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Holiday craft show roundup 2014

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Photo by Darling & Dapper (shopddh.com), courtesy of capitalpopup.ca.Photo by Darling & Dapper (shopddh.com), courtesy of capitalpopup.ca.

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! Capital Pop Up! Saturday, November 22 10am-3pm The Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Avenue Capital Pop Up! popped up on the Ottawa craft scene earlier... | Continue reading article

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Book launch, Trans Activism in Canada at Octopus Books

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Photo by chasdobie on Flickr.Photo by chasdobie on Flickr.

This Friday, the Centretown location of Octopus Books is hosting a launch for a new book that collects the experiences of those who are at the forefront of efforts to improve the lives of trans and gender variant people in Canada. Dr. Dan Irving, an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University, co-edited Trans Activism in Canada along with Rupert Raj, a Toronto psychotherapist. Dr. Irving generously spoke to me for over an hour about the book and his own experiences with and views on trans activism in Canada.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Martini Madness giveaway

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Mozart's Sister plays Cafe Decuf on Sunday, November 16. Photo by Vanessa Heins.Mozart's Sister plays Cafe Decuf on Sunday, November 16. Photo by Vanessa Heins.

The rain has come but our spirits aren’t dampened, Ottawa. We’ll kick this weekend roundup off early this week and start with the 9th Annual Martini Madness in support of Crohn’s and Colitis tonight. Martini Madness has raised over $150,000 for Crohn’s and Colitis research to date, and in addition to funding research for the disease the fund also aids in improving the lives of children and adults living with Crohn’s and ulcerous Colitis. To enter to win two tickets to Martini Madness, send us an email with “Martini” in... | Continue reading article

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WuFest brings together all that is good in Ottawa

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AroarA. All photos courtesy of The Black Sheep Inn.AroarA. All photos courtesy of The Black Sheep Inn.

WuFest brings together all that is good in Ottawa. No, unfortunately it doesn’t celebrate the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, but it does bring together some of Canada’s (untapped) talent in a celebration of creativity — specifically the musical and photographic kind. Ming Wu is the prolific and omnipresent concert photographer who has been snapping away at whatever interesting cultural events Ottawa has hosted since 2008. He also serves as one of the main driving forces behind the weekend-long WuFest. Along with The Black Sheep Inn, Ottawa Showbox, CHUO 89.1 FM, and... | Continue reading article

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One million new trees for Ottawa

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Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa could be looking a lot greener in the years to come, or at least it will if Tree Ottawa gets its way. This local, community-based initiative is the brain-child of Ecology Ottawa, and has set itself the lofty goal of having 1 million new trees planted within Ottawa’s city limits before Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Beyond this goal, Tree Ottawa is looking to engage with YOU, and every other member of the Ottawa community. The organization has set itself up around three fundamental pillars: to Protect, Plant, and... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: House made syrups give Teatro Café cocktails their charm

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Photo from teatrocafe.ca. All other photos are by Tobi Cohen.Photo from teatrocafe.ca. All other photos are by Tobi Cohen.

The cocktail craze is inching westward. They’ve cropped up in the Byward Market, Centretown and Little Italy and now Teatro Café is introducing carefully crafted cocktails with house-made syrups and largely local ingredients to Wellington Village. Never heard of it? Not surprising. Teatro Café just opened in June and it’s easily missed tucked away on the ground floor of the Great Canadian Theatre Company at Wellington Street and Holland Avenue. It tends to attract an older, theatre-going crowd of teetotalers and wine sippers looking for a bite before the show.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Food and Wine ticket giveaway

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Susie Arioli. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.Susie Arioli. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

This first weekend of November has much in store for us Ottawans. This weekend is full of local visual arts love. Thursday brings about the final show at The Studio Cafe. Artist Crystal Beshara will be showing her series of watercolour and oil paintings of Newfoundland, inspired by her visit out East in 2013. The Ottawa School of Art is also hosting a fundraiser screening of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” at the Bytowne Theatre Thursday night at 9:20pm. Tickets are 10$ and go towards supporting arts education in our... | Continue reading article

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Life, Death & Coffee?

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Photos by rubiconphotography.com.Photos by rubiconphotography.com.

Linda Ellis, in her famous poem “The Dash,” writes of the time between our birth and our death; she called this the ‘dash.’ It is where we experience life, the world around us, and the people in it. Death cafés, a recent global phenomenon, have tapped into the notion of the dash in a way that may catch people by surprise. They center on the discussion of death all while in a friendly, warm setting. While this may seem morbid to some, the intention is quite the opposite. One of... | Continue reading article

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Hilotrons pay tribute to veterans on centennial anniversary of WWI

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The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.The Hilotrons. Photo by David Irving.

To honour those who fought in — and suffered through — WWI, Ottawa-based band Hilotrons are performing live renditions of some of Ennio Morricone’s compositions alongside a screening of the 1928 Canadian silent film Carry On, Sergeant! Mike Dubue, the band’s vocalist among other roles, clarifies why this film is unlike most war-era pictures, and gives some insight into the reasoning of a creative mind. Apt613: Other than being a Canadian band from Ottawa (an obviously patriotic city), why were you so drawn to this project initially? Mike Dubue: Truth... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do on Halloween + Les suggestions de @Basement819

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Photo courtesy of Mike Geiger from the Apt613 flickr PoolPhoto courtesy of Mike Geiger from the Apt613 flickr Pool

Halloween can be great if you have access to a child old enough to do the trick or treating rounds, but young enough that you can easily coerce them into giving you their candy. But what to do if you don’t have a kid, can’t borrow one, or you secretly think that “Halloween is christmas for jerks“? This edition of the Apt613/Basement819 weekend roundup has you covered. Thursday is the not-so-calm before the storm. First, our mandatory Support Local plug: you have a choice between a Terrarium Workshop by Flock... | Continue reading article

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