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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 House of Targ. Sandaraa and The Visit are out at the Black Sheep for an eclectic mix of music on... | Continue reading article

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City Pulse: Ottawa mall wars, part 1

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Conceptual drawing of an open square at the Kanata Outlet Mall. Image courtesy of the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers.Conceptual drawing of an open square at the Kanata Outlet Mall. Image courtesy of the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers.

The latest big move in clothing & fashion retail in Ottawa is coming this fall, with the opening of the new Tanger Outlets in Kanata. Scheduled for its grand opening on October 17th, the Tanger Outlet Centre will feature major Brand name factory stores including Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Coach, Michael Kors, and the Nike Factory Store. The company behind this new project, North-Carolina based Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, currently runs 45 outlet malls throughout the United States and Canada. So you can expect a similar array of retailers in... | Continue reading article

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What’s growing on at 3Dponics?

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Still from 3Dponics' Kickstarter campaign video.Still from 3Dponics' Kickstarter campaign video.

Do you have a garden of your own and wish there was a way to keep it going into the cold months? Or have you dreamed of having a veggie patch but have been held back for lack of space or good soil? Out of Ottawa has come an invention that can have you growing your own produce year-round even if you don’t have a lot of money, time or space to spare. Inspired by the growing consciousness around eating local and organic and seeing that the high price of... | Continue reading article

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The Visit play two shows before heading to Prague

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Photo by Shankari Euteneier.Photo by Shankari Euteneier.

If one were to try to classify the genre of music The Visit plays, they would have a difficult time. With a chamber element and hints of a classical crossover, The Visit just doesn’t fall into any of the boxes. Their music is better described in adjectives – archaic, yet futuristic, at the same time; cinematic; transcendent. Their music is also best described in themes, of which there are a lot about birth, death, and life – like a visit – where you are continuously passing through doorways. Ultimately, how... | Continue reading article

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Aurora Borealis screens best short films from around the country

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Screen shot of The Proposal by Curtis Dickie.Screen shot of The Proposal by Curtis Dickie.

Jean McLernon is the Executive Assistant / Event Planner for the Ottawa International Film Festival. Tomorrow night is a very special screening for the Ottawa International Film Festival and the City of Ottawa. The city holds many events throughout the summer, and one of its last special events for the season is a film screening. The screening will consist of family friendly films to celebrate cinema in the Capital in partnership with the City of Ottawa, CUPE and the Canadian Film Institute (CFI) for Aurora Borealis: Canadian Cinema Under the... | Continue reading article

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SkullStore.ca offers up your natural selection of oddities

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Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram.

As a collector of oddities, I often find myself lost in the online world of the weird. A short while ago, my wanderings led to my stumbling upon Chris, or @the_cornelian, on Instagram – an Ottawa-based oddity collector, artist, educator, and vendor for SkullStore.ca. Growing up, Chris had always told his father, “I want to be a paleontologist, an archaeologist, an artist” and now, he is a combination of all three – digging up fossils and bones and reassembling them (or disassembling them) into pieces of art, an ode to... | Continue reading article

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