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Ottawa: a city of runners

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This week, Apartment613 and OpenFile have partnered to present a series of stories—apologies for Ottawa—that show off what makes Ottawa a great place to live. We drew inspiration from ideas readers submitted to both websites. Today, Drew Gough writes about the strength of the city’s running community. The numbers sound made up. In the National Capital Region, tens of millions of people use the pathway system each year. Tens of millions. This figure comes from Phil Marsh, the Running Room‘s regional manager for eastern Ontario. Marsh works with runners, coaches... | Continue reading article

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Creating an eye-catching store window with Fashion on Display

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We walk by shop window displays every day – some are bland, some are catchy, and some we don’t even bother to look at. What if we, the citizens of this fine city, were given the power to hop behind those store windows and put up a creative display? Thankfully, we have Malorie and Maureen from Fashion on Display to make this happen for us. Fashion on Display brings together local shops, artists, designers and you, happy shopper – with this mixture of Ottawans, they produce not just snazzy window... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: The summer continues

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Too many people are calling this weekend the last hurrah of summer – but the fall equinox ain’t ’til September 23, folks. So let’s just refer to this as the Labour Day Extravaganza or something with a bit of extra pep, and dwell on the fact that we’ve still got a few hot days ahead! So if you’re looking to fill your long weekend with music, you’re in luck. If you’re not already heading down to the Sheep to hear Kathleen Edwards tonight, you can catch Brendan Albert and Alissa... | Continue reading article

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Urban Craft: Ottawa gets a monthly craft market

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Ottawa’s burgeoning craft scene pops up every now and again at various craft shows – most of which fall in late November or early December, when gift-giving season starts sneaking up on us. But what about the rest of the year? While a few stores around town carry bits of local creativity, it’s always seemed like Ottawa’s crafters needed a regular spot to set up (temporary) shop. And that moment has arrived! Urban Craft is the city’s first iteration of a regular craft fair. They’ll be open down at the... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa gets its very own night market

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We’re a bit behind on posting this one, but last night was the first of two nights for Ottawa’s very own night market in Chinatown. If anyone has been to the epic Vancouver night market (let alone markets in Asia) you can surely understand why people are excited about this idea. The combination of street food vendors, a friendly crowd and a warm summer evening in Chinatown sounds just perfect. Head to the corner of Somerset and Empress any time between 1pm and 1am to check it out. I’m heading... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in Ottawa!

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It’s been a busy week in this town – while August seems to be a nice, quiet month, it always seems to pack a punch and give a few unexpected wallops to remind us it’s here, and it’s actually a lot of fun. So here are a few things that you can do to give your weekend a little more oomph: The World Slalom Skateboarding Championship is in town all weekend long – and it’s not just the young folks who are into this. The average age? 35. So hop... | Continue reading article

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Vote for your favourite t-shirt design – starting now!

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The time has come to make your vote count once again. We got a great response for our call for designs in our first-ever t-shirt contest (we’d like to thank everyone who submitted a design), and the editors of Apt613 had a hard time narrowing down the submissions to the top 10. Now it’s up to you to decide which three designs will get printed. The top three designers will be featured on Apt613 and will receive a cash prize: $100 for third place, $200 for second, and $300 for... | Continue reading article

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The Dirty Rectangles and the art of the indie video game

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Post by Travis Boisvenue, whose story on Ottawa video game collective Dirty Rectangles originally appeared at OpenFile Ottawa. Canada is no stranger to independent video games. The movement of art-focused, largely unfinanced video game designers has produced some of the most critically acclaimed games of the decade. And Canada is home to award-winning indie studios like Montreal’s Polytron and Winnipeg’s Infinite Ammo. Since January 2010, a video game design collective called The Dirty Rectangles has earned Ottawa attention in the indie games world by organizing events including monthly video game... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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Hey Ottawans, looking for some weekend plans? The Weekend Roundup has its magnifying glass out, its trusty bloodhound at its side, and is on the case. This is one mystery we’re not going to let go unsolved. Starting with music: there ain’t no party like a B.A. Johnston party, because a B.A. Johnston party just might end with partial nudity, if the above photo’s any indication. You can catch the Hamilton indie rocker/shirt eschewer this Friday night at Irene’s. Guitar virtuoso Luke Doucet brings his White Falcon to the Black... | Continue reading article

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Finally, a new shoe store that (hopefully) doesn’t suck

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The people behind ByWard Market fashion innovators Schad (and SchadBlü) are bringing a new shoe store to Ottawa later this summer. Wolf & Zed is scheduled to open on Sussex the weekend of Aug 8-9. Having spent a good part of the last 24 hours debating if I should keep the olive green Tory Burch flats I’d just purchased on sale at Holt Renfrew – and subjecting my colleagues to more flip-flopping than I care to admit – I’m particularly excited about this news. (I finally decided to return them,... | Continue reading article

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