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Gas Light Electric’s handmade marquee signs light up the city

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A custom sign by Gas Light Electric.  All photos by Meg Marshall.A custom sign by Gas Light Electric. All photos by Meg Marshall.

Marquee signs are making a comeback, and you don’t need to travel back in time to get your own. If you drive half an hour west of the city, you will reach Gas Light Electric, run by Scott Adamson. His work can be found all over town. The “C-O-F-F-E-E” sign at Equator Coffee, which I mentioned in my previous Apt613 article about the cafe, the “N-A-M-A-S-T-E” sign at Yogatown and the Union 11 sign are all examples of his bright and fun work. And the best thing about these pieces of art is that they... | Continue reading article

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Darling Yes, what vintage charm!

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Carly Smith of Darling YesCarly Smith of Darling Yes

Carly Smith of Darling Yes has made a splash in the Ottawa handmade community. Darling Yes is a homegrown business, selling jewelry and hand-drawn art creations crafted in Smith’s home workshop. I had the chance to interview Smith about the building of her brand, her designs, and if she had any advice for those looking to create a business of their own! Apt613: Tell me a little about yourself! My name is Carly and I’m the owner and designer of Darling Yes. I have a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Adam Saikaley performs at CUAG as part of Good Afternoon. Photo by Sacha Vreca.Adam Saikaley performs at CUAG as part of Good Afternoon. Photo by Sacha Vreca.

The weekend is here, the weather is great, and there are a whole lot of awesome things happening in the city – it’s good news, all around. There is a vernissage happening for Graphis, tonight at Studio Sixty Six. This is a great opportunity to check out some of the work of our local graphic designers; Daniel Moisan of Animal Haus, Pascal Huot & Isaac Vallentin of LOG Creative Bureau, and Ben van Duyvendyk. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the 70th anniversary of the Canadian Tulip Festival, taking place in... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair

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Photo by Sapling \ Seedling Bindery, from the Ravenswing Ottawa Tumblr page.Photo by Sapling \ Seedling Bindery, from the Ravenswing Ottawa Tumblr page.

Given that the Ravenswing Arts + Music Fair is held this time of year, we’ve decided to do something a little different with Ottawa Creatives this month and focus it on this great community. The fair features a market of local artisans and zinesters, live music performances, and skill-sharing workshops. They are also partnered with the Clothesline Project, an art exhibit which brings awareness to the issue of violence against women and children. The idea for Ravenswing was born out of co-director Sean Zio’s search to find local events where... | Continue reading article

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Treasure hunters having a blast at Antique & Vintage Market

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Sixties Dresses? A swivel chair from the 50′s? Artwork from the forties? Check, check and check! Treasure hunters of all ages were having a blast swooning and admiring all of the different things that were available for sale at the semi-annual Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market. It was held indoors at the Carleton University Fieldhouse, however with the astroturf footing, bright lighting and spacious high ceilings, it resembled being outdoors at a market. There was a steady stream of visitors at the entrance all afternoon on Saturday. Vendors from all... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for March 9, 2015

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Photo from the Covet & Co. Facebook page.Photo from the Covet & Co. Facebook page.

This week on Apt613 Live we’ve got an interview with Julie Gauthier from Covet &Co.  Officially the boutique’s grand opening is in May, but in the meantime they’re introducing themselves and their love for paper-based salutations (remember the world pre-texting?) by offering Letterpress workshops each weekend in March.  We sat down and chatted about the boutique, the lost art of the handwritten letter and the benefit of rolling up your sleeves and learning to do some things for yourself. Music from Jon Hynes, John Jacob Magistery, The Tourist Company and... | Continue reading article

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High Tide Bow Ties taking one challenge at a time

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All photos from the High Tide Bow Ties website.All photos from the High Tide Bow Ties website.

So there I am shopping in Fabrications, a must-visit fabric shop on Wellington Street West, when I overhear a conversation. A fellow who I’d noticed scouring the shelves and pulling out fabric bolts is now talking with the owner. Apparently he has a business here in Ottawa with his buddy selling bow ties through their online store. They call themselves High Tide Bow Ties. “You should reach out to Apartment613” suggests the owner of Fabrications. At which point I say hello, and, “Cloth bow ties? I’d love to write a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and there’s much happening about, with so much going on, do get out of the house… For all you creative-types, Spins & Needles hosting Holi-DIY & DJ Party at Pressed this Thursday night. Come out and enjoy some funk, techno, and house beats spun by local DJs Jason Skilz, D-Mass, and Grumpy B and create some holiday themed creations. All supplies are included within the 10$ cover to the event. Follow up the funk with some new wave music at New Wave night at OZ... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Originals ticket giveaway

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Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa, we really should have seen this coming after yesterday’s storm warning about the Dec 10th snowfall. Now, I know how tempting it is to shake down the nearest grocery store for all the egg nog they have in stock and take to the couch until it all goes away, but you would be missing out on incredible activities this weekend like Shopify’s Makers Market, Maxwell’s Bistro Strip Cheese III: Return of the Cheese Burlesque show, or the Berdy Elegance Networking Event for fashionable men. Let’s start with Friday. ‘Makers... | Continue reading article

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Support Local – Stittsville edition

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Photo from The Covered Bridge Brewing Company Facebook page.Photo from The Covered Bridge Brewing Company Facebook page.

Post by Glen Gower, Owner & Editor of Ottawa Start. On December 6, over 20 shops, restaurants and services in Stittsville are teaming up to promote “Support Local Stittsville”.  It’s a day to encourage residents from inside and outside of the village to discover the range of unique local businesses in the area. Each of the participating businesses are pooling resources to cross-promote each other’s services on Saturday.  Many are also offering special deals and discounts. Stittsville’s right in the middle of a big change.  For decades it was a... | Continue reading article

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