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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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Holiday craft show roundup 2013

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Linocut greeting cards from MakerJane. Photo by Robin Sidhu of Urban Craft.Linocut greeting cards from MakerJane. Photo by Robin Sidhu of Urban Craft.

The holiday season is packed full of craft shows–so many that you could hit one up every Saturday and Sunday from now until Christmas! Krista Leben, coordinator and co-founder of Urban Craft, has once again put together a curated guide of indie shows for you to hit up: the shows here feature hip handmade stuff that you (and everyone on your list) will love! Glebe Artisan & Craft Fair November 15, 16 & 17 Friday: 6-9pm, Saturday: 9am-3pm, Sunday: 10am-3pm Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue This show is a... | Continue reading article

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Support Local showcase: Twiss & Weber

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For Laura Twiss and Tonia Weber, the heart of Ottawa is the city’s small businesses. “Small business is your neighbourhood. It’s where your postal deliverer walks the beat, it’s where your dry cleaner gets his coffee, it’s where you walk and talk and engage,” says Twiss. And these two Ottawans’ small business is growing. Twiss and Weber met in 2009 after Laura Twiss admired Tonia Weber’s homemade sweater.  They have their own line of clothing, which they design collaboratively, and they now also have a boutique where they sell their... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Soak up the summer-like weather while you can, Ottawa – the leaves, they are a-changin’. If you want to be outside as much as possible, run around the city for Nuit Blanche all Saturday night. There will be art, music, crafts, beer – and it is all (mostly) free! In the market, Victoire Boutique to host Behind the Seams, a “slow fashion” performance, China Doll will throw a Crafts & Drafts party,  DJs Hobo and Sweetcheeks will host the A/V Room at Brixton’s, and there will be much more! In the music world,... | Continue reading article

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The 3rd Annual Ottawa Zine-Off!

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Photo by ErinLangNorris/Yellow Canoe on flickr.Photo by ErinLangNorris/Yellow Canoe on flickr.

What started out as a backyard get-together for friends has evolved into a public event where a hodge-podge of Ottawa’s arts communities can mix and mingle.  Described as a “self-enforced communal deadline” the third Ottawa Zine-Off! on September 11th is a great way to get some self-exposure, do some trading and make connections with fellow creators.  I had the chance to talk with the organizers, JM Francheteau and Maxx Critical, about their experiences as zinesters here in Ottawa.  Below is a transcript of an email interview edited for length and... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + giveaway!

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Photo courtesy of Autumns Cannon.Photo courtesy of Autumns Cannon.

So Bjork is stopping by for a visit, if you haven’t heard – her first time in the country in 11 years. If she’s not your cup of tea, perhaps an actual cup of tea is? Bad jokes aside, this weekend has a few hidden activity gems. Roller Derby Saved My Soul, a light, fun theatre production, is playing one night only at Arts Court (we’ve got a ticket giveaway below!). Cyclists can get out for a 20km scavenger hunt and bike rally with a few friends, competing for some great... | Continue reading article

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A Ravenswing 2013 retrospective

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Photo courtesy of Adria May on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Adria May on Flickr.

Ravenswing stands out as being one of the more interesting, fun, and accessible grassroots creative events in Ottawa. I went last Sunday, May 26, and there were zines, live music, as well as Do it Yourself (DIY) arts and crafts vendors offering quality stuff. The event had gotten bigger and more bustling than years past. The diversity of participants of all generations and interests, as well as a group of passionate and dedicated volunteers gave the event an incredible energy. “Ravenswing is a labour of love.” said co-Director Lauren Potosky,... | Continue reading article

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Support your local makers: Idle Hands returns this Sunday

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Handmade with love, at Idle Hands this weekendHandmade with love, at Idle Hands this weekend

Post by Steven Artelle The dust has barely settled along Somerset, and the rhythms of Chinatown Remixed are still ringing in our ears—you would think this would be the ideal moment for one of the event’s curators to take a well-deserved breather. But Jennifer Stone, who helped transform the Daily Grind Café into an anthropomorphic wonderland only days ago, already is moving on to her next feat of curatorial innovation, as she conjures up the spring edition of the Idle Hands Craft Sale. Billed as “something for everyone naughty or... | Continue reading article

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Best funky boutiques in Ottawa

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Enjoy hunting for curious and one-of-a-kind wonders? Apt613 has bravely wandered the city streets in search of the cute, the funky, and the truly bizarre in order to help kick-start your spring shopping adventures. These “best” boutiques were chosen for their pleasant vibe and unique offerings that won’t burn too large of a hole in your pocket. Please tell us about your favourite shops in the comments section. 1. Wunderkammer (238 Dalhousie St.)Wunderkammer is like a museum of the strange and beautiful. The main attraction might be the jewelry, but it also offers... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Treasure hunters are going to have a heyday this weekend – but they’ll need some wicked transportation to do it. Start Saturday morning, bright and early, down in the Glebe for the annual neighbourhood garage sale – there’s the green version as well, with music and treats. Sons of Pluto will also be playing at the corner of First and Bronson, raising funds for friends headed to Kenya. Then, head out west for Hintonburg ArtsPark down on Parkdale, where CBC’s Ryan Gibson will host a day of music, food, fun... | Continue reading article

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