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Show Us Your .CA

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Do you have a .ca website? Would you like your site to get more exposure? If so, get excited because the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has a great contest for you. CIRA is inviting all .CA website holders to make a short video explaining why their website is the best, awesomest, most useful thing on the web. The grand prize winner will receive a MacBook Pro and be featured in a future .CA marketing campaign. A few rules: Video testimonials must be no longer than three minutes. Entrants are asked to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Round Up

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So we’ve had a lot of music posts this week, but only because this weekend has at least a dozen great opportunities for you to pick and choose from. If you’re in the mood for cooking up a delicious musical stew this weekend, start out with a bit of classical strings on Friday, add in a dash of surf punk rock, and end off with a tasty indie finish. What else can you load onto your social plate? (Yes, we’re going with a food theme this week – what can... | Continue reading article

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Adieu Winterlude! Pictures of the Urban Cozy Project

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This year, Winterlude was gone faster then a snow bank in Vancouver (oh snap!). While we generally don’t cover the well-known festival (which hardly needs plugging from lowly bloggerati such as ourselves) we were happy to showcase Spins and Needles terrific public art project. The Urban Cozy Project gave a little homey charm to suckuary February, showing off the City’s lesser-known zany side. Ottawa photographer and occasional Apt613 contributor Sarah Mercer got out to Confederation park a couple of days ago to snap these mementos of Winterlude 2010.

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Weekend round up

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So it’s the last weekend of that winter festival, but if you’re hankering to stick to indoor activities this weekend, there are a few to keep you occupied. Sadly, we’ve heard the Owen Pallett shows at the Blacksheep are all sold out, but have no fear – other music options abound. Tonight’s show at Raw Sugar with Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone is sure to be captivating – their unique collaborations and compositions will be introduced by the sweet sounds of The Silver Birch Society. Other music shows include the... | Continue reading article

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All roads lead to Victoire

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All roads, that is, that start with a D and end with “alhousie” or with a W and end with “ellington”… Yes, Ottawa’s favourite boutique has expanded out to the west end (I hear some faint echos of “finally” coming from Hintonburg!) to join the ever-expanding shops of West Wellington Village. Just like the gold rush entrepreneurs and intrepid pioneers of yore, the owners of Victoire have had their sight set on establishing a western location for a while. And now, as us westerners are wont to demand, the west... | Continue reading article

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Weekend round up

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I’m not sure if it’s just because it’s Valentine’s weekend, or Winterlude, or what – but this weekend is full of options. I’ll get the shameless self-promotion out of the way and then move to the other good stuff – you’ve probably heard about this little fundraiser happening on Sunday afternoon. Sure, it’s a bit risque for some, but it promises to be a great show with incredible food. We don’t usually cover Winterlude happenings because they get a ton of press all on their own – however, with Spins... | Continue reading article

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Chef Wars for Charity: Juniper takes on Ottawa!

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Ever since the Food Network imported Iron Chef from Japan, cooking is becoming more and more like a competitive sport. Just like their non-edible counterparts, culinary sports come in a wide variety of flavours. At the WWF end of the spectrum is the hot dog eating contests, in which ‘reversals’ does not mean a string unexpected of goals. Perhaps more to the taste of the tennis and golf set are events like Juniper Restaurant’s Dueling Chef’s Food and Wine Pairing Event Like a heavyweight on steroids, Juniper is challenging every... | Continue reading article

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What to do 'til Winterlude: Skate on the GG's Rink!

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Sure the canal is now open for skating, but did you know you can go to the governor general’s ice rink for better ice and a more intimate experience? Situated at Rideau Hall, the rink is open to all for free. There’s actually lots of history behind it, as the rink has been associated with the official residence since the time of Lord Dufferin, governor general of Canada from 1872 to 1878. Folks that have been say that it’s beautifully situated amongst the century-old pine trees on the site. There’s... | Continue reading article

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The Spirit of Rasputin's takes up residence at the Elmdale

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Written by Dan Arnott, a Spirit of Rasputin’s volunteer and participant. While the global, all-inclusive nature of the genre makes it hard to call any place a “folk music institution”, Rasputin’s on Bronson just might have qualified.  For 27 years, owner Dean Verger coaxed such names as Fred Eaglesmith, Lynn Miles, Stephen Fearing and Colin Linden through his doors, as well as countless performers from around the neighborhood who paid their dues at open stages or just played for the joy of it. In July 2008, a fire prompted the... | Continue reading article

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Winterlude Urban Cozy Project

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Winter in Ottawa gets so cold, it’s hard not to engage in a little pathetic fallacy and feel a sorry for the naked trees  and ice covered mail boxes. It sometimes seems as if the whole city needs a warm scarf and a cup of hot chocolate. That’s pretty much the idea behind the Urban Cozy Project, the brainchild of Spins and Needles in partnership with the NCC. Basically, crafters from Ottawa, Canada and around the world are invited to produce a cozy – a warm ‘cozy’ covering – through... | Continue reading article

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