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Weekend roundup: What to do + ticket giveaway

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This weekend, we’ve got a musical shattering blonde stereotypes, a festival dedicated to all things steeped, and a night celebrating all things Africa. We’re also giving away tickets to a show at Raw Sugar – read on for more details! Support Local month continues, with the latest installment of Apt613 Talks tonight down at Shopify. Ever wondered when you’ll be able to start printing off replacement car parts or create a perfect replica of your pet? It might be sooner than you think – our panelists will discuss the future... | Continue reading article

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Restaurant International serves up a unique coffee-inspired culinary experience

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Photo provided by the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Algonquin College.Photo provided by the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Algonquin College.

Post by Devan Marr. What if we told you that you could enjoy specially selected canapés, a Costa Rican-inspired dinner entrée, a guided matching and tasting of 8 exquisite desserts and 4 exceptional coffees, and help South American children obtain access to education?  Well, tonight, you can! Algonquin College’s Restaurant International will play host to “Discovering the World of Coffee” a dinner event prepared by the Algonquin Culinary Management students. Expect delicious snacks like ceviche, beef carnitas, and chicharrón, a latin style crackling dish.  From personal experience, the food prepared by... | Continue reading article

 
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Need a small hit of learning? The Westboro Brainery has got you covered.

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Learn about the benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy. Photo by Tranquil Acres.Learn about the benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy. Photo by Tranquil Acres.

Have you ever felt the urge to learn something new? For me, it’s a hunger that can only be quelled by the consumption of knowledge—hearty, metaphorically consumable knowledge. Sometimes, it’s enough to just read a Wikipedia article, but more often I feel the need for something substantial. Now, I don’t have the time to commit to a college course, or even a weekend learning stint, so this need goes un-satiated more often than not. Which is why The Westboro Brainery so appeals to me. It’s a way to get a... | Continue reading article

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You Should Have Stayed Home – A G20 Romp

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Photo by Will O'Hare.Photo by Will O'Hare.

“I wasn’t an activist before G20, but G20 made me an activist…” You Should have Stayed Home covers the explosive events in the summer of 2010 when protestors and police clashed violently at Toronto’s G20. Based on a Facebook note detailing the arrest and detention of first time rally attendee Tommy Taylor, it’s the story of bystanders and observers caught up in the chaos as police and the government cross the line and Canadian civil rights are attacked. Apt613 spoke with Taylor as the Praxis Theatre production arrives in Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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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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