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Snowblower offers up a healthy, sex-positive festival for guys into guys

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Snowblower is an annual winter festival that addresses the unique health and wellness needs of gay men in Ottawa. It’s a community-based festival organized out of the Aids Coalition of Ottawa (ACO), with programming designed to engage men who have sex with men in a sex-positive dialogue about their health. Over 11 days in February, the team behind snowblower will present workshops, parties and information sessions all under this theme. We caught up with Nick Valela, the coordinator of the festival, to find out what he’s got planned for the... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613′s 2013 Big Sexy O-Town Survey!

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Photo courtesy of je@n on flickrPhoto courtesy of je@n on flickr

Once again we are Valentine’s Day as an excuse to run our annual sex syurvy! Our goal: to satisfy our own voyeuristic streak to provide a safe and serious place to discuss sexual issues of great import, such as Ottawa’s best makeout spot. While some of the questions in this year’s survey are new, for the most part we are sticking to the questions designed by Nadine Thornhill, a sexual health educator and blogger at Adorkable Undies. Thanks again to Venus Envy’s Shelly Taylor for her input. With two years... | Continue reading article

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Game Day: A Game Summit Photoblog

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All photos courtesy of Joelle GuédonAll photos courtesy of Joelle Guédon

Game Summit is in full swing over the river at the Palais de Congres in Gatineau, and apt613 is hitting the floor to play some… some games of giant Catan? Kafkaesque? Yes. Fun? Also yes! I discovered some brand new board games that now hold a special place in my cold heart. So, now I’ll shut up and dim the lights. The photo blog is below! Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

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Photographer Tony Fouhse documents one addict’s journey to get clean

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Photo reproduced with permission from tonyfoto.comPhoto reproduced with permission from tonyfoto.com

Looking to be inspired this February? Carleton University Art Gallery will be playing host to the solo exhibit Live Through This – a photo narrative by Ottawa Tony Fouhse depicting the story of heroin addict Stephanie MacDonald’s journey to get clean. Carleton will be hosting the free show until March 17 on the Mezzanine level of the gallery. We caught up with Fouhse and took a look back on his journey with Stephanie and how 30 meters of sidewalk led to his life-changing project on Ottawa’s Lowertown addicts. Apt613: So what initially drew your attention... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Winter thaw edition

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Photo by FUNDERSTORMS on flickrPhoto by FUNDERSTORMS on flickr

Here we go again. Another January thaw to get our hopes up about the return of warm weather. But it’s just a ruse, Ottawa. Before you know it, you’ll be dealing with eye-watering windchill as everyone goes about their business in bundled-up, genderless masses. You know what’s not toying with you? This weekend roundup, of course! So read it before your eyelids freeze shut from the cold, and then get out there and take part in some local culture. Speaking of eyeballs and winter, you could do worse than checking... | Continue reading article

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Creative Mornings takes on Happiness

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“Happiness” illustration by Jen Mussari“Happiness” illustration by Jen Mussari

This Friday, Creative Mornings is taking on the issue of happiness. John Zelenski from Carleton University is the director of the happiness lab, a facility devoted to testing what makes us happy and how we can control and manage our happiness. If Ottawa’s long (and cold) winter is getting you down, this morning lecture might be just what you need. We sent a few questions over to Zelenski to find out more about his work and his lab. Apartment613: Can you explain the link between nature and happiness? Does this bode... | Continue reading article

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Inspiration comes from the other side of Lake Erie

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Debate #3 by Guillermo Trejo. Drypoint Etching on Cintra Board and Relief Print.Debate #3 by Guillermo Trejo. Drypoint Etching on Cintra Board and Relief Print.

Print-making, comparing Cleveland to Ottawa, and a new perspective on the United States. Guillermo Trejo talks to us days before the opening of his solo exhibit at La Petite Mort. Guillermo Trejo has been calling Ottawa home for the last 6 years already and has been in a number of group shows at La Petite Mort. A year or so ago, this piece attracted LPM owner Guy Berube’s eye and they started discussing collaboration on a show that would showcase Trejo’s trademark wood and lino cut work. A February date... | Continue reading article

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Game Summit grows, moves to new venue

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Photo Courtesy of Joelle GuédonPhoto Courtesy of Joelle Guédon

Here at Apartment613, we like our digital media. Heck, for all you know we could be computers, sent from the future to enslave all humans with our blog posts. But as enamoured as we are with the world of ones and zeroes, it still doesn’t eclipse our love for clunky, physical board games. Nothing beats the joy of setting out a brand new board game, learning the rules, and crushing your friends with epic dice rolls. Multiply that joy by 100, and you have something of an idea of why... | Continue reading article

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Taxidermy, meteorites and flashy duds: An evening at Nature Nocturne

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Photo by the Canadian Museum of NaturePhoto by the Canadian Museum of Nature

This past Friday, Ottawans in the know sought out an unusual destination for their  socializing: the Canadian Museum of Nature. See, they didn’t need some cheesy Ben Stiller movie to know that the inaugural Nature Nocturne, their after-hours dance party, was going to be cool. First conceived of in New York City, Nature Nocturne brought out more than one thousand well-dressed and curious folks who wandered through the museum’s galleries, participating in live art with the Luminartists and rocking the dance floor until midnight. The party — expected to become a... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for January 23: live performance from Yuri Bakker and an update on The Acorn

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Listen here or in iTunes. This week’s episode features a live musical set from Yuri Bakker who is in town as a musician in residence at Café Alt. Yuri plays Café Alt as part of a series organized by Popdrone starting February 1st. We also caught up with Rolf Klausener to get an update on The Acorn and his other on-going projects at the Manx and Arboretum. We round out the show with a chat with Marc Clairoux, a former gang member who will be taking part in the Ottawa Library’s... | Continue reading article

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