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New boutique will help EcoEquitable better serve Ottawa

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Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and  Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.

A local social enterprise is hoping to broaden its capacity while better serving the community through a brand new boutique. For twelve years, EcoEquitable has provided employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. While participants develop valuable skills to achieve financial independence, a huge amount of what would have been waste gets repurposed through the program. Last Thursday, the organization opened the doors of its new space to show off a new boutique that will feature creations generated by the program. I had the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway

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Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.Photo of the Yips, courtesy of Ming Wu.

The weekend’s almost upon us and Winterlude is in full swing. You might want to save your mandatory stop to look at the pretty sculptures for Sunday, because the weekend is chalk full with fun things to do. Start your Thursday evening early at the Ottawa Art Gallery with the dual exhibit of David R. Harper & Rémi Thériault and Painters Eleven. Thériault’s exhibition consists of a series of large colour photographs on the physical transformation of European sites where Canadian armies fought in WWI. Harper’s exhibit “Entre chien et... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Another beautiful winter weekend, folks. Head out sledding on some of the best hills, or strap on your skates for a bit of a glide. Or, stay cozy inside with any of these exciting activities… Kick off your weekend tonight with Tara Holloway at the Lunenburg Pub, playing her trusty guitar. Toronto indie rocker Brendan Canning stops by Zaphod’s on Friday, playing the early stage with The Gallop. Kitchen Party guarantees to be an awesome sweaty dance-a-thon, as always. The Tiny House Mansion Concert series is back, this time celebrating... | Continue reading article

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Townies invited to Wakefield’s 1st winter market – celebration of community & old world charm

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Image by Carrie Rodger Bradley.Image by Carrie Rodger Bradley.

Inspired by the quaint winter markets still popular across Europe, Wakefielder Jackie Hansen proposed that her village launch one of their own. This Saturday, that community will welcome revelers from across the Outaouais and NCR to celebrate the season at the Wakefield Christmas Market. I got a chance to ask Jackie what’s in store and what it’s about. “We are so excited to start this new holiday tradition! I wanted to create an event that I’d want to go to.” Billed as family-friendly, the new market – just a 30-minute... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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There’s plenty to keep you going this weekend, whether you want to find unique gifts or get one of your own. Craft shows continue, with Craftalicious and the Hub Market on Saturday and the Chinatown Craftwalk on Sunday afternoon. The Enriched Bread Artists are mixing it up with an 80s dance party and an art sale featuring photographs, textiles, prints and more. Get your share of foodies delights at the Holiday Locavore Artisan Food Fair, happening all day Saturday. And you can make your own gifts with the Make and... | Continue reading article

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Say ‘yes to the dress’ at The Handmade Bride

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Photo by Jonathan Kuhn Photography.Photo by Jonathan Kuhn Photography.

Every woman knows that they are supposed to have “the feeling” when they find their dress. That Say Yes to the Dress heart dropping moment. The Handmade Bride seems to have that feeling flowing from their walls because the moment you step inside you just can’t stop smiling. This indie New Edinburgh wedding shop is on a mission to inspire you to customize your wedding. From corner to corner, the boutique is like no other wedding spot; boasting eclectic bright bow ties, highlighter crinoline skirts and bold graphic stationary squeezed... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do + ticket giveaway

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This weekend, we’ve got a musical shattering blonde stereotypes, a festival dedicated to all things steeped, and a night celebrating all things Africa. We’re also giving away tickets to a show at Raw Sugar – read on for more details! Support Local month continues, with the latest installment of Apt613 Talks tonight down at Shopify. Ever wondered when you’ll be able to start printing off replacement car parts or create a perfect replica of your pet? It might be sooner than you think – our panelists will discuss the future... | Continue reading article

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Support Local showcase: Ottawa fabric + DIY kid’s tie

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Ottawa street scene screenprinted fabric by Gabe of Political Circus.Ottawa street scene screenprinted fabric by Gabe of Political Circus.

Gabe from Political Circus has struck again with her crazy creativity – this year for Support Local month, she’s come up with an Ottawa street scene fabric, screen printed on fat quarters (about a quarter of a square metre). While the fabric is beautiful enough to frame, there are a bunch of ways to get even more creative with it. At Fabrications, where the fabric is available for the month of November, you’ll see table runners and pillows all set to add to your Ottawa home. On a rainy Saturday... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Talks! 3D printing: The democratization of production

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New technology is changing the way that we produce and prototype goods. 3D printers have inspired a new generation of crafters, makers and hackers taking charge of their own production in new and creative ways. This panel will bring together Ottawans thinking about how technology is changing the way we make goods and what this might mean for our local culture and economy.  You can register online here! Our panelists are Dominic Coballe, N-Product; Alëna Iouguina and Anthony Dewar, Ecotonos Design and Manufacturing Co-founders;  and Luc Lalande, maker movement advocate @LucLalande! Doors open at 7pm at the Shopify... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Political Circus

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Justin Trudeau finger puppet. Photo by Travis Boisvenue.Justin Trudeau finger puppet. Photo by Travis Boisvenue.

In honor of support local month, I had the chance to interview local artist Gabe Thirlwall who is the founder of The Political Circus. Her set of political finger puppets has quickly gained popularity amongst local artists and politicians themselves, a project that Gabe started in 2009. Apartment613: I know you mentioned on your blog that Political Circus came about because you wanted to showcase how Ottawa is not the sleeper city people think it to be. What else inspired you to come up with such a unique project? What... | Continue reading article

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