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Write On Ottawa: The power of questions

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Is a question more powerful than a statement? For parents, this deceivingly simple query may open doors to a fun new way to interact with your children. In her book Why Am I Perfect?, author Nathalie Beaupré offers an interactive workbook that parents can use with their kids. The main idea behind this work is the difference between an affirmation and an afformation. For those who are not familiar with the difference, an affirmation is a statement, e.g. I want my child to be creative. An afformation, in contrast, is posed as a question, e.g. why do I... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: A memoir of a past life

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Ian Prattis has lived an incredibly diverse life. Now retired, the long-time professor of anthropology and sociology has travelled the world, including his stay in South Asia where he was ordained as a guru in India. A long-time peace activist, he taught at Carleton University for more than three decades, and has led Buddhist meditation classes in his Ottawa-home home for years. For a time in the early-1990s, he lived in a small cottage in Gatineau Park with his pet timber wolf “Wolfie”, although he now resides on the Ontario... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The strange powers of Zoya the fox

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Writers often find inspiration in interesting places. For local author Neven Humphrey, who has lived in the National Capital Region since 2000, the idea for his novel Dr. Jekyll’s Foxes came in a dream. The book, which is aimed at readers 12 years and up, tells the story of Zoya, a cub from a farm just north of Kyiv, Ukraine. A gentle animal the friendly cub is adopted by a local family. However, soon after starting her life with her new owners, Zoya senses a frightening presence before blacking out. When she... | Continue reading article

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Great Lake Swimmers bring nature to Bronson Centre

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Photo from Great Lake Swimmers' website.Photo from Great Lake Swimmers' website.

Great Lake Swimmers have long been known for their woodsy, melodious sound. With beautiful, cresting harmonies and natural instrumentation, their music calls to mind the rolling hills and rocky landscapes of the Canadian wilderness. Their new album, A Forest of Arms, released earlier this year, continues that tradition. And while it is identifiably a Great Lake Swimmers album, it brings some new things to the band’s sound. For the most part, the album is upbeat and rhythmically focused, a bit of a departure for a band that has focused on... | Continue reading article

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An Ottawa club history lesson with the Mercury Lounge’s resident DJ

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Throughout November, Mercury Lounge has been celebrating 19 years of bringing fresh, high-energy entertainment to the capital. On Saturday November 28th,they’re wrapping up the month-long birthday bash with the release party for Tortured Soul’s new album Hot For Your Love Tonight. Also on hand will be Mercury’s resident DJ Trevor Walker. Since he’s been there since the beginning, I was interested in hearing more about his long-time relationship with the venue and the club scene in Ottawa. [Editor's note: We also interviewed Claudia Balladelli, music programmer at the Mercury Lounge, on our radio... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department: a retrospective

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Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department was a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim was to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Here, for the first time, are all of the installments in one place, so you can take a tour of Ottawa’s neighbourhood through the eyes of the people who live there.  Don’t miss the last installment, where Sanita Fejzic, the creator of the project, reflects on her experiences. Beechwood Village Byward Market: Daphney... | Continue reading article

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Providing a hug in a bowl to those in crisis

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There’s something so soothing about a home cooked meal. Homemade food has power far beyond its mere ingredients. Imagine for a moment that you have no home; no safe space in which to cook so much as a grilled cheese sandwich for yourself or your children. What would a home-cooked meal mean to you then? Soup Sisters/Broth Brothers calls what it does a “hug in a bowl.” This charitable venture began in 2009 in Calgary, the brainchild of Sharon Hapton. As part of her own 50th birthday celebrations, Hapton turned... | Continue reading article

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Meet this month’s other charity mustache growers

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Long before men’s health charities and hipsters commandeered the mustache and watered down its shock value, a group of Ottawa men has been parading around town with upper lip whiskers for a single month of the year to raise funds for those generally told to stay away from men with creepy mustaches. M4K Ottawa, otherwise known as Mustaches for Kids, celebrates its, ahem, 10th anniversary, this month in the hopes of raising another $20,000 for Make-a-Wish Eastern Ontario, a charity that grants area kids with life-threatening medical conditions a dream... | Continue reading article

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Yukon Blonde plays the NAC + ticket giveaway

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Yukon Blonde. Photo by Olivia Jaffe.Yukon Blonde. Photo by Olivia Jaffe.

This weekend, Ottawa will be hit with two Canadian talents Yukon Blonde and Hey Rosetta! for the second time this year after two knockout performances at the Dragon Boat festival in June.  These bicoastal sweethearts will be rocking Southam Hall at the NAC on Sunday to a packed house who will certainly be dancing in their seats. I was able to speak with Yukon Blonde’s Jeff Innes before the doors opened on their show at the London Music Hall. We talked about their summer release On Blonde and their extensive... | Continue reading article

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Get a quick shot of learning at the Westboro Brainery

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Some of the Westboro Brainery's upcoming classes: image from their website.Some of the Westboro Brainery's upcoming classes: image from their website.

Where can you get a nice dose of knowledge in one evening, is more social than watching another documentary on Netflix, and costs about the same as a night out anywhere? Whether you’re looking to break the routine, start a project, or have your eyes opened to something new, chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for at the Westboro Brainery. Relaunched in September, the Westboro Brainery offers crowd-sourced education on a wide range of subjects. The initiative, which is powered by the Dovercourt Recreation Centre, was inspired by the... | Continue reading article

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