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Apartment613 Talks: The Creative Capital? Ottawa’s top designers on how to stay creative in a government town

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Apartment613 is pleased to announce our latest project in a never-ending quest for world domination… Apartment613 Talks! We’re planning a series of lectures that will highlight themes and ideas that you’ve come to expect from Apartment613 – except we’ll be discussing them in real life (or IRL). For our first event on May 16 we’re taking on the creative capital. How close are we to being a truly creative Capital? This panel brings together three of Ottawa’s top designers and leaders of Ottawa-based design firms to talk about their experiences... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars Semi-Final: Centretown versus Hintonburg

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Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Show your support for your favourite Hood Wars contestant by picking up our special hood wars pins (pictured to the left), availible online soon! Congrats to Centertown, who won the semi-final with 52% of the vote. The Hintonburg vs Centertown semi-final is a tough touch call. On the one hand, sheer size of Centretown’s legions is enough to strike fear... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Governor General Awards, Mayfair woes, allergy season and more!

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The 20th anniversary of the Governor General Performing Arts Award were held at the NAC and yours truly got to attend. There was much pomp and circumstance to honour art philanthropist Earlaine Collins, concert pianist Janina Fialkowsk, dancer and choreographer Paul-André Fortier, theatre director Denis Marleau, director Deepa Metah, director, writer and composer Des McAnuff, the band Rush and comedienne Mary Walsh. I was particularly impressed by some of the short films produced by the NFB to honour the winners. While South Park creator, Matt Stone’s appearance to honour Rush... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars Boonies Conference: Almonte vs Gatineau

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Photos by The Webhamster and guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.Photos by The Webhamster and guidedbycthulhu on Flickr.

Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Show your support for your favourite Hood Wars contestant by heading down to Urban Craft this weekend to pick up our special hood wars pins (pictured to the left). In the Hood Wars context, ‘boonies’ is a nice word. Not only does it sound like ‘bunnies’, but it is our catch-all category to describe all the lovely places outside the downtown core or... | Continue reading article

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Neighbourhood Wars Eastern Conference: New Edinburgh versus Sandy Hill

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Photos courtesy of fieldtripp and kriscip on Flickr.Photos courtesy of fieldtripp and kriscip on Flickr.

Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Show your support for your favourite Hood Wars contestant by heading down to Urban Craft this weekend to pick up our special hood wars pins. Hood Wars’ Eastern conference is the first to feature two neighbourhoods that have not yet been battle tested. Last year there was a minor outcry that New Edinburgh did not make the Hood Wars line... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars Centre Conference: Centretown versus the Glebe

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Hood Wars, Apartment613′s annual navel-gazing hyper-local slug fest is well underway. As of the writing of this post the results of the Western Conference showdown between Chinatown and Hintonburg are still unknown. The second match up pits two giants against each other. The first is a giant in the literal sense: what Ottawan doesn’t have some connection to Centretown and the downtown core, be it work, play or just hanging out. The Glebe is a giant in a more metaphoric sense. Although lacking Centretown’s sheer number of potential supporters, it’s... | Continue reading article

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Flying away with profits: How Ogdenburg Airport is planning to lure Ottawa travelers

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Photo courtesy of Fernando Farfan.ca on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Fernando Farfan.ca on Flickr.

The $17-million expansion plan announced March 7, 2012 by the Ogdensburg Bridge and Port Authority to develop the Ogdensburg’s Airport rang a few alarm bells this past week. “If you plan on opening a new business in the Ogdensburg area, the cost is very cheap and being so close to the border does make it attractive,” said Martha Lee, Ottawa resident whose family owns a home in Ogdensburg, New York. Ogdensburg is right across the St. Lawrence Seaway from Prescott, a town located 100 km south of Ottawa. It is... | Continue reading article

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Remembering with Joshua Foer at the Ottawa Writer’s Fest

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Image courtesy of Rebecca Lazenby on Flickr.Image courtesy of Rebecca Lazenby on Flickr.

We all have memories we’d like to banish from the kingdom of our minds. If you can’t think of a special one right now, don’t worry, soon a certain scent will waft through the air, a genteel fingertip will brush by an earlobe or someone will snarl behind the bulge of a maple-cream donut and one of those memories will storm out unapologetically and obtrusively. Then you might think about how nice it would be to erase this memory from your mind forever, to eradicate it, to eternal-sunshine it. But,... | Continue reading article

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Hood Wars Western Conference: Hintonburg versus Chinatown

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Photos courtesy of C John Thompson and ekthornton on flickrPhotos courtesy of C John Thompson and ekthornton on flickr

Neighbourhood Wars is Apartment613′s yearly battle to determine which Ottawa neighbourhood can claim to be better than all others. The winner gets a year’s supply of glory and bragging rights. Its fitting that the first round of this year’s Hood Wars starts off with the two finalists from last year’s competition. Chinatown faces returning champion Hintonburg for a Rocky II-style rematch. Will the Hintonburg march once again to victory? Or will Chinatown rise to the challenge to the rousing beat of Eye of the Tiger? Read the pitches from our... | Continue reading article

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How walkable is Ottawa?

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When a pedestrian is struck in Ottawa, the news often hits Twitter first – then Walk Ottawa (@Ottwalk) is there to retweet it and spread the message. Lana Stewart from Walk Ottawa is trying to raise the profile of pedestrian issues in the city and get others involved with improving city streets for pedestrians. Lana says their site, ottawawalkingproblems.ca, has had almost 120 problems reported already. Problems include bad sidewalks, areas without crosswalks, accessibility issues and poorly timed pedestrian signals. The first FAQ on Ottawa Walking Problems is “Why bother?” which... | Continue reading article

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