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Acting British in the capital in honour of Will and Kate

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With Will and Kate arriving for Canada Day celebrations in the capital this week, it’s your chance to embrace your inner monarch and take in some truly royal experiences in the capital city. If following the official itinerary isn’t your style, we thought we could provide some suggestions of some other British activities you can take on in honour of the royals. Have a pint (or two) – there are no shortage of British-themed pubs in Ottawa and this is your chance to refer to drinking a Boddington’s as a... | Continue reading article

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Get yourself pretty: a how-to on making your own fabulous fascinators

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Post by Karen Diepeveen and Diane Bond. Photographs by Trevor Pritchard. There are a few of us at Apt613 HQ who will jump on any DIY or crafty project (and maybe just one person who is really talented in this area… The rest of us just think we are.) And so, when we found out the Royals were coming, we decided it was time to adopt some of their fashion stylings and add a bit of a Canadian flair. We’re not big hat-wearers in this country, but we can buy... | Continue reading article

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Pan-Am Cup brings volleyball powerhouses to Gatineau

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. By Vera Grbic When I think of Apt613, I think of all things cultural. Sports do not come immediately to mind. However, as a long-standing culture and sports enthusiast, I think the two should more often coalesce. Then I realize that there may be a reason for the separation, at least in Canada. Much of our sporting focus is on hockey, “Canada’s game”. While I’m not arguing that hockey is played by only one specific cultural segment of Canada’s population – in fact, the wonderful thing... | Continue reading article

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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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