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Take a look: The Victoire Project

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Regine Paquette (left) and Katie Frappier of Victoire Boutique. Photo by Andrew SzetoRegine Paquette (left) and Katie Frappier of Victoire Boutique. Photo by Andrew Szeto

If you’ve seen our Style File posts, you’ll know Ottawa’s got swagger. Two of the lovely ladies we’ve got to thank for it are Katie Frappier and Regine Paquette: fashionistas, besties, and successful local business women. This delightfully dressed duo is responsible for the carefully curated and much loved Victoire Boutique. The girls clearly have great style, but what really sets Victoire apart is their philosophy. The pieces you find are timeless and well-made, because Frappier & Paquette are  “smitten with Canadian design.” Victoire features designers from all across the... | Continue reading article

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Wear your golden handcuffs with pride!

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Image courtesy of Bureaucratees.Image courtesy of Bureaucratees.

Consider this a bit of payback for our t-shirt contest from last year. Nick Charney and Chris Pointer have come together to create Bureaucratees - a set of satirical t-shirts aimed at the city’s public servants. They’ve combined some of the sayings, puns and funny realities of government employment and some creative design treatments to create a fun set of t-shirts. “Sometimes you’ve got to be able to make fun of yourself and own your stereotypes, we figured what better way to do that than wear it proudly on your... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: The most powerful card in your wallet

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Photo courtesy of See-ming Lee on Flickr.Photo courtesy of See-ming Lee on Flickr.

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 5. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips.  It’s not your credit card, your driver’s license, or your health card, but your library card. You can remove that skeptical look from your face as I’ll tell you why this piece of plastic is mighty. First off, your Ottawa Public Library card is free if you live in Ottawa. It gives you access... | Continue reading article

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The story of ‘Chinatown Blossom’

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Photo courtesy of Chinatown Blossom.Photo courtesy of Chinatown Blossom.

I first noticed Claudia Gutierrez’ mural at Man Phat when walking down Somerset. It was a beautiful floral design that replaced the drab store exterior. Social media guy that I am, I posted a photo of it on Instagram. The reaction was immediate. People loved it. Unfortunately for Claudia, the piece was tagged just days after she finished. She thinks it might have been a kid just wanting to cause some ruckus. In the end, it was just an unfortunate situation. She spent a few hours repainting it and that’s... | Continue reading article

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City Hall brings on free summer fun at Marion Dewar Plaza

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Photo courtesy dugspr on Flickr.Photo courtesy dugspr on Flickr.

Summer in Ottawa usually rings a few familiar bells – Bluesfest, Jazz Fest, Fringe Festival, Canada Day and all of those great ticket-bearing events in-between. But what about the events that don’t drain our hard earned paychecks and still leave us with a fulfillment that can only come from a great time out in the sun? This summer, City Hall will be packed to the brim with free weekly events at Marion Dewar Plaza and running until the end of August. Feeling active? An outdoor boot camp with the YMCA... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Terrific tacos at El Camino

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photo courtesy of Adria Mayphoto courtesy of Adria May

Post by Adria May and Ryan Saxby Hill, Senior Taco Correspondents When we arrived at El Camino, Chef Carmichael’s new taco joint, the place was packed and there was a line up at the take-out window. We didn’t recall a place having such high energy on a Wednesday night on Elgin street in quite a while. There was a good reason. The place was fantastic and didn’t affect our pocket books too much. We still got great seats for our first go. We were sitting perched at a bar overlooking... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for July 4, 2013

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Photo by Ahmad Hashim on flickr.Photo by Ahmad Hashim on flickr.

Listen here or on iTunes. We kicked the show off this week with a chat with Cheryl Cadrin, Ralph Schipper, and Rick Karayanis of Rock ‘n’ Root Farm. Rock ‘n’ Root, along with several other farmers and artisan food producers, were surprised to hear about the cancellation of the Vanier Farmers’ Market last week. The group had been selling at the market for years, and were busily preparing for the launch of the market in mid-July when the got the news. We had a chat about how this will affect their... | Continue reading article

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Remember Camera Obscura? They are playing Bluesfest.

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I used to love Camera Obscura, but it seems like they fell off the face of the earth a bit in recent years. Desire Lines is their first album in four years and it’s got me excited about them again and about their upcoming performance at Bluesfest. I took the opportunity to send them a few questions and find out what they’ve been up to and what we can expect from the show here in Ottawa (and their new album). We heard back from Carey Lander. Apt613: Why a four year hiatus? What... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Wind-Up Radio Sessions ride into town Friday night. Photo courtesy their website.Wind-Up Radio Sessions ride into town Friday night. Photo courtesy their website.

Festival season continues with one of the largest kicking off today – we’ve got your local bands at Bluesfest covered (with a few quirky interviews with Brock Zeman, Kelly Sloan, Camp Radio and more). Elsewhere, it’s a bit of a quiet weekend, but still lots to do. We’ve got some Hoser Burlesque, a roller derby double header, and a local tourist-like take photography exhibit of our city. And, as a bonus, a few extra showings of Sappho…in 9 Fragments, one of the Fringe’s hit shows (read our review here). If you... | Continue reading article

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