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Adria May

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The last day of the Ottawa Folk Fest hits a high note

The sun was shining. The air was crisp. The music was fine and people milled about with their warm beverages (and beer). The setting of Hog’s Back Park for the Ottawa Folk Festival on Sunday could not have been better. It was a stark contrast to one of the days I had attended the year […]

613 Style File: Bluesfest Babes Edition

All photos by Adria May Bluesfest 2013 was an amazing venue for fashion inspiration in the city. It was scorching hot outside, with lots of scorching hot people. Better late than never, check out our belated Bluesfest Street Style File!   Occupation: Therapist and co-founder of Couch Assassin Outfit:  Shirt: Smoove (New Zealand) Skirt: Jacob Shoes: […]

613 Style File: Velo Vogue 2013

On June 1st, Ottawa Velo Vogue held a fashion show at the Kichesippi Beer Co. Between the cute dresses, cute bikes and fashionable people, the event was filled with style inspiration. If you didn’t have an opportunity to attend the event, photos can be found here.   Name: JORDAN DE RUITER Occupation: Designer at Jordan De Ruiter […]

A Ravenswing 2013 retrospective

Ravenswing stands out as being one of the more interesting, fun, and accessible grassroots creative events in Ottawa. I went last Sunday, May 26, and there were zines, live music, as well as Do it Yourself (DIY) arts and crafts vendors offering quality stuff. The event had gotten bigger and more bustling than years past. […]

Upcoming NAC show Beyond the Railroad to shed light on black Canadian history

February is Black History month and the stories of Black Canadians are rich, but often remain untold or neglected in common historical discourse. Ottawa story-tellers Greg ‘Ritallin’ Frankson and Ruthanne Edward will shed light on the varied experiences of Black Canadians in Beyond the Railroad: Black History in Canada, this Thursday, February 21, at the National Art’s Centre’s 4th stage. […]

613 Style File: Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

All photos courtesy of Adria May There were swells of vintage-lovers looking to buy that special one-of-a kind item at this year’s Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show on November 18. This years’ event has held for the first time at the Ottawa Convention Centre and was packed with enthusiastic fashion-lovers. I had the good fortune of meeting four […]

The 7th Ottawa Community Record Show – It’s Time to Go Vinyl

For John Thompson, listening to records is a ritual – holding the record, cleaning the record, putting it on the turntable. “The ritual is important,” says Thompson. More importantly, he believes that records just sound better than digital: “With analog – there’s more spaciousness and depth to the sound and you can hear all this […]

A Curious Shop and craft fair: building the Ottawa craft scene

Last weekend, Michelle Potter and Fiona Sant achieved their dream of opening a shop in Ottawa that sells the creations of local and independent artists, designers and crafters.  Previously, they had been selling their wares at local festivals, and they now have a permanent venue in A Curious Shop, located at 159 York Street in […]

DAY 3 of the Ottawa Folk Festival: Damp, but happy campers

It was Saturday morning and only a few hours away from the beginning of day three of the Ottawa Folk Festival. Rain began to pound on my windowpane. There had been lightening flashes on and off for hours and the thunder roared. Yet my hardcore festival-going friends and I were ready to take in Saturday’s […]

Style File: Ottawa Style Mavens Take to the Streets

I took to the streets of Ottawa during some days of great weather, not knowing who I would meet or what they might be wearing. Unlike some previous Style File posts I had no specific theme in  mind, I just knew I wanted to see something ‘original’. These ladies pulled off varying eclectic styles from […]

Ottawa Chefs Offering up Tasty Taco Experimentation at TacoLot

Every Sunday until November 4, some of Ottawa’s best chefs will be making their own taco creations to support the Ottawa Food Bank or a charity of the chef’s choice at the TacoLot on Wellington West. While serving up his own creation last Sunday, Urban Pear owner and head chef Ben Baird told Apartment613 that […]