel of 2015 is happening this Friday night at its new location, The Mercury Lounge. To celebrate the new year in... | Continue reading article

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Food and wine and Vivaldi – Oh my! + ticket giveway

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Photo of Jessica Linnebach courtesy of the NACPhoto of Jessica Linnebach courtesy of the NAC

We are giving away a pair of tickets for this Friday’s concert at the NAC by Jessica Linnebach.  To enter, please email Apartment613 by noon Thursday, January 29, with the Subject line “Casual Friday NAC.”  The winner will be notified on Thursday afternoon. Classical music can sometimes seem like a stuffy pastime. In reality, however, listening to the classical masters can be a lovely and relaxing experience.  Throw in some food and wine and things can get really cool. Cut to this week’s concerts by violinist and NAC Orchestra associate... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Music, Sights & Sounds

A celebration of child and teenage awkwardness

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Photo by Evan Mitsui.Photo by Evan Mitsui.

Lisa Frank diaries filled of pages and pages of melodrama, all written in a pink gel pen. A school project detailing your hopes and dreams for adulthood. Letters written between classes to your friends, rife with angst and spelling mistakes. Juvenilia comes in all shapes and sizes, but maintains a few commonalities: it’s endearing, revealing, and more often than not, hilarious. Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids (GRTTWAK), hitting Ottawa this weekend, is a celebration of juvenilia. An open mic night, as well as a podcast, the event consists... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Promoting the public interest

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Photo by Robert Fairchild courtesy of Apartment613 flickr poolPhoto by Robert Fairchild courtesy of Apartment613 flickr pool

This is the third part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this post City Councillor Jeff Leiper tackles the issue of what roles the private and public sectors need to play in the future development of Ottawa.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. During the recent municipal election campaign, the issues in Kitchissippi were predominantly about growth.  Our transition from a sleepy government town to fast-growing metropolis is both exciting and challenging. Across Kitchissippi, voters raised time and time again the need... | Continue reading article

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Dance shows to raise money for youth mental health

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Photo courtesy of Jessica ShawPhoto courtesy of Jessica Shaw

For a second straight year, young dancers from the National Capital Region will be performing as part of a charity fundraiser that fosters social charge through dance. Dancers Give Back was originally founded in the United States in 2008 by Ali Dietz and her mother Mary Alice Dietz.  The first event was organised to help Ali’s friend Jacquie Hirsch, who was then suffering from leukemia, pay for her medical bills. While sadly Jacquie has since passed away, this original fundraiser has grown into a movement that has now spread to... | Continue reading article

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Justin Rutledge – A troubadour at heart

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Justin Rutledge performing at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.Justin Rutledge performing at the National Arts Centre. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The summer’s turned its back on me, with a sorrow-laden symmetry – with a highway kind of robbery, like my life was an apology. Now I don’t think about you all the time – only when the trees sway, slaughtered by the Alberta Breeze. - Justin Rutledge (“Alberta Breeze“ – from Man Descending) Toronto country/alt singer/songwriter Justin Rutledge has made a very lucrative career out of turning his study and long love of poetry writing into the lyrical masterpieces of his music for over a decade. Topics of personal heartache,... | Continue reading article

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