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A slice of vegan

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Photo courtesy of Vegan Cuts.Photo courtesy of Vegan Cuts.

Post by Shewit Kalaty Ottawa is home to a thriving and successful online business that encourages a healthy lifestyle: Vegan Cuts, an online vegan business, curates the best vegan options – from food, fashion and accessories, health products and more – to its fast growing customer base. Jill and John, co-founders of this new and successful enterprise have a long practice of being vegan. A few years ago, John, a web developer, and Jill, a former government employee, took a year off work to travel to places around the world that... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Bluesfest Babes Edition

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All photos by Adria May Bluesfest 2013 was an amazing venue for fashion inspiration in the city. It was scorching hot outside, with lots of scorching hot people. Better late than never, check out our belated Bluesfest Street Style File!   Occupation: Therapist and co-founder of Couch Assassin Outfit:  Shirt: Smoove (New Zealand) Skirt: Jacob Shoes: Clark’s (dancing and hooping all day require comfy shoes) Style inspiration: My style is dictated by cut and colour. Dresses are the easiest piece of clothing because they are most forgiving of fluctuating body shape... | Continue reading article

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Best indie video rental stores in town

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Photo courtesy hooverdust on Flickr.Photo courtesy hooverdust on Flickr.

Remember when you were a kid and going out to rent a movie was an experience you treasured?  Well, it can be again if you know where to look.  Right here in Ottawa you can find a number of video stores that will bring back that nostalgic sense of movie-watching-as-an-event that you just can’t get with the click of a mouse.  These aren’t the chain stores of renting nightmares past: each of these is a fixture of the community, held down by people who know what they’re doing and who do it well. 1. Glebe Video... | Continue reading article

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Picnic en Blanc + ticket giveaway!

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Photo courtesy Picnic En Blanc.Photo courtesy Picnic En Blanc.

There’s something dream-like about a picnic where everyone is dressed in white, sitting under a summer sun. And it’s precisely this appeal that drew the organizers of Picnic En Blanc to bring this worldwide phenomenon to Ottawa – the idea of mixing food, fun and summer fashions was too good to pass up. So, on July 25, Ottawa will have its first Picnic En Blanc – location to be shared just hours before the event takes place. And it won’t just be about food and fashion – we’ve just heard... | 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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Take a look: The Victoire Project

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Regine Paquette (left) and Katie Frappier of Victoire Boutique. Photo by Andrew SzetoRegine Paquette (left) and Katie Frappier of Victoire Boutique. Photo by Andrew Szeto

If you’ve seen our Style File posts, you’ll know Ottawa’s got swagger. Two of the lovely ladies we’ve got to thank for it are Katie Frappier and Regine Paquette: fashionistas, besties, and successful local business women. This delightfully dressed duo is responsible for the carefully curated and much loved Victoire Boutique. The girls clearly have great style, but what really sets Victoire apart is their philosophy. The pieces you find are timeless and well-made, because Frappier & Paquette are  “smitten with Canadian design.” Victoire features designers from all across the... | Continue reading article

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Wear your golden handcuffs with pride!

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Image courtesy of Bureaucratees.Image courtesy of Bureaucratees.

Consider this a bit of payback for our t-shirt contest from last year. Nick Charney and Chris Pointer have come together to create Bureaucratees - a set of satirical t-shirts aimed at the city’s public servants. They’ve combined some of the sayings, puns and funny realities of government employment and some creative design treatments to create a fun set of t-shirts. “Sometimes you’ve got to be able to make fun of yourself and own your stereotypes, we figured what better way to do that than wear it proudly on your... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa’s “Little Market That Could” re-opens tomorrow on Preston

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Preston Farmers' Market.Preston Farmers' Market.

In the heart of Little Italy, a quaint market will once again come to life every Saturday from tomorrow until Thanksgiving. The “Little Market That Could” – so dubbed for its community-powered tenacity – is back for another season of one-stop shopping for quality local goods. Its grand re-opening takes place during the final weekend of the area’s 39th annual Settimana Italiana (Italian Week). A foodie destination to be sure, Preston Farmers’ Market (PFM) appeals equally to locavores, collectors, the curious, and the peckish. PFM serves residents of Little Italy,... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Velo Vogue 2013

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On June 1st, Ottawa Velo Vogue held a fashion show at the Kichesippi Beer Co. Between the cute dresses, cute bikes and fashionable people, the event was filled with style inspiration. If you didn’t have an opportunity to attend the event, photos can be found here.   Name: JORDAN DE RUITER Occupation: Designer at Jordan De Ruiter Outfit: Dress from her line, Jordan De Ruiter Style Inspiration: “I just make what I would really wear. Stuff you can dress up in, but that you buy and doesn’t just sit in your closet forever.”... | 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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