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Apartment Crush | Office Edition: Festival House serves as a community arts hub

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Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Take a peek into the homes and offices of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. If you would like us to feature your space, let us know by emailing apartment613@gmail.com Festival House officially opened in early May and unites many of Ottawa’s festival and event planners under one roof. Apartment613 and Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney, the Outreach Coordinator for Ottawa Festivals, take you through the new office spaces that were created inside a former church that dates back over one-hundred years: Apt613: Tell us about how the former Westboro United Church became your new... | Continue reading article

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Best of: Ottawa’s dance parties

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The Kitchen Party dance floor. Photo from Hobo & SweetCheeks' Facebook page. Credit: Rémi Thériault.The Kitchen Party dance floor. Photo from Hobo & SweetCheeks' Facebook page. Credit: Rémi Thériault.

Ottawa is home to a bunch of great DJs who host creative and eclectic events that are worth checking out. Nearly every weekend there are awesome dance parties held in pubs, clubs, restaurants, and one what-used-to-be jail throughout the city. There’s more to Ottawa than the Byward Market – especially when it comes to dancing. For those of you who like to dance, here’s a list of some of the best dance parties being held regularly in our city: Timekode Held on the third Friday of every month, Timekode is... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush: Laura and Andrew share their tale of infills and in-laws

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With a lot of help from family and friends, Laura Baker and Andrew Healy erected a new house. The home was designed by Gerhard Linse Design and Building Consultants. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Tobi Cohen.With a lot of help from family and friends, Laura Baker and Andrew Healy erected a new house. The home was designed by Gerhard Linse Design and Building Consultants. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Tobi Cohen.

Take a peek into the homes and offices of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. If you would like us to feature your space, let us know by emailing apartment613@gmail.com For the house that love built, it should come as no surprise that its first occupants moved in on Valentine’s Day. Laura Baker, Andrew Healy and their two-year-old daughter Nola are thrilled to finally be in their custom built Old Ottawa East digs after 11 months living in exile in the basement of Andrew’s parents’ sprawling Barrhaven home. It became the young... | Continue reading article

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Shenkman Arts Centre turns five!

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Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, A. Laramey is a writer who spends far too much time on the internet. You can find her on Facebook. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the creation of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, and in the spirit of creativeness, arts and community, Shenkman is hosting a 5th anniversary celebration on May 31st .  And what a five years it’s been! The goal of the centre was “to create a home for arts and culture in east Ottawa,” says Karen Scott-Gagné, Marketing and... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Eat the world! O-town’s best global grub

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Where do you go when you’re craving pho, shawarma, bibimbap, or korma? Where must you absolutely take out-of-town guests for the best sushi, bannock, pupusa, or schnitzel? I decided to put my chopsticks where my mouth is and craft this list of the best global cuisine in Ottawa as a response to this recent Where to Eat in the Capital City feature – while I’m a big fan of every eatery mentioned, what frustrated me was the favouring of obvious, trendy spots and near-omission of global grub. O-town eaters know... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Royal Wood enjoys a perfect evening at Taylor’s Genuine

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Photo courtesy of Royal Wood.Photo courtesy of Royal Wood.

Throughout the year, Apt613 is partnering with the National Arts Centre to bring you restaurant reviews by musicians who are part of the  all-Canadian NAC Presents concert series. Royal Wood is our first two-time contributor. After reviewing the Back Lane Cafe, we sent him out to Old Ottawa South to try Taylor’s Genuine Kitchen & Wine.  When we walked in I absorbed both the informal and professional atmosphere. To be honest I think all of our shoulders dropped and relaxed. We were in for a perfect evening of friends, laughter, food... | Continue reading article

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Best of: Meditation workshops in Ottawa

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Photo by émiliep on Flickr. All other photos are by Jason Yung, unless otherwise specified.Photo by émiliep on Flickr. All other photos are by Jason Yung, unless otherwise specified.

The art of meditation is a way of getting into touch with reality. The reason for it is that most civilized people are out of touch with reality – because they confuse the world as it is, with the world as they think about it, talk about it, and describe it. -Alan Watts So you’ve decided to try out meditation. Perhaps you’ve just suffered a personal crisis and you need to find some calm. Perhaps you’ve heard about the health benefits. Or maybe you’re just plain curious – for whatever... | Continue reading article

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Best of: Independent bookstores

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Black Squirrel Books. Photo from their Facebook page. Black Squirrel Books. Photo from their Facebook page.

There is a certain something about independent bookstores. A sense of community and bringing people together – connecting over a love of books (which eventually ends up being about so much more) – that you just won’t find at Chapters. Independent bookstores are the best because the people who work there are REALLY passionate about books and are often incredibly knowledgeable. Unfortunately, many independent bookstores are closing due to financial hardship. It is important that we continue to frequent those that do exist and to make sure that they stay... | Continue reading article

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Love is in the air: A guide to proposing creatively in Ottawa

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Photo by Difei Li on Flickr.Photo by Difei Li on Flickr.

The good news is you’ve found someone you’d like to marry. The bad news is you feel pressure to plan “the perfect proposal”. If social media is any indication, many people feel the need to plan something mind-bogglingly creative. YouTube is littered with elaborate “flash mob” proposals (“I’m shopping at Home Depot…no wait, I’m getting engaged!”) and musical performances. So what is a non-exhibitionist, non-musically inclined person to do? Luckily, Ottawa offers many opportunities to propose creatively while staying true to your identity as a couple. After all, an engagement... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush | Office Edition: iPolitics breathes life into their new Heritage space

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All photos by Kenneth Ingram unless otherwise noted.All photos by Kenneth Ingram unless otherwise noted.

Take a peek into the homes and offices of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. If you would like us to feature your space, let us know by emailing apartment613@gmail.com Visiting iPolitics’ new location feels much like a celebration as sunlight shines into the freshly renovated space. Ambient noise channels from the brick walls and wooden floors at 17 York Street, a Recognized Federal Heritage Building. “The acoustics are very different,” explains Sally Douglas, Deputy Publisher at iPolitics and our guide on this particular Friday morning. “The buzz you’re hearing is a... | Continue reading article

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