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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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Time to get festive: your guide to lights, trees, and carols

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Photo of the 2014 Illumination Ceremony, by the authorPhoto of the 2014 Illumination Ceremony, by the author

After moving to Ottawa from BC nearly a decade ago, Hannah Manning has made it her mission to explore Ottawa. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter. Ottawa is getting colder and the snow is coming, but don’t hibernate just yet! There’s lots going this December so bundle up, grab some friends and go enjoy the city! Every year, hundreds of thousands of lights are strung up in the nation’s capital and across the country for Christmas Lights across Canada. Kick off the holiday season in the nation’s capital with the illumination... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Stefan Thompson to the Idle Hands Facebook eventPhoto posted by Stefan Thompson to the Idle Hands Facebook event

Another weekend has arrived, here in Ottawa and we at Apt613 have you covered. Here is this week’s edition of the Weekend Roundup – full of tons of great ideas on how to spend your weekend! For all those a fan of a good craft fair, this weekend has plenty. The Ottawa Maker’s Market: Holiday Night Market is happening tonight, at Orange Gallery. Come meet 14 different artists and makers from Ottawa, up close and personal. Entry is pay what you can and 50% of the door proceeds help support... | Continue reading article

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Meet this month’s other charity mustache growers

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Photo courtesy of M4K Ottawa.Photo courtesy of M4K Ottawa.

Long before men’s health charities and hipsters commandeered the mustache and watered down its shock value, a group of Ottawa men has been parading around town with upper lip whiskers for a single month of the year to raise funds for those generally told to stay away from men with creepy mustaches. M4K Ottawa, otherwise known as Mustaches for Kids, celebrates its, ahem, 10th anniversary, this month in the hopes of raising another $20,000 for Make-a-Wish Eastern Ontario, a charity that grants area kids with life-threatening medical conditions a dream... | Continue reading article

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Get a quick shot of learning at the Westboro Brainery

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Some of the Westboro Brainery's upcoming classes: image from their website.Some of the Westboro Brainery's upcoming classes: image from their website.

Where can you get a nice dose of knowledge in one evening, is more social than watching another documentary on Netflix, and costs about the same as a night out anywhere? Whether you’re looking to break the routine, start a project, or have your eyes opened to something new, chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for at the Westboro Brainery. Relaunched in September, the Westboro Brainery offers crowd-sourced education on a wide range of subjects. The initiative, which is powered by the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, was inspired by the... | Continue reading article

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Quench your thirst for politics, art and ideas at #Spur15

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Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. Photo by Douglas Sprott on Flickr. All other photos from the Spur Ottawa website.Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat. Photo by Douglas Sprott on Flickr. All other photos from the Spur Ottawa website.

Clear your schedule this weekend – because Spur is well worth your time. On the heels of a new government’s swearing in, this Thursday through Sunday Spur Fest descends on the Capital and promises a medley of sophisticated dialogue. According to Festival Director Helen Walsh, Spur will provide opportunities for people to debate topics or issues that may be “provocative, informative, infuriating or just plain fun”. Folks of all walks of life and all political stripes are warmly welcomed, and can expect debates and conversations, lectures and readings from an... | Continue reading article

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Carve out the perfect Halloween at Pumpkinferno

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All photos by Sofie Sharom.All photos by Sofie Sharom.

Post by Sofie Sharom. You can follow her on Instagram @sofiesharom or on twitter @intotoronto. The season of ghouls, goblins and excessive candy eating is upon us. For those looking for a festive way to spend Halloween night, Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village is the place to be. The historic site for this spooky event is located about an hour and fifteen minute drive south of the nation’s capital, just due west of the small hamlet of Morrisburg. Pumpkinferno, now in its 3rd incarnation, is a magnificent display of over... | Continue reading article

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Martini Madness in support of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada + ticket giveaway

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All images from Martini Madness' Facebook page.All images from Martini Madness' Facebook page.

There is something suave and sophisticated about putting on formal wear and sipping martinis. Could it be connected to my love for Daniel Craig’s Bond? Definitely. Getting back on track… Celebrating its 10th year, Martini Madness has been providing an annual platform to get your inner James Bond on while supporting Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. And the 2015 edition is here. Presented by Kelly Santini LLP, the event takes place Friday the 13th of November at Lago Bar and Grill from 7:00PM until 1:00AM. The aforementioned shaken and/or stirred martinis are provided... | Continue reading article

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Food & Wine Festival turns it up this year

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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Wine and Food Festival.

Every year, mid-Fall, I Youtube “How to Tie a Tie” then I don my best vest and tie combo and attend the Wine & Food show at the Ottawa Conference Centre. It’s one of the city’s most epic galas that combines very well-dressed people with copious amounts of high-end food and drink. It even helped to shape the early years of my love and appreciation for  craft beer. For a lot of folks here its an annual tradition. This year promises to be extra special for two reasons: firstly, it’s... | Continue reading article

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What’s on your plate? Local food for thought about eating as a community

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Photo by Gordon D. Bonnar from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Gordon D. Bonnar from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Alison Larabie Chase blogs about cooking and restaurants at This Dessert Life when she’s not herding cats, working in association communications, or traveling the world. A community cooking night. An apple festival. No less than three events involving local craft breweries. In case you hadn’t noticed, Support Local 2015 is focused primarily on facilitating discussions about food and growing. “The events this year particularly focus on the abundance of food that we’ve got in the Ottawa region, and highlight the many different ways we can come together to share food,... | Continue reading article

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