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

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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: Sacha K. About: Sacha is half Jewish on his dad’s side. He plays music and likes Ottawa more than most people. Hood: Centretown Complaint: People aren’t working hard enough to make sure other people belong. Businesses and people everywhere should just make it clear that you’re not racist, or homophobic or an... | Continue reading article

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