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Canada’s toughest marathon

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Photo by Alain Villeneuve (Red Cap Photo) courtesy of MEC.Photo by Alain Villeneuve (Red Cap Photo) courtesy of MEC.

“Remember, you paid for this.”        - A sign I once saw near the end of a marathon          that I was running as my body was falling apart.   Running a marathon is one of life’s most amazing, body crushing joys.  Having run three, I can still recall the pride — and also utter pain (kilometre 40 is a bitch!) — of crossing the finish line. For some runners, however, covering 42.2 kilometres is only the beginning of their challenge.  For this impressive group of athletes, running a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.Photo from the ottawabuskerfestival.com.

This long weekend, for those who are lucky enough, sees July roll into August and for those not taking off to spend it lakeside, there is plenty going on in this great city. As always, we here at Apt613 like to keep you in the know, so here you have it: the Weekend Roundup! Thursday night starts the fun early with an evening of dancing under the stars at Open Air Social Club’s POP Edition held at Parliament Pub, with Matty McGovern and Atherton. If POP is not your thing,... | Continue reading article

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Argentina vs. Germany: Where to watch the World Cup Final in Ottawa

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This World Cup’s been one hell of a roller coaster ride from James Rodriguez’ magnificent goals, to the play of US goaltender Tim Howard, to the stunning, crushing defeat of Brazil in the semifinals to the hands of the Germans. It is fitting that Europe and Latin America meet in this year’s World Cup final. We can imagine that most bars will be presenting the big game but here’s a breakdown of the venues and places where you should find the best atmosphere and viewing experience. Traditional places like The... | Continue reading article

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Ringside for Youth XX: A fundraising success story

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One of the many volunteers of Ottawa's finest, providing security during Ringside For Youth XX. All photos by Terry Steeves.One of the many volunteers of Ottawa's finest, providing security during Ringside For Youth XX. All photos by Terry Steeves.

This is the story of how members of a community got together to help a financially strapped youth centre. That was 20 years ago, and the centre was the Ottawa Police Youth Centre, located in the Debra St./Dynes Ave. area…a neighbourhood which at one time, was plagued with crime. The PYC opened in 1992, inside a building which was once a fire hall, creating a place where kids could participate in various youth programs, many of which were geared during the after-school time slot. A safe place to hang out,... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 11 juin 2014 :: La Nouvelle Scène nous sort en grand! Trouvez les meilleurs sièges pour la Coupe du monde de la FIFA! Festoyez, c’est l’été!

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C’est parti pour vrai. L’été est débarqué avec la promesse de faire briller la région avec des événements festifs. La Nouvelle-Scène toute emballlée Le jour du lancement de la programmation 2014-2015, le théâtre de la Nouvelle-Scène obtenait son permis de construction pour prendre pignon sur rue sur King Edward à Ottawa. En attendant d’obtenir un tout nouveau lieu tout frais, plusieurs salles qui ont de la classe vont recevoir les événements de la programmation 2014-2015. Éric nous présente à l’émission une série d’événements à ne pas manquer dans les prochains... | Continue reading article

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Bowling & beer Big Lebowski style, dudes

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Still from The Big Lebowski.Still from The Big Lebowski.

Jean McLernon is the Executive Assistant / Event Planner for the Ottawa International Film Festival. On Saturday, June 14th join Beau’s Beer and the Ottawa International film Festival for The Big Lebowlski: A far out bowling and feature beer night. The event is a fundraiser for the Ottawa International Film Festival which runs later this fall in October, and is an opportunity for Beau’s to lead Ottawa into Ontario Craft Brew Week which kicks off on the 13th and runs until June 20th. The Ottawa International Film Festival is a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway

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The rain should clear up by the weekend, Ottawans, so plan on getting out and enjoying the sun! This week, we’re giving away tickets to Winchester Warm’s album launch – read on to find out how you can win. Summertime should perhaps be re-cast as weddingtime – ’tis the season of nuptials, showers and confetti. Victoire, Sparrow flowers and Heart Deco are joining forces tonight to present a bit of a different side of the wedding industry: with vintage dresses, jewelry and locally-designed flower arrangements, they’ll provide the perfect way... | Continue reading article

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Spring clean your wardrobe sustainably and charitably

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Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.

The time has come to spring clean. This dauntingly includes tackling your wardrobe. As a dress enthusiast I know the trouble of stuffing my wardrobe until the bar bends, buckling under the weight of my well-intended enthusiasm. To provide my poor closet with some relief I often host a clothing swap with friends, where everything old is new again and the remaining items are donated to a thrift shop. However, with new organizations such as Clothes for Charity  in the UK arising, it seemed to me that there were more... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa, it’s time to unleash your Fury

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Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC Facebook pagePhoto courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC Facebook page

A little piece of sporting history is going to made on Saturday, when Ottawa Fury FC takes the field at Carleton University for their first North American Soccer League home game, and you should be a part of it. For those who don’t know, the NASL is a professional soccer league that competes at the second-highest level on the continent, just below Major League Soccer.  Fury FC will bring the total number of pro soccer teams in Canada to five (FIVE!), following Toronto FC, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact of the MLS, as... | Continue reading article

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Height-of-the-party vibe before the sun goes down

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Every year, restaurants, galleries and clubs sprout up around the city, offering new and undiscovered spaces for artistic and culinary talent, cultural and social activities, and opportunities to meet new people. Sometimes though, places that have been in the scene for what seems like ages change how they do things and offer up a traditional space for reinterpretation. That’s exactly what’s been happening every Monday night at the Mercury Lounge since the start of this year, where a few dance lovers have taken over the floor albeit in a different... | Continue reading article

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