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Porchfest debuts in Hintonburg this Saturday

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Photo by Diana Devlin, from the Apt613 flickr poolPhoto by Diana Devlin, from the Apt613 flickr pool

Though outdoor music festivals almost instinctively bring to mind warm summer air and crisp beer, that tide just may be turning due to a little event called Porchfest. New to the Ottawa music scene, Porchfest debuts this Saturday, October 24, in Hintonburg. Music festivals are about to mean hot Pumpkin Spice Lattés and colorful fallen leaves. Admittedly, I’ve never heard of a ‘porchfest’ but a quick Google search proved to me that it’s a trend gaining traction fast across North America. The first official Porchfest took place in 2007 in Ithaca,... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Dominion City Brewing Co. are Makin’ it Grain

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Photo by Blair GablePhoto by Blair Gable

October is a mighty fine month. Fall arrives in full force and everything is beautiful, covered in fall colours. Here in Ottawa, we’ve another reason that October is, arguably, the best month of the year: October is Support Local month – a month-long celebration of local initiatives that make Ottawa great. This year, food is the focus, and on October 29th Dominion City Brewing Co. will cap off Support Local month with an amazing Pop Up Dinner, Makin’ it Grain. For this one night affair, the brewery will be transformed... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Apple Fest meets all your apple needs

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Photo by Kyle Brown in the Apt613 Flickr Pool.Photo by Kyle Brown in the Apt613 Flickr Pool.

If you’re anything like me, you know there’s more to apples than what’s on offer at the typical chain grocer. They come in more varieties than red and green. There are those who pursue the many types of apple, learn to distinguish the variety by its texture and taste, and learn their best pairings, as one would with a bottle of wine. These are the apple connoisseurs. And, while you won’t need to be an apple connoisseur to appreciate Apple Fest, there is no doubt that there will be a... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for October 14th, 2015

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One of Bombshell Revival Designs' creations, photo from their websiteOne of Bombshell Revival Designs' creations, photo from their website

This week on Apt613 Live, Michaella speaks with Kym Brown of Bombshell Revival Designs about the upcoming event (October 17th at Library and Archives Canada) Art in Fashion 613, a fashion show/burlesque performance/night market. Catch Apt613 Live every Tuesday at 6pm on CHUO 89.1 FM.

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Support Local: Zine rack birthday bash at Pressed

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Photo from the Zine Rack Turns 3! Facebook event page.Photo from the Zine Rack Turns 3! Facebook event page.

One of the events on course for this month of Support Local is the third birthday celebration of the Pressed zine rack! On top of zine readings from special guests and local writers, the zine swap is another of the evening’s festivities to look forward to. Zine enthusiasts are encouraged to dust off old favorites from their collection, or even copies of their own zine, for this social exchange. And what kind of birthday doesn’t have cake? It just so happens that you can expect a special vegan birthday cake... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: The Social Book Exchange is a book club for everyone, with beer

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Photo from Cafe My House's Facebook pagePhoto from Cafe My House's Facebook page

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.   Walk into Café My House the night of October 18 and you’ll be labeled with one of those “Hello, My Name Is” stickers. Instead of your name, though, they’ll write the name of the book you brought with you on it. Talk about identifying with what you love. It’s all part of the fun at the Social Book Exchange, an occasional event cooked up... | Continue reading article

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Chris Binkowski on accessibility in Ottawa’s music scene

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Scary Bear Soundtrack play at Pressed, one of the venues Binkowski recommends. Photo by Ming Wu from Apt613's flickr pool.Scary Bear Soundtrack play at Pressed, one of the venues Binkowski recommends. Photo by Ming Wu from Apt613's flickr pool.

Apt613 spoke with Chris Binkowski, a painter, busker, and, founder of Accessibility for Humanity, an advocate for making businesses and other spaces in Ottawa more accessible. Recently, Accessibility For Humanity has been working with Stopgap Ottawa to provide businesses with free wooden portable ramps. He generously shared his experiences and thoughts on places and events in Ottawa that do accessibility right, and where we as a city can improve. Apt613: Did you grow up in Ottawa? I was born in Ottawa and have lived here all my life. Living mainly... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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The Haig perform at Bluesfest 2015. Photo by Mike + Ness Photo.The Haig perform at Bluesfest 2015. Photo by Mike + Ness Photo.

And you may find yourself missing the thrill of frosh week. And you may find yourself behind the desk of a shiny new job. And you may find yourself watching talking heads on CBC. And you may find yourself in a beautiful city, with beautiful people, and you may ask yourself: “Well… what’s up this weekend?” Support Local month continues to bring out the best that Ottawa has to offer. Seriously, I’m still dreaming about those launch party mini-cupcakes back at House of Common. Their sugar swirls were too good... | Continue reading article

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Harvest Noir’s last secret picnic & dance party October 3rd – win tickets!

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All photos by James Park, courtesy of Harvest NoirAll photos by James Park, courtesy of Harvest Noir

Guest post by Harvest Noir co-founder Greg Searle. As the organizers of Harvest Noir, the rogue picnicking pop-up event and dance party that first emerged in 2011, we are announcing our retirement from the Ottawa festival scene. Harvest Noir is going out with a big bang on Saturday October 3 (with an October 4th rain date), though… headlined by two-time Canadian DMX champion DJ Shub battling DJ Acro on the dancefloor. A small army of acrobats and sideshow acts will be on hand, including a parkour demonstration, aerial cirque performance, stilt-walkers, face-painters, tribal dancers, acrobatics,... | Continue reading article

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Candidates to set the record straight on LGBTQ issues

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The One World Film Festival, an annual documentary film festival that focuses on social justice, human rights and environmental issues, is wading into the political fray with a candidates’ debate on topics affecting LGBTQ communities.  The event promises to see where some of Ottawa’s federal candidates stand on “trans rights, HIV criminalization laws, the blood-ban, support services for youth at risk, and community-based educational programs”. The debate takes place tonight at the National Gallery.  The Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity, the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, Ten Oaks Project, Gender... | Continue reading article

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