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Weekend roundup: Fests, festivals and festivales

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Happy Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day weekend, all! For those of you looking to celebrate this holiday over in Gatineau, the Festival L’Outaouais en fête is a safe bet. Afraid of crossing bridges? Stay in Ottawa and head to Shanghai for the epic Tapette dance and French-DJ spinning party Friday night. In other notable days, while it’s only been two years, the Michael Jackson tributes are just getting started – and our city’s got one on Saturday. The Fringe Festival continues (as does our coverage over at fullyfringed.ca), and over in Wakefield they’re... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush: Mélanie & Steven

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. Post by Dominic and Nancy Having just returned after a month of travel (many apologies for the lull in posts), I’ve been thinking a lot about the idea of home.  What is that unidentifiable quality that makes a house or apartment feel like a home, even to a stranger?  Whatever it is, Mélanie & Steven have managed to harness that quality in their fresh, cheerful, and above all, homey-feeling New Edinburgh abode.  Favoring a clean and simple design vibe, Mélanie and Steven resist falling into minimalist... | Continue reading article

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The great Apt613 t-shirt design contest! Inciting sectarian conflict since 2011

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If there’s one thing we learned in this year’s March Madness Neighborhood Wars, it’s that Ottawa’s appearance of unity is just a polite facade covering deep-seated sectarian divisions. Some of these are geographical: members of the Hintonburg Army will turn at the drop of a hat to verbally savage what it views to be weaker neighbourhoods, while residents of superpower Centretown lazily assume their cultural hegemony will last forever. Other divisions revolve around food: there are some who will tear you a new one for doubting that Hintonburger makes the... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb: Where should I go to catch Game 7?

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The interweb is a series of magical strings invented by Al Gore in the 1990s. Through our ‘Dear Interweb’ column, Apt613 will use its awesome powers to poll its readers on questions of import. If you have a query to make to the interwebs, screw Google – ask Apt613 readers by emailing apartment613 [at] gmail [dot] com or tweeting @apartment613. We got this tweet from hockey fan @nskbelanger earlier today: @apartment613 what’s the word on good places to watch game 7 in otown? As a Canucks supporter still reeling from... | Continue reading article

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I just want to f**k you over: One Ottawa designer’s allegations against Urban Outfitters

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If you take photos, design logos or posters, draw webcomics – essentially, put your creativity out there online for the world to see – you’ll probably wince when you read about what happened recently to graphic designer Steve St. Pierre. Last week, I chatted with St. Pierre for a story I was writing for online Ottawa news site OpenFile. (Full disclaimer: When I’m not a mild-mannered arts-and-culture blogger for Apartment613, I take on a secret identity: mild-mannered OpenFile reporter.) St. Pierre – who’s also a member of local band Old... | Continue reading article

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More fashion, less victim: BumpIt or dump it, expiration and trip preparation

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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 dabbles in lifestyle design. 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 style, shopping, cosmetics and self-love. She is also known to obsess over clothes on Twitter. Hello darlings! I hope you’ve been taking the time... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Planning your weekend fun since January 2010

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Hey Ottawans, looking to get into some trouble this weekend? Good thing you’ve ended up at the Weekend Roundup, then,  where we’re unloading a bunch of mint condition troublemaking possibilities at bargain-basement prices. No good offer will be refused! (Sorry, I’m still in Great Glebe Garage Sale mode, apparently.) It takes a certain bravado to be able to stare down your own mortality, but that’s Karl Goerzen for you. The Ottawa artist, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2010 and given two months to live, is hosting Not Dead... | Continue reading article

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Dear Interweb*: Where can my puppy go for a swim?

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A question came to us from @amelie_danger on twitter: please RT!! Where are all of the dog friendly swimming holes? This seems like a case for the interweb! Do any of you have some suggestions for dog-friendly swimming holes your four legged friend can go to beat the heat? The Ottawa Dog Blog fielded this question a year ago, so there’s another possible Web resource. However, since this also seems a case for the city’s Seasonal Recreation Office, we got in touch with them by phone as well. A call... | Continue reading article

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The Apt613 Style File: Great Glebe Garage Sale Edition

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Stephan Telka takes the reins for Apartment613′s Style File team this week, giving our usual fashionista-finders Melanie Yugo and Lauryn Kronick a break. All photos and text by Stephan. While there was no shortage of “yoga” pants and Mountain Equipment Coop/North Face gear on display at yesterday’s Great Glebe Garage Sale (not to mention the wares for sale), I was lucky enough to cross paths with a handful of Ottawans who stood out from the crowd. I doff my hat to them, as they effortlessly rose the fashion bar on... | Continue reading article

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What’s all the COmotion about? Spins and Needles hosts collaborative stop motion project

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Spins and Needles, the people behind the music-fueled crafternoons that have become a standby of the Ottawa scene, are making a move towards becoming enablers of collaborative art. Winterlude 2010 saw their urban cozy project, a large scale art project where crafted cozies from across Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, Africa and the US were wrapped around various poles and plants around the city. This time around, the S&N crew are collaborating with artist A. Megan Turnbull to make a stop motion master piece, and they want you on board.... | Continue reading article

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