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NBOG promises night of interactive art from dusk ’til dawn

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Monster Printmaking at the Ottawa School of Art returns to Nuit Blanche this year. All photos from nbog.ca.Monster Printmaking at the Ottawa School of Art returns to Nuit Blanche this year. All photos from nbog.ca.

This Saturday night our city will spend a sleepless night celebrating the vibrant arts and culture scene that makes our community such a wonderful place to be. The fourth annual Nuit Blanche, Hype Frénésie, will take place across Ottawa’s downtown core and spread into Gatineau from 7:19pm to 4:20am. Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau began in 2012 as one of a handful of such events across Ontario drawing crowds of over 30 000 people that year. The following year, Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau became an Independent Not-For-Profit Foundation and has continued to grow... | Continue reading article

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CityFolk Festival: What’s New and Our 6 Picks

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Lucinda Williams plays CityFolk on Sunday, Sept 20 at 5:30.Lucinda Williams plays CityFolk on Sunday, Sept 20 at 5:30.

With just over two decades in the saddle, this year’s rendition of Ottawa’s Folk Fest will showcase two significant changes. The first is a location leap from the grassy banks of Hog’s Back Falls to the now-buzzing and more central locale of Landsdowne Park. This is not the first time the fest has changed locations. When the Festival for the Folks ended in 1979 after a three-year stint, the first Ottawa Folk Festival was held on Victoria Island in 1994. The following year it moved west, to Britannia Park, where... | Continue reading article

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Marvest: Get a taste of Baberaham Lincoln, Steamers + Zoo Legacy at Unrefined Olive

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Zoo Legacy.Zoo Legacy.

Marvest is an offshoot of the CityFolk festival that runs between September 16th and 20th, at the Aberdeen Pavilion, and along Bank Street. These mostly free shows feature local bands, and we’ll be profiling some of those bands. Guest post by Rose Ekins from Jackpine. On Saturday, September 19th The Unrefined Olive is hosting a free Cityfolk Marvest Showcase presented by Jackpine. The Unrefined Olive, located in the Glebe, is Ottawa’s premier destination for specialty olive oils and preserves. Featured will be three local bands: Baberaham Lincoln, Steamers and Zoo Legacy. In keeping... | Continue reading article

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Networking for Nerds: Ottawa’s newest business social

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Photo by Jon Parise on Flickr.Photo by Jon Parise on Flickr.

Calling all Nerds! You know who you are. Armada Lounge (23 York Street ) is hosting the first of a monthly series of networking events starting on Wednesday September 2nd, 2015 that invites business professionals, passionate innovators and vanguards in Ottawa’s vocation world to co-mingle and talk-shop under one roof. Forget the typical networking template; the awkward ten minutes pre and post seminar where you’re practically speed-dating every suit and tie within cubicle space, exchanging signature blocks and whoring your way through a crowd of potential employers in the hopes... | Continue reading article

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Savour Ottawa brings farm to fork in style at Harvest Table 2015

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Participants at a previous Harvest Table. Photo provided by Savour Ottawa.Participants at a previous Harvest Table. Photo provided by Savour Ottawa.

Debate it all you want this is the best time of year and the tastiest. The vines are laden, the stalks are high and the fields are full of food. The Harvest is coming in. You’re invited to celebrate with local foodies and some of the city’s best farmers and chefs over a multi-course, gourmet luncheon at the 5th annual Harvest Table presented by Savour Ottawa. Eager to learn more I got in touch with Trevor Haché from Savour Ottawa who attended Harvest Table for the first time last year... | Continue reading article

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Flying arrows with ‘marshmallow’ tips: Archery Tag comes to Ottawa

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All photos by Kenneth Ingram.  Left: Archery Tag co-founders Ramsay Jackson, Qi Hu, and Brian Seto. Right: Qi Hu demonstrates technique.All photos by Kenneth Ingram. Left: Archery Tag co-founders Ramsay Jackson, Qi Hu, and Brian Seto. Right: Qi Hu demonstrates technique.

Apt613 was invited to Archery Games, a new recreational facility that celebrates its grand opening in Ottawa this weekend. Inspired (in part) by dodgeball and paintball, the sport is guaranteed to make you sweat and won’t hurt if when you get hit. Standing outside an 8,000 square foot arena before game time, Ramsay Jackson focuses on a foam target in the distance as he shows how to load and shoot “marshmallow tipped” arrows. “Hold the bow with your non-dominant hand and avoid chicken wing arms,” he says, raising his elbow... | Continue reading article

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Find out what Ottawa’s making at Makerspace North’s Open House

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Makerspace North will be marking its official opening this Saturday with what can only be described as a carnival for crafty-type people. Its open house will be a showcase for many of the multi-talented individuals that call Ottawa home and will feature activities and amusements for all ages. It’s a chance to see what cool companies will soon be causing a buzz in our city. From 10am to 4pm on the 22nd, the city’s maker community will be out in full force, filling the 19,000 square foot space within City... | Continue reading article

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Best Of: Romantic first date spots

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Photo by Chelsey CassidyPhoto by Chelsey Cassidy

So you’ve got yourself a date. Whether the Tinder gods found you a match or you’ve managed to manoeuvre your way though the Ottawa dating scene, kudos to you, it’s tough world out there! Now it’s time to decide where to go. First dates are stressful, and where you decide to go for this new awkward encounter can make or break it. No pressure, my friend, Ottawa’s got your back. This city provides new daters with a plethora of unique places to share those adorably uncomfortable first moments. Not only... | Continue reading article

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Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015! + Dine Alone Records prize pack

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Photo by Trevor Pritchard in our Apt613 Flickr Pool.Photo by Trevor Pritchard in our Apt613 Flickr Pool.

I know it’s still summer but…. Ziggy Zaggy, Ziggy Zaggy, Oi Oi Oi! Better start practicing your German toasts to health and wellness, because everyone’s favourite Vankleek Hill field party will soon be here. Mark your 2015 cat calendar for Friday October 2 and Saturday October 3: Beau’s Oktoberfest 2015. Oh and tickets went on sale at 10AM August 6 for $27 a day or $39.50 for the weekend – I’ll just wait for you here while you go get those. Welcome back. Look, I could talk about Oktoberfest all... | Continue reading article

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Lots O’ Tacos at Taco Fest

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Tacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook pageTacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook page

Whoever first said “you can’t have too much of a good thing” might very well have been talking about tacos. I can’t say for certain but what is for sure is that if you’re a taco fan there’s a festival just for you. At the second annual Ottawa Taco Fest you can taste tacos from the city’s most creative chefs gathered under one roof to showcase their fresh takes on an all-time favourite. From the bright, punchy flavours of Taqueria Kukulkan to the Angry Dragonz’ Asian fusion creations, the fest promises surprising flavour pairings, innovative... | Continue reading article

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