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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 is 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... | 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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The Great Ottawa Beer Guide: 2013 Edition

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Photo by Katy Watts on flickrPhoto by Katy Watts on flickr

Last August, Apartment613 ran its first ever local beer guide complete with a handy custom Google map to help people find Ottawa’s most important beer landmarks. Since then, the explosion of craft beer in Ottawa has continued unabated. In one short year, Ottawa has added several new breweries and brewpubs. Keeping our readers’ best interests at heart, we decided that an update was in order. If you’ve been keeping tabs, you’ll notice some similarities to last year’s guide. Entries fall into four main categories: breweries, brewpubs, indie beer stores and... | Continue reading article

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Best indie video rental stores in town

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Photo courtesy hooverdust on Flickr.Photo courtesy hooverdust on Flickr.

Remember when you were a kid and going out to rent a movie was an experience you treasured?  Well, it can be again if you know where to look.  Right here in Ottawa you can find a number of video stores that will bring back that nostalgic sense of movie-watching-as-an-event that you just can’t get with the click of a mouse.  These aren’t the chain stores of renting nightmares past: each of these is a fixture of the community, held down by people who know what they’re doing and who do it well. 1. Glebe Video... | Continue reading article

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Best funky boutiques in Ottawa

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Photo by Brenda LabellePhoto by Brenda Labelle

Enjoy hunting for curious and one-of-a-kind wonders? Apt613 has bravely wandered the city streets in search of the cute, the funky, and the truly bizarre in order to help kick-start your spring shopping adventures. These “best” boutiques were chosen for their pleasant vibe and unique offerings that won’t burn too large of a hole in your pocket. Please tell us about your favourite shops in the comments section. 1. Wunderkammer (238 Dalhousie St.)Wunderkammer is like a museum of the strange and beautiful. The main attraction might be the jewelry, but it also offers... | Continue reading article

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