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Providing a hug in a bowl to those in crisis

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Photo from soupsisters.org.Photo from soupsisters.org.

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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Photo courtesy of M4K Ottawa.Photo courtesy of M4K Ottawa.

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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Safia Nolin sera de passage à la Quatrième salle du CNA

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Raw. A youthful soul that questions wisely. Poetry sure to bring you back to a moment you thought you couldn’t live through. But in the end, all is good. To all of you who appreciate a francophone voice, Safia Nolin’s compositions will warm up the NAC’s Fourth Stage on November 28th. « Aujourd’hui, demain Peut-être que si ma tête quittait mon corps Et que mon sang virait de bord Peut-être que si mes mains touchaient le fond Et que ma langue tournait en rond Aujourd’hui, demain » J’ai demandé à... | Continue reading article

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Tour de Blogosphere: Chantal Sarkisian on Mode XLusive’s success

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Photos from Chantal Sarkisian's Instagram account, @chantsy.Photos from Chantal Sarkisian's Instagram account, @chantsy.

Local fashion stylist, body positive advocate, mother, and all-round cool girl, Chantal Sarkisian, is no novice in the blogging world. Throughout the past five years she has used blogging as an outlet to share her interests and inspire others. Her journey so far has found her exploring a number of avenues, from reporting on Ottawa culture to chronicling her maternity leave experience, determined by her hobbies and life at the time. Currently, Sarkisian is the founder of the popular blog, Mode XLusive, Ottawa’s voice on plus-size fashion and style. You... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Split Tree cordials are keeping it local

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From local artisan markets to striking a deal on Dragon’s Den, former high tech worker Steve Morrier has taken his fresh cordials and tonics to the big stage. Steve and his Ottawa based cocktail company, Split Tree Cocktail Co. struck a deal with Manjit Minhas, co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries and Distillery on Dragons Den this past month. When Morrier started Split Tree Cocktail Co., he had no idea what cordials were. He had some experience with breweries, but cocktails were a new world for him. After being laid... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Andrea

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Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Andrea About: Single mom of four, from Niagara area. She’s lived in Ottawa for about three years. Hood: Vanier. Montreal Road. Complaint: The city construction mostly. Andrea pauses to consider: “I can’t single out Vanier as a bad area,” she says, “as you’ll find trouble in any neighborhood. Some of the areas... | Continue reading article

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What’s On Stage: Local actor Kate Smith shows her range

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Kate Smith and WIll Somers in HOOTENANNY!, photo by Cory ThibertKate Smith and WIll Somers in HOOTENANNY!, photo by Cory Thibert

Who is Kate Smith? It’s hard to tell from the characters she’s played: ranging from 12-year-old Kit in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, to 80-year-old Josephine Strong in Hollmann & Kotis’ Urinetown. Smith’s range doesn’t just cover age. Sampling some of the more than 22 shows that Smith has performed, we find: a prison guard (Iron), an IRA officer (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), a soccer mom (Secrets of a Soccer Mom), a bride (The Wedding Night), a ghost (Snapshot), an Iranian writer (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit), an exotic dancer (We Never... | Continue reading article

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Spotlight on domestic violence in November’s “Shine the Light” campaign

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The Heritage Building at City Hall, lit up purple for last year's Shine the Light. Photo courtesy of OCTEVAW.The Heritage Building at City Hall, lit up purple for last year's Shine the Light. Photo courtesy of OCTEVAW.

Shoppers in the Wellington West area may notice a new violet trend adorning storefronts this month, with a number of businesses choosing to decorate their storefronts with the colour and hand out purple pamphlets throughout the month of November. The Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) is running their annual “Shine the Light” campaign aimed at promoting discussion of the impact of intimate partner violence on women. The campaign, which has taken place with the support of Elgin Street businesses for the last three years, is expanding to... | Continue reading article

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