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Malorie Bertrand & EF Magazine put a spotlight on sustainable fashion

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Ottawa’s Malorie Bertrand has a passion for eco fashion. Her friends at Second Grace Vintage  describe her as “gracious, articulate and cute as a button.” These things are all true and she has been a tireless advocate in promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion through her blog EF Magazine, and through her company with partner Stephanie Major August/May Sustainable Styling. They offer a variety of personal and commercial styling services with a focus on sourcing from sustainable labels. EF Magazine, started in 2011, promotes sustainable fashion and beauty that is... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Antique Skate Shop is raising funds to build a skate park

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Aaron Cayer is the owner of Antique Skate Shop
Photo by: Adria MayAaron Cayer is the owner of Antique Skate Shop Photo by: Adria May

Antique Skate Shop at 9 Florence Street in Centretown is more than a place that sells skateboards and clothing. This shop, which has been open for about a year and a half, is very much a hangout for skaters and non-skaters alike. In addition to holding events,  Antique Skate Shop is bringing skateboarding to at risk youth and creating safer spaces for participating in the sport. I recently had a chance to sit down with the store’s smart and community minded owner Aaron Cayer, who is really passionate about skate... | Continue reading article

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Support Local showcase: Ottawa fabric + DIY kid’s tie

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Ottawa street scene screenprinted fabric by Gabe of Political Circus.Ottawa street scene screenprinted fabric by Gabe of Political Circus.

Gabe from Political Circus has struck again with her crazy creativity – this year for Support Local month, she’s come up with an Ottawa street scene fabric, screen printed on fat quarters (about a quarter of a square metre). While the fabric is beautiful enough to frame, there are a bunch of ways to get even more creative with it. At Fabrications, where the fabric is available for the month of November, you’ll see table runners and pillows all set to add to your Ottawa home. On a rainy Saturday... | Continue reading article

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Support Local showcase: Rebecca Fernando at Benchworks

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Original sketch by Rebecca Fernando.Original sketch by Rebecca Fernando.

Rebecca Fernando’s work usually isn’t small enough to be worn – you’re more likely to see her creativity at work in Ottawa’s skyline. When approached by Magpie Jewellery to take part in their Support Local Benchworks project, she jumped at the chance. A founder of PLOTNONPOLT Architecture, Rebecca is working to create spaces and places that resonate with Ottawans, and build a sense of pride in the city. As part of Benchworks, Rebecca stepped away from designing buildings to design a ring. It’s a simple piece that references architectural lines,... | Continue reading article

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Au pays de Groenland au Zaphod

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Photo courtesy of Bonsound.Photo courtesy of Bonsound.

Par Cindy Savard, une moitié de Basement 819, émission de radio bientôt en onde sur CHUO et en balladodiffusion sur Apt613.ca.  Et voilà une naissance qui était essentielle. Groenland a officiellement pris vie en avril 2013 avec un premier album The Chase. Montréalais et talentueux, ils ont pris par surprise pas mal de monde. J’ai suivi leurs débuts, j’ai assisté à leur montée en flèche. De salles combles en salles combles (le jour du lancement, je n’ai même pas réussi à me faufiler entre les branches pour accéder à l’intérieur du bar),... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Political Circus

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Justin Trudeau finger puppet. Photo by Travis Boisvenue.Justin Trudeau finger puppet. Photo by Travis Boisvenue.

In honor of support local month, I had the chance to interview local artist Gabe Thirlwall who is the founder of The Political Circus. Her set of political finger puppets has quickly gained popularity amongst local artists and politicians themselves, a project that Gabe started in 2009. Apartment613: I know you mentioned on your blog that Political Circus came about because you wanted to showcase how Ottawa is not the sleeper city people think it to be. What else inspired you to come up with such a unique project? What... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Atomic Rooster giveaway

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Love poutine? Look no further than Sparks Street – you’re now booked up for the weekend. Support Local month is entering its third weekend, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Tonight, there’s a vernissage of Andrea Stokes’ work down at Mint Hair Studio. It’s also the Alice Alishka pop-up shop at Workshop Boutique – your chance to get a hold of some one-of-a-kind pieces she’s just created. If you’re in the mood for some quirky, old films, Raw Sugar has partnered up with the Mayfair to showcase some... | Continue reading article

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Holiday craft show roundup 2013

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Linocut greeting cards from MakerJane. Photo by Robin Sidhu of Urban Craft.Linocut greeting cards from MakerJane. Photo by Robin Sidhu of Urban Craft.

The holiday season is packed full of craft shows–so many that you could hit one up every Saturday and Sunday from now until Christmas! Krista Leben, coordinator and co-founder of Urban Craft, has once again put together a curated guide of indie shows for you to hit up: the shows here feature hip handmade stuff that you (and everyone on your list) will love! Glebe Artisan & Craft Fair November 15, 16 & 17 Friday: 6-9pm, Saturday: 9am-3pm, Sunday: 10am-3pm Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue This show is a... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: The Nicholas Sparks House

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Front entrance to Nicholas Sparks house, c.1950. All Photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.Front entrance to Nicholas Sparks house, c.1950. All Photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

Nearly 60 years ago, in late 1954, the Nicholas Sparks house was demolished. Although there had been some serious discussion about preserving the place, the federal government – under the auspices of the Department of Public Works and the Federal District Commission – decided that restoration and preservation would cost too much. Moreover, the house was in the way of a new construction project: the West Memorial Building. Already more than a century old by this stage, the Sparks home had been recognized by historians as a place of national... | Continue reading article

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IMOOfest celebrates the best of improvised music

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Christine Duncan (left) and Jean Martin perform on opening night. Photo from barnyardrecords.com.Christine Duncan (left) and Jean Martin perform on opening night. Photo from barnyardrecords.com.

What better to brighten up a gloomy weather weekend than some music? The Improvising Musicians of Ottawa/Outaouais (IMOO) are back hosting their second annual IMOOfest 2013 this weekend – the mini music festival that celebrates the best of improvised music. Working as a networking platform for emerging artists to present their work to an open audience, the IMOO team creates a community for developing artists to come together and share their unique talents. Taking place November 8 – 10 at Ottawa’s GigSpace, IMOOfest 2013 will showcase nine acts over three... | Continue reading article

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