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Three things to remember when volunteering for Habitat for Humanity

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Hollie Davies in front of the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region house in progress.Hollie Davies in front of the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region house in progress.

There’s a slew of volunteer opportunities in Ottawa – it’s possible to work with animals, children, and international aid, among others. If you can remember as far back as highschool, you might recall being forced to spend 40 whole entire precious teenage hours dedicating your time to one cause or another – an actual requirement for graduation. But, now that we’re adults with (barely) enough time and money to spend a little less on ourselves and a little more on others, we can do this of our own accord. Certainly... | Continue reading article

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World Press Photo showcases the best of international photojournalism

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World Press 14 at the War Museum. Photo by Kenneth Ingram.World Press 14 at the War Museum. Photo by Kenneth Ingram.

The World Press Photo Exhibition is currently on display at the Canadian War Museum, showcasing more than 140 award-winning images from the best of international photojournalism. “What I like about it is the variety of stories,” explains Josée Gervais, a program interpreter and guide at the museum who says she looks forward to the exhibit each year. “What’s interesting about the World Press is the way that these photos capture a human side to each story, [whether] tragedies, sports, athletes who have cancer but continue anyway. Some photos show people... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Oz Kafe executes a perfect trifecta

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Photos by Riley Schnurr.Photos by Riley Schnurr.

Although a noticeable lack of emeralds around us, the experience we had at Oz Kafe for dinner was nothing short of a precious gem. Tucked, almost hidden away between Lieutenant’s Pub and Pancho Villa on Elgin Street, Oz certainly delivers a meal fit for a wizard. Only every so often do you find a restaurant that has “the trifecta” – that is, delivers dinner, drinks, and desserts without comprising one for another. I was strategic in my visit this time, bringing along two friends in order to maximize the sharing-plate... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Cardamom & Cloves brings the world to your kitchen

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All photos courtesy of Cardamom & Cloves.All photos courtesy of Cardamom & Cloves.

You may not have the extra cash for that trip around the world this summer, but how about an affordable alternative? Cardamom & Cloves, Ottawa’s premier spice shop, is the place to go to discover all kinds of tantalizing tastes from around the globe. From the smoky aromas of the Horn of Africa to the rich spices of China and dozens of other exotic places in between, your kitchen can become an international hub of flavour with a quick trip to Preston Street. Opening this past February, owner and spice-maven... | Continue reading article

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Rideau Centre’s Dining Hall reflects a new generation of eating

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The new Rideau Centre Dining Hall. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.The new Rideau Centre Dining Hall. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

Tonight, at precisely 9pm, the Rideau Centre Food Court as we know it will close for the last time. Rideau Centre’s new Dining Hall will replace the Food Court that served the mall since its grand debut in 1983. Occupying the lower level of the former Sears store, the modern, state-of-the-art eating area will open to the public tomorrow at 11am. A slew of brand-spanking new food vendors fills the space, with cuisines originating from all around the world. Notable eateries to try are MLT DWN, a gourmet grilled cheese... | Continue reading article

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The Lemon Bucket Orkestra take to the streets

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Photo from lemonbucket.com.Photo from lemonbucket.com.

This Saturday night the Byward Market will be alive with music and you’re all invited to join the street party. The strolling music and dance-fuelled celebration, presented as part of the Ottawa Chamberfest will be lead by the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, a 16-strong, Toronto-based “Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk-superband.” Marc Marczyk (violinist and vocalist wih LBO) admits that this description of their sound is long but aptly captures what the band is about: “drawing on Eastern European traditions and trying to evoke the feeling of those songs and of that sometimes irrational exuberant celebration... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 30 juillet :: SOUND/TRACKS à l’Église St-Alban. Tout savoir sur les soirées OPEN MIC. Souljazz Orchestra dans notre mire. Ottawa, capitale bilingue ou quoi?!

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Her harbour et Tyler Reekie en session de pratique au TemporaireHer harbour et Tyler Reekie en session de pratique au Temporaire

Basement 819 découvre chaque semaine un peu plus d’excitation culturelle dans la région. Voici quelques morceaux tirés de notre dernière émission pour vous mettre la guimauve à la bouche. SOUND/TRACKS, un événement innovant présenté par SAW Video et Media Art Centre. Ils ont eu la belle idée de réunir des musiciens et des artistes médiatiques pour créer et exécuter des œuvres audiovisuelles collaboratives. Quatre tandems ont été jumelés pour performer ensemble lors de cette soirée. Il s’agit donc de 4 projets créatifs qui risquent de résonner fort et longtemps dans... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.

This long weekend, for those who are lucky enough, sees July roll into August and for those not taking off to spend it lakeside, there is plenty going on in this great city. As always, we here at Apt613 like to keep you in the know, so here you have it: the Weekend Roundup! Thursday night starts the fun early with an evening of dancing under the stars at Open Air Social Club’s POP Edition held at Parliament Pub, with Matty McGovern and Atherton. If POP is not your thing,... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush | Office Edition: Festival House serves as a community arts hub

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Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.

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 Festival House officially opened in early May and unites many of Ottawa’s festival and event planners under one roof. Apartment613 and Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney, the Outreach Coordinator for Ottawa Festivals, take you through the new office spaces that were created inside a former church that dates back over one-hundred years: Apt613: Tell us about how the former Westboro United Church became your new... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: The old Post Office and Customs Building

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Old Post Office, circa 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.Old Post Office, circa 1938. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

In looking at the major revisioning of Ottawa that took place from the late 1930s, there is one early casualty that has intrigued me more that others. I am thinking of the old Post Office and Customs Building, which was located roughly in the same spot as the War Memorial is now. Demolished in the spring of 1938, by 1939 the new War Memorial and Confederation Square had taken shape. On January 25, 1938, the Ottawa Journal ran a news story titled, “Mr Greber is Back.” Jacques Greber, urban planner... | Continue reading article

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