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Get yourself pretty: a how-to on making your own fabulous fascinators

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Post by Karen Diepeveen and Diane Bond. Photographs by Trevor Pritchard. There are a few of us at Apt613 HQ who will jump on any DIY or crafty project (and maybe just one person who is really talented in this area… The rest of us just think we are.) And so, when we found out the Royals were coming, we decided it was time to adopt some of their fashion stylings and add a bit of a Canadian flair. We’re not big hat-wearers in this country, but we can buy... | Continue reading article

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How is the Jazz Festival going? Audio commentary live from the ground

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We headed out to Confederation Park last night to see the lovely Jill Barber perform and while we were there got some audio commentary on how the Jazz Festival is going so far. Extra points if you can name what is playing in the background. First we have Petr Cancura the Programming Director for the Ottawa Jazz Festival: Second, we have a very excited Alan Neal host of All in a Day on CBC Radio One:

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Weekly News Review: Floods, O-Train extension, Kate & Wills and more!

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Ottawa city council has approved a $59-million plan to speed up O-Train service in the city. The city agreed on Wednesday to buy six new diesel trains and build a new track along the north-south line. Après les dégâts d’eau qui ont eu lieu à la suite de grosses inondations à Gatineau, on commence finalement à regagner les maisons et faire le grand nettoyage. En effet, les habitants des 600 résidences qui ont dû être évacuées en raison des inondations ont tous pu réintégrer leur domicile en fin de journée samedi.... | Continue reading article

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Jill Barber has some great friends in Ottawa

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Update: We’ve got two tickets to the Ottawa Jazz Festival for one lucky Apartment613 reader. Leave a comment on this post and send us an email for your chance to win. We’ll draw today at 5pm. Tickets are good for any day of the festival, so enter even if you can’t make it tonight. I first saw Jill Barber at the the Grad Club at Queen’s University in 2006 for the launch of her second album, Oh Heart. Her show was an intimate folk set that highlighted the dynamics of... | Continue reading article

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Pan-Am Cup brings volleyball powerhouses to Gatineau

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Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. By Vera Grbic When I think of Apt613, I think of all things cultural. Sports do not come immediately to mind. However, as a long-standing culture and sports enthusiast, I think the two should more often coalesce. Then I realize that there may be a reason for the separation, at least in Canada. Much of our sporting focus is on hockey, “Canada’s game”. While I’m not arguing that hockey is played by only one specific cultural segment of Canada’s population – in fact, the wonderful thing... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa web series Locker Lives launched online

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Ottawa Sketch Comedy has launched episode one of its new web series Locker Lives. “The real drama, the real show is about the actors on this TV show,” explained Ottawa Sketch member Rachelle Casseus. “The actors are playing 16-year-olds but they’re actually 30-year-olds, 40-year-olds who are sort of washed up and can’t get any other jobs. They’re stuck on this show.” You can see the pilot here. The group has been filming in Ottawa at St Pat’s, but the show is set in Vancouver, B.C. (aka Canadian Hollywood). Episode one... | Continue reading article

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Happy 5th Anniversary, Victoire!

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Ottawa may not be the country’s fashion capital, but those of us living here know there’s a whole lot more style in our city than we’re given credit for. And part of this style is thanks to a small but dedicated group of shops – the places where we get our inspiration, our funky clothing, our one-of-a-kind accessories. Ever since opening its doors five years ago, Victoire has joined the ranks of these boutiques, outfitting many a fashion-seeking Ottawan. Owners Katie Frappier and Regine Paquette have dedicated countless hours to... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Live: The “Ryan learns to do radio” edition

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[podcast]http://traffic.libsyn.com/apt613/Apt613live.mp3[/podcast] This week, Apartment613 Live is all about festivals. We interview Petr Cancura, the programming director for the Ottawa Jazz Festival. (For more on the festival’s shows, you can check out Petr’s blog here.) Trevor Pritchard sits down at the Fringe Festival beer tent with the PepTides, who played Jazzfest’s opening night. And we preview Folk Festival 2011 with board member and house concert promoter Bob LeDrew. Feel free to blame any technical trouble on this being my first time running the studio solo. (Actually, no, blame Trevor! He usually... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Fests, festivals and festivales

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Happy Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day weekend, all! For those of you looking to celebrate this holiday over in Gatineau, the Festival L’Outaouais en fête is a safe bet. Afraid of crossing bridges? Stay in Ottawa and head to Shanghai for the epic Tapette dance and French-DJ spinning party Friday night. In other notable days, while it’s only been two years, the Michael Jackson tributes are just getting started – and our city’s got one on Saturday. The Fringe Festival continues (as does our coverage over at fullyfringed.ca), and over in Wakefield they’re... | Continue reading article

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