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Weekend Roundup: Get out and do stuff Ottawa!

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Start your Friday right with the second edition of Creative Mornings with Chef Matt Carmichael, the man behind Mello’s Pop up. He’ll talk about the pop experience, his future ventures and the development of the food scene in Ottawa. It’s at the Ottawa School of Art (but you have to get a ticket first). Who doesn’t like burlesque for a good cause? Titties for Kitties is a night of music and burlesque to raise money for Westminster Pet Sanctuary, and Hungry and Homeless Cat Rescue. It’s taking place Friday night at... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Youngest Farmers’ Market Serves Little Italy & Beyond

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Situated in the heart of Little Italy, the Preston Farmers’ Market considers itself a neighbourhood destination for all of central Ottawa. From swiss chard, sauces, and sausages to soaps and sock moneys … the PFM offers “everything you could want in one delicious stop”. Saturday shoppers can find fresh produce & meats, hand-roasted coffee, sweet treats, handicrafts, and more courtesy of local farmers, producers, and craftspeople. This year’s PFM line-up features big draws (Suzy Q Doughnuts, Purple Urchin, Riverglen Biodynamic Farm, Upper Canada Heritage Meats) as well as lesser-knowns like... | Continue reading article

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Paper Kindle Club: The Horse That Leaps through Clouds–An Update!

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You know, I remember a time when books were books—when reading a book meant flipping pages, when the phrase “cracking open a book” made sense, and when sniffing the pages of a new book gave you that giddy, lightheaded feeling that only glue can provide. But this is the future. We live in a time when books are blasted through cyberspace at our heads, streams of ones and zeros bouncing through the air like super balls in a cement mixer. I welcome this new reality with a strange look on... | Continue reading article

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Chef Matt Carmichael talks Mello’s love and new projects

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This is my first article and restaurant review for Apt613; as an avid foodie I volunteered my blogging services to editor and soon-to-be-father François over one too many glasses of wine one Friday night at HUB Ottawa. Full disclosure: it has turned into more of a story than a review and is also a bit late because the first time I went to Mello’s I completely forgot to take any pictures and had to go again the next day; if anything this speaks to how great a meal it was…... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Whiskey by NDMA

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NDMA is Nilton de Menezes, a music producer and all-round artistic entrepreneur living in Ottawa. Having been raised in Angola and Brazil, his style has been described as a fusion of  contemporary hip hop with Portuguese influences. Menezes has also been busy as a promoter on the Ottawa scene, with his most recent project being Blue Nuit, a multimedia performance art featuring 1960s style nude photography that took place at Falldown Gallery this March. This video for his latest single Whiskey was a collaboration with Michael Cumming,  a local designer, motion artist and director. Definitely a danceable addition... | Continue reading article

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Union Local 613, where class meets southern comfort

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There is no shortage of fine dining options in our beloved Capital City. Foodies can get their fix in virtually any neighborhood, and while we’re often accused of playing catch up to trendier Montreal or Toronto, Ottawa is (almost) always on point with keeping up with restaurants fads and new concepts. Recently, a few Southern-style joints have popped up in the downtown core, integrating down-home comfort food with modern twists. The newest addition to this trend, Union Local 613 or Union for short, takes it to new heights by not... | Continue reading article

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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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Photos courtesy of Diane Bond and Trevor PritchardPhotos courtesy of Diane Bond and Trevor Pritchard

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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