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Pan-Am Cup brings volleyball powerhouses to Gatineau

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. By Vera Grbic When I think of Apt613, I think of all things cultural. Sports do not come immediately to mind. However, as a long-standing culture and sports enthusiast, I think the two should more often coalesce. Then I realize that there may be a reason for the separation, at least in Canada. Much of our sporting focus is on hockey, “Canada’s game”. While I’m not arguing that hockey is played by only one specific cultural segment of Canada’s population – in fact, the wonderful thing... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush: Mélanie & Steven

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Post by Dominic and Nancy Having just returned after a month of travel (many apologies for the lull in posts), I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of home.  What is that unidentifiable quality that makes a house or apartment feel like a home, even to a stranger?  Whatever it is, Mélanie & Steven have managed to harness that quality in their fresh, cheerful, and above all, homey-feeling New Edinburgh abode.  Favoring a clean and simple design vibe, Mélanie and Steven resist falling into minimalist... | Continue reading article

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The great Apt613 t-shirt design contest! Inciting sectarian conflict since 2011

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If there’s one thing we learned in this year’s March Madness Neighborhood Wars, it’s that Ottawa’s appearance of unity is just a polite facade covering deep-seated sectarian divisions. Some of these are geographical: members of the Hintonburg Army will turn at the drop of a hat to verbally savage what it views to be weaker neighbourhoods, while residents of superpower Centretown lazily assume their cultural hegemony will last forever. Other divisions revolve around food: there are some who will tear you a new one for doubting that Hintonburger makes the... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb: Where should I go to catch Game 7?

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. We got this tweet from hockey fan @nskbelanger earlier today: @apartment613 what’s the word on good places to watch game 7 in otown? As a Canucks supporter still reeling from... | Continue reading article

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I just want to f**k you over: One Ottawa designer’s allegations against Urban Outfitters

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If you take photos, design logos or posters, draw webcomics – essentially, put your creativity out there online for the world to see – you’ll probably wince when you read about what happened recently to graphic designer Steve St. Pierre. Last week, I chatted with St. Pierre for a story I was writing for online Ottawa news site OpenFile. (Full disclaimer: When I’m not a mild-mannered arts-and-culture blogger for Apartment613, I take on a secret identity: mild-mannered OpenFile reporter.) St. Pierre – who’s also a member of local band Old... | Continue reading article

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More fashion, less victim: BumpIt or dump it, expiration and trip preparation

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Jes Lacasse is a wardrobe consultant who knows style. She grew up absorbing Vogue, studied costume design and fashion history, and thinks about clothes all the time. Jes does personal styling and shopping for private clients and dabbles in lifestyle design. If you have questions about fashion, she wants to answer them — please e-mail her at jes.lacasse@gmail.com. Your Sweet Bippy is where she blogs about style, shopping, cosmetics and self-love. She is also known to obsess over clothes on Twitter. Hello darlings! I hope you’ve been taking the time... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Planning your weekend fun since January 2010

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Hey Ottawans, looking to get into some trouble this weekend? Good thing you’ve ended up at the Weekend Roundup, then,  where we’re unloading a bunch of mint condition troublemaking possibilities at bargain-basement prices. No good offer will be refused! (Sorry, I’m still in Great Glebe Garage Sale mode, apparently.) It takes a certain bravado to be able to stare down your own mortality, but that’s Karl Goerzen for you. The Ottawa artist, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2010 and given two months to live, is hosting Not Dead... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb*: Where can my puppy go for a swim?

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A question came to us from @amelie_danger on twitter: please RT!! Where are all of the dog friendly swimming holes? This seems like a case for the interweb! Do any of you have some suggestions for dog-friendly swimming holes your four legged friend can go to beat the heat? The Ottawa Dog Blog fielded this question a year ago, so there’s another possible Web resource. However, since this also seems a case for the city’s Seasonal Recreation Office, we got in touch with them by phone as well. A call... | Continue reading article

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What’s all the COmotion about? Spins and Needles hosts collaborative stop motion project

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Spins and Needles, the people behind the music-fueled crafternoons that have become a standby of the Ottawa scene, are making a move towards becoming enablers of collaborative art. Winterlude 2010 saw their urban cozy project, a large scale art project where crafted cozies from across Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, Africa and the US were wrapped around various poles and plants around the city. This time around, the S&N crew are collaborating with artist A. Megan Turnbull to make a stop motion master piece, and they want you on board.... | Continue reading article

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For the love of fashion and innovation: meet the folks behind the Deckster

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A friend of mine is currently working on a documentary on Ottawa’s creative side. After meeting with Dom Coballe last week, I’m convinced he should be featured in this documentary. Coballe and his partner Chrystale have a mind for the chic, retro and cool. Their most recent creation is the Deckster, a high end time piece that fits with the iPod nano. Coballe explains that about a decade ago, he and his partner were thinking of leaving town, maybe returning to Montreal or Toronto, where they had both lived individually.... | Continue reading article

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