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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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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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Apartment613 Live for October 23, 2013

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Tune in to Apartment613 Live every Wednesday at 9 p.m. on CHUO 89.1 FM. If you miss it, you can catch this week’s show using the handy Soundcloud widget below. And remember to subscribe to the podcast version of the show on iTunes. Karen and new co-host Adria started this week’s show with an interview with Ottawa’s own DJ Magnificent. Mister Magnificent is celebrating the fourth anniversary of his Double Barrel show, a weekly vintage soul and reggae DJ set, with a Mad Men themed Halloween party. Next our hosts chatted with Noah Venkatarangam, an Ottawa-based multi-disciplinary musician and... | 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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Style File: Folk Fest Edition

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All photos courtesy of Aisling McCaffrey In most of Canada, Labour Day weekend is a last ditch attempt to enjoy the frivolities of summer before adults and children alike are expected to buckle down and work through the winter. In Ottawa, however, we’ve managed to extend our fun by moving the last days of summer to the weekend after school starts, and incidentally, the best time of year in fashion. With my heart full of love for both festivals and street style, I spent three nights of folk fest checking... | Continue reading article

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