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Pocket Writer embraces chaos in his debut album

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Photo by Stephanie Raček.Photo by Stephanie Raček.

In his debut album, Dented Little Scars, Ottawa’s Pocket Writer takes listeners on a whimsical trip through his insights about life around him, mixing folk melodies, storytelling lyrics, and mellow instrumentals. The album is hosted online for anyone to stream. Pocket Writer is a pseudonym used by Jakub Raček, who was born in Slovakia and moved to Ottawa when he was almost four. Growing up, he was always surrounded by music. “I’ve been playing since I was young,” he said. “I have a family of five siblings and we all play music, so I used to just jam with my brothers all the time.” The album shows off Raček’s soft,... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: Is a new era in dance on the horizon?

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Photo by J. Michel Carriere (Apt613 Flickr pool)Photo by J. Michel Carriere (Apt613 Flickr pool)

This is the final part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Julie Houle Cezer,  the coordinator of the Dance Network from 1995-2006 and a longtime observer of Ottawa’s dance scene, offers her thoughts on the local dance community.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. If you are a dance aficionado, you have every reason to feel hopeful and optimistic about the future of the local dance scene in Ottawa. As a past coordinator of Dance Network, I... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa company blows out its first birthday candle

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Photo courtesy of Laurent Robillard-Cardinal.Photo courtesy of Laurent Robillard-Cardinal.

One year already! On April 20, Ottawa’s Lowertown Canning Company celebrated its first year in business at Oz Kafe. More than 40 guests attended the event enjoying drinks, charcuterie and of course a wide variety of Lowertown Canning products. “The past year has blown by. It has been exhausting at times, but 100% worth it,” said Simon Brière-Audet, who along with Beth Evans form the dynamic duo behind this up-and-coming company. For the past decade, Brière-Audet honed his cooking skills at the Lapointe Seafood Grill where he accepted the executive... | Continue reading article

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Future of Ottawa: What’s the future of our music scene?

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This is part six in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Lesley Marshall from Kelp Records provides her thoughts on the future evolution of Ottawa’s music scene.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. To preface, although I do come from a long line of “seers,” I alone cannot predict the future of Ottawa music.  I can make guesses based on my industry experience as a consumer, presenter, manager, pr agent, media outlet, researcher and emerging artist.... | Continue reading article

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Will you escape at Claustrophobia?

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

Ottawa problem solvers, puzzle lovers, game enthusiasts and those looking for fun, there is a new challenge in town for you at Claustrophobia.  It is an escape game that requires groups of people to work together solving clues and puzzles to find the key out of the room and back to freedom.  Recently, I had the chance to give this a try and see if I was clever and fast enough to get out. Claustrophobia has been open since the beginning of March – the second escape game room facility... | Continue reading article

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Health and Home: Four local products you can find in your ‘hood

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Everyone has their weekly grocery store routine, and that’s exactly where I used to buy all of my health and home products, but then terra20 opened at the end of my street. Since their one purpose is to encourage a healthier, sustainable lifestyle, how could I not check it out? Ever since stepping in for the first time, I now make weekly trips here for various products. Terra20 CEOs Steve Kaminski and Bill Stewart hit the nail on the head – they were on a mission to create an easier way to... | Continue reading article

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