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Apartment Crush: Auntie Loo edition

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Post by Dominic and Nancy This week’s post includes two things I really like: sweet treats and super nice gals. Mandi – also known as Auntie Loo from Auntie Loo’s Vegan Bakery – graciously invited Nancy and I to tour her place in a fascinating 1930s hotel-turned-apartment building. Mandi was really welcoming, making us feel at home and letting us explore her space. Having seen her fun and lively bakery, we were surprised to find a completely different vibe in Mandi and Chris’ apartment. Minimal yet... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: things to do around O-town

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These successive rain days have successfully seemed to put a damper on the city – the smallest glimpse of sun seems to get everyone excited. So take advantage of the hot, hot rays this weekend and get out to discover more about your neighbourhood. The yearly Jane’s Walk festival is on Saturday and Sunday, so you’ve got no excuses for staying holed up inside! Unless, of course, you’re at one of the music shows we’ve got lined up. With Kelp Record’s 17th birthday bash (they’re almost legal voting age!) happening... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: things to do in Ottawa

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Let’s get right to it, Ottawa! Start your pre-weekend off right and head to Raw Sugar to see Zac Crouse and Steve Gates tonight – or head over to Mavericks to see Maybe Smith (who will hopefully come back to town again and again). For Friday, if you’ve been missing the early ’90s of late (and who doesn’t from time to time?), the Allrights will happily fill that void for you. Library Voices and Luke Doucet will compete for Prairie Scene audiences on Friday night, while Right by Midnight and... | Continue reading article

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Dust on the Throttle: Crazy ladies take on the Mongol Rally

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Post by Kim Bosch The Mongol Rally: a 10,000 mile drive from central UK to Ulan Bator, Mongolia. This ain’t no jaunty ride along the trans-Canadian highway. The journey (whichever way you choose to undertake it) tackles some of the most massive mountains, desolate deserts and heinous “roads” in the world. Which might leave you asking: What kind of nut-jobs would participate in such a thing? Enter Danica Doucette-Preville, a public servant and Ottawa gal, who first stumbled on the idea to participate after seeing the rally’s finish line during... | Continue reading article

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I challenge you! Duelling Chefs 2011

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By Chris Cline and Yasmin Nissim This Monday night local chefs will ‘meat’ their match in a head to head, high-‘steaks’ cook-off extravaganza! The Duelling Chefs return for a second year to entice attendees with fast-paced culinary creations from some of Ottawa’s top gastronomic gurus. Last year, Juniper Wine Bar and Kitchen launched the first ever Duelling Chefs competition, intended to bring together top chefs from around Ottawa to compete in some friendly competition and raise money for local charities. This year, Juniper returns again with 10 new challengers set... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in YOW!

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I may be biased, but I think our city has one of the best airport codes – which naturally is why the name of this unconference tonight is so great. And the content will be, too! Also tonight? Danko Jones down at the Capital Music Hall – some serious rockin’ will go down there. On Friday, Julie Doiron hits the stage at Mavericks and Rich Aucoin takes on Cafe Dekcuf, while Babylon celebrates one year of its dancing FRENZY. Following owner Eugene Haslam’s stroke in December, Zaphod’s has decided to... | Continue reading article

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Attention craftsters: Get creative with CPAWS-OV and Wabi Sabi for Earth Day 2011

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Post by Allison The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-OV) is teaming up with Wabi Sabi to get crafty for Earth Day 2011. To raise awareness about wildlife and wilderness in Ontario (and the need to protect it!), CPAWS-OV and Wabi Sabi are inviting volunteers to knit, crochet, felt, sew, or weave some woodland critters and plants to create a nature scene for Wabi Sabi’s window display. The display will show off these creations from April 1-22 at Wabi Sabi (1078 Wellington St), and an... | Continue reading article

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The Lab: Inventing the perfect play at undercurrents

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Andrea Grant is a volunteer facilitator for The Lab, and she is looking forward to colLABorating with Apt613 readers before and in-between undercurrents shows. If you led a theatre company, how would you design the perfect play? Is it even possible to create such a “perfect play”? If so, how could you incorporate a whack load of toilet paper rolls? These are some of the questions that seeded the growth of The Lab – an interactive theatre project, taking place alongside the undercurrents theatre festival at the GCTC. Every evening... | Continue reading article

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Wed By Hand returns – plus, win free tickets!

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Head to the end of the post to discover how you and your sweetheart (or your best person) can win two free tickets to the Wed By Hand show! While the weather outside may crush any dreams of summer sunshine and fragrant bouquets, there’s a chance for a sneak preview of the summer wedding season to come on Feb. 6 down at the Glebe Community Centre. Wed By Hand, the DIY wedding show, has returned due to popular demand – and this year, they’re going bigger and better. Similar to... | Continue reading article

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Vote now for your favourite: the 72-hour film challenge

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If the Ottawa International Film Festival’s 72-Hour Film Challenge was a blog post, it might look a little somethin’ like this: “Hey, it’s Ryder!” proclaimed a voice in the nerd crowd at an Ottawa IT Fashion Week soirée. At the sound of his distinctive southern drawl, I jumped up immediately, surprised that my friend was home early from Taiwan. In my excitement, I sent a nearby display of hockey sticks crashing down on my lovely companion. Usually a well-behaved public relations film enthusiast, she screamed from the bottom of the... | Continue reading article

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