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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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"Rideau Falls at Dusk", photo by flickr user Alan Wainwright, from the Apt613 flickr pool"Rideau Falls at Dusk", photo by flickr user Alan Wainwright, from the Apt613 flickr pool

The first weekend of September is upon us, and with it the schools mercifully take back the children and the rest of the city amps up their enthusiasm for complaining about the impending weather. There’s lots of art and music to take in this weekend, with some mini festivals and comedy to balance things out. All weekend long, PDA Projects has Coalesce at the St. Patricks Building on the Carleton Campus. Curated by Jacklyn Meloche, this performance art mini-festival runs from Sept 3-6th. This is also the last weekend to... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Lili

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Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Lili About: Lili is an engineer. She doesn’t live in Chinatown, but is here to visit her mom. Hood: Chinatown. I met up with Lili on Somerset Street, a stone’s throw away from the Chinatown Royal Arch. Complaint: It’s hard to find parking in Chinatown. Compliment: Lili loves to have Chinese food here, but... | Continue reading article

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613Flea joins Ottawa’s market circuit

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All photos courtesy of Catherine Knoll.All photos courtesy of Catherine Knoll.

613Flea is a new addition to Ottawa’s thriving arts and crafts market circuit. Taking advantage of the new space provided by the Lansdowne Park development, 613Flea will be taking place on select Saturdays in September and October from 10am-4pm. Apt613 had the chance to speak with Catherine Knoll, the Market Manager for 613Flea. We talked about the benefits of flea markets for artists and for buyers, as well as what 613Flea will be bringing to the flea market game. The following interview was edited for clarity. Apt613: Tell me about... | Continue reading article

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Project SoundCheck hopes to prevent sexual assault at festivals

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Kira-Lynn has been an activist her whole life and part of the local music scene for nearly as long. In high school she worked the door at shows or sold merch for her friends’ bands. Eventually she began performing herself. Throughout the years she noticed that at these shows, women were often made to feel uncomfortable, whether due to harassment from men or overt sexism that went unchecked. Given her activist roots, Kira-Lynn was immediately drawn to a recently established project aimed at addressing these issues present within Ottawa’s music... | Continue reading article

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Cityfolk presents #Marvest2015: A local music harvest

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The Aberdeen Pavilion, along with various sites throughout the Glebe, will be the site of some Marvest shows.  Photo from the Apt613 pool by flickr user Lazy_ArtistThe Aberdeen Pavilion, along with various sites throughout the Glebe, will be the site of some Marvest shows. Photo from the Apt613 pool by flickr user Lazy_Artist

Ottawa’s CityFolk Festival team are stepping it up a notch this year not only with the move to the massive and centally located Lansdowne Park, but also with the addition of an exciting off-shoot series of performances called Marvest. Marvest, as the name implies, is a musical harvest of world-class talent plucked from our very own garden of local performers. Working in conjunction with the Glebe BIA, 60 local bands will be featured in shops and venues along Bank Street and on the three stages inside the Aberdeen Pavilion on... | Continue reading article

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Flying arrows with ‘marshmallow’ tips: Archery Tag comes to Ottawa

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All photos by Kenneth Ingram.  Left: Archery Tag co-founders Ramsay Jackson, Qi Hu, and Brian Seto. Right: Qi Hu demonstrates technique.All photos by Kenneth Ingram. Left: Archery Tag co-founders Ramsay Jackson, Qi Hu, and Brian Seto. Right: Qi Hu demonstrates technique.

Apt613 was invited to Archery Games, a new recreational facility that celebrates its grand opening in Ottawa this weekend. Inspired (in part) by dodgeball and paintball, the sport is guaranteed to make you sweat and won’t hurt if when you get hit. Standing outside an 8,000 square foot arena before game time, Ramsay Jackson focuses on a foam target in the distance as he shows how to load and shoot “marshmallow tipped” arrows. “Hold the bow with your non-dominant hand and avoid chicken wing arms,” he says, raising his elbow... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Fellowship: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Tyrin

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Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Tyrin Kelly About: Tyrin is 18 years old. He works at Tim Horton’s and plays music. In September, he’ll study Journalism in university. Hood: I met up with Tyrin in Centretown, by the Herb & Spice. He was grabbing a bite to eat after his band practice. Check out his band, Weed Mom,... | Continue reading article

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Find out what Ottawa’s making at Makerspace North’s Open House

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Makerspace North will be marking its official opening this Saturday with what can only be described as a carnival for crafty-type people. Its open house will be a showcase for many of the multi-talented individuals that call Ottawa home and will feature activities and amusements for all ages. It’s a chance to see what cool companies will soon be causing a buzz in our city. From 10am to 4pm on the 22nd, the city’s maker community will be out in full force, filling the 19,000 square foot space within City... | Continue reading article

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BRAIDS to bring open, honest show to #ARB2015

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BRAIDS. Photo by Landon Spears.BRAIDS. Photo by Landon Spears.

Montreal-based art pop band BRAIDS will be headlining Arboretum Festival this Friday night, playing songs from their most recent album, Deep in the Iris, which was released in April. Apartment613 talked with drummer Austin Tufts ahead of the festival, and he said the show they’re bringing to Ottawa has been some of the most fun the band’s ever had playing their songs live. BRAIDS is made up of lead singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston, bassist/guitarist Taylor Smith, and Tufts. The band just returned from three and a half months on the road... | Continue reading article

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EcoEquitable launches new fashion line

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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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