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Hounds around town!

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This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall.This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall.

When I say “greyhound”, what comes to mind? Long bus rides? Cramped leg space? A tiny bus terminal on Catherine Street? For many in Ottawa, “greyhound” means big soulful eyes, lots of mischief, belly rubs, ear scritches, treats and being part of an amazing community of people who love to talk about their dogs! Retired racing greyhounds are a growing subset of the animal rescue community in Ottawa. There are two groups offering adoption services to people interested in welcoming one of these elegant couch potatoes into their families, the Greyhound... | Continue reading article

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How well do you know your city?

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Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.

Post by Nicole Milne, Associate Producer at The Great Canadian Theatre Company. Have you lived in Ottawa all your life? Did you come here for university and decide to stay and make the nation’s capital your home? No matter how long you’ve been here, I bet could you tell a visitor where to find the best cup of coffee, greasy breakfast, Italian restaurant, florist, tailor or cold pint. Or maybe you can rhyme off the top 10 attractions or show someone where to see some great theatre. In fact, many... | Continue reading article

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Electronic duo Snowday bring new show to Mugshots + ticket giveaway

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Photo courtesy of Snowday.Photo courtesy of Snowday.

Ottawa will be welcoming back some of its own talent as Snowday brings their new music to Mugshots this Saturday. The electronic act is made up of Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner. The duo’s debut album, As We Travel, is a collection of meditative, instrumental tracks that was released today (November 25). Their chilled out sound has earned them comparisons to electronic artists such as Bonobo and Tycho. Snowday’s singles “Walk Along These Rocks With Me” and “The Seventh String” are both available to hear on their SoundCloud page. Looking... | Continue reading article

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Écrire sur l’art. Pourquoi? Comment?

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Véronique Leblanc (à droite) anime un atelier Articulation. Photo par Stéphanie Nadeau.Véronique Leblanc (à droite) anime un atelier Articulation. Photo par Stéphanie Nadeau.

Post par Andrée Préfontaine, Frances Caswell-Routhier, Johanne Lafrenière, Josée Dubeau, Mana Rouholamini, et Véronique Leblanc.                   J’ai peur. J’ai peur de ne pas pouvoir, de ne pas savoir, de ne pas réussir, de ne pas avoir le bon mot, de ne pas avoir les idées assez sophistiquées. L’écriture accompagne toujours ma création. Je réfléchis par écrit. […] J’écris d’abord sur l’idée qui surgit au hasard, qui « m’interroge » et me pousse vers l’avant. Je veux la comprendre, me l’approprier, me l’expliquer. Je vérifie par... | Continue reading article

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BSOMA presents Show me the Money: How to Fund Your Record + ticket giveaway

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Photo by Dave Barger on Flickr.Photo by Dave Barger on Flickr.

Ottawa’s musicians are like those in any other cities: they struggle to promote and develop their craft while staying true to their sound. Becoming a rock star isn’t easy, nor cheap and the first person to tell you would be Samantha Everts of YouRockRed. Known for her Rock Star grant writing specialty, Everts has helped some of Ottawa’s best local talent find money for everything from recording an album to going on a European tour. And now she’s partnered up with the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (BSOMA) for... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Holiday gift list part II, kids’ picks!

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Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. As promised, here is part two of my Christmas list picks. This list features children’s books, with ten picture books, three graphic novels, and five chapter books all linked up for your reading pleasure. Most of the picture books were selected as they were fun to read out loud and have great illustrations. The... | Continue reading article

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Book launch, Trans Activism in Canada at Octopus Books

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Photo by chasdobie on Flickr.Photo by chasdobie on Flickr.

This Friday, the Centretown location of Octopus Books is hosting a launch for a new book that collects the experiences of those who are at the forefront of efforts to improve the lives of trans and gender variant people in Canada. Dr. Dan Irving, an associate professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University, co-edited Trans Activism in Canada along with Rupert Raj, a Toronto psychotherapist. Dr. Irving generously spoke to me for over an hour about the book and his own experiences with and views on trans activism in Canada.... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Garden plants things deep in the brain

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Photo courtesy of Monty Reid.Photo courtesy of Monty Reid.

“Wow, you really kicked Nature’s butt,” that’s what a friend told me after we finally tamed our rear garden. It was wildly overgrown. There were gooseberry shrubs, a swath of ostrich ferns, Manitoba maple saplings, and half a dozen other weeds that thrive on neglect. I love gardens. I love admiring gardens from afar. They seem to embody order, balance and beauty. Or utility, if they’re vegetable gardens. Gardens are an illusion. You never kick Nature’s butt for long. This is what Monty Reid’s book Garden is about. It is... | Continue reading article

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Brew Brahs interview Bicycle Craft Brewery

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All photos from bicyclecraftbrewery.ca.All photos from bicyclecraftbrewery.ca.

Back in September of this year, Ottawa added another craft brewery to its steadily growing stable. Bicycle Craft Brewery is located at 850 Industrial Ave., Unit 12 and offers several delightful craft beers, including our favourite, Base Camp Oatmeal Porter. And, in case you’re wondering, yes there is a bike rack outside the brewery. There’s also plenty of parking if you’d prefer to drive. BCB founders, Fariborz and laura, were kind enough to entertain our interview questions: Brew Brahs: What inspired your brewery’s name – why “Bicycle”? BCB: The name came very naturally to us because we enjoy riding our bicycles to... | Continue reading article

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One million new trees for Ottawa

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Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa could be looking a lot greener in the years to come, or at least it will if Tree Ottawa gets its way. This local, community-based initiative is the brain-child of Ecology Ottawa, and has set itself the lofty goal of having 1 million new trees planted within Ottawa’s city limits before Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Beyond this goal, Tree Ottawa is looking to engage with YOU, and every other member of the Ottawa community. The organization has set itself up around three fundamental pillars: to Protect, Plant, and... | Continue reading article

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