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

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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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Tour la Nuit: Light up the night on your bike

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Affirmation  by Emrold in the Apt613 Flickr pool. Affirmation by Emrold in the Apt613 Flickr pool.

There are all sorts of cyclists out there.  Some folks take to the vast network of Ottawa’s urban trails as their main form of transportation every day; others casually hit the scenic paths around town as a fun way to spend an afternoon.  Whatever your motivation though anybody who owns a bike will likely agree that biking feels great and that’s what Capital Velo Fest wants more folks to know! The Ottawa based non-profit organization makes it their mission to “inspire people of all ages to ride a bike more... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Architecture Week celebrates 27th anniversary

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Photo from the OAW Facebook page.Photo from the OAW Facebook page.

Ottawa has built a reputation of being a battleground for federal politics, but have you ever thought of it simply as a city? Though overshadowed by its political identity, we invite you to explore Ottawa’s uniqueness through architecture, urbanism or art and design at the annual Ottawa Architecture Week underway this week. For their 27th anniversary OAW will be examining Ottawa’s dual-identity as a livable city and as a national capital. The complex relationship of our home can be seen manifested physically in urban spaces sprinkled throughout the city and... | Continue reading article

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The 39th Ottawa International Animation Festival

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Animation aficionados rejoice! It’s Ottawa International Animation Festival season once again, with five full days of fantastical images and stories from Canada and around the world being presented on the big screen. Now in its 39th year, the OIAF is a well-established fixture on the Ottawa festival scene, and a much loved and anticipated one at that. I always encourage people to attend who have never explored this event series, as it is a particularly unique one. With animators hailing from multiple countries including Italy, France, Estonia and Australia, attendees... | Continue reading article

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Bicycle Craft Brewery turns 1!

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Bicycle Craft Brewery is turning 1: They (local breweries) grow up so fast! To celebrate, we went back and chatted with BCB owner/headbrewer Fariborz about the highlights over the past year. But the celebration doesn’t end there, BCB will be hosting a Party in the Pen at Mugshots September 26th. Food, games, music and brews will all be part of the celebration and a portion of proceeds will donated to CHEO Foundation. Class act. Without further ado: Apt613: You opened with a tight brew list: an IPA, a blonde and a... | Continue reading article

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Marvest: Steaming up the oil jugs

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Steamers.Steamers.

You wake up early in the log cabin Uncle Rod said you could use for the week. It was sunk down deep in the dark green; your car stalled twice bouncing down the sludgy potholed roads that you navigated into it. The birds got you up, their chirping like a swarm of audible spotlights. You walk to the kitchen past the black wood stove in the middle of the room, the cool floorboards squeaking softly under the weight of your footsteps. The lake peers out from the corduroy curtains. “What... | Continue reading article

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