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Tonight: Northern Scene kicks off with SWARM

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From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.From Indian Brand Corporation (2009) by Joseph Tisiga. Image courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Looking for something to do tonight? As a part of the launch of Northern Scene, a handful of galleries in Ottawa and Gatineau will be hosting events, exhibition openings and performances by some of the best talent coming from the North. Billed as “the largest gathering of artists from Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut”, the festival will showcase more than 250 artists over ten days. SWARM starts with a gallery crawl at 6pm — to get around the city you can walk, bike or take a ride... | Continue reading article

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Victoire’s vintage sale: It all started with Miss Canada 1954

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Photos by Claire Dam Photography.Photos by Claire Dam Photography.

Twice each year, vintage clothing lovers line up outside of Victoire Boutique down on Dalhousie Street. Usually filled with Canadian-designed goods, the boutique transforms into a vintage emporium, displaying racks of dresses from days of yore. With the spring edition of the vintage sale happening this weekend, we’ve got a treat for you: a sneak peek into the fashions available, and an interview with Victoire owner Régine Paquette about how this all got started five years ago. Apartment613: The vintage sale is now a staple for retro-clothing lovers. How did you guys... | Continue reading article

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H&M is coming to Ottawa! Fashionistas rejoice, but why the wait?

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Photo courtesy of tnarik on flickrPhoto courtesy of tnarik on flickr

Great news for lovers of fast-fashion! Yesterday, H&M released a statement declaring they are to open their first store in Ottawa in the fall of 2013 at Bayshore Shopping Centre. H&M is known for their affordable prices while still offering the latest trends and basics at a fraction of a cost of department store prices, all the while gaining international recognition for collaborating with higher end, ready-to-wear designers such as Versace, Marni, and Maison Martin Margiela. When asked why H&M decided to come to Ottawa, Public Relations Manager for H&M... | Continue reading article

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EcoEquitable: Adding to the fabric of community one stitch at a time

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Photo by Diane Bond (with help from Jesse Lee-Moorman).Photo by Diane Bond (with help from Jesse Lee-Moorman).

Post by Kate Durie. I am excited. E-X-C-I-T-E-D. If you love local as much as I do, you want to know about and support EcoEquitable. On the surface, EcoEquitable is a local fabric boutique and Ottawa-based charity that sells recycled textiles and notions – both new and vintage – that have been donated by businesses and individuals in the community. They are moving to a new storefront location and are hosting a kick-ass event this Saturday to make that move just a little bit easier. Bring cash, people. Cash, your favourite... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Yes, there are egg hunts happening this weekend!. And if you’re feeling a bit of spring fever, head to the Black Sheep for a remedy or two. There’s a ton of music adventures to be had over the next few days. Danny Michel plays again tonight at the NAC Studio, after a great show yesterday. Also tonight, it’s the Winners Circle Edition of the weekly Battle of the Bands at the Lunenburg Pub – the best of the best face off against each other. Tomorrow night, you’re going to have to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy The Peptides, who are playing the Sheep this weekend.Photo courtesy The Peptides, who are playing the Sheep this weekend.

Hey, Ottawa – what’s your passion? Let that dictate your weekend fun: Fashion: Show or shopping? You get both. Twiss and Weber are hosting a pop in shop, and The Weight is Over show will feature casual, work, swim wear and more! Food: Westboro’s got an Easter Food Market down on Churchill this Saturday, with hot cross buns, chocolate bunnies, sausages and more. Pull together a terrific feast! Loud music: Pretty Little Death Machine is down at Avant Garde Bar Friday, while Hunter Valentine and The Ecstatic stop by Mavericks... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + ticket giveaway!

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It’s St. Paddy’s day this weekend, folks, and we’ve got just the burlesque show to celebrate. Need something a little more traditional? Head out to your local pub, Irish or not! Guaranteed they’ll be in a festive mood. Tonight at the NAC, you can catch the hip-hop/rock/soul music of Sound of Lions, while Algoma releases her new album down at the Mercury Lounge. Three local bands will take to the stage at the Lunenburg Pub for their weekly battle of the bands – this week, Go Long (!), Leadfoot Pretty,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy The Bright Road.Photo courtesy The Bright Road.

Whether you’re an environmentally-concerned fiancee, a Tibetan film buff, a tango aficionado or anything in between, this city’s got something for you this weekend. Tonight, Legion of Saints hits the stage at Babylon, while NDMA celebrates a new EP down at the Mercury Lounge. The Goodluck Assembly is giving a sneak peek of their new album at Cafe Dekcuf Friday night, and there will be lots of jazzy goodness with Molly Johnson at the NAC. The Flaps take over the GluePot Pub for their cd release party – The Hilotrons and... | Continue reading article

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The future is now: Artengine to showcase new 3D printer at this Saturday’s print-a-thon

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3D owl

I got an email a couple of weeks ago from an excited Britta Evans-Fenton, Lab Coordinator at Artengine, to let me know they were about to receive a new 3D printer. They invited us to check it out, so I jumped on the chance and headed to Arts Court where Artengine’s M70 lab is located. While my owl was being printed (see pictures above), we chatted about the brand spanking new Ultimaker 3D printer, Mod Lab and what to expect at this Saturday’s print-a-thon event. Artengine is an artist-run centre that focuses on... | Continue reading article

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Amanda May Lingerie opens on Dalhousie

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Amanda May Beaubien at the lingerie shop opening.Amanda May Beaubien at the lingerie shop opening.

Walking into Amanda May Lingerie is like being granted entrance into a sophisticated lady’s Parisian closet. Situated on trendy Dalhousie Street, the 600 square foot space is nothing but head to toe elegance. With soft lighting, delicate lace garments and antique accessories throughout the room, Amanda May puts the sophistication back into lingerie shopping, and will likely leave you stunned at the thought of buying a 3-pack of cotton undies ever again. Inspired by the empowered, confident women of Ottawa and abroad, store owner Amanda May Beaubien says that while... | Continue reading article

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