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The Drake has landed: New boutique delivers Ottawa-inspired merch that’s out-of-this-world

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Take Ottawa with you. Luggage tags available at Drake General Store. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Take Ottawa with you. Luggage tags available at Drake General Store. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Browsing through the new Drake General Store feels a bit like stumbling upon a small (but friendly) UFO that landed in Ottawa. Located at the Rideau Centre, the Drake offers a diverse selection of novelty items including some that are made in Canada and Ottawa-centric. This is particularly good news for shoppers who frequent the Byward Market area and are no strangers to the same tourist t-shirts and souvenirs we’ve seen for years.   Outside the Drake’s storefront on Rideau Street, curious pedestrians peer inside while waiting at the bus stop but unless you’re looking for it – the store is easy to miss – buried deep within the women’s... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 27 août 2014 :: Charabia LIVE en studio. Écoutez ce qui vit! Un goût de métal avec The Chariots of the Gods.

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Basement 819 a célébré ses 30 premières émissions en extra grand. Une prestation live et un band métal. Et même une entrevue avec le Monsieur le Maire Jim Watson dans le cadre de la conférence de presse de lancement de la reconstruction de La Nouvelle Scène (qui en passant, devrait, si tout va bien, ouvrir ses portes au public en septembre 2015). Roland Locqueville chante Charabia Charabia, si vous connaissez pas encore, allez visiter leur bandcamp (où vous pouvez télécharger gratuitement le premier extrait de l’album-à-venir Fleurs d’asphalte. Style d’inspiration... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.Photo by Sean Sisk Photography, courtesy The Red Rails website.

The long weekend is upon us, Ottawans! Kick things off with Soup Ottawa, the local micro-grant participatory dinner event. Who doesn’t love soup, and who doesn’t love hearing great ideas? This event has plenty of both. My Summer Crush improv series continues, tickling your funny bone with some musical comedy, Ladystache from Toronto, and a few late night laughs. Burlesque and comedy come together at Tits + Giggles, the monthly show at Zaphod’s. Local indie artist Farewell Davidson plays Thursday evening at Festival House, while Moon Destroyer and Brandon Allan play... | Continue reading article

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TGIM? Showcase Mondays returns to Zaphod Beeblebrox!

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Eric St-Cyr and Ashley Craven of Archy & Mehitabel, hosts of Zaphod's Showcase Mondays. Photo from their Facebook Page.Eric St-Cyr and Ashley Craven of Archy & Mehitabel, hosts of Zaphod's Showcase Mondays. Photo from their Facebook Page.

Does one ever look forward to a Monday? With legendary night club, Zaphod Beeblebrox, reviving their Showcase Mondays, the beginning of your week doesn’t have to seem so bleak. Showcase Mondays was a former staple at Zaphod’s until health problems forced owner, Eugene Haslam, to cease the event. A few years later the show is re-launching, though staying true to its original format. This time around, however, it will be hosted by folk duo, Archy & Mehitabel. Eric St-Cyr of Archy & Mehitabel, as well as the Communications Representative for... | Continue reading article

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Beyond the Pale hosts screening of new doc exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor laws

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Photo by dugspr on Flickr.Photo by dugspr on Flickr.

With the popularity of craft beer exploding across the capital, not to mention everywhere else, a new film exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor distribution laws is sure to get micro broupies fired up when it makes its Ottawa debut Thursday. The independent documentary called Straight Up: The issue of alcohol in Ontario, seeks to answer tough questions like: “Why can’t we open a craft beer store of our own?” and “Why does the Ontario government allow three foreign-owned companies to operate a near monopoly on 80 per cent of the beer... | Continue reading article

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Be a tourist in your own backyard

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Paul Proulx from Tours Expedition Ottawa.Paul Proulx from Tours Expedition Ottawa.

Post by Jennifer Larocque An Ottawa entrepreneur realizes his dream: Sharing the National Capital Region’s beautiful outdoors I love traveling. In 2011-2012, my husband and I traveled through 130 cities in 23 countries. In every country we visited, we were most inspired by small, independent tour operators and local guides who shared their personal stories and introduced us to hidden gems. On August 10th this year, we lived a unique personalized travelling experience a mere 15 minutes from our own beautiful city. Last year, my mother’s friend Paul Proulx, left... | Continue reading article

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