Sat, 22 December 2012
Hey Apartment613 aficionados, looking for some thought-provoking background noise while preparing the holiday turkey? (Or tofurkey, we don't judge.) Then check out our penultimate 2012 episode of Apartment613 Live.
On this week's show, we get the lowdown from Sparks Street Mall executive director Les Gagne about the party being planned for New Year's Eve, while simultaneously taking a critical look at the past and future of the pedestrian thoroughfare Ottawans love to snark about. We also air part two of our interview with singer-songwriter Royal Wood — you can listen to part one here, or read a condensed version the entire conversation here. And for our readers who liked dark meat, cranberry sauce and fruit cake before they were cool, we spin a bunch of great holiday tracks by some of the country's finest independent artists.
And don't forget: we'll be back on Boxing Day with our "Best of 2012" episode! You won't want to miss it.
Ohbijou, "Last Christmas"
Jim Bryson feat. Jeremy Fisher, "Snoopy and the Red Baron"
Wilderness of Manitoba, "O Come O Come Emmanuel"
Lindi Ortega, "Christmas Eve With You"
Sister, "Sleigh Ride"
Royal Wood, "I Want Your Love"
Thu, 13 December 2012
Howdy, Apartment613 Live fans! Interested in buying a bookstore? Taking in a beer-themed lecture? Or simply hanging out at a local coffeeshop with one of Canada's top singer-songwriters? Then you'll definitely want to check out this week's podcast.
We kick things off with a preview of today's Creative Mornings lecture — despite the name, this one's actually taking place at noon — which will feature Steve Beauchesne talking about all the creative goings-on at Vankleek Hill microbrewery Beau's. Later on, we send intrepid Apartment613 editor Jared Davidson over to the Collected Works bookstore to find out why the owners are selling their shop for a mere loonie. And we close the show with part one of a two-part interview with Montreal-based singer-songwriter Royal Wood, who'll be bringing his sweet sounds to the National Arts Centre in early January.
There's also tunes aplenty, including brand new stuff from Julie Doiron and Hollerado — whose hot air balloon-themed video you can watch here.
Tue, 11 December 2012
This week Ryan was joined by Mike and Mike of Vanier Now fame, the foremost experts on the study of Vanier. They're at the forefront of the collision (or collusion) of many disparate elements that are changing the very fabric of the neighbourhood, and over the last year their blog has become a beacon for those changes.
Edward Ocampo-Gooding from Open Data took us into the local municipal data mines and gave us a look at the kind of awesome initiatives that can be made when that data is put to good use. Think ambient music generated by local bus schedules, efficient garbage pickup and other cool data mashups.
Regine from Victoire gave us an impassioned look at the kind of chutzpah it takes to run a small business, which is especially important considering that our Support Local campaign just ended. The takeaway? It's important to support local businesses and initiatives year-round if you want these interesting independent retail outlets to survive. But don't take our word for it. Hear what Regine has to say in her own words by checking out the podcast. Then go buy some local goods!