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Local collective takes action to offer free arts education to youth

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In 2012, the City of Ottawa released the Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture (2013-2018). One of the plan’s four key missions was to “invest in local culture and build cultural leadership.” Unfortunately, in the years since the strategy was published, the arts community has not seen the kind of advancements promised in the 2012 proposition. Though the base funding per year was increased in 2013 and 2014, and additional boosts are expected in the coming four years, the level of support from the City nowhere near matches... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s potential greatness lies in its creativity

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Photo by Mike Taylor (Apt613 Flickr pool)Photo by Mike Taylor (Apt613 Flickr pool)

Post by Kevin Bourne There has been a lot of debate lately about whether or not Ottawa is a great city.  On one side of the coin you have Andrew Cohen with his usual Ottawa-bashing pieces, while on the other side you have Paul Wells of Maclean’s who doesn’t share Cohen’s views on the city. After calling Toronto home for the first 29 years of my life, the past six years in Ottawa have frankly been the best years of my life.  Without my familiar surroundings, I found myself, my creativity... | Continue reading article

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New music venues: A few new reasons to leave your bed in 2016

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At House of Common, photo from the venue's Facebook page.At House of Common, photo from the venue's Facebook page.

2015 was a tough year for Ottawa’s music community. In July, Mugshots Jail Bar — a place near and dear to the hearts of many — closed amidst highly dubious circumstances, abruptly laying off all of its employees and prompting an ongoing lawsuit against the company’s upper management. In October, a catastrophic fire levelled the Daily Grind and a number of adjacent businesses, leaving several people homeless. In December, Raw Sugar, which took on many of the show bookings displaced by the closure of Mugshots, shuttered its doors for the... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa institution fundraises for new location

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All photos by Mariam Zohouri, from the Mellos Kickstarter launch party.All photos by Mariam Zohouri, from the Mellos Kickstarter launch party.

Warmth, family, simplicity, and burgers – these were the words repeated by the people who shared their stories with me at Mellos diner earlier this week. The event? A launch party for their Kickstarter campaign, which hopes to raise $60,000 to fund their move to a new location as their lease, up this month, will be granted to neighboring restaurant Ace Mercado. Nina Vacarro, Mellos’ manager, made it clear that the event wasn’t “a pity-party. We’ve never been a failing business, and tonight there are no strangers here. This was... | Continue reading article

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Black Friday and Green Future at Beau’s

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Black Friday is typically the kick-off of the holiday season. If you have a few craft beer lovers on your gift list, this might be a good chance to cross them off. Black Friday at Beau’s will feature 10+ Black Beers on tap (clever…)  as well as discounted merch, exclusive buys, food, music and Ottawa/Montreal bus rides to Vankleek Hill via Groupon. If you haven’t sampled the Best of Beau’s mix pack at the LCBO, you should be able to find those fan favourites at the bottleshop as well. That... | Continue reading article

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Spotlight on domestic violence in November’s “Shine the Light” campaign

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The Heritage Building at City Hall, lit up purple for last year's Shine the Light. Photo courtesy of OCTEVAW.The Heritage Building at City Hall, lit up purple for last year's Shine the Light. Photo courtesy of OCTEVAW.

Shoppers in the Wellington West area may notice a new violet trend adorning storefronts this month, with a number of businesses choosing to decorate their storefronts with the colour and hand out purple pamphlets throughout the month of November. The Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) is running their annual “Shine the Light” campaign aimed at promoting discussion of the impact of intimate partner violence on women. The campaign, which has taken place with the support of Elgin Street businesses for the last three years, is expanding to... | Continue reading article

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Helping patients obtain medicinal green cards

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Photos from the National Access Cannabis Facebook page. Right: NAC Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony with CEO Gulwant Bajwa and NAC member Shauna.Photos from the National Access Cannabis Facebook page. Right: NAC Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony with CEO Gulwant Bajwa and NAC member Shauna.

If you live or work in Ottawa’s trend-setting Hintonburg, chances are you’ve noticed the new addition to Wellington Street’s storefronts. National Access Cannabis (NAC), a BC-based company founded by former Public Servant Alex Abellan, recently opened its franchise doors this past July in the heart of Ottawa’s blooming Hipsterville.  The clean, haute-couture look, lined with an organic bamboo wood storefront sign is both inviting and surprising, given the negative stigma that is often associated with medicinal and recreational cannabis use. NAC’s mandate aims to do just that: deconstruct negative messaging... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Fury: Edmonton comes to Ottawa in potential all-Canadian playoff

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Mad Tom is on a mission.  The Eddies are in his way.  You don’t want to get in his way. In directly related news, Sunday is an Ottawa Fury FC gameday! FC Edmonton is undefeated in four games.  They’re on a three game winning streak.  They’re coming off a statement win on Sunday against the Spring Season champions New York Cosmos.  Most importantly, they’ve played their way into the the fourth and final NASL playoff spot. Good for them.  Now let’s look at how Fury FC is doing, shall we?... | 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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It’s official: Ottawa loves/hates the new Lansdowne

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Photo by Mike Gifford courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by Mike Gifford courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

Earlier this week we asked Apartment613 readers to offer their thoughts on the new Lansdowne development in the Glebe.  After receiving a lot of feedback via Twitter, on our Facebook page, and in the comments section on our blog site, we can conclude that Ottawa residents are engaged in a vigorous debate about the merits of this new urban site. For some, the renovated Lansdowne is wonderful.  “Love it, esp. the landscaping in the park,” says Destine Lord via Twitter.  “It looks great with a good variety of restaurants.  A great spot... | Continue reading article

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