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Think you can play professional soccer? Then the Ottawa Fury wants to hear from you.

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Professional sports teams don’t often hold open tryouts for the general public.  Ottawa Fury FC, however, is planning on doing just that this coming fall, by giving aspiring soccer players a chance to become a professional athlete. “We are doing it for two reasons,” says Fury coach Marc Dos Santos, when asked why the team is holding an open tryout.  ”The first is to see players who have played in the past in a professional league…. Players who got lost in the system but who only need a chance.  The... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Pedaling towards a more liveable (and profitable) city

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Motivated to make Ottawa a better city, two local residents have launched an online site that seeks to promote mass cycling. The Ottawa Bicycle Lanes Project was founded earlier this month by Michael Napiorkowski and Maayke Schurer.  Conceived as a non-profit community, the initiative wants to convince City Hall to install a network of segregated bike lanes throughout Ottawa’s major districts. If the duo’s vision is implemented, segregated bicycle lanes would be implemented in such areas as Sparks, Westboro, the ByWard Market, the Glebe, Hintonburg, Beechwood and Old Ottawa South. “My partner is... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Talks presents Sports in the City: Building Local Culture through Play

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Ever since the days when the citizens of Sparta would gather round to watch their man humiliate Athens at the chariot races, sports has been a keystone of local culture. Is there a modern city state that doesn’t make rooting for the home team somewhat mandatory? But the role of sports in forming local culture goes beyond professional or even semi-professional sports. Soccer fields, hockey arenas and baseball diamond are places where friendships (or rivalries) are formed that play out in other spheres of our communal life. Newer sports like... | Continue reading article

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Lawn Summer Nights: Bowling for Cystic Fibrosis

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Lawn bowling isn’t typically understood as a young, hip sport – it brings up images of grey-haired, white-clad folk moving around gracefully on a perfectly manicured lawn. However, a bunch of young people, inspired by one woman’s fight against Cystic Fibrosis, have claimed the sport as their own. At Lawn Summer Nights, teams of four compete in a lawn bowling tournament – and all proceeds from the event go towards Cystic Fibrosis Canada. We chatted with the organizers of the Ottawa Lawn Summer Nights series, the last of which happens tonight... | Continue reading article

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Finding a home with Nomadic

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Photo courtesy of Michael Anderson.Photo courtesy of Michael Anderson.

Today, staying fit in Ottawa isn’t just about jogging along the canal. Our city’s ever-growing wave of independent gyms and new-age workout classes now provides ample opportunity to shape, cut, and build. A fitness fix can come via hot yoga, barre classes, crossfit, and even hot spinning (a spin class in a heated room…which exists somehow). Choosing where to sweat-it-out can be an intimidating experience. I’m a yogi myself, but sometimes I find that yoga doesn’t always give the results that I’m looking for.  So, from time to time, I... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Festival season kicks off

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The joke usually goes that Ottawa has two seasons: winter and construction. But more and more, I’m convinced it’s not construction season but festival season that more accurately describes our summer – with at least five happening this weekend, that seems a fairly safe bet! First up, we’ve got Ottawa Explosion Weekend, which officially kicked off last night. With dozens of shows across the city, this music festival isn’t afraid to push the boundaries. If you stop by Club Saw, Cafe Dekcuf, Mugshots, Mavericks, Babylon or hang out in Hull,... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Dance, Music, Sports, Visual art

Tour de blogosphere: Running ultramarathons (and blogging) for charity

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Photo courtesy of Joe Rios, who is on the right holding the sign.Photo courtesy of Joe Rios, who is on the right holding the sign.

Joe Rios has come a very long way since becoming a runner more than three years ago – thousands and thousands of kilometres to be more precise. Back in 2009, Rios paid little attention to fitness, a problem given his family’s long history with diabetes. When a friend convinced him to register for the Ottawa Army Run half-marathon, however, he surprised himself by signing up. “I was inactive, I was asthmatic, I was overweight,” says Rios of his physical condition at the time. During an initial training run, he recalls, he... | Continue reading article

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Bending over backwards: premiere of “Yogawoman” at the Mayfair Theatre

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Photo courtesy of John MacNab from the Apt613 flickr poolPhoto courtesy of John MacNab from the Apt613 flickr pool

Ottawans sure do love their yoga. Walk down Bank St. from Wellington to Gladstone and you’ll encounter more yoga studios than Bridgeheads. While the majority of practitioners do yoga for the physical health benefits, it’s well known toned muscles aren’t all you get from downward dog. Yogawoman is an award winning documentary that tells the inspiring stories of women whose lives have been changed by yoga. Why just women? Although you’d never guess going into a studio here in North America, traditionally yoga was developed for men. It was brought to the western world from India... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Roller disco in thirty seconds

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A short but sweet video by Michael Cumming that captures the vibe of the Roller Disco, an event held a few times a year by the Ottawa Roller Derby. The last one took place last week. Check back on their events page to see when the next mass 70s flashback will occur.

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Broker4tickets.com: A local startup that both nurtures and capitalizes on our love of hockey

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From Broker4Tickets' Facebook pageFrom Broker4Tickets' Facebook page

Neil Cooke has found a way to bring together two of our favourite things: entrepreneurship and hockey. Earlier this season, he launched broker4tickets.com, a local start-up that bases its business in making it easier for Ottawans to get closer than ever to the hockey they crave — by enabling season ticket holders to sell their unused tickets to other fans. Last week, I swung by the Broker4Tickets office in Kanata to speak with Cooke (President and CEO) and Stuart Sage (Director of Business Operations), to learn a bit about how their business strives... | Continue reading article

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