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Beau’s Oktoberfest: Beer + Food + Music = Success for local charities

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Beau's Oktoberfest Mix Pack available at select LCBOs. Photo from Beau's All Natural Facebook Page. All other photos by Jordan Duff.Beau's Oktoberfest Mix Pack available at select LCBOs. Photo from Beau's All Natural Facebook Page. All other photos by Jordan Duff.

Vankleek Hill, a small beautiful community an hour east of Ottawa, was the place to be this past weekend as 14,000 attendees experienced Beau’s Brewery 6th annual Oktoberfest. For those unfamiliar with this German-inspired, beer-soaked celebration, it dates back to October 12, 1810, when the German Crown Prince Ludwig married Princess Therese. They threw one heck of a party and invited all of Munich to join them and, as it was an open-bar, they obliged. Munich has kept the annual tradition alive and the party has been emulated all over... | Continue reading article

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Check out the amazing Piece Tower on Elgin

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Ottawa Architecture Week Headquarters. All photos by Mico Mazza.Ottawa Architecture Week Headquarters. All photos by Mico Mazza.

This year the Ottawa Architecture Week’s flagship attraction is Michael M. Simon’s Piece Tower, an inhabitable art installation built on the lawn of the Knox Anglican Church. Michael was approached in July by Nico Valenzuela, the current chair of OAW, to create an installation to embody the theme of Urban Intensification and bring attention to Architecture week. A few months, some volunteers, and not a negligible amount of elbow grease later the Piece Tower had its debut in the courtyard of the Metropolis restaurant at this year’s Nuit Blanche. “The... | Continue reading article

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Buy locally made art with volunteer hours at Timeraiser

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Art for auction at the 2013 Timeraiser event. Left: Barn Owl 2; RIght: Caribou - both by Amy Thompson. Photos from the Timeraiser Facebook event page.Art for auction at the 2013 Timeraiser event. Left: Barn Owl 2; RIght: Caribou - both by Amy Thompson. Photos from the Timeraiser Facebook event page.

A Canadian organization is working to help non-profits make their limited resources go further and to motivate busy people to connect with their communities through volunteering. Timeraiser events were conceived in 2001 by Simon Foster and Anil Patel of Framework as a way to address these challenges in a fun, engaging way. Timeraiser hosts annual events in cities across Canada that offer volunteers a chance to win art by volunteering with local non-profits. The 7th Ottawa Timeraiser will take place November 8th at the Canadian Museum of History. Timeraiser engineers... | Continue reading article

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is back by popular demand

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Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig. Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.Tim Oberholzer as Hedwig. Photo courtesy of The Gladstone Theatre.

90 minutes (no intermission) | Rock Musical | Mature content including explicit sexual and coarse language. “Hedwig’s back by popular demand! 4 nights only. Oct 1st – 4th.” Say the posters, handbills and programs. Well, folks, ALL four nights are SOLD OUT. BUT, you haven’t missed your chance. Vanity Productions and The Gladstone Theatre have added one more show on Saturday night at 10:00PM. As of opening night, the late show is already 1/3 sold and tickets are going fast. So how has a gender-bending, rock musical about the victim... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Beach House giveaway

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Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.

Welcome to the greatest month of the year (please forgive my personal bias)! Apples, pumpkins, leaves, layers, and Halloween! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – there is a ton of awesome events happening this weekend. A great start to a great month! This weekend is launch weekend for Support Local, a month long festival of art, culture, food, music, beer, and all around local awesomeness. With over 75 participants, including restaurants, shops, and our homegrown artists, this month is chock full of fun things to do and see,... | Continue reading article

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Unshaven Mavens: Growing out with a bang

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After three years, the Unshaven Mavens are ready to hang up their razors one last time for the month of October as they gear up for their fourth and final year – but not before challenging themselves to beat their own fundraising record. Join the Mavens in solid-hair-ity for their last year and make the commitment to not shave your underarms for a month and just let nature run its course. The initiative was launched in 2011 when co-founders Amie Beausoleil and Malorie Bertrand approached Rethink Breast Cancer with an... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The Novel Writer’s Blueprint is a quick guide to realizing your literary ambitions

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Once, in a university course on modern Canadian literature, a successful Canadian novelist explained how he had started writing his latest novel. “I was doing the dishes after supper one night,” he said, “and I heard the voice of the main character in my head.” After he finished washing up, he sat down and wrote what the voice had said. He also heard the voices of the other characters in the novel, speaking to each other. This, apparently, was how all his novels came about: during his daily routine, a... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: We build this city

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It’s clear that there’s a lot of love for Ottawa these days. Heck, our city is even shaped like a heart. And so, to show our love for this city, we’ve brought Support Local month back for its fourth year. What is Support Local? It’s a month-long series of unique, collaborative events, showcasing the best our creative side has to offer. We’ve got breweries taking over restaurants, crafters making small special batches of goods, and an awesome day out in Almonte on the 25th with pop-up shops and patio parties... | Continue reading article

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Your brain on improv: IMOOFEST 2014

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Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot. Photo from improvisedmoo.com.Lina Allemano's Titanium Riot. Photo from improvisedmoo.com.

As a teenager and wannabe punk-rocker, I was always hearing my musician friends talking about ‘jamming.’ They were going to jam, they wanted to jam, they were in the process of ‘jamming.’ A music lover but non-musician myself, this was a very elusive activity to me and one I still don’t completely understand. Jamming is not just a thing of aspiring high school rock stars. The Improvising Musicians of Ottawa / Outaouias (IMOO) is a group influenced by jazz, classical, folk, and rock genres and committed to the exploration of... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Who photographed Ottawa in 1938?

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A look at the technical side of photo production. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.A look at the technical side of photo production. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

Over the past little while, I have been writing about the remarkable ca. 1938 photos of Ottawa streetscapes. These photos show us the Ottawa that Jacques Greber would have seen when he was conducting his preliminary planning studies. What is of particular interest – and something not yet remarked upon by others – is that what we are seeing are not his own photographs, but ones taken by photographers working for the federal Department of Public Works. These photographers, unlike Greber, would have had intimate knowledge of the city. So... | Continue reading article

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