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B’ball + Parlovr = Awesomeness!

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This Friday, Carleton University Athletics is managing to merge two of my favourite things in one awesome night: rock’n'roll and basketball. The event, dubbed “Ravenspalooza Part Deux,” kicks off that evening with Montreal band Parlovr rocking The Fieldhouse, followed by the Ravens undefeated men’s basketball team taking on Laurentian in Alumni Hall. Alex Cooper from Parlovr shared his thoughts on the night, the year that’s been and the year to come. Apt613: How did the Carleton connection come about? Alex Cooper: Romy Nehme from Carleton saw us play in New... | Continue reading article

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Bode Spa for Men: We got the dirt on guys getting clean

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For Daniel Francoeur, owner of Bode Spa for Men, the biggest obstacle to his business isn’t competition, but stereotypes. Visiting a spa isn’t about cucumbers on the eyes and gossiping with your friends, regardless of what you’ve learned from Reese Witherspoon films or the epic saga of Carrie Bradshaw. It’s about fitness, hygiene, and health, and Francoeur wants to make “spa” a part of the male lexicon. Apartment613 visited Bode in Sandy Hill, and got the dirt on getting clean. Bode Spa for Men offers a range of services for... | Continue reading article

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Voting is now open in the Apps 4 Ottawa contest

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We all know that it’s just a matter of time until Skynet takes control of the city and makes us all slaves in the robot army. I tend to take the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” approach… You now have an opportunity to embrace the growing role of machines in our lives with the apps 4 Ottawa contest at city hall. As part of its open data initiative, the city of Ottawa has been releasing sets of data in formats that allow machines to read it and developers... | Continue reading article

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More fashion, less victim: accessories

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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 is taking on the challenge of magazine editorial work. 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 clothing, shopping, fashion and cosmetics. She is also known to obsess over clothes on Twitter. Hi Jes, I really... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Guide to getting a bike on the cheap.

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Post by Dev Marr Picking your first bike (or simply a replacement bike) can be a daunting task. If I hadn’t had help from a friend I wouldn’t have known where to start. In fact, even if I had known where to start, having a friend come along to give a second opinion is always a good idea. Lets face it, bikes can be expensive. Even lower end ‘Walmart’ bikes can cost upwards of $200. If you’re a full time student like myself and fall into the category that I... | Continue reading article

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urbanfête: A Paper Party!

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To some people, this admission will come as no surprise: I love paper. Not your everyday white 90lb 8.5 x11, but paper – printed, patterned, textured paper. I learned this love of all things pulp from a dear friend, who is also one of the best card makers I’ve ever met. She was the one who stumbled across urbanfête, Ottawa’s newest paper store. Owned by two friends who finally found their paths cross in the same metropolis, urbanfête has it all – beautiful paper, invitation services and – hopefully! –... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup

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So you’ve survived the crippling heat of this week’s soaring temperatures, and finally have enough energy again to actually move around without breaking into a sweat. What to do? If you discovered that your entire wardrobe was best suited for winter, head to the 3rd annual Love the Clothes, Hate the Cancer clothing swap. Or, if your kids are eager to get out on the town (or if you need to release your inner 5-year-old), the International Children’s Festival down at LeBreton Flats should suit. For those of you who... | Continue reading article

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Ravenswings Craft and Zine Fair

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The Ravensing Craft and Zine Fair has become an Ottawa Spring tradition. Every year, a group of eclectic artisans and artists converge on Minto Park (Elgin and Gilmour) to sell their wares, talk with other craftspeople and enjoy the (hopefully) beautiful weather. Don’t expect doilies and barbie doll toilet paper covers here; Ravenswing’s goods range from the hip (silkscreen t-shirt, local comic books), to the far out (journals made from cassette tape liners). Over the last few years the addition of a number of local bands has given the fair... | Continue reading article

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The 2010 Blog Walk takes it all the way to the Bank (street that is)

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After the self-proclaimed success of the Apartment613 Blog Walk for last year’s Jane’s Walk festival, we decided to take a group down Bank Street to some of the more interesting stops along our favourite slice of Bank Street. About 20 walkers braved the threat of rain, collected some local lore and learned a bit about the people who make Bank Street the home for their business. Here’s a taste of what we saw…

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Ottawa's CanvasPop brightens up your pics

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By Ross Diamond The beauty of digital photography is the ease at which we can all become artists. The challenge is what we do with our art. We share photos on Facebook and Flickr then store them on our hard drives indefinitely. It’s only on occasion that we print and expose our photos outside of the digital world. A local canvas photo printing company, CanvasPop.com, has made displaying pictures a simple, customizable experience. Choose your layout, upload your photo and select your canvas size. The options to frame it and... | Continue reading article

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