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Axe throwing: Even more fun than running with scissors

Put on your plaid and channel your inner Mufferaw Joe because we are going to BATL (Backyard Axe Throwing League). BATL was started in founder Matt Wilson’s backyard in 2006 and quickly gained popularity around Toronto. Since then, it has exploded, and BATL locations can be found in eight cities across Canada, including one here […]

Photos from the Harmony House Facebook page.

Red & White Gala for Harmony House celebrates 10 years

The Red & White Gala for Harmony House on Wednesday, Mar. 23, will celebrate its 10th year, and has become one of the city’s highly anticipated annual events, offering yet another exciting and well-rounded evening of culinary delights, food vendors, wine/beer selections, raffles, live/silent auctions, and live entertainment. The fundraising event has been organized by, […]

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City steps into fashion with new March Break camp

I’m extremely envious of the children and youth of today. What my younger self wouldn’t do for the playful apps I now hold so dearly, the insanely cool toys available, or the beautiful children’s books that line the shelves at Chapters. (Full disclosure: I wouldn’t be too overjoyed with the new apple slices option for […]

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Ottawans offered A Taste of the Arctic next Monday

While Ottawa has the largest Inuit population outside of the Arctic, many Ottawans who don’t have ties to the North have few opportunities to experience the richness and diversity of Inuit culture. Next Monday, an event offers Southerners an opportunity to sample the NAC kitchen’s take on a variety of Inuit culinary delicacies, with ingredients […]

All photos courtesy of Cameryn Moore.

Share your story at Cameryn Moore’s Smut Slam

Cameryn Moore is a self-described “award-winning playwright/performer, sex activist and educator, sidewalk pornographer, and a long-time phone sex operator”.  On February 25th, she is bringing Smut Slam to Ottawa: a performance where attendees sign up to tell a five-minute erotic story drawn from their own experiences.  A team of judges awards prizes to the tellers. Brian Carroll […]

Mimi Violette and Unetelle as Patty and Selma. All photos from the Facebook event page.

An uncommon combination of cartoons and cabaret + ticket giveaway

Mer Weinhold is an Ottawa-dwelling writer, editor, book reviewer, and costuming enthusiast. You can follow them on Twitter. Watching The Simpsons was a staple of my youth. Back when broadcast TV existed, we got two syndicated episodes every weekday evening on CFMT and CityTV (three episodes if one of my siblings climbed on the roof […]

Moon Daughter prepares a deck of Tarot Cards. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Psychics set the mood for Valentine’s Day

Relying on tea leaves, rainbow beads, decks of cards and an assortment of other techniques, more than a dozen psychics gathered at the Bronson Centre this past Saturday afternoon for the semi-seasonal fair. With Valentine’s Day approaching, plenty of people were eager for advice about love but there was also an abundance of chocolates, SweeTarts, […]

Borderline, by Rachel Kalpana James. Images courtesy of Gallery 101.

Gallery 101’s There’s Room explores global mass migrations

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth engagement coordinator/arts educator.  You can follow her on Facebook and Twitter. When we saw the picture of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose body washed up on a Turkish beach, the world stopped to feel the impact of such a horrific tragedy. That single picture caused […]

Serial Killer Charade. Ramsay Jackson takes a seat in Ottawa's newest escape room. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Awaken at Ottawa’s creepiest escape room

Apt613 was recently invited by Room Escape Ottawa to try their newest escape room, Serial Killer Charade. Allowing yourself to be ‘locked’ in a room, voluntarily, for an hour (or less, if you can find your own way out) may seem like a strange way to beat the winter blues. But if you haven’t tried […]

Photo courtesy of Venus Envy.

Venus Envy wants you to come… to their 15th anniversary party!

Find Sheri Levine on Twitter at @sherlevine. Venus Envy, Ottawa’s education-oriented sex shop, is celebrating the Big One on January 30th, marking 15 successful years in O-town. It’s easy to escape Ottawa’s bitter winter chill by hibernating your weekends away, but attending Venus Envy’s big bash is the perfect way to add some much needed heat to […]

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Beau’s at Lansdowne

On these frost bitten winter days, we residents of Ottawa deserve something to look forward to, like, a huge St Patrick’s Day party at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavillion hosted by Beau’s Brewery. This is the first year the brewery is celebrating this Irish holiday, but based on the success of their Oktoberfest festivities, this should be […]

All photos by Terry Steeves.

Goodbye Maxwell’s… and thanks for the memories

Last Saturday night, people showed up in droves to live out their last hurrahs at Elgin Street’s landmark venue, Maxwell’s, who will close their doors after 34 years. So many familiar faces, former employees, and long-time patrons came to revisit and reconnect with one another one last time in a place that was one of […]

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