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Q & A with Fury President John Pugh, the man who brought professional soccer to Ottawa

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John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.

We spoke with John Pugh, President of Ottawa Fury FC, and the man responsible for bringing professional soccer to Ottawa. Apt613: Where did you grow up? A place called Hereford, it’s on the border between England and Wales, Pugh is a Welsh name. It’s famous for Bulmer’s Cider and Strongbow, and obviously Hereford cattle. What was your favourite team growing up? I always supported Manchester United. They had a certain aura about them. My boyhood hero was a guy called Denis Law. He was a goalscorer and that’s what I... | Continue reading article

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Escape…with an Ottawa company offering scenic bicycle tours

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A cycling path in Aylmer: all photos taken by the author along the tour route.A cycling path in Aylmer: all photos taken by the author along the tour route.

A bicycle. That’s what it all began with. I had been wanting to buy a bike for a while now, given that my boyfriend is a pretty avid cyclist and enjoys exploring the city from this unique vantage point. When I came across the opportunity to join a Leisure Bicycle Sightseeing Tour with the new company Escape Bicycle Tours right here in Ottawa, I decided that it was finally time to make that purchase. $60.00 later, I had my very own bike, courtesy of Cycle Salvation, and although it’s used and rusty, in... | Continue reading article

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Your guide to women’s world cup soccer in Ottawa

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The FIFA Women’s World Cup continues over the next few weeks in cities across Canada. Here in Ottawa, some of the top teams in the world are playing, including No. 1 ranked Germany. TD Place (renamed ‘Lansdowne Stadium’ for the duration of the tournament) hosted it’s first double-header on June 7, with 20,000+ fans taking in the Germany-Côte d’Ivoire and Norway-Thailand games. The group stage features two more double-headers in Ottawa, on June 11 and June 17. Before you take in more soccer action, don’t go in blind, read our... | Continue reading article

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It’s time to bust out your boxing gloves, Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of UMTBC Lifestyle Centre.All photos courtesy of UMTBC Lifestyle Centre.

It’s time to bust out your boxing gloves. Never owned a pair? That’s fine, too. The energetic fitness leaders at UMTBC Lifestyle Center on Hamilton Avenue in Hintonburg are anxious to teach you the basics – or the complex combos – of Muay Thai boxing. I’ll admit, the first time I stepped foot in the studio to try the Foundations class, I was a bit nervous. The upbeat music was blasting, the fitness instructors were bouncing around bursting with energy and smiles, and some experienced-looking members were taping up their... | Continue reading article

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Countdown to FIFA: Team Canada’s top Canucks to watch

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Photo by Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr.Photo by Joe Shlabotnik on Flickr.

As a countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Apartment613 is embarking on a six-part series that will take a look at women’s soccer in and around the city. With less than 50 days until the tournament begins, we decided to take a look at Team Canada’s top Canucks in 2015. Since their stunning bronze medal performance at the 2012 Summer Olympic in London, Team Canada has been hard at work to prepare for this summer’s international showdown. Though they suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the United States... | Continue reading article

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Wheelhouse Cycle features a spin class like no other

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All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.

Post by Shawna Page. The first thing that pops into my head when thinking about my experience at Wheelhouse Cycle is the song “Bicycle Race” by Queen. For those of you that are not familiar with the song the beginning goes like this; “Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle.” And at wheelhouse Cycle that is exactly what you get to do! Upon entering the new spin gym, located at 1279 Wellington Street West, you are greeted with an energy that can only be described as... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Scattered Clouds. Photo from their Bandcamp page.Scattered Clouds. Photo from their Bandcamp page.

This first weekend of April brings warmer weather and the passing of annual prankster day. With all the festival lineups being released, it finally feels like the fun can start. This weekend is an excellent opportunity to pick up something new with a Bubble Soccer Tourament, Glass Blowing and free hot dog parties. Thursday evening marks Fringe Festivals annual Stiff Quickies fundraiser. This collection of short films, tall drinks and deep pockets is the primary fundraiser for Fringe Festival and takes place at Arts Court with some of the best... | Continue reading article

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Countdown to FIFA 2015: A family’s friendly feud

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As a countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Apartment613 is embarking on a six-part series that will take a look at women’s soccer in and around the city. Our inaugural piece focused on Pilar Khoury, star striker for the University of Ottawa’s varsity squad. But what about the city’s other resident university women’s squad? Part two delves deeper into the rivalry between the uOttawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens. But after speaking to head coach Raz El-Asmar, we were surprised to find out that the two opposing teams share... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 4 mars 2015 :: Les tulipes ont vu leur ombre! Le printemps s’en vient! On épluche les programmations de Scène Ontario, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival et du Festival DiverCiné.

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Basement 819 se prépare déjà à accueillir les tulipes. On est optimistes. On est prêts à recevoir en pleine figure le temps doux! En attendant, on se projette vers l’été. Constatez par vous-mêmes! Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival  (du 25 au 28 juin) Chaque année, ce festival accueille la plus grande compétition de bateau dragon sur le continent! Cette course épique s’accompagne d’une série de concerts pas piquée des vers. La programmation complète a été annoncée; une belle série de bands canadiens illuminera votre été. Éric se fait une grande joie... | Continue reading article

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Countdown to FIFA 2015: Apt613 talks to uOttawa’s star striker Pilar Khoury

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Pilar Khoury. Photo from geegees.ca.Pilar Khoury. Photo from geegees.ca.

As a countdown to the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Apartment613 is embarking on a six-part series that will take a look at women’s soccer in and around the city. Our inaugural piece focuses on one local athlete who’s no stranger to making waves at the national level. We got in touch with Pilar Khoury, star striker for the University of Ottawa’s varsity squad and one of this year’s All-Canadian athletes. For those of you not familiar with the talented veteran Gee-Gee, Pilar has been playing at the university level... | Continue reading article

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