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Month: December 2008

What to do ‘til Winterlude?

During the warmer months Ottawa is infested with fests: Jazz Fest, Blues Fest, Fringe Fest, Tulip Fest. The cold seems to kill off both the city’s mosquito population and its revelry, at least until the aptly named Winterlude roles around in February. As a consequence, us poor Ottawans are left to entertain ourselves for most […]


Worth a read: Fruit by Brian Francis

I just spent a good deal of my travel time this Christmas reading the first of five CBC Radio Canada reads novels – “Fruit” by Brian Francis. The novel is piercingly hilarious, making for several embarrassing real-life LOL moments on the flight. Basically the novel is the universal story of a gay teenage cross-dressing boy […]

Photo courtesy of Francois Levesque.

Oh Jenn!

I’ve known Jenn Grant for close to five years now; from her days in Halifax as a NSCAD student, doing open mic nights, working on overcoming her stage fright and eventually recording an EP entitled “Jenn Grant and Good Bye Twentieth Century’. It always felt like there was something special about her and her music, […]

Eating your way through a recession: 10 things better and cheaper than Spam

In some odd irony, the Times Online has reported that Spam factories are working overtime to create enough product to feed the hungry Americans looking for ways to cut back on their food budgets. It’s not secret that in times of economic downturn that a greater percentage of our ever shrinking food budgets go towards […]

The Best Two-Egger in Town

It’s the little black dress of breakfast: two eggs, toasts, potatoes. This cheep and easy standby is a favourite of students trying to forget last night and seniors trying to remember the last ten minutes. For those of you left jaded by decadence weekend brunches, try getting back to basics at these downtown(ish) hangouts. Mayflower […]