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Librarian in Residence: The unofficial holiday gift list for 2013

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OPL does publish official holiday gift lists, so I thought it would be fun to look at some of the random books I have enjoyed over the past year which probably won’t feature on those lists. Even though my day job is in Children’s Services, I read all kinds of books. I have some picks for kids, teens and adults, and have tried to keep it short, but there were so many good ones… Best subversive princess picture book – The Worst Princess by Anna Kemp  I read this to... | Continue reading article

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Picturama! A photography show for all humankind

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Photo provided by The Civil Servants.Photo provided by The Civil Servants.

The Civil Servants present Picturama! Ottawa’s original anything-goes photography show. In an age where Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter rule our lives and facilitate much of our interactions with others, the Civil Servants have created a uniquely social event to share your photography with strangers. It’s called Picturama! and it’s a new type of photo show. The premise is simple. Any camera-wielding-human may submit up to 10 of their favourite 4×6 or 4×4 snap shots, the hosts of Picturama! will display them at Fall Down Gallery, and any and all attendees... | Continue reading article

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Say ‘yes to the dress’ at The Handmade Bride

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Every woman knows that they are supposed to have “the feeling” when they find their dress. That Say Yes to the Dress heart dropping moment. The Handmade Bride seems to have that feeling flowing from their walls because the moment you step inside you just can’t stop smiling. This indie New Edinburgh wedding shop is on a mission to inspire you to customize your wedding. From corner to corner, the boutique is like no other wedding spot; boasting eclectic bright bow ties, highlighter crinoline skirts and bold graphic stationary squeezed... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do + ticket giveaway

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This weekend, we’ve got a musical shattering blonde stereotypes, a festival dedicated to all things steeped, and a night celebrating all things Africa. We’re also giving away tickets to a show at Raw Sugar – read on for more details! Support Local month continues, with the latest installment of Apt613 Talks tonight down at Shopify. Ever wondered when you’ll be able to start printing off replacement car parts or create a perfect replica of your pet? It might be sooner than you think – our panelists will discuss the future... | Continue reading article

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Malorie Bertrand & EF Magazine put a spotlight on sustainable fashion

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Ottawa’s Malorie Bertrand has a passion for eco fashion. Her friends at Second Grace Vintage  describe her as “gracious, articulate and cute as a button.” These things are all true and she has been a tireless advocate in promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion through her blog EF Magazine, and through her company with partner Stephanie Major August/May Sustainable Styling. They offer a variety of personal and commercial styling services with a focus on sourcing from sustainable labels. EF Magazine, started in 2011, promotes sustainable fashion and beauty that is... | Continue reading article

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Support Local showcase: Ottawa fabric + DIY kid’s tie

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Ottawa street scene screenprinted fabric by Gabe of Political Circus.Ottawa street scene screenprinted fabric by Gabe of Political Circus.

Gabe from Political Circus has struck again with her crazy creativity – this year for Support Local month, she’s come up with an Ottawa street scene fabric, screen printed on fat quarters (about a quarter of a square metre). While the fabric is beautiful enough to frame, there are a bunch of ways to get even more creative with it. At Fabrications, where the fabric is available for the month of November, you’ll see table runners and pillows all set to add to your Ottawa home. On a rainy Saturday... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Talks! 3D printing: The democratization of production

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New technology is changing the way that we produce and prototype goods. 3D printers have inspired a new generation of crafters, makers and hackers taking charge of their own production in new and creative ways. This panel will bring together Ottawans thinking about how technology is changing the way we make goods and what this might mean for our local culture and economy.  You can register online here! Our panelists are Dominic Coballe, N-Product; Alëna Iouguina and Anthony Dewar, Ecotonos Design and Manufacturing Co-founders;  and Luc Lalande, maker movement advocate @LucLalande! Doors open at 7pm at the Shopify... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Political Circus

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Justin Trudeau finger puppet. Photo by Travis Boisvenue.Justin Trudeau finger puppet. Photo by Travis Boisvenue.

In honor of support local month, I had the chance to interview local artist Gabe Thirlwall who is the founder of The Political Circus. Her set of political finger puppets has quickly gained popularity amongst local artists and politicians themselves, a project that Gabe started in 2009. Apartment613: I know you mentioned on your blog that Political Circus came about because you wanted to showcase how Ottawa is not the sleeper city people think it to be. What else inspired you to come up with such a unique project? What... | Continue reading article

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Holiday craft show roundup 2013

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Linocut greeting cards from MakerJane. Photo by Robin Sidhu of Urban Craft.Linocut greeting cards from MakerJane. Photo by Robin Sidhu of Urban Craft.

The holiday season is packed full of craft shows–so many that you could hit one up every Saturday and Sunday from now until Christmas! Krista Leben, coordinator and co-founder of Urban Craft, has once again put together a curated guide of indie shows for you to hit up: the shows here feature hip handmade stuff that you (and everyone on your list) will love! Glebe Artisan & Craft Fair November 15, 16 & 17 Friday: 6-9pm, Saturday: 9am-3pm, Sunday: 10am-3pm Glebe Community Centre, 175 Third Avenue This show is a... | Continue reading article

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Think global, gift local with SMAKK gift card service

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Take an idea and run with it. That’s what Heidi Fuller and Bettina Vollmerhausen did when they created SMAKK. Heidi lived abroad for several years and every time she wanted to send a gift card home to Canada, be it for a birthday or a wedding, she ended up buying from big chain store. It irked her that there wasn’t a platform where she could buy gift cards from local businesses. She kept the idea in her back pocket until a chance encounter with Bettina, an old friend, at the... | Continue reading article

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