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Trevor held it down by himself in the studio this week. Chris called in an interview from this week's launch of Turtle Island Brewing. Founder JP Fournier was kind enough to tell him about where he expect Turtle Island to go in the next while.

Next, Trevor chatted with local blogger and newly minted author Heather Heagney. Heather has been celebrating food on her blog After the Harvest. In more than 200 online posts, she has written on such subjects as food sustainability, farming, Ottawa chefs and wine. Now she is tackling a new challenge by publishing a coffee table book titled After the Harvest: Eat. Drink. Connect.

Here's what we played on the show this week:
Louise Burns - Emerald's Shatter
Amy Millan and Dan Mangan - Chances Are
Stillnative - Suzy Q
Braids - In Kind
Mehdi Cayenne Club - Sortie de Secours
Monomyth - Cigarette
Owen Pallett - Lewis Takes Off His Shirt (Dan Deacon Remix)
Jim Guthrie - Never Poor
Direct download: Aug_1-2013.mp3
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This week, Karen chatted with Jan Irwin, interim artistic director with Odyssey Theatre, who just premiered a new production of George Bernard Shaw's comedy Arms and the Man. This isn't your typical Shaw reading, however - the actors perform their parts entirely in mask!

Next up was a chat with Jason Pelletier of local record label, design studio and events outfit Spins & Needles. They're launching a new shindig called Backyard Disco, a neighbourhood DJ series concentrating on disco, soul and funk. The launch happens tonight at the Pour Boy on 495 Somerset Street West.

Here are the tracks we played this week:
Amanda Rheaume - Push on
Highs - Summer Dress
Shred Kelly - New Black
Poorfolk - All Too Well
Loon Choir - Last Names and Backgrounds
The Flaps - This Sight of Death
D-Mass - That Right Feel
D-Mass - The Sound
The Souljazz Orchestra - Chango
Amanda Rheaume - Keep a Fire in the Rain

Direct download: July-25-2013-edited.mp3
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This week, Karen kicked things off with a chat with Gregg Clark of the Ottawa Fringe Festival. Gregg recapped this year's Fringe Fest, which he says was a huge success. He also gave us a sneak peak at what next year's festival might look light.

Next, Karen was joined by Sharif Virani and Michael Grigoriev of CreativeMornings, who took us through their newly announced CreativeMorning Ottawa’s Scholarship for the Inspired, which will be available to two students at the Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and the School of Photographic Arts (SPAO). They've also announced a new partnership with the City of Ottawa, in which the CM crew will help promote the growing creative scene in the city.

Here are the tracks we played on this week's show:
Timber Timbre - Black Water
John Carroll and the Epic Proportions - Buddy Where I Go
The Elwins - Come On Out
Feist & Timber Timbre - Homage
A Tribe Called Red - Sisters feat. Northern Voice
The Peptides - Wild Boy
Sound of Lions - Storm Chasers

Direct download: July-18_2013.mp3
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On this week's show, Karen chatted with Anna Lewis of the Bear & Co. theatre company about their spaghetti western interpretation of Comedy of Errors. The production will be running in outdoor venues across the city until early August, and Karen gets the lowdown for you here.

Next, our host was joined by Nick Charney, who has spearheaded a new local T-shirt project named Bureaucratees. If you're a disillusioned government lackey looking for some tongue-in-cheek clothing, these might be the tees for you.

Here's what we played on the show this week:
Roberta Bondar - Night Danger
JW Jones - Ain't Going to Beg
Les Mosquitos - Justice
Jack Pine and the Fire - Everybody's Blues
Loon Choir - Spiral
StillNative - Shake Your Boots
Stars - Elevator Love Letter
Amy Milan - Skinny Boy
Mehdi Cayenne Club - Happiness Machine

Direct download: July_11_-_2013.mp3
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We kicked the show off this week with a chat with Cheryl Cadrin, Ralph Schipper, Rick Karayanis of Rock 'n' Root Farm. Rock 'n' Root, along with several other farmers and artisan food producers, were surprised to hear about the cancellation of the Vanier Farmers' Market last week. The group had been selling at the market for years, and were busily preparing for the launch of the market in mid-July when the got the news. We had a chat about how this will affect their farm.

Next, editor Ryan Saxby-Hill gave us his thoughts on El Camino, a new taco-heavy restaurant that was opened recently by local chef-celeb Matt Carmichael. Hint: it's good, very good!

And finally, we had a chat with Erika Nelson, an Apt613 contributor who moderated our online beer panel last week. She had quite a few thoughts about the panel, most of which surround the explosive growth of the local craft beer scene in recent years.

