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Gallery 101’s There’s Room explores global mass migrations

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Borderline, by Rachel Kalpana James. Images courtesy of Gallery 101.Borderline, by Rachel Kalpana James. Images courtesy of Gallery 101.

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth engagement coordinator/arts educator.  You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. When we saw the picture of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, the world stopped to feel the impact of such a horrific tragedy. That single picture caused tidal waves. Politicians took to the podium to speak; scholars and ordinary people debated views in the news and in boardrooms; social media feeds blew up with “unlikes”, viral shares and heated commentary; social scientists... | Continue reading article

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Awaken at Ottawa’s creepiest escape room

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Serial Killer Charade. Ramsay Jackson takes a seat in Ottawa's newest escape room. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Serial Killer Charade. Ramsay Jackson takes a seat in Ottawa's newest escape room. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Apt613 was recently invited by Room Escape Ottawa to try their newest escape room, Serial Killer Charade. Allowing yourself to be ‘locked’ in a room, voluntarily, for an hour (or less, if you can find your own way out) may seem like a strange way to beat the winter blues. But if you haven’t tried an escape room, there’s never been a better time in Ottawa. Twenty-one of them are currently operating in the NCR among nine companies and as one website that reviews escape rooms in Ontario and Quebec... | Continue reading article

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Venus Envy wants you to come… to their 15th anniversary party!

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Shelley Taylor, photo courtesy of Venus Envy.Shelley Taylor, photo courtesy of Venus Envy.

Find Sheri Levine on Twitter at @sherlevine. Venus Envy, Ottawa’s education-oriented sex shop, is celebrating the Big One on January 30th, marking 15 successful years in O-town. It’s easy to escape Ottawa’s bitter winter chill by hibernating your weekends away, but attending Venus Envy’s big bash is the perfect way to add some much needed heat to your Saturday night. It’s a perfect excuse to get out from under your warm blankets, off of the couch and out of those cozy pajamas. Don’t be shy to come decked out in something sexy... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Beau’s at Lansdowne

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Photo from stpatricksparty.ca.Photo from stpatricksparty.ca.

On these frost bitten winter days, we residents of Ottawa deserve something to look forward to, like, a huge St Patrick’s Day party at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavillion hosted by Beau’s Brewery. This is the first year the brewery is celebrating this Irish holiday, but based on the success of their Oktoberfest festivities, this should be a successful and worthwhile event. Beau’s is partnering with the Irish Society of Ottawa to celebrate this Emerald Isle holiday on March 19th, starting at noon. It’s a family friendly event: Tickets are $29 for adults (19... | Continue reading article

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Goodbye Maxwell’s… and thanks for the memories

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All photos by Terry Steeves.All photos by Terry Steeves.

Last Saturday night, people showed up in droves to live out their last hurrahs at Elgin Street’s landmark venue, Maxwell’s, who will close their doors after 34 years. So many familiar faces, former employees, and long-time patrons came to revisit and reconnect with one another one last time in a place that was one of the biggest hotspots in Ottawa, let alone on the Elgin St. strip. Emotions ran high as we all said goodbye, and remembered the life and times of an incredible era. During the early to mid-80’s,... | Continue reading article

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Introducing Ottawa Beer Tastings

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All photos by Jordan Duff.All photos by Jordan Duff.

If you thirst for both knowledge and beer, there’s a new service starting in Ottawa ready to satisfy those cravings. Ottawa Beer Tastings is a venture launched by the good people behind Ottawa Beer Events. If you are an Ottawa-area beer enthusiast, you likely already visit the OBE site to keep up with local events, if not, you are going to want to bookmark that one. OBE was established to act as a central resource of beer news in the Ottawa area. Since launching the website, co-editors Matt and Sasha... | Continue reading article

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New music venues: A few new reasons to leave your bed in 2016

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At House of Common, photo from the venue's Facebook page.At House of Common, photo from the venue's Facebook page.

2015 was a tough year for Ottawa’s music community. In July, Mugshots Jail Bar — a place near and dear to the hearts of many — closed amidst highly dubious circumstances, abruptly laying off all of its employees and prompting an ongoing lawsuit against the company’s upper management. In October, a catastrophic fire levelled the Daily Grind and a number of adjacent businesses, leaving several people homeless. In December, Raw Sugar, which took on many of the show bookings displaced by the closure of Mugshots, shuttered its doors for the... | Continue reading article

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Rideau Trail’s new website will help you venture into the wild

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All photos from the Rideau Trail Association's InstagramAll photos from the Rideau Trail Association's Instagram

For those who long to stray from the road most traveled, to strap on a backpack and hiking boots to venture through natural landscapes and across rugged beaten paths straight into the heart of the wild… your next adventure awaits you! The Rideau Trail offers new and seasoned hikers access to 387 kilometers of interconnected hiking trails, all year round. Truly a gem hidden in our very own backyard, the trails runs between the City of Ottawa, starting at the Rideau Locks, through to Perth and all the way towards... | Continue reading article

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Yoga on Tap: Find yourself… in a brewery

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All photos courtesy of the Happy Yogi.All photos courtesy of the Happy Yogi.

It’s all about balance. When I first found Ashley Kokelj’s Yoga On Tap sessions online, I was uneasy with the thought of combining draught beer with deep lunges. But after talking to “The Happy Yogi”, I see that the combination of craft beer and yoga works. It’s more holistic than I initially realized and is less about balanced flavour profiles or balanced positions: It’s about a balanced lifestyle. Ashley explains that making the link between the two was easy. She was already accustomed to attending yoga classes with friends and... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ottawa institution fundraises for new location

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All photos by Mariam Zohouri, from the Mellos Kickstarter launch party.All photos by Mariam Zohouri, from the Mellos Kickstarter launch party.

Warmth, family, simplicity, and burgers – these were the words repeated by the people who shared their stories with me at Mellos diner earlier this week. The event? A launch party for their Kickstarter campaign, which hopes to raise $60,000 to fund their move to a new location as their lease, up this month, will be granted to neighboring restaurant Ace Mercado. Nina Vacarro, Mellos’ manager, made it clear that the event wasn’t “a pity-party. We’ve never been a failing business, and tonight there are no strangers here. This was... | Continue reading article

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