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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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Interested in blogging for Apt613? Come to our info session on February 19

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Apt613 is 100% volunteer run, which means we depend on a motley crew of writers, photographers and bon vivants to keep the blog posts coming. If you have a few hours a month to spare, a willingness to explore the Ottawa area and the ability to string together a half decent sentence (or snap a photo), join our blog! We’re having a short info session on the blog on Tuesday, February 19th from 7:30pm to 8:30pm at Hub Ottawa (71 Bank St 6th Floor). We’ll cover who we are, what... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: tattoos, poutine, self-parking cars and more!

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Photo from the Toronto Public Library via GlebeSitePhoto from the Toronto Public Library via GlebeSite

Welcome back to Apt613’s round-up of local blogs! Thanks to reader feedback from last week’s inaugural post, we’ve added a couple more web sites to our growing list of bloggers. This week’s highlights include entries on tattoos, poutine, self-parking cars and century-old images of the Glebe. Have tattoos become too popular? And will kids in the future reject tats in rebellion against their painted parents? Quebec City native turned Ottawa blogger Brenda, who self-describes as a belly-dancing accordion-playing librarian, shares some insightful thoughts on whether to ink … or not. Looking... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613′s 2013 Big Sexy O-Town Survey!

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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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Weekly News Review Special Edition: Local News Quiz!

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Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our first-ever local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: Local news hound! You should be writing this quiz. 4 out of 5: You are officially in the know. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but a little quality google time may be in order. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in a while.... | 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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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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Foodie Friday: Crowdsourcing dinner at the Urban Element

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Photo by Yasmin NissimPhoto by Yasmin Nissim

We’ve all heard the saying “there’s too many cooks in the kitchen”, but that isn’t a problem at Hintonburg’s Urban Element – they’ve just made the kitchen bigger! My husband and I have been meaning to take a cooking class at the Element for some time now and we were finally able to this past Wednesday. Our class was all about Bistro Classics and ran from 6 to 9 in the evening. Our experience ended up being one of the most fun, lively and unique dinner outings we’ve had in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Winter thaw edition

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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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