On the cusp of Bluesfest, we featured  a whole slew of local musicians who are playing during the festival. Here are the tracks we play on the show this week:
David Byrne and St. Vincent - The Forest Awakes (They played Jazz Fest, not Bluesfest, but we like them because of this!)
Her Harbour - Petunia
Jack Pine and the Fire - Gold Silver Bronze
DJ Acro - Dangerous (Busta Rhymes remix)
City Fidelia - Just Gimme Some Time
Roberta Bondar - Salt
Fevers - Dance Cry Dance

Direct download: July_4-2013_-_megamix.mp3
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Karen and Trevor kicked things off with an interview with Brian Cheung of Awesome Ottawa to talk about the third year of the grantd. They were joined by Kyle McInnes, a successful Awesome Ottawa applicant who pitched an idea for a dumpster pool party in the Byward Market. The party is yet to happen, but Kyle told us all about the inspiration for the idea and where it might go. He likens winning an Awesome Ottawa grant to being pushed out of an airplane, but he means it in the best way possible.

The Ottawa Jazz Festival kicks off on June 20, and this year it features a diverse mix of jazz and jazz-inspired artists like Wynton Marsalis, Mavis Staples, The Herbaliser, Kellylee Evans and the Flaps. Chris was able to have a chat with Jazz Festival Programming Manager Petr Cancura about this year's lineup.

Our hosts rounded out the show with a Jean Grandbois and David Rust-Smith, both of winners of the Apps4Ottawa contest. Jean and Dave used the City of Ottawa's open data to invent some awesome apps that make Ottawa a better place to live. Dave's project uses gamification to speed up ambulance response times in the city, while Jean's app makes it easier to find city-run recreation classes.

Here's the music we played on the show this week:

Danny Michel - Survivor's Guilt
Sunparlour Players - You Are a Bright Light
Evening Hymns - Arrows
A Tribe Called Red - Sisters
Young Galaxy - New Summer
Data Romance - Caves

Direct download: Jun-13_-_2013.mp3
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This week, Ryan, Katie and Chris recorded the show from Apt613's top secret lair in Centretown. Things kicked off with a chat with Shopify Chief Product Officer Harley Finkelstein. Shopify is hosting their inaugural Popify pop-up shop in the Byward Market this weekend, and Harley filled us in on all the details. Be sure to check it out if you're interested in experiencing what Harley calls the next generation of retail.

Next, editor Trevor headed over to the Hintonburg Public House to talk to artists Dwayne Brown and Clare Brennan about Metalheads, a new mixed media exhibit at the HPH. The exhibit blends photography and found-object-sculptures inspired by the crowd of regulars at the Public House. The show is on now.

Here's what we played on this week's show:
Girlfriend and Boyfriends - Young Ones
Chains of Love - Strange Grey Days
Nina Simone - You'll Never Walk Alone
Loon Choir - Bison
A Tribe Called Red - Bread and Cheese
A Tribe Called Red - NDN Stakes
A Tribe Called Red - Different Heroes
A Tribe Called Red - Sisters

A quick note of correction about something mentioned during the show: on Saturday during Westfest, Apt613 editor Yasmin Nissim will be hosting a greyhound meet-and-greet at Bushtukah on behalf of the Greyhound Supporters of the National Capital Region between 10am and 3pm, not 10am and 4pm.

Direct download: June6-2013-complete.mp3
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Karen takes over the airwaves! She kicks things off with an interview between Apt613 editor Trevor Pritchard and Michael Fuerstack (the artist formerly known as Snailhouse). Then, she talks to film director Sean Garrity about his new film, Blood Pressure, and the unique attributes of Canadian conversation. After playing a Mappemonde by Les Soeurs Boulay, she chats with Charles Tilden, who, with Delta Will, uses music to chronicle Delta Will's experiences on Earth. A Delta Will tune, There is a Future, follows the interview, as does I Feel it All by Feist. 

Karen wraps up the show by chatting with Jamie Stuckless from EnviroCentre - they talk biking to work, and leave the show with the song Lola en Confiture, by Les Soeurs Boulay. 

Direct download: CHUO-FM_Audio_Log-2013-May-23-17-00.mp3
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Ryan and Katie started the show off with an interview with provocative local photographer Jonathan Hobin. Though his images of children in metaphorical representations drawn from world issues may be familiar to Ottawans, his work is starting to make waves (and draw criticism) internationally. He is currently about to have his first solo exhibition in Toronto, but he took the time to call in from a hotel lobby in Hogtown.

Next, they chatted with Lee and Janik, who are both a part of this weekend's Jane's Walk Ottawa festivities. There are plenty of activities taking place across Ottawa, but you can also take part in a very special walk through Somerset Street West organized by Apartment613 editors on Saturday. Or check the Jane's Walk website for a full listing of walks and other events.

Apt613 contributor Erika Nelson joined our hosts in studio to talk about her recent feature article on the best cocktails in Ottawa. Here's a teaser if you haven't read the article yet: Erika was pleasantly surprised to find some amazing cocktails around town and gives you the low-down.

Here are the songs we played this week:
Young Galaxy - Pretty Boy
Billy Bragg - No One Knows Nothing Anymore
The Acorn - Flood Pt. 1
Hotel Morphée - La Bête et la mitraille
Aidan Knight - You Will See the Good in Everyone

Direct download: Apt613_Live_for_May_2.mp3
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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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