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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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Photo by FUNDERSTORMS on flickrPhoto by FUNDERSTORMS on flickr

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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Creative Mornings takes on Happiness

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“Happiness” illustration by Jen Mussari“Happiness” illustration by Jen Mussari

This Friday, Creative Mornings is taking on the issue of happiness. John Zelenski from Carleton University is the director of the happiness lab, a facility devoted to testing what makes us happy and how we can control and manage our happiness. If Ottawa’s long (and cold) winter is getting you down, this morning lecture might be just what you need. We sent a few questions over to Zelenski to find out more about his work and his lab. Apartment613: Can you explain the link between nature and happiness? Does this bode... | Continue reading article

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Inspiration comes from the other side of Lake Erie

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Debate #3 by Guillermo Trejo. Drypoint Etching on Cintra Board and Relief Print.Debate #3 by Guillermo Trejo. Drypoint Etching on Cintra Board and Relief Print.

Print-making, comparing Cleveland to Ottawa, and a new perspective on the United States. Guillermo Trejo talks to us days before the opening of his solo exhibit at La Petite Mort. Guillermo Trejo has been calling Ottawa home for the last 6 years already and has been in a number of group shows at La Petite Mort. A year or so ago, this piece attracted LPM owner Guy Berube’s eye and they started discussing collaboration on a show that would showcase Trejo’s trademark wood and lino cut work. A February date... | Continue reading article

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#BustOutYOW… it’s Maker: Nigel Vezeau

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Visual representation of the noise levels within an area of Ottawa by Nigel VezeauVisual representation of the noise levels within an area of Ottawa by Nigel Vezeau

Post by Megan Smith, Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger. Initally posted on Artengine’s blog. To read our conversation with Megan Smith and Ryan Stec (Artengine’s Artistic Director), or for more information about the Critical Blogger Residency, click here. This month I caught up with Nigel Vezeau, an Ottawa-based maker. This post is part of the #BustOutYow series which aims to showcase people and projects that are creatively intervening in and engaging with the architecture of our surroundings; that are discussing or revealing public stories – publicly. They are people who are... | Continue reading article

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BREAKING NEWS: Imperial Food and Beverage is closed

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The brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupThe brunch you can no longer have by Jo Stockton from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

Apartment613 has confirmed that the Imperial restaurant on Bank street is now closed. According to owner Chris Edwards “they were unable to reach an agreement” with their landlord, forcing him to close the business. Our understanding is that the building is owned by the same folks as Barrymore’s. We’ve contacted them for a comment and we’ll be updating this story with any new information as we have it. Without a restaurant to run, Chris says that he’s planning to take a bit of time off now and perhaps do some... | Continue reading article

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Game Summit grows, moves to new venue

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Photo Courtesy of Joelle GuédonPhoto Courtesy of Joelle Guédon

Here at Apartment613, we like our digital media. Heck, for all you know we could be computers, sent from the future to enslave all humans with our blog posts. But as enamoured as we are with the world of ones and zeroes, it still doesn’t eclipse our love for clunky, physical board games. Nothing beats the joy of setting out a brand new board game, learning the rules, and crushing your friends with epic dice rolls. Multiply that joy by 100, and you have something of an idea of why... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Zip line on Sparks? Venture capitalism, and tourism in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy of Trevor Pritchard on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Trevor Pritchard on Flickr.

Sure, Ottawa and the national capital region gets its droves of tourists in the Summer, and during Winterlude and Tulipfest but I don’t really think of the capital as a touristy city like my hometown, Québec City. What brings tourists to Ottawa? The latest edition of the Ottawa Business Journal’s annual “book of lists” lists Leamy Lake casino as the top tourist attraction in the region with 2.8 million visits in 2011. Gatineau Park comes second at 2.7 million, and to David Reevely’s and my great surprise - the Rideau Carleton Raceway comes... | Continue reading article

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Taxidermy, meteorites and flashy duds: An evening at Nature Nocturne

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Photo by the Canadian Museum of NaturePhoto by the Canadian Museum of Nature

This past Friday, Ottawans in the know sought out an unusual destination for their  socializing: the Canadian Museum of Nature. See, they didn’t need some cheesy Ben Stiller movie to know that the inaugural Nature Nocturne, their after-hours dance party, was going to be cool. First conceived of in New York City, Nature Nocturne brought out more than one thousand well-dressed and curious folks who wandered through the museum’s galleries, participating in live art with the Luminartists and rocking the dance floor until midnight. The party — expected to become a... | Continue reading article

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