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Foodie Friday: Making the Link – Sausages and Beer

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Photo by Jordan Duff.Photo by Jordan Duff.

Aren’t sausage puns the wurst? Beer and sausages: a perfect pairing. Below I’d like to call attention to two venues in Ottawa’s east end where you can indulge your palate with these two German delicacies. Beechwood’s newly opened Clarkstown Kitchen and Bar (formerly El Mason) has modernized the historical beer and sausage marriage and taken it to the next level with craft beer and artisinal sausages. The out-of-this-world in-house sausage creations include Lamb & Rosemary, Pork Cilantro & Citrus, Beef Short-rib & Orange and Chicken Lemongrass. They are all bangin’ bangers,... | Continue reading article

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Match Preview: Fury look to outshine Cosmos’ stars

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Romuald Peiser takes the field at TD Place. (Picture courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC)Romuald Peiser takes the field at TD Place. (Picture courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC)

 Romuald Peiser No one can get a shot passed you You can make any stop Even if you’re standing still And if a striker Thinks he knows just what to do He might make it through And then get stopped by you     -Lost lyrics to Finger Eleven’s “Paralyzer” (They’re big Fury fans) Get ready, Ottawa.  Wednesday is a Fury FC gameday! Wednesday night, Romuald Peiser and the rest of your Ottawa Fury take on legendary forward Raúl and the New York Cosmos at 7pm at TD Place.  Ottawa is... | 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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Match Preview: Fury look to extend streak against Minnesota

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Image from ottawafuryfc.comImage from ottawafuryfc.com

Two clubs, both alike in dignity, In fair Ottawa, where we play our match, From expansion woes to become no ones pity, A righteous victory our heroes will snatch. From forth the footwork of these two foes To the field skillful strikers will take; Stout defences they intend to expose, Though Falvey and Alves dost a Furious shield make. To which if you, with passionate voice, should attend, A streak of 12, our toil shall strive to extend. [Enter OTTAWA FURY FC, of the Place of TD] -William Shakesp Josh... | Continue reading article

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“Northside Sucks”: A history of the Southsiders, Ottawa’s underdog football fan club

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The Southsiders section, photo from the RedBlacks Facebook pageThe Southsiders section, photo from the RedBlacks Facebook page

They’re the face paintin’, flag wavin’, hootin’ and hollerin’ fans on the Southside upper deck at RedBlacks games. You may have seen them. They’re called the Southsiders, and they’re a part of Ottawa football history. The Southsiders are, in essence, an Ottawa football fan club. Started in 1980 by Southsiders President for Life Byron Smith and his friend Brian Henry, the group was born during a time when the Rough Riders (a CFL team we used to have, for you wee millennials) were the only pro sports team in town.... | Continue reading article

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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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Photo by mikecogh on Flickr.Photo by mikecogh on Flickr.

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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