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Ottawa Velo Vogue raising funds with fashion

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Calling all fashion-forward cyclists! Our favourite bike blog Ottawa Velo Vogue (OVV) is raising money for Cycle Salvation tomorrow night at Kichesippi Beer Co and they want you to be there! Zara Ansar and Michelle President (of OVV) have been busy putting together Velo Vogue: A bicycle fashion show, which highlights the latest trends in clothing, accessories, and bikes (vintage and new) from local and international designers. The event is sure to be a fun time – what with China Doll playing host, great beer and tasty food, door prizes, a silent auction – and it’s... | Continue reading article

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By Day By Night: Your guide to local happenings in Ottawa

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Design by Steve St. PierreDesign by Steve St. Pierre

It’s here, folks. The long-awaited, much anticipated By Day By Night guide… Brought to you by Apartment613. Developed in collaboration with our favourite local designer Steve St. Pierre, and through a partnership with the City of Ottawa for the Creative City Network of Canada 2013 Summit (starting tomorrow), By Day By Night is your source for innovative projects by artists and makers, as well as some of the galleries, shops, restaurants and cafés that make our city unique. We’ll be distributing copies over the next few days in various downtown locations (you can download a version... | Continue reading article

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Support your local makers: Idle Hands returns this Sunday

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Handmade with love, at Idle Hands this weekendHandmade with love, at Idle Hands this weekend

Post by Steven Artelle The dust has barely settled along Somerset, and the rhythms of Chinatown Remixed are still ringing in our ears—you would think this would be the ideal moment for one of the event’s curators to take a well-deserved breather. But Jennifer Stone, who helped transform the Daily Grind Café into an anthropomorphic wonderland only days ago, already is moving on to her next feat of curatorial innovation, as she conjures up the spring edition of the Idle Hands Craft Sale. Billed as “something for everyone naughty or... | Continue reading article

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Best funky boutiques in Ottawa

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Photo by Brenda LabellePhoto by Brenda Labelle

Enjoy hunting for curious and one-of-a-kind wonders? Apt613 has bravely wandered the city streets in search of the cute, the funky, and the truly bizarre in order to help kick-start your spring shopping adventures. These “best” boutiques were chosen for their pleasant vibe and unique offerings that won’t burn too large of a hole in your pocket. Please tell us about your favourite shops in the comments section. 1. Wunderkammer (238 Dalhousie St.)Wunderkammer is like a museum of the strange and beautiful. The main attraction might be the jewelry, but it also offers... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Treasure hunters are going to have a heyday this weekend – but they’ll need some wicked transportation to do it. Start Saturday morning, bright and early, down in the Glebe for the annual neighbourhood garage sale – there’s the green version as well, with music and treats. Sons of Pluto will also be playing at the corner of First and Bronson, raising funds for friends headed to Kenya. Then, head out west for Hintonburg ArtsPark down on Parkdale, where CBC’s Ryan Gibson will host a day of music, food, fun... | Continue reading article

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Everyone loves a good t-shirt, it’s even better when it’s local.

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A sampling of t-shirts from The 613.A sampling of t-shirts from The 613.

Matt Love has been an Ottawa Senators fan for as long as they’ve been around but was never really impressed by official Senators gear. He wanted something with more personality, something that showed the true character of some of his favourite Sens. He got an artist friend to create the ’stache and it took off like crazy. Soon after, other artists came to him, offering their own designs for Senators players t-shirts, and that’s how The 613’s Boys of Winter line was born. What was a first a quest to... | Continue reading article

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Need something to wear to the apocalypse? NIGH Apparel has you covered

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Photo courtesy of Jordana GlobermanPhoto courtesy of Jordana Globerman

Did you heave a sigh of relief when December 21st, 2012 came and went with nary an apocalypse to be found? One designer isn’t so sure we’re out of the woods just yet. Jordana Globerman, owner of NIGH apparel, creates clothing that draws on apocalyptic imagery from the world over, with the tagline “Everyday Wear for the End of Days”. Her designs reference that old standby, the Book of Revelation, but also the Norse Ragnarök myth and the mystical Jewish tradition of Kabbalah, favoured by Madonna. While now based in... | Continue reading article

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Four Cellos put on a magnetic show

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Photo by Lidija Marie Rozitis.Photo by Lidija Marie Rozitis.

It’s not very often that a church is packed on a Tuesday morning, but that was the case this past week at St. Andrew’s Church in the Glebe. It was a full house as audience members came to see four notable cellists (Julian Armour, Denise Djokic, Paul Marleyn, and Stéphane Tétreault) perform both classical and modern pieces. Before the show, as the audience waited in line to find their seats, I couldn’t help but notice I was one of the few to represent my own age demographic. While the time slot for... | Continue reading article

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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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