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Hey Ottawa! Can you keep a secret?

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We may live in a city rife with state secrets and a multitude of security clearance levels, but this may be the best-kept secret we’ve ever encountered. And yes, it’s just a simple picnic. Well, ‘simple picnic’ might not be the right phrase – it’s more of a flash mob with tasty fare and formal attire. And even though hundreds of Ottawans have already signed up, they’re all still in the dark on one thing: the location. So what is this event? It’s Harvest Noir – an idea based on... | Continue reading article

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Get out your ghettoblasters, Ottawa: The Decentralized Dance Party is coming

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Ottawa, this is a very important notice. It is designed to launch you into a focused Decentralized Dance Party watch-and-prepare mode. We strongly advise that you take the following set of actions immediately: Bump “battery-powered ghettoblaster,” and “short sleeved orange blazer” to the very top of your garage-sale hunting list. Bookmark the Decentralized Dance Party’s (DDP) homepage, and “like” Tom and Gary’s Dynamic Dance Party Delivery Service on Facebook.  Check these sites regularly for the official Ottawa DDP arrival date, and post it below if you see it before we... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Fashion Week: Day one wrap-up

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Photos courtesy Ming Wu. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. We stopped by the Ottawa Convention Centre last night to catch the first evening of Ottawa Fashion Week. Check out our Storify-ed version of the events below (yup, it’s long – we love us some fashion) and catch photos of all of the designers’ fashions over at our friend Ming Wu’s blog. [View the story "Ottawa Fashion Week kicks off" on Storify]

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Come celebrate the Great River Project with a paddle on the Ottawa River this Sunday

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By Sabrina Bowman, who works for the Ottawa River Keeper, but is soon embarking on new adventures in San Francisco. The Ottawa River has been in the news a lot lately, and as we all know, the occurrence of raw sewage being dumped in the River happens much too often for comfort.  This issue, among many others, is why Ottawa Riverkeeper embarked on the Great River Project this summer, in an effort to document the state of the Ottawa River and share the ecology of the Kichi sipi (or “Great... | Continue reading article

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OFW is back! Win a pair of tickets for the 3-day event!

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I have a confession to make. Watching Project Runway is my guilty pleasure. At first when my girlfriend watched, I sort of squirmed and looked away, but for the last 3 years, I’ve been hooked and can’t look away anymore. So I always get excited when the chance comes twice a year to be by the runway in real life when Ottawa Fashion Week comes along.

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House of PainT – Coordinating Conjunctions

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House of PainT is probably my favourite grassroots event in Ottawa. Year after year, I’m amazed by the artists that take part and the diversity of people that come out to support it. HoP 2011 took place about a month ago. Michael Napiorkowski shared with us this video that captures marvelously the essence of the festival. Enjoy and try not to get dizzy watching the awesome b-boy moves!

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Apartment613 Live: The “Apologies for Ottawa” writers speak their minds

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Happy Friday, audiophiles. It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? We’re only now getting around to posting last week’s episode of Apartment613 Live, which is too bad, because it’s a stellar episode. (Of course, they’re all stellar, but this one is more stellar – stellarer? – than the others. Also, “stellar” is a funny word when you write it four times in a row, but that’s sort of off topic.) Why is it stellar? Because it’s so rare that you get to hear the voices of the people who toil away in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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Word on the street is it’s a record year for freshers on at least one campus in town – so welcome, students, to our lovely city. We at Apartment613 are all about promoting university and college education, but want make sure you get a bit of urban education under your belt, too. If you’re a music major, Ottawa will provide you with all sorts of case studies to explore. First up? Wfm 101 – well, it’s more like Wfm 1. World famous music, which brings all sorts of great acts... | Continue reading article

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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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