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Apt613 Fellowship: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Tyrin

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Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Tyrin Kelly About: Tyrin is 18 years old. He works at Tim Horton’s and plays music. In September, he’ll study Journalism in university. Hood: I met up with Tyrin in Centretown, by the Herb & Spice. He was grabbing a bite to eat after his band practice. Check out his band, Weed Mom,... | Continue reading article

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Find out what Ottawa’s making at Makerspace North’s Open House

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Makerspace North will be marking its official opening this Saturday with what can only be described as a carnival for crafty-type people. Its open house will be a showcase for many of the multi-talented individuals that call Ottawa home and will feature activities and amusements for all ages. It’s a chance to see what cool companies will soon be causing a buzz in our city. From 10am to 4pm on the 22nd, the city’s maker community will be out in full force, filling the 19,000 square foot space within City... | Continue reading article

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BRAIDS to bring open, honest show to #ARB2015

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BRAIDS. Photo by Landon Spears.BRAIDS. Photo by Landon Spears.

Montreal-based art pop band BRAIDS will be headlining Arboretum Festival this Friday night, playing songs from their most recent album, Deep in the Iris, which was released in April. Apartment613 talked with drummer Austin Tufts ahead of the festival, and he said the show they’re bringing to Ottawa has been some of the most fun the band’s ever had playing their songs live. BRAIDS is made up of lead singer Raphaelle Standell-Preston, bassist/guitarist Taylor Smith, and Tufts. The band just returned from three and a half months on the road... | Continue reading article

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EcoEquitable launches new fashion line

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All photos from EcoEquitable's Instagram page.All photos from EcoEquitable's Instagram page.

For over a decade, EcoEquitable has been providing employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. They’ve grown from a drop-in sewing centre to offering workshops ranging from learning to operate a sewing machine to pattern making and home decor. They operate a fabric boutique and now they’ve launched their newest brand, Flagbarer. We caught up with Anouk Bertner to talk about EcoEquitable’s beginnings, this latest venture and her words of advice. The following interview has been edited for clarity: Apt 613: Tell me a... | Continue reading article

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5 reasons you won’t want to miss #ARB2015!

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Photo from the Arboretum Festival Facebook page.Photo from the Arboretum Festival Facebook page.

Arboretum Festival kicks off this Wednesday and promises to be an intimate music festival, bringing together new and emerging artists from around the region as well as critically acclaimed Canadian artists, all here in Ottawa. The festival will be taking place at two locations: St. Alban’s Anglican Church on Wednesday and Thursday nights and Albert Island on Friday and Saturday nights. Apartment613 chatted with Rolf Klausener, one of the festival’s organizers, to get an idea of what we can expect this year. Here are the top five reasons you won’t... | Continue reading article

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Asinabka Festival showcases Indigenous films from around the world

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From The Dead Lands, a Maori action movie that is kicking off the festivalFrom The Dead Lands, a Maori action movie that is kicking off the festival

August 19th to the 23rd will see the 4th Asinabka Festival come to life here in Ottawa. We caught up with Festival co-director, Howard Adler to get the scoop on what’s going down for this year’s edition. Apt613: While I’m sure that some (perhaps many) of our readers are familiar with Asinabka Festival, for those unfamiliar, could you quickly fill them in on what Asinabka is all about? Asinabka is an Indigenous Film & Media Arts Festival in Ottawa. We screen the best in Indigenous film from Canada and around... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Take a spiritual voyage with Mony and Alberto

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I met Mony and Alberto somewhere along my path, between a much-needed morning coffee and a yoga class. A run-in with an article in a magazine led me to first meeting them in their home, which then led to a series of serendipitous events that eventually brought me back to their doorstop, this time sharing heart-provoking conversation over tea and steeped perspective, then leaving with three precious gifts in my hands, their books I Am Happy, The Call: Whispers from Within and Walking for Peace, an Inner Journey. Mony Dojeiji and Alberto... | Continue reading article

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Match Preview: Fury look to extend streak against Minnesota

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Two clubs, both alike in dignity, In fair Ottawa, where we play our match, From expansion woes to become no ones pity, A righteous victory our heroes will snatch. From forth the footwork of these two foes To the field skillful strikers will take; Stout defences they intend to expose, Though Falvey and Alves dost a Furious shield make. To which if you, with passionate voice, should attend, A streak of 12, our toil shall strive to extend. [Enter OTTAWA FURY FC, of the Place of TD] -William Shakesp Josh... | Continue reading article

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