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327 Wine Bar: Somerset’s newest classy addition

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The mysterious closing of Benitz Bistro down on Somerset last year brought disappointed sighs from around the city. For Tim Barton and Brad Henderson, though, that close resulted in one of their biggest opportunities to date: opening their own restaurant. But things are never as easy as they sound – from the start, this duo had a challenge ahead. When they walked into the space for the first time, it was set up just as it was when Benitz was actually open – dinner plates, cutlery, glasses all impeccably laid... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Annie Pootoogook, OCTranspo enhancements, Nordstrom’s new store and more!

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Metro reports that OCTranspo will be adding 75 double decker buses to their fleet this Fall and will be adding expanded services to several routes. Famed Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook has been known for the past 15 years or so for her simple contemporary pieces of Inuit life. Originally from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, the 43-year old former Sobey Art Award winner’s life has taken a turn for the worst, and she now finds herself pregnant and homeless, living on the streets of Ottawa. Read her story in the Citizen. Good news for beer lovers... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush: Diane’s Pre-loved Pad

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For this edition of Apartment Crush, our periodic show case of the apartments and houses of Ottawa, we’re keeping it in the family. Our very own Visual Arts editor dusted and polished her unique ground floor apartment in the Glebe for your apartment-spying pleasure. An accomplished artist and crafter in her own right, Diane has used the old-fashioned charm of the building to the upmost, complementing each room with re-purposed furniture and original art. Check out her pre-love pad below! If you would like your place to be featured on Apartment Crush,... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: Two Shows for the Price of None!

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Apt613 Live is dropping two new shows this week. On the first, we play some music from this year’s Bluesfest, Karen interviews Greg Searle from Harvest Noir, the guys behind 327 Wine Bar on Somerset. And we do it all without the guiding hands or smooth sultry voices of Ryan or Trevor. Despite our impediments, we prevail, delivering wacky humour and informative, earnest discussion. Download the MP3 here. On the second, this week’s edition, Ryan, Karen and Jared talk to Catherine Langois from Sandbanks Winery, the Burlesque Assassins, Coffee with... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in O-town

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Humidity is down this weekend, folks, so all you need is sunscreen and you should be fine outside. And who wouldn’t want to be outdoors for the most creatively named festival of the summer: Zaphodsfestamusica?! What would you do with the Voice of Fire if you could have it for a day? Artist Rene Price will talk about this contentious painting and his weekend with it down at Blink Gallery this weekend. Afterward, take a little wander through Beechwood with the Photo Walk - or stop by the Printmakers Connective Exhibition... | Continue reading article

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Local dining along the canal: Is 8 Locks Flat the city’s best new patio?

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There is a curious buzz in the air as I stroll towards 8 Locks’ Flat, the new patio restaurant on the shore of the Rideau Canal. All around me interested onlookers – whether biking, running, walking or rollerblading – scan the recently installed wooden deck that is filled with people eating and drinking. “We should stop there on our way back,” I overhear an intrigued cyclist say to a fellow rider as they bike past the restaurant patio, which is just by the Somerset footbridge next to the University of Ottawa. The brainchild of... | Continue reading article

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Free (or super cheap) outdoor fun in Ottawa

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Want to have some summer fun, but are pinching your pennies to feed your daily gelato habit? The following list of free or very cheap outdoor activities is a work in progress by Fiona Marshall. Fiona is working on the list for the Money Skills workshops offered by the Canadian Mental Health Association to people with severe and persistent mental health issues, a program sponsored by the TD Financial Literacy Fund. Help out Fiona (and your fellow cheapskates) by suggesting free or cheap recreational activities that we may have missed in... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Chefs Offering up Tasty Taco Experimentation at TacoLot

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Every Sunday until November 4, some of Ottawa’s best chefs will be making their own taco creations to support the Ottawa Food Bank or a charity of the chef’s choice at the TacoLot on Wellington West. While serving up his own creation last Sunday, Urban Pear owner and head chef Ben Baird told Apartment613 that he likes the simplicity of tacos. However, the preparation of his special wild boar tacos with lime cilantro crème fraiche and organic corn and snap pea salsa was not exactly simple. The boar alone took... | Continue reading article

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Join the Green Wave at Simply Raw Express

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When the Canadian Press recently wrote about Ottawa’s flourishing foodie neighbourhood of Hintonburg, writer Jennifer Ditchburn chose to focus on local favourites such as Hintonburger, Suzy Q Doughnuts and the TacoLot (naturally already featured on our blog). While the budding restaurant scene was well covered, a few of the more novel tummy-pleasing spots were missed, including Simply Raw Express. The café and takeaway shop, which opened in May 2012, is quickly becoming a destination for those who prefer their food uncooked and unprocessed. If owners Mark Faul and Natasha Kyssa have their... | Continue reading article

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