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Best outdoor art in Ottawa – Rockcliffe edition

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Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.Close-up of Birds and Chipmunks by Art Price. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

Last fall, Apt613 contributor Sanita Fejzic put together two posts rounding up the best of our city’s outdoor art. She looked at Centretown and the Market and Hull areas. Back then she said, “Outdoor art can easily be dismissed as static. And yet, there is a discourse between the work, the artist and the viewer that is dynamic. Unique, not just for between viewers—everyone sees differently—but unique every single time an individual comes back to the piece.” Here she is again with her top picks for Rockcliffe: 1. Soper’s Fountain... | 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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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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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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Your guide to the best wintery songs by Ottawa musicians

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Screen shot from The Good Luck Assembly's Wait for MeScreen shot from The Good Luck Assembly's Wait for Me

This post comes to us from artist consultant Samantha Everts of YouRockRed. The snowy weather is upon us and artists all around this fair city use it to their advantage for beautiful visuals in their videos, even when they shoot outdoors in sub-zero temperatures dressed in beach wear only! Some artists altogether threaten to leave for warmer weather and others achieve bone-chilling quality in their vocals. Grab a hot chocolate and settle in for my winter-themed list of videos by great local bands doing more than building snowmen. White Wires: Let’s... | Continue reading article

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Best outdoor art in Ottawa – The Market and Hull edition

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Photo by MDV on Flickr. Where not stated, image is by Sanita Fejzic.Photo by MDV on Flickr. Where not stated, image is by Sanita Fejzic.

As the weather outside becomes less inviting, walking around the city will inevitably change. You may be less tempted to linger. The meaning of this word, to stay in a place longer than necessary because you simply don’t want to leave, is often done effortlessly when a good sculpture or a powerful installation engages us. Outdoor art can easily be dismissed as static. And yet, there is a discourse between the work, the artist and the viewer that is dynamic. Unique, not just for between viewers—everyone sees differently—but unique every... | Continue reading article

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Best Of: Artisanal Bakeries

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Bread and Sons Bakery. All photos courtesy of Sanita Fejzic.Bread and Sons Bakery. All photos courtesy of Sanita Fejzic.

In choosing my top bakeries, I had two things in mind: quality and authenticity. Of course, between these words you’ll find my personal taste. While compiling this completely subjective list, my aim was to bring to light the artisans whose hands have baked the kind of goods that have left me satisfied and craving for more. That’s a contradiction in terms only a very good croissant or an excellent baguette can masterfully balance. You may say, what about The French Baker or Art-is-in, and I say, yes—the bread of the... | Continue reading article

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Best outdoor art in Ottawa – Centretown edition

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Elephants, by Christopher Griffin. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.Elephants, by Christopher Griffin. All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

Art is not exclusive to museums or galleries. It’s all around us and in many ways, it’s inside us: our way of being and seeing; what we call the art of living. Yet how many times do we rush our way to work or play, unaware of the beauty that surrounds us? Not just natural beauty, with its mystical ebb and flow, but architectural splendour or sculptural masterpieces? Outdoor art, a more inclusive umbrella term, is what makes me want to walk slow and savour the city.    At first,... | Continue reading article

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