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613 Style File: Velo Vogue 2013

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On June 1st, Ottawa Velo Vogue held a fashion show at the Kichesippi Beer Co. Between the cute dresses, cute bikes and fashionable people, the event was filled with style inspiration. If you didn’t have an opportunity to attend the event, photos can be found here.   Name: JORDAN DE RUITER Occupation: Designer at Jordan De Ruiter Outfit: Dress from her line, Jordan De Ruiter Style Inspiration: “I just make what I would really wear. Stuff you can dress up in, but that you buy and doesn’t just sit in your closet forever.”... | Continue reading article

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Your official Apt613 guide to Ottawa’s farmers’ markets

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Weekend mornings in Ottawa are meant for two things: sleeping off hangovers and — now that summer finally seems to be here — browsing for heirloom tomatoes and fresh flowers at one of our dozen-plus farmers’ markets. And so, we’ve put together this map for all you hungry, hungry locavores out there. (If only those cows let out a bellowing moo when you clicked on them. Get on that, Google!) We’ve also profiled a few markets that we’ve frequented over the years, along with one shiny new addition to the... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live for June 6, 2013

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Listen here or in iTunes. This week, Ryan, Katie and Chris recorded the show from Apt613′s top secret lair in Centretown. Things kicked off with a chat with Shopify Chief Product Officer Harley Finkelstein. Shopify is hosting their inaugural Popify pop-up shop in the Byward Market this weekend, and Harley filled us in on all the details. Be sure to check it out if you’re interested in experiencing what Harley calls the next generation of retail. Next, Trevor headed over to the Hintonburg Public House to talk to artists Dwayne... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Chef Michael Blackie’s NEXT adventure takes him back west

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Photo courtesy of NEXT.Photo courtesy of NEXT.

A favorite local culinary bad boy finally gets to do his own thing, his way. Chef Michael Blackie – Gold Plates Ottawa star (gold 2006, silver 2009) and Food Network Canada celebrity – has just launched NEXT restaurant on Hazeldean Road in Stittsville. While the clean, modern décor suggests upscale, the concept and atmosphere of NEXT is decidedly relaxed (billed as “casual neighbourhood dining”). In addition to a spacious, airy restaurant, NEXT offers takeout, catering, banquet, and meeting services. Why Stittsville? I suspected the west end fans he cultivated as executive... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Music lovers rejoice: this weekend’s edition of Westfest marks the unofficial launch of festival season! This year, the festival’s 10th, will feature four days of music and art. Things kick off tonight with artists Jane Siberry, Zoe Whittall, Captain Dirt and the Skirt, Juliana Pulford and Jill Zmud. The Magnetic North Theatre Festival is getting things started this Friday. The festival promises an exciting smorgasbord of contemporary Canadian theatre, with a variety of different themes and stories to be told at venues all around the city. This weekend, the National... | Continue reading article

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Pour tous les goûts: Le vernissage de Perspectives Peinture promet une soirée en couleurs à AXENÉO7

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Photo from AXENÉOSALON#6.Photo from AXENÉOSALON#6.

For Anglos: English version is available after French text.  Débutant le 6 juin prochain, la galerie d’art AXENÉO7 située à Hull inaugurera sa nouvelle exposition, Perspectives Peinture, qui met en vedette des peintres du Canada, de New York, et une étudiante de l’Université d’Ottawa. L’exposition promet des pièces uniques, en encourageant les artistes à s’engager « à travers la perspective d’une peinture hybride et traditionnelle. » (AXENÉO7, 2013) Les artistes présentant leurs œuvres dans cette exposition sont soit nouvelles au monde des arts, ou ont de l’expérience au niveau national et international.... | Continue reading article

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Atlantic University Pub Night: How I wish I was in Sherbrooke now

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Photo credit: Jeffrey Meyer Photographer.Photo credit: Jeffrey Meyer Photographer.

Many of the degrees hanging on the walls of our nation’s capital were minted in Atlantic Canada, I’ll tell ya right now. For the seventh year in a row, Ottawan alumni of the fine educational institutions to the East will congregate to celebrate all things Atlantic. I recently chatted with Jennifer Henderson, the event’s lead organizer, to explain what it’s all about. The event has the simple and noble goal of “welcoming alumni and friends from Atlantic Canadian universities. Our focus is on connecting friends and having a good time”.... | Continue reading article

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A Ravenswing 2013 retrospective

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Photo courtesy of Adria May on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Adria May on Flickr.

Ravenswing stands out as being one of the more interesting, fun, and accessible grassroots creative events in Ottawa. I went last Sunday, May 26, and there were zines, live music, as well as Do it Yourself (DIY) arts and crafts vendors offering quality stuff. The event had gotten bigger and more bustling than years past. The diversity of participants of all generations and interests, as well as a group of passionate and dedicated volunteers gave the event an incredible energy. “Ravenswing is a labour of love.” said co-Director Lauren Potosky,... | Continue reading article

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Awesome Ottawa: Three years of making the city a little more amazing

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Editor’s note: Apt613 itself received an Awesome Ottawa grant in 2012 for our lecture series.  Doesn’t everyone want their city to be a little more awesome? Awesome Ottawa – a group devoted to promoting awesomeness in the universe – will be celebrating its third birthday and the contributions they have made to the worldwide ecosystem of awesome on June 11 . The first Canadian city to have an Awesome chapter, Awesome Ottawa is part of a global movement of self-organizing groups made up of ten or so individuals who hand over $100 of their own... | Continue reading article

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