This week's show was about eating and dancing, but not about eating while dancing, which would probably be uncomfortable and wouldn't turn out well for anyone. Ryan and Karen were joined during the first segment by Jason Gray, Community Harvest Coordinator at the Ottawa Food Bank. Each summer, the OFB grows thousands of pounds of local, organic producer for those in need in the community, and Jason is the agricultural buff who puts it all together.

Next our hosts were joined by stalwart Apt613 Live guest Chris Sheppard. Kichesippi, Chris' brewery, is celebrating its third anniversary this Sunday, April 28, and you're invited to their party at 866 Campbell Avenue from noon until 5 pm for some beer and good eats.

Then our Vice Editor Katie called in to discuss the potential popping of the cupcake bubble. The Wall Street Journal and Globe and Mail ran stories this week pointing to signs of the coming downfall of the cupcake empire. So, if the mighty cupcake does crumble for good, what will take it's place? There's a craft-baked donut lurking just around the corner, waiting to step into the spotlight. Good news for SuzyQ's!

Here are the tracks we played on this week's show:
Little Stella - Woods
Common Citizens - One Sweet Day
Ceremony exclusive Apt613 mix by Roberta Bondar's Gary Franks
Jesse Dangerously - Slept Through a Landslide

Direct download: Apr_25-2013.mp3
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Ryan and Katie kicked things off this week by informing the world about an Indiegogo project by Mike Dubue, formerly of the Hilotrons. He's been commissioned to set music to The Adventures Of Prince Achmed, the oldest surviving animated feature film. The film will be screened alongside a live performance of Dubue's score on April 30 at the Bytowne Cinema.

Next, our hosts were joined by Randy Innes, assistant director at the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO). He told us about Exhibition No. 8, a yearly event featuring a collection of photographic work by SPAO Portfolio students. This year's exhibition explores classic photographic processes and features projects that look at themes like nature, the environment, identity and self-discovery, many of which embrace the idea of photography as storytelling. The exhibit runs from April 19 until 26.

Katie then brought us some sobering news about the Byward Market's prospect for the future. A report by a U.S. non-profit says that we risk losing the market's distinctive flavour in the face of encroaching big business, bars and touristy establishments.

In other news, A Tribe Called Red's new track Indian From All Directions, a collaboration with the now defunct Das Racist, was given an exclusive premier on Pitchfork this week. Congrats to one of the hardest working electronic acts in town. You can hear it on their Soundcloud page.

Hilotrons - Lost in Yichang
Andrea Simms-Karp - Alternative to Flight
A Tribe Called Red - Indian From All Directions
Fevers - Passion is Dead (Long Live Fashion)
The Goodluck Assembly - Wait for Me
Aidan Knight - Telecommunicate

Direct download: Apr_18_-_2013.mp3
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Katie and Karen were holding it down in the studio this week. They started the show off with the first in a recurring series of chats about local politics. This week's iteration brought news that Ottawa's Planning Committee has approved a 45-story tower called Icon that is slotted for Little Italy. Though there are still plenty of roadblocks in the way, this brings the neighbourhood-changing tower one step closer to being a reality.

Next, our hosts were joined with members of local "ouija-rock" band The Yips to chat about their show this Saturday with F Hood and Kings Quest at Club Saw. The band is really excited about the local reaction to their music, as well as the growth in and variety of the current scene.

Our hosts then took us through the efforts of Mayor Jim Watson to drum up interest in bringing a new baseball team to the city. The Fat Cats, who started playing out of the east-end Ottawa Stadium in 2010, have suspended operations as the prospect of a Double-A team is bandied about.

Here is what we played on the show this week:
Couples - Scar Teens
Suuns - 2020
Jokers of the Scene - John I'm Only Braindancing (Jokers of the Scene remix)
The Yips - Vicinage
Metz - Rats
Jenn Grant - The Fighter
Suuns - Minor Work

Direct download: Apr_11_-_2013.mp3
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Ryan and Karen opened the show this week with a phone interview with Jesse Alberto, proprietor of the recently opened House of Barons barber shop. The shop on Sussex some previously scarce men's grooming services to Ottawa, like straight blade shaves and shoe-shining while you wait. Our hosts then chatted with Michael Wallack of Wallack's Art Supplies and Sharif Virani of Creative Mornings about Art Throb, a night of music and interactive art in support of the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO). This week's show also featured some discussion of CHUO's brand spanking new iPhone app, which you can download at their website.

Here's what we played on this week's show:
Zoo Legacy - Out All Night
Souljazz Orchestra - Bibinay
Fire by Fire - Make It Happen
Zoo Legacy - All Falls Down
Silkken Laumann - On The Mend
Roberta Bondar - Night Danger

Direct download: Apr_4-2013.mp3
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This week's show hosts were joined by Jeremy Dias, who filled us in about this year's Jer's Vision/International Day of Pink Gala on April 10. This is the eighth year of the locally grown anti-homophobia campaign, and what better way to celebrate than by heading to the gala at the Government Conference Centre at 6 pm? Next, Ryan chatted with A Tribe Called Red's Bear Witness about their Spirit Track party, an event that happened as part of Electric Fields. To round things out, Max Savage from self-proclaimed RawBeat rock duo Still Native came down to the studio to talk about their debut self-titled album, which was recorded in just two weekends.

The CHUO funding drive has wrapped up for another year, so thanks to everyone who helped support community radio in Ottawa!

Here is what we played on the show this week:
Suuns - 2020
A Tribe Called Red - Trap Heat
A Tribe Called Red - Native Puppy Love
Ariane Moffat - Walls of the World
Still Native - No Steam
Kellylee Evans - Good Girl
Dala - Life on Earth

Direct download: Mar-28-2013.mp3
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