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Wed By Hand: Put a (locally designed & created) ring on it

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Those big wedding shows always promise the perfect, unique day. But can those vendors really know what unique twists and turns you’ll want to bring to your special day? What if you want handmade chocolates? Or a truly one-of-a-kind ring? And how can you reduce the stress of planning it all? This is where Wed By Hand comes in – Ottawa’s wedding show that’s like no other. Sure, they have some of the usual trappings of weddings shows, but with a twist: it’s vegan cake you’ll be sampling, local flowers... | Continue reading article

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Winter Bike Parade: the extreme commuter goes mainstream

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Ottawa may have fallen into winter weather, but that doesn’t mean you have to let your beloved bike fall to disuse. Ottawa winter cyclists are out there, proving that navigating Ottawa in the cold can still be done with the right gear and attitude. If you’re a winter biking enthusiast or just looking for a chance to get out and try biking on winter roads, then the CfSC is hosting an event for you. To promote winter cycling, Citizens for Safe Cycling is hosting the first ever Ottawa Winter Bike... | Continue reading article

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Public Service Announcement: Ride to Camp Fortune and Mont Ste. Marie made easier by Ripple Adventure and Kundstadt Sports

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Ripple Adventure and Kunstadt Sports have partnered to offer the skiers and snowboarders of Ottawa a snow bus to make it an easier trip to the slopes. Each Saturday and select Thursday nights, a bus filled with local snowbunnies will take to the road to enjoy time slope-side at Camp Fortune and Mont Ste. Marie. As this is year one of the project, they plan to fill one bus every Saturday (8am) and select Thursday nights (6pm) taking skiers and riders to Camp Fortune and Mont Ste. Marie on alternating... | Continue reading article

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The Great Apartment613 T-shirt Contest: The winners!

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Alright, dear readers, it’s finally time. You’ve been incredibly patient with us over the past few months, and we’re not going to let you down. The chance to get your t-shirt from the Great Apartment613 T-shirt Contest is finally, finally here. First off, a big thanks to everyone who submitted a design – it’s clear we have some incredibly creative folk in this town. And thanks to everyone who voted – it was a nail-biter of a contest! Third place was up for grabs right up until the poll closed.... | Continue reading article

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Young Janes now offers two floors of vintage goodies!

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Good news vintage lovers! Beloved Dalhousie St. store Young Janes has moved to an expanded locale at 223 Dalhousie St. where Green Light District Design used to reside. Owner Mika Lemm had announced the move on the store’s blog mid-September. The new store has 2 floors and a lot more space which Lemm promises to fill with new products you will surely fall in love with. Check out Young Janes’ blog for more photos of the new location and stay tuned for the new Young Janes grand opening party!

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Hey Ottawa! Can you keep a secret?

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We may live in a city rife with state secrets and a multitude of security clearance levels, but this may be the best-kept secret we’ve ever encountered. And yes, it’s just a simple picnic. Well, ‘simple picnic’ might not be the right phrase – it’s more of a flash mob with tasty fare and formal attire. And even though hundreds of Ottawans have already signed up, they’re all still in the dark on one thing: the location. So what is this event? It’s Harvest Noir – an idea based on... | Continue reading article

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Get out your ghettoblasters, Ottawa: The Decentralized Dance Party is coming

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Ottawa, this is a very important notice. It is designed to launch you into a focused Decentralized Dance Party watch-and-prepare mode. We strongly advise that you take the following set of actions immediately: Bump “battery-powered ghettoblaster,” and “short sleeved orange blazer” to the very top of your garage-sale hunting list. Bookmark the Decentralized Dance Party’s (DDP) homepage, and “like” Tom and Gary’s Dynamic Dance Party Delivery Service on Facebook.  Check these sites regularly for the official Ottawa DDP arrival date, and post it below if you see it before we... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Fashion Week: Day one wrap-up

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Photos courtesy Ming Wu. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. We stopped by the Ottawa Convention Centre last night to catch the first evening of Ottawa Fashion Week. Check out our Storify-ed version of the events below (yup, it’s long – we love us some fashion) and catch photos of all of the designers’ fashions over at our friend Ming Wu’s blog. [View the story "Ottawa Fashion Week kicks off" on Storify]

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Come celebrate the Great River Project with a paddle on the Ottawa River this Sunday

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By Sabrina Bowman, who works for the Ottawa River Keeper, but is soon embarking on new adventures in San Francisco. The Ottawa River has been in the news a lot lately, and as we all know, the occurrence of raw sewage being dumped in the River happens much too often for comfort.  This issue, among many others, is why Ottawa Riverkeeper embarked on the Great River Project this summer, in an effort to document the state of the Ottawa River and share the ecology of the Kichi sipi (or “Great... | Continue reading article

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OFW is back! Win a pair of tickets for the 3-day event!

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I have a confession to make. Watching Project Runway is my guilty pleasure. At first when my girlfriend watched, I sort of squirmed and looked away, but for the last 3 years, I’ve been hooked and can’t look away anymore. So I always get excited when the chance comes twice a year to be by the runway in real life when Ottawa Fashion Week comes along.

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