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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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Photo courtesy of fieldtripp from the Apartment613 Flickr PoolPhoto courtesy of fieldtripp from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool

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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Photo courtesy of Ashley on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Ashley on Flickr.

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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Photo of The Wooden Sky taken by Justin Broadbent.

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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Photo courtesy of Winchester WarmPhoto courtesy of Winchester Warm

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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Some of the items you can find at Antiquing at the FieldhouseSome of the items you can find at Antiquing at the Fieldhouse

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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Beans, Blossoms, Beats & Bauhaus: Blumenstudio

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Photos by Carly Wolff.Photos by Carly Wolff.

Take an Italian café with a contemporary touch serving up ethically-sourced beans and locally-made treats. Add a dairy case filled with milk, butter and eggs from nearby Cochrane’s Dairy and Stirling Creamery for those early-morning milk runs. Layer on a carefully-edited wall of magazines and newspapers. Combine it all in a Bauhaus-inspired floral shop and the result is Blumenstudio. The brainchild of Katrin (Kat) Kosk and partner Nathan Turner, Blumenstudio is a calm oasis of smooth coffee, colourful blossoms, playful vignettes and subtle beats. Located on an otherwise car-focused stretch of Parkdale Avenue between Wellington... | Continue reading article

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Antique Skateboard finds a home in Centretown

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Just in time for the impending March break (and some pretty mild weather according to CBC’s Ian Black) Aaron Cayer, owner of Antique Skateboards, is opening a retail shop in Centretown. Antique has a history of leading some cool projects, including the “While you were on Facebook” video series (embedded above), where Aaron created a community-drive skateboard video that celebrated the sport in Ottawa. He’s hoping to think a bit differently about the business, building something that reflects the community that Antique has developed. “I want to get people motivated... | Continue reading article

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