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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… raptor riding a whale? Winged Beast Outfitters isn’t your typical t-shirt company

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The clothing we wear isn’t just clothing. It represents our identity, who we are, or who we want to be. Clothes can also embody some of our values in what we find important in life, especially in the battle of comfort vs. cool. You have to admit, finding the perfect t-shirt is a bit of an art form. Not too tight, not too loose. Soft, but resilient material. Eye catching, but still hip design. All of these demands often lead us to sacrifice something in the quest for that timeless... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, we need to talk: What’s with the weird brown shoes?

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We’re resurrecting a series that ran in the early days of the blog, way back in 2009 when King of the Hill was still on TV and Poker Face meant more then just being good at card games. The few articles posted in our original “I hate to be a snob about this” series – now reborn as “Ottawa, we need to talk” – allowed people to kvetch about the things in the city that drove them wild. Even Pollyanna had a few Oscar the Grouch moments. To submit an idea... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Chinatown Remixed 2012

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Chinatown Remixed, the annual celebration of Ottawa’s most eclectic neighborhood, went off without a hitch this weekend. The art was fun, the crowds were cool and the fashion was hot! Here are some of the fashionistas that caught our eye (sorry guys, but while many of you turned out in style, you were too fast for our crew to catch you). Name:Greta Grip Occupation:Knitter Describe your personal style:Quirky, Witty, Knittery Where did you get your outfit? I made my knitted blond wig and dress, which is a copy of my... | Continue reading article

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Head over to Chinatown remixed this weekend

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It’s going to be a great weekend in Chinatown. The weather looks great, making it a perfect day for a stroll through the arch to take in a remixed version of Chinatown. For the fourth year in a row, local Chinatown businesses have teamed up with Ottawa-based artists to turn Chinatown into one huge gallery. From the Daily Grind in the East to Purple Urchin in the West – 54 different locations are taking part. You’ve got a month to take in the art, but today you can take in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa’s neighbourhoods

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This weekend is the perfect time to get out and about and enjoy your neighbourhood, so that you’re well-equipped to exercise your democratic right and vote in our continuing Neighbourhood Wars. Jane’s Walk is one way to do it, as is hopping on your bike, but the events below will give you an extra excuse to hit the ‘hoods for a good time! Hintonburgers (the people, not the food) can meander down into neighbouring West Wellington for the 1st Thursday Art Walk tonight. It’s your last chance to catch Where the... | Continue reading article

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Pimp yo’ bi-pedalled ride: Breaking Away

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You love your bike. It helps keep you fit, it’s never runs  late, and paying for parking is a non-issue. Sometimes though, you forget to show your velocipede the love it deserves. You leave it locked outside, subject to the weather, and let it gather rust. You lock it to lamp posts or sign posts, scraping up the top tube. You’re embarrassed to ride it because green was so 2003. Is a new paint job in order? Whoa, hold on, back away from the spray paint! Do your frame a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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The Bronson Centre is a happening place this weekend, people – the Joel Plaskett Emergency and Frank Turner tonight, and Measha Brueggergosman Friday night – both shows that promise to bring it. Tonight you can also get your punk/hardcore fix with Dayglo Abortions and EndPrograms at Mavericks, while jazz aficionados can hear inspirations from Dave Frishberg’s songs. Also? The Wooden Sky is out at the Black Sheep – their indie rockings are well worth the trek out there. Rawbeat rockers StillNative will stop by The Daily Grind on Friday, while... | Continue reading article

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#SuitupOttawa with Indochino

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Full disclosure: I’m getting the Indochino treatment and a complimentary suit. A suit that fits at an affordable price. How hard could it be to find? Apparently harder than I thought, which has forced me to cave in on fit to accommodate my budget. If you’re like me, you’ll want to thank the boys behind thing #SuitupOttawa campaign for convincing Vancouver’s Indochino suit company to bring their pop up store to eastern Canada for the first time from April 24 to 28th. Barry Keegan and Scott Oakley are two of... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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We’re starting this roundup off with a bit of randomness this week, because why not? While dominoes and card games might be more up your grandma’s alley for stimulating weekend fun, anything with ‘tournament’ in the title gets our bid for a good time. So dust off those dominoes or those euchre skills and head out for your chance to be crowned champion. And this week’s winner of the most intriguing event title goes to the ‘Help the Horses Help Their Animal Friends Day‘, which you’ll have to head to Navan... | Continue reading article

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Vintage finds at The Fieldhouse + ticket giveaway!

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Post by Peter Sutherland. I think I’ve been organizing antiques shows longer than anyone in this country. For almost 2 decades I’ve been helping organize one of Ottawa’s largest shows, Antiquing at The Fieldhouse, which returns to Carleton University from Friday, March 30 until Sunday April 1, 2012. To clarify, the vast majority of inventory at 99.9% of antique shows in Canada is NOT “antique” (100 years or older).  It may be vintage (say 50 years), retro (say 30 years) or nearly new (say yesterday) – but not antique.  And... | Continue reading article

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