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Weekly News Review: Comiccon, Ottawa’s Top Chef contenders, Salvation Army strike and more!

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This won’t be news to the over 1,000 Facebook fans this event has already garnered, but for everyone else: Ottawa’s getting its very own ComicCon. Get ready to geek out May 12-13, 2012 at the CE Centre with DC Comics Marco Rudy, legendary comic artist Neal Adams, the Capital City Garrison – 501st Legion and many, many more. OH! And I recently learned Captain Jean-Luc Picard will be there himself! In the last three years since Apt613 inception, we’ve been seeing Ottawa’s foodie scene growing by leaps and bounds. Another... | Continue reading article

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Apartment 613 Live: International Women’s Day Edition

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Apartment613 Live March 8 Full show FINAL by saxby This week on Apartment613 Live, Ryan Saxby-Hill and Trevor Pritchard reunite to co-host the show and celebrate International Women’s Day. Ryan and Trevor show their appreciation for the women in their lives and celebrate by bringing in some fantastic women to talk about everything from beer to music and local trivia. Do you love beer enough to put it in your salad? Turns out it’s possible and delicious. Ryan chats with Caroline Isshi from Zen Kitchen to talk about their upcoming... | Continue reading article

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Urban Parks are for People: The Dundonald Park Project

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Dundonald Park is a Centretown favourite, a historically significant and charmingly urban bit of  green space in a neighbourhood that is lacking in other public areas. With a children’s park, chess tables and space to play sports or walk dogs, the park has a lot to offer, although there is certainly room for improvement. Luckily, Dundonald was recently selected as one of eight parks across the province to take part in a planning and design program by 8-80 Cities, an organization that aims to make cities people-friendly for anyone ages 8... | Continue reading article

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Antique Skateboard finds a home in Centretown

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Just in time for the impending March break (and some pretty mild weather according to CBC’s Ian Black) Aaron Cayer, owner of Antique Skateboards, is opening a retail shop in Centretown. Antique has a history of leading some cool projects, including the “While you were on Facebook” video series (embedded above), where Aaron created a community-drive skateboard video that celebrated the sport in Ottawa. He’s hoping to think a bit differently about the business, building something that reflects the community that Antique has developed. “I want to get people motivated... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Today marks International Women’s Day – and our city has got a plethora of celebratory events for you to attend. There’s dance, a fancy dinner, special music surprises, monologues, and even an event for those of you who say “I’m a feminist, but…” Musically, you’re going to have to make some tough choices this weekend. Zaphod’s 20th anniversary celebrations continue, with DJs, The Polytones, Sound of Lions, and a bit of burlesque stopping by over the next few days. Tonight, indie rockers Plants and Animals take to Ritual, while John... | Continue reading article

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Omar Killed Me Diverciné Film Festival

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As you walk on Rideau Street bracing the cold wind, you admire the bright lights of the Bytowne Cinema which remind you of all the good memories forged inside. Strolling inside the cinema as the flock of cinéphiles exit from the previous movie, you find a cozy chair after removing your winter coat and accessories. You sink into your seat and start nibbling on some popcorn or soft candy, eagerly waiting for the red curtain to rise. After a brief speech by Erika Denis, the audiovisual attaché at the French... | Continue reading article

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Wunderkammer: Ottawa’s new curiosity shop

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Walking into Wunderkammer is like entering an apartment whose owner had recently splurged at an antique store owned by Rilo Kiley. Situated on the trendy intersection of Dalhousie and St Patrick, Wunderkammer’s bright and eclectic décor of antlers, vintage furniture, and nature-inspired artwork is a definite indication of the quirky contents of the store. Co-owners and partners Nathan Dubo and Tamara Steinborn opened the jewelry and gift store in late October 2011 and it has quickly become an Ottawa favorite. While Wunderkammer’s popularity in Ottawa has grown rapidly, its creation began... | Continue reading article

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Déjà vu? The impact of Ottawa’s smoking ban on Gatineau and its bar scene

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The City of Gatineau is once again forced to react after the Ottawa city council approved a motion, 21-2, to ban smoking in bar and restaurant patios. Beaches, playgrounds and parks among other locations will also become smoke-free after Canada Day. “It is only a matter of time before a similar law is ushered into Gatineau’s City Hall,” said Éric Gaudreault, owner of Le Troquet – Bar and Bistro, which has two patios. This seems like a déjà-vu for bars and restaurants owners in Gatineau, specifically for bars in le Vieux-Hull. On August 1, 2001 the City... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Bye Bye Sears, welcoming Bordeleau & McDonald, Ottawa Distillery district and more!

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A weird feeling of sadness and excitement came to me when I heard the Rideau Centre Sears was closing. I felt bad for 200 or so individuals that are losing their jobs, but my attention soon turned to what could take over the big vacant space left by Sears’ departure. Would a Simons be interested in coming to Ottawa? Is this finally what H&M has been waiting for to dive into the Ottawa market? Alternatively,  the space could be redivided into smaller sections to bring about greater diversity. What would you... | Continue reading article

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