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Voting is now open in the Apps 4 Ottawa contest

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We all know that it’s just a matter of time until Skynet takes control of the city and makes us all slaves in the robot army. I tend to take the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach… You now have an opportunity to embrace the growing role of machines in our lives with the apps 4 Ottawa contest at city hall. As part of its open data initiative, the city of Ottawa has been releasing sets of data in formats that allow machines to read it and developers... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Guide to getting a bike on the cheap.

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Post by Dev Marr Picking your first bike (or simply a replacement bike) can be a daunting task. If I hadn’t had help from a friend I wouldn’t have known where to start. In fact, even if I had known where to start, having a friend come along to give a second opinion is always a good idea. Lets face it, bikes can be expensive. Even lower end ‘Walmart’ bikes can cost upwards of $200. If you’re a full time student like myself and fall into the category that I... | Continue reading article

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urbanfête: A Paper Party!

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To some people, this admission will come as no surprise: I love paper. Not your everyday white 90lb 8.5 x11, but paper – printed, patterned, textured paper. I learned this love of all things pulp from a dear friend, who is also one of the best card makers I’ve ever met. She was the one who stumbled across urbanfête, Ottawa’s newest paper store. Owned by two friends who finally found their paths cross in the same metropolis, urbanfête has it all – beautiful paper, invitation services and – hopefully! –... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup

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So you’ve survived the crippling heat of this week’s soaring temperatures, and finally have enough energy again to actually move around without breaking into a sweat. What to do? If you discovered that your entire wardrobe was best suited for winter, head to the 3rd annual Love the Clothes, Hate the Cancer clothing swap. Or, if your kids are eager to get out on the town (or if you need to release your inner 5-year-old), the International Children’s Festival down at LeBreton Flats should suit. For those of you who... | Continue reading article

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Ravenswings Craft and Zine Fair

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The Ravensing Craft and Zine Fair has become an Ottawa Spring tradition. Every year, a group of eclectic artisans and artists converge on Minto Park (Elgin and Gilmour) to sell their wares, talk with other craftspeople and enjoy the (hopefully) beautiful weather. Don’t expect doilies and barbie doll toilet paper covers here; Ravenswing’s goods range from the hip (silkscreen t-shirt, local comic books), to the far out (journals made from cassette tape liners). Over the last few years the addition of a number of local bands has given the fair... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup

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Hey Ottawans – it’s May Day weekend! While we may not celebrate by dancing around a large pole with ribbons, there are still many ways to mark this occasion (and be thankful you’re not living in Calgary – at least for today). Do you remember seeing large groups of people on the street at this time last year, wandering around behind someone holding a little orange flag? No, it’s not a mass game of Follow the Leader – it’s Jane’s Walk, and it’s back again this weekend. Didn’t know that... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Writers Fest: a novel idea! (Plus, free tickets!)

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By long-time Ottawan Samantha Everts, who ended up out west for love but quickly came back to the city she truly adores. It’s that time of year again!  Yes, friends, April 22-27 is the time when dozens of brilliant writers crawl out of their offices and studies into the spotlight to answer their dear readers’ questions and offer insight into the writing life. The 13th annual Ottawa International Writers Festival promises to offer up a wide range of subjects, including fiction, non-fiction, film screenings (Naked Lunch, anyone?) and poetry, from... | Continue reading article

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Weekend round up

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You’ve got your days filled with scavenging for treasures – but how to fill your evenings this weekend? Well, Hawksley is coming to the Bronson Centre if you’re interested. (And you should be!) And the next installment of the Blackbox Concert Series is on Sunday, featuring guitar virtuoso Don Ross. Giant Hand will be taking the stage at Cafe Dekcuf, along with some good friends. If you want your music to have a distinct Spring theme, there’s Springfest on Saturday, just one show in a series of promising acts that... | Continue reading article

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Weekend round up

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So this long weekend is feeling awfully like the May two-four weekend – summer-like weather, open patios, lots of sunshine… If you don’t have the usual May camping trips organized, however, you’ll be fine: there’s still plenty to do out and about in Ottawa. First off: Ottawa Roller Derby is hosting Roller Disco on Saturday night – no need to bring your own skates, either. They’ve got plenty! For more heart rate-increasing fun, head on down for a dance party at Babylon’s FRENZY night, featuring DJs Bok Bok and Drastik.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend round up

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It’s been a busy week here on the blog – we’ve been posting like mad and had some great meetings with contributors. So while some of us here might just want to kick back, eat sushi and play Perudo, for those of you hankering to go out on the town, there’s plenty to do this weekend. First off, Ottawa’s largest antiquing event is happening down at Carleton. You might have to sift through a few boxes for that really great find, but it will be worth the $8 entry fee.... | Continue reading article

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