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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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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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Write On Ottawa: Thrills on Ice, the tale of a figure skater’s climb out of darkness

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It’s hard to imagine a more Canadian novel than a romance featuring a professional figure skater and hockey player, set in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Aurelia Osborne delivers a compelling portrait of Susanna Miles’s struggle to reclaim her life as well as her career in Thrills on Ice. Susanna returns to Winnipeg at the urging of her controlling mother-manager after a potentially career-ending injury. She meets Lucas Crawford, a professional hockey player, as well as his sister, Ava, both of whom encourage her to get back to living her life and help her to rediscover... | 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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It’s official: Ottawa loves/hates the new Lansdowne

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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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Is the new Lansdowne complex a boon or a bust?

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The new Lansdowne complex in the Glebe is pretty much complete.  While there are still some restaurants that have not opened yet, for the most part the urban village that was long promised to Ottawa residents is now up and running. But has it been a success?  If you are a glass half-full type of person you can focus on some of the great restaurants, like LOCAL Public Eatery and Joey Lansdowne, interesting events (e.g. a winter beer festival, the Women’s World Cup, modern circus acts, etc.) and – in a reverse Joni... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Libraries on Wheels

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The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile.  Photo by SimonP from Wikimedia Commons.The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile. Photo by SimonP from Wikimedia Commons.

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. In North America, we’re very lucky that in many communities, we live close to a branch of the local public library. According to Pew Research, most Americans live 5 miles or less to their local library. But most doesn’t mean all, and how do you reach people who can’t access a local branch easily? At... | Continue reading article

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Lots O’ Tacos at Taco Fest

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Whoever first said “you can’t have too much of a good thing” might very well have been talking about tacos. I can’t say for certain but what is for sure is that if you’re a taco fan there’s a festival just for you. At the second annual Ottawa Taco Fest you can taste tacos from the city’s most creative chefs gathered under one roof to showcase their fresh takes on an all-time favourite. From the bright, punchy flavours of Taqueria Kukulkan to the Angry Dragonz’ Asian fusion creations, the fest promises surprising flavour pairings, innovative... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Dragon fables for all ages

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An illustration by Shirley MacKenzie from The Laughing Princess.An illustration by Shirley MacKenzie from The Laughing Princess.

Seymour Hamilton writes the kind of children’s stories that he would have wanted to read as a child. These stories, such as The Laughing Princess, are those of adventure, and self-discovery and they’re stories written to sound lyrical when read aloud. In fact, Hamilton believes so strongly in the value of listening to books read aloud that he has recorded The Laughing Princess and made it available for free on his website. The Laughing Princess is a collection of stories about dragons. Within the book, the stories are told to... | Continue reading article

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