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Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in YOW!

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I may be biased, but I think our city has one of the best airport codes – which naturally is why the name of this unconference tonight is so great. And the content will be, too! Also tonight? Danko Jones down at the Capital Music Hall – some serious rockin’ will go down there. On Friday, Julie Doiron hits the stage at Mavericks and Rich Aucoin takes on Cafe Dekcuf, while Babylon celebrates one year of its dancing FRENZY. Following owner Eugene Haslam’s stroke in December, Zaphod’s has decided to... | Continue reading article

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Attention craftsters: Get creative with CPAWS-OV and Wabi Sabi for Earth Day 2011

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Post by Allison The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS-OV) is teaming up with Wabi Sabi to get crafty for Earth Day 2011. To raise awareness about wildlife and wilderness in Ontario (and the need to protect it!), CPAWS-OV and Wabi Sabi are inviting volunteers to knit, crochet, felt, sew, or weave some woodland critters and plants to create a nature scene for Wabi Sabi’s window display. The display will show off these creations from April 1-22 at Wabi Sabi (1078 Wellington St), and an... | Continue reading article

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Business Watch: Forever 21 coming to Rideau Center

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Just as the Urban Outfitters makes itself comfortable on Rideau, another fashionista Mecca is opening its doors. A tip from The O’Valley blogger Chantsy has revealed that Forever21, an H&M-esque purveyor of fine cheap clothing, will be setting up shop in the Rideau Center. Apparently the store, which will open this September, will take over part of the space of the food court and have its own exit onto Rideau Street. More details are available here from our friends at OpenFile Ottawa, who broke the story a while ago. The Good: More... | Continue reading article

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More Fashion, Less Victim: Some hairy situations

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Jes Lacasse is a wardrobe consultant who knows style. She grew up absorbing Vogue, studied costume design and fashion history, and thinks about clothes all the time. Jes does personal styling and shopping for private clients and is taking on the challenge of magazine editorial work. If you have questions about fashion, she wants to answer them — please e-mail her at jes.lacasse@gmail.com. Your Sweet Bippy is where she blogs about clothing, shopping, fashion and cosmetics. She is also known to obsess over clothes on Twitter. One of the cool... | Continue reading article

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The Lab: Inventing the perfect play at undercurrents

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Andrea Grant is a volunteer facilitator for The Lab, and she is looking forward to colLABorating with Apt613 readers before and in-between undercurrents shows. If you led a theatre company, how would you design the perfect play? Is it even possible to create such a “perfect play”? If so, how could you incorporate a whack load of toilet paper rolls? These are some of the questions that seeded the growth of The Lab – an interactive theatre project, taking place alongside the undercurrents theatre festival at the GCTC. Every evening... | Continue reading article

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Wed By Hand returns – plus, win free tickets!

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Head to the end of the post to discover how you and your sweetheart (or your best person) can win two free tickets to the Wed By Hand show! While the weather outside may crush any dreams of summer sunshine and fragrant bouquets, there’s a chance for a sneak preview of the summer wedding season to come on Feb. 6 down at the Glebe Community Centre. Wed By Hand, the DIY wedding show, has returned due to popular demand – and this year, they’re going bigger and better. Similar to... | Continue reading article

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Venus Envy Turns Ten! Sale and epic party this weekend

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Cities have personalities, even sex lives. Montreal is seductive fun. Toronto is bold and brash (if a little uptight).  Vancouver is all about hippie love or hard bodies. But what about Ottawa? If anyone knows what the NCR gets up to under the sheets, it’s Shelley Taylor, owner of Ottawa’s favourite sex-positive store and book shop Venus Envy (320 Lisgar St.). In her words, the city is a ‘hands on’ kind of place. “I don’t want to be typical and characterize Ottawa as being this bland, gray, government and business... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: City Budget, Simons in Ottawa and Iranium

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The City of Ottawa presented its draft budget for 2011 last Wednesday. It held little in terms of surprises; tax hikes were set at 2.45%, respecting Jim Watson’s pledge of no more than 2.5% in total tax increase a year. Draft budget documents are available for review on the City’s website. Library and Archives is usually a pretty calm and quiet place but it wasn’t so last Tuesday when a series of threats canceled the much publicized screening of Iranium. After pressure from Heritage Minister James Moore, the library has... | Continue reading article

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Vote now for your favourite: the 72-hour film challenge

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If the Ottawa International Film Festival’s 72-Hour Film Challenge was a blog post, it might look a little somethin’ like this: “Hey, it’s Ryder!” proclaimed a voice in the nerd crowd at an Ottawa IT Fashion Week soirée. At the sound of his distinctive southern drawl, I jumped up immediately, surprised that my friend was home early from Taiwan. In my excitement, I sent a nearby display of hockey sticks crashing down on my lovely companion. Usually a well-behaved public relations film enthusiast, she screamed from the bottom of the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa!

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Home reno fanatics, this is the weekend for you – start dreaming about those spring projects! If your humble abode is already pretty great (or your landlord wouldn’t look kindly on tearing down walls or building additions), you’ll also have plenty to keep you occupied… I know that many Centretowners have a fear of crossing bridges, but prove me wrong tonight, Ottawa! Head over to Hull to hear electronica master Steve Aoki. If you do feel like staying closer to home, you’ve also got a good option in The Golden... | Continue reading article

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