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Awaken at Ottawa’s creepiest escape room

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Serial Killer Charade. Ramsay Jackson takes a seat in Ottawa's newest escape room. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Serial Killer Charade. Ramsay Jackson takes a seat in Ottawa's newest escape room. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Apt613 was recently invited by Room Escape Ottawa to try their newest escape room, Serial Killer Charade. Allowing yourself to be ‘locked’ in a room, voluntarily, for an hour (or less, if you can find your own way out) may seem like a strange way to beat the winter blues. But if you haven’t tried an escape room, there’s never been a better time in Ottawa. Twenty-one of them are currently operating in the NCR among nine companies and as one website that reviews escape rooms in Ontario and Quebec... | Continue reading article

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Artist Profile: Manasseh Tagoe and his philosophy of “tears unknown”

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Painting by Tagoe, from his website.Painting by Tagoe, from his website.

When he isn’t busy excelling in his rigorous industrial design program at Carleton University, the creative and talented Manasseh Tagoe is inspiring other with his Tears Unknown philosophy that has carried him throughout the years, using art as a means of transmitting his mantra to others. Manasseh is an international student from Ghana spending his second year abroad here in Ottawa. The young artist has always used painting and drawing as a creative outlet but has now  come to find deeper meaning to it. As he grew older, he began... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: 7 killer sandwich spots in the Capital Region

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The Piggy Market. All photos by Alessandro Marcon.The Piggy Market. All photos by Alessandro Marcon.

Foolish is the fool who says there ain’t much to a sandwich. Simple, sure: two slabs of bread and stuff in between. Yet we all know there’s so much specialness in that deceptive simplicity. It’s the finer touches: the baking of grains, the stacking and chopping, the layering and saucing, the crunch, the chew, the, linger and the settle. It’s a fine balancing act of textures and tastes, senses and sensibilities.  Fortunate for us, we’ve got many a fine sammy shop here in the region of La Capitale. With so... | Continue reading article

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Venus Envy wants you to come… to their 15th anniversary party!

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Shelley Taylor, photo courtesy of Venus Envy.Shelley Taylor, photo courtesy of Venus Envy.

Find Sheri Levine on Twitter at @sherlevine. Venus Envy, Ottawa’s education-oriented sex shop, is celebrating the Big One on January 30th, marking 15 successful years in O-town. It’s easy to escape Ottawa’s bitter winter chill by hibernating your weekends away, but attending Venus Envy’s big bash is the perfect way to add some much needed heat to your Saturday night. It’s a perfect excuse to get out from under your warm blankets, off of the couch and out of those cozy pajamas. Don’t be shy to come decked out in something sexy... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Motivational mugs from a hidden gem in Kanata

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All photos courtesy of Cookery Bistro.All photos courtesy of Cookery Bistro.

After years of working in busy kitchens for large restaurants, Cookery Bistro owners Cat and Darren decided to open up a place that kept things simple, healthy and delicious. Their gourmet menu contain sandwiches, salads and soups made from scratch, and a selection of fresh raw juices. While the staples of his business are sandwiches, Darren ventures into some more complex dishes very week which are the Bistro’s specials. They also offer soups, salads and some baked goods for take out or catering. The Bistro is only 125 sq.ft and... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: An appreciation of an industrious symbol of Canada

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Detail of the cover of Dam BuildersDetail of the cover of Dam Builders

Review by Molly O’Connor. In his book Dam Builders, Michael Runtz brings the world of beavers into sharp focus.  Dam Builders is a narrative, a documentary, a photo essay and a testament to his passion for his industrious subject. Right from the introduction, the reader becomes aware that this is more than a biologist conveying his knowledge and that it is not a scientific thesis. To set the tone, historical and scientific facts are shared in an easy-to-absorb manner. The reader learns or is reintroduced to the importance and symbolism this hardworking... | Continue reading article

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Quoi faire ce weekend? What to do in Ottawa ADB?

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Photo from Claude Munson's Facebook page.Photo from Claude Munson's Facebook page.

2016 will go down as year zero A.D.B. – After David Bowie. It’s major sad to lose a talent who’s still staring back at us across culture: art, fashion (beep beep), music, and even comedy bears his mark. But wallowing away isn’t The Bowie Way. The Bowie Way is to get creative, get out of your comfort zone, and get weird. Weird is good. Ottawa gets weirder every day. You have a lot of chances this weekend to change it up in The Bowie Way, so try something different and,... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Beau’s at Lansdowne

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Photo from stpatricksparty.ca.Photo from stpatricksparty.ca.

On these frost bitten winter days, we residents of Ottawa deserve something to look forward to, like, a huge St Patrick’s Day party at Lansdowne’s Aberdeen Pavillion hosted by Beau’s Brewery. This is the first year the brewery is celebrating this Irish holiday, but based on the success of their Oktoberfest festivities, this should be a successful and worthwhile event. Beau’s is partnering with the Irish Society of Ottawa to celebrate this Emerald Isle holiday on March 19th, starting at noon. It’s a family friendly event: Tickets are $29 for adults (19... | Continue reading article

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Adventures in dubstep, coming soon to Barrymore’s

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Photo from Adventure Club's Facebook page.Photo from Adventure Club's Facebook page.

Jonesing for your first show for 2016? Montreal-based duo Adventure Club will be playing at Barrymore’s January 23rd, 30th and 31st, and will bring all the wanderlust feels. As one of their stops on their Made in Canada homecoming tour, Apt613 had the chance to chat with Leighton James of the electronic music pair. Before Escapade, WayHome, and other festivals of that ilk, Adventure Club’s Christian Srigley and Leighton began forming their story through a screamo band during their formative university days. Eventually, they got bored of the pop-punk scene... | Continue reading article

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