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EcoEquitable launches new fashion line

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All photos from EcoEquitable's Instagram page.All photos from EcoEquitable's Instagram page.

For over a decade, EcoEquitable has been providing employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. They’ve grown from a drop-in sewing centre to offering workshops ranging from learning to operate a sewing machine to pattern making and home decor. They operate a fabric boutique and now they’ve launched their newest brand, Flagbarer. We caught up with Anouk Bertner to talk about EcoEquitable’s beginnings, this latest venture and her words of advice. The following interview has been edited for clarity: Apt 613: Tell me a... | Continue reading article

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5 reasons you won’t want to miss #ARB2015!

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Photo from the Arboretum Festival Facebook page.Photo from the Arboretum Festival Facebook page.

Arboretum Festival kicks off this Wednesday and promises to be an intimate music festival, bringing together new and emerging artists from around the region as well as critically acclaimed Canadian artists, all here in Ottawa. The festival will be taking place at two locations: St. Alban’s Anglican Church on Wednesday and Thursday nights and Albert Island on Friday and Saturday nights. Apartment613 chatted with Rolf Klausener, one of the festival’s organizers, to get an idea of what we can expect this year. Here are the top five reasons you won’t... | Continue reading article

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Asinabka Festival showcases Indigenous films from around the world

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From The Dead Lands, a Maori action movie that is kicking off the festivalFrom The Dead Lands, a Maori action movie that is kicking off the festival

August 19th to the 23rd will see the 4th Asinabka Festival come to life here in Ottawa. We caught up with Festival co-director, Howard Adler to get the scoop on what’s going down for this year’s edition. Apt613: While I’m sure that some (perhaps many) of our readers are familiar with Asinabka Festival, for those unfamiliar, could you quickly fill them in on what Asinabka is all about? Asinabka is an Indigenous Film & Media Arts Festival in Ottawa. We screen the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Take a spiritual voyage with Mony and Alberto

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Alberto Agraso and Mony Dojeiji, and the cover of their book, Walking for Peace, an Inner JourneyAlberto Agraso and Mony Dojeiji, and the cover of their book, Walking for Peace, an Inner Journey

I met Mony and Alberto somewhere along my path, between a much-needed morning coffee and a yoga class. A run-in with an article in a magazine led me to first meeting them in their home, which then led to a series of serendipitous events that eventually brought me back to their doorstop, this time sharing heart-provoking conversation over tea and steeped perspective, then leaving with three precious gifts in my hands, their books I Am Happy, The Call: Whispers from Within and Walking for Peace, an Inner Journey. Mony Dojeiji and Alberto... | Continue reading article

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Match Preview: Fury look to extend streak against Minnesota

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Two clubs, both alike in dignity, In fair Ottawa, where we play our match, From expansion woes to become no ones pity, A righteous victory our heroes will snatch. From forth the footwork of these two foes To the field skillful strikers will take; Stout defences they intend to expose, Though Falvey and Alves dost a Furious shield make. To which if you, with passionate voice, should attend, A streak of 12, our toil shall strive to extend. [Enter OTTAWA FURY FC, of the Place of TD] -William Shakesp Josh... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Dominion City Brewing Company Turns 1!

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This weekend Dominion City Brewing Company will be celebrating its First Anniversary! Doesn’t it seem like the was a dearth of breweries in Ottawa but a few years ago? Now Ottawa and region is home to more than 20 breweries. To get noticed in an increasingly busy market, you have to offer something special. DCBC has been able to do just that. Through quality brews and great customer service, the brewery has been able to elevate its game and carve itself a nice niche in the Ottawa beer scene, while... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: eCelery brings the world to your doorstep (and your plate)

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Sample eCelery meals, photos from eCelery's TwitterSample eCelery meals, photos from eCelery's Twitter

Ottawa is a city rich in cultural diversity. If you need proof, look no further than the end of your fork. You want Thai? We’ve got Thai. You want Greek? Done. German? Indian? Japanese? There’s no limit. There is however the tricky question of finding authentic cuisine. One of the best ways to introduce yourself to a new culture is through its food: and you’re not really achieving that with pepperoni pizza or chicken balls. The door swings both ways, too: restaurateurs wanting to introduce you to their unique cultural... | Continue reading article

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“Northside Sucks”: A history of the Southsiders, Ottawa’s underdog football fan club

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The Southsiders section, photo from the RedBlacks Facebook pageThe Southsiders section, photo from the RedBlacks Facebook page

They’re the face paintin’, flag wavin’, hootin’ and hollerin’ fans on the Southside upper deck at RedBlacks games. You may have seen them. They’re called the Southsiders, and they’re a part of Ottawa football history. The Southsiders are, in essence, an Ottawa football fan club. Started in 1980 by Southsiders President for Life Byron Smith and his friend Brian Henry, the group was born during a time when the Rough Riders (a CFL team we used to have, for you wee millennials) were the only pro sports team in town.... | Continue reading article

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Life & history of Fab Four commemorated at Beatlefest

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Renowned photographer, John Rowlands, talks about his days photographing the Beatles. All photos by Terry Steeves.Renowned photographer, John Rowlands, talks about his days photographing the Beatles. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Fanatics, fans, collectors, and music lovers came out this past Sunday to celebrate the history and musical legacy of the Beatles on a gorgeous stretch of land known as Brylee Farm, located just outside Thurso, Quebec. The one-day inaugural event, entitled, Beatlefest At The Brylee, featured a well-rounded tribute to the Fab Four, which included four bands, a memorabilia marketplace and highly informative historical accounts through the lens of renowned photographer, John Rowlands, and through the music and stories sung and told by Liverpudlian, author, and Beatles aficionado, Phil Jenkins.... | Continue reading article

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