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Tru Love opens the upcoming InsideOut Film Fest

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This light romantic film is also a definite tearjerker if you’re sensitive or oblivious to foreshadowing. It’s the story of three women whose lives intersect serendipitously and intertwine to bring about credible character change. The heart does crack open through heartbreak; if you’ve never experienced this kind of loss, then you may not fully understand the profound change that characters go through in the end. Tru is a lesbian player who cannot commit to an intimate relationship or hold a job for longer than a few months. She helps out... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Sylvie Hill launches poet-meets-artist collaboration on Kickstarter

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Cover art for Russell Square Station: mine the trash. All images provided by Sylvie Hill and Juan Carlos Noria.Cover art for Russell Square Station: mine the trash. All images provided by Sylvie Hill and Juan Carlos Noria.

Questions linger in a world of online relationships formed tweet by tweet and like for like: Who is the person behind the avatar? What are they promising? Why are we engaging and where is this all going? Sylvie Hill, spoken word poet, lover of James Joyce, and in-your-face ex-Ottawa XPress Shotgun columnist can tell you a few things about online flirtations turned real world encounters. Meshing her tell-all, sexually explicit poems with full colour Juan Carlos Noria ‘dixon’ art, she’s banking on crowdfunding to launch this poet-meets-artist collaboration. “This is not... | Continue reading article

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An unrecognized place: The forgotten home of the Pattees and Freimans

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Army Officers Mess at 149 Somerset St. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Grant Peters.Army Officers Mess at 149 Somerset St. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Grant Peters.

Have you ever walked down Somerset Street towards the Rideau Canal, glanced over at a redbrick mansion near the corner at Elgin Street and wondered, “What could possibly have happened there?” At one point I did as well, and discovered that the house standing at 149 Somerset is perhaps one of the most historically important yet unrecognized places in Ottawa. Built in 1891 by the Pattee family, a private and prominent industrialist family, the building’s exterior was decorated with bullnose pillars and a frieze lining the upper edifice that depicts... | Continue reading article

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Almonte: How a small town became an artistic hub

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Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.

Post by Kris Riendeau, editor of Almonte’s arts publication TheHumm, part of our Support Local series featuring local folk. Don’t forget to head out to Almonte for Support Local day on October 25! Bus shuttle tickets available here. Tired of being a slave to your Google calendar? Looking to escape from the hectic pace of city life? Well, you may want to steer clear of Almonte, because there’s just so darned much going on all the time. On the other hand, if you’re searching for a vibrant arts and cultural... | Continue reading article

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in Ottawa this weekend

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Photo provided by Truly Happy.

Post by Ketevan Chigogidze, a volunteer and instructor for The Art of Living Foundation. She can be reached on Twitter. “If people can get access to inner peace, then outer peace is a reality. Peace is not just absence of conflict; it is a positive phenomenon inside of us. When our mind is quiet, our intellect becomes sharper, our emotions become positive and lighter, and our behaviour becomes much more palatable. These are the effects of finding peace. Inner peace is the key for world peace.” – Sri Sri Ravi... | Continue reading article

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Somerset Ward: Decisions, decisions

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Decisions, decisions.

Post by Trish Chang Your palms are sweaty — you’ve been looking through profiles for hours. Some sound too good to be true, and others sound just plain wacky. Looking through pictures and profiles, overwhelmed by both too much information, and not nearly enough, you turn off the computer and decide to look again tomorrow. You’re choosing a city councillor in Somerset Ward. There are 11 candidates running in Somerset Ward, as you may have noticed by their signs, littered throughout our parks, streets and intersections. And while you could... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Great service makes the experience. So does good food.

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Photo from rosiesonbank.ca.Photo from rosiesonbank.ca.

A belated birthday lunch for a dear friend. But where? Somewhere peaceful, with an attractive and refined decor, comfortable chairs, nice lighting, and an accommodating and helpful server. Well that turned out to be Rosie’s Southern Kitchen and Raw Bar on Bank Street. The two of us arrived on a Tuesday late morning just when Rosie’s was opening for lunch. We sat in the weather-protected patio area up front, a spot of our choosing. We were the first customers there and when we sat down, the quasi-country southern music came... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 15 octobre :: Y a de quoi sortir de son cocon en fin de semaine :: Cinéma. Théâtre. Littérature. Concerts.

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American Descent -- OIFFAmerican Descent -- OIFF

Basement 819 cette semaine insiste sur deux événements très prestigieux. Lisez bien ce qui suit. Cinéma :: Festival international de films d’Ottawa (16-19 octobre) Nous n’avons pu nous retenir de vous inciter à nouveau à scruter la programmation du Festival international de films d’Ottawa. Un court-métrage inusité sera présenté le samedi 18 octobre à 19h, A Mile in These Hooves. Le synopsis : Tom et Mark entreprennent la mission de briser le record du monde de la plus longue distance parcourue dans un costume à deux-personnes (un peu à la... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: The Seventh String by Snowday

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Photo from snowdaymusic.ca.Photo from snowdaymusic.ca.

Though Snowday is about to release their debut album, As We Travel, on November 25, this “chillout electronic duo” have been making beautiful music together for over eight years. Bonded by a mutual love of underground hip-hop and inspired by the sounds of Brian Eno and Steve Reich, these friends (Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner) will be bringing their laid back sounds to Ottawa this weekend. “The Seventh String” is the first single from their forthcoming album and one of six videos produced in a series of live recordings called... | Continue reading article

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Small Batch: Taste the difference local makes

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Photo from Auntie Loo's Treats Twitter page. They will be presenting cakes made with these ingredients.Photo from Auntie Loo's Treats Twitter page. They will be presenting cakes made with these ingredients.

Have you been meaning to participate in Support Local but just haven’t gotten around to it yet? We’re about halfway through the month and have already seen a handful of successful events. If you’re having a hard time choosing which event to attend, let your stomach be your guide; it will most definitely lead you enthusiastically to Small Batch this Friday evening. A night dedicated to local artisans and gourmet goods, Small Batch will feature 15 local crafters and specialty food creators. Each vendor has been asked to concoct a... | Continue reading article

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