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Will you escape at Claustrophobia?

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

Ottawa problem solvers, puzzle lovers, game enthusiasts and those looking for fun, there is a new challenge in town for you at Claustrophobia.  It is an escape game that requires groups of people to work together solving clues and puzzles to find the key out of the room and back to freedom.  Recently, I had the chance to give this a try and see if I was clever and fast enough to get out. Claustrophobia has been open since the beginning of March – the second escape game room facility... | Continue reading article

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Health and Home: Four local products you can find in your ‘hood

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Everyone has their weekly grocery store routine, and that’s exactly where I used to buy all of my health and home products, but then terra20 opened at the end of my street. Since their one purpose is to encourage a healthier, sustainable lifestyle, how could I not check it out? Ever since stepping in for the first time, I now make weekly trips here for various products. Terra20 CEOs Steve Kaminski and Bill Stewart hit the nail on the head – they were on a mission to create an easier way to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

True to form, the arrival of spring has brought with it spring showers. A weekend of rain may be in store for us this week, but we’ve got plenty going on to brighten up the mood. Head over to Ritual Nightclub tonight, for a hip hop showcase from the 613 to the 416. The Home Invasion Show has brought us some of the best hip hop talent from this part of the province. Friday night Urban Legends is back with a special twist on their usual form. This time ’round,... | Continue reading article

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Countdown to FIFA: Team Canada’s top Canucks to watch

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Photo by Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr.Photo by Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr.

As a countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Apartment613 is embarking on a six-part series that will take a look at women’s soccer in and around the city. With less than 50 days until the tournament begins, we decided to take a look at Team Canada’s top Canucks in 2015. Since their stunning bronze medal performance at the 2012 Summer Olympic in London, Team Canada has been hard at work to prepare for this summer’s international showdown. Though they suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the United States... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Tool Library is (almost) a reality

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Photo from Ottawa Tool Library website.Photo from Ottawa Tool Library website.

Ottawa, we’re this close to getting a tool library. Don’t you quit on me now. I believe in you. With one week to go, the Ottawa Tool Library is looking for one last push. They’re rounding the bend on $10,000, and they only need $5,000 more to make it to their goal. $5,000! That’s about as much as one year’s tuition for a arts major, and I’m living proof that’s a questionable investment. But here’s the real important part: until they get to 15,000, they get NOTHING. How can we... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode 2

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Still from Ottawa Indie FIlm - Shannon, Emanuela, Sarah and Xu.Still from Ottawa Indie FIlm - Shannon, Emanuela, Sarah and Xu.

Today we bring you the second episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.  They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called Secret War about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war.  Secret War is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival. You can view Episode 1 here.

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Under Derek’s Bed explores grief through epic fairtytale adventure

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Photo courtesy of TACTICS (Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series).Photo courtesy of TACTICS (Theatre Artists’ Co-operative: the Independent Collective Series).

If you were once a child and are now an adult, you may already be familiar with that process that one day renders the bizarrely unfathomable into the mundanely inexplicable, which in every day parlance is usually referred to as “growing up.” Derek (Mike Kosowan) is deep in mourning over the very sudden and recent death of his wife when his old friend Earl the Monster (Nick Fournier), pops back into his life after a prolonged absence to convince him to return with him to the magical Land Under the... | Continue reading article

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Wheelhouse Cycle features a spin class like no other

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All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.

Post by Shawna Page. The first thing that pops into my head when thinking about my experience at Wheelhouse Cycle is the song “Bicycle Race” by Queen. For those of you that are not familiar with the song the beginning goes like this; “Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle.” And at wheelhouse Cycle that is exactly what you get to do! Upon entering the new spin gym, located at 1279 Wellington Street West, you are greeted with an energy that can only be described as... | Continue reading article

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Record Store Day weekend happenings

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Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.

Did you know this Saturday is Record Store Day? Yes, there is actually a day to celebrate “record stores,” those brick-and-mortar independents and all the vinyl goodness they stock for us. In Ottawa the celebrations start Friday with a Record Swap event at Raw Sugar and some live music at the Record Centre. Here’s a guide to RSD happenings in the city complete with some vinyl stories from an “expert panel” featuring DJs Jas Nasty, Zattar and Adam Saikaley with Darin Tomlin from Vertigo Records. If you don’t shop at... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Empire strikes back

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All photos courtesy of Empire Grill.All photos courtesy of Empire Grill.

A few years ago, I attended a birthday party for a friend at Empire Grill. Having never been before, and with the meager budget of a university student, my jaw dropped upon glancing the prices on the menu. It was definitely the first time in my adult life that I was a patron at a restaurant that sold cuts of meat sans side dish. “What kind of hoodwinkery is this?” I thought. I fought the urge to order only a piece of steak, but it was truly painful agreeing to... | Continue reading article

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