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World Press award-winning photos capture moments of tenderness and danger

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World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. 

St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment.
Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

Award-winning images from around the world are now on display at the Canadian War Museum for a limited time, marking the eighth year that World Press Photo has chosen Ottawa as the premier Canadian location for its annual exhibition. “The images of World Press Photo 2015 were jury selected from among 98,000 entries submitted by close to 6,000 photojournalists from 131 countries,” explains Mark O’Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian War Museum. “The exhibition really does present the finest work by many of the world’s top photographers.” While a... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: the “old-world grandeur” of a lost Rideau St. institution

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Ogilvy's in the mid 1950s, image from the City of Ottawa archivesOgilvy's in the mid 1950s, image from the City of Ottawa archives

One place that evokes fond memories of Ottawa’s past shopping fortunes is the old Charles Ogilvy Ltd. store (or Ogilvys) on Rideau Street. I am just old enough to remember how the Ogilvys was in its last days in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even then, it was a place of old world grandeur and charm.  I still remember the immaculately dressed elevator operators who wore white gloves, who would open the old grilled elevator doors and then take you clanking up or down to the various floor departments... | Continue reading article

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Five surprising facts we learned on the Ottawa Free Tour

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Scenery on the Ottawa Free Tour, photos by  Hollie DaviesScenery on the Ottawa Free Tour, photos by Hollie Davies

When I was invited to tag along on The Ottawa Free Tour, a new activity on offer, I didn’t have to think it over much –  they had me at “free”. With scarcely anything in life that doesn’t put a dent in my bank account, I’m clearly going to jump at anything that costs nothing. And I’m sure glad that I did. It’s a 2-hour walking tour that takes place every Saturday (May 2-Sept 5) at 2 p.m. I met up with our expert guide, and the rest of the group, at the... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa City Woodshop inspired by Ottawa’s lumber town legacy

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A photo of the woodshopPhoto courtesy of the Ottawa City Woodshop

Are you longing for the smell of sawdust and the sounds of a drill press, but worried that your one-bedroom-plus-den rental may not be the best home to re-start that woodworking project? The Ottawa City Woodshop launched last month and has been quickly attracting interest from members. You can join the woodshop with a monthly fee and get access to the space and discounts on courses. They have intro classes starting in both July and August for the uninitiated to ease their way into the joys of woodworking. We caught... | Continue reading article

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BSOMA teaches photographers the tools of the trade

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Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.

Bluesfest School of Art and Music has been making strides lately when it comes to providing workshops on teachable skills for the community. In the past, they’ve worked together with artists, bands and festivals to put on seminars that cover everything from releasing an album to acquiring sponsorship. Their most recent workshop is festival-focused with a specification in photography, titled RBC Bluesfest Concert Photography. The workshop is led by in-house Bluesfest photographers Mark Horton and Marc DesRosiers, and was launched as a pilot project last year with great results, including... | Continue reading article

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Five Things I Learned at the Ottawa International Music Conference

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Q&A with the band Tortured Soul at OIMC. Photo from the OIMC Facebook page.Q&A with the band Tortured Soul at OIMC. Photo from the OIMC Facebook page.

The first Ottawa International Music Conference was held recently at Maker Space North. The Conference featured international artists and panelists, who shared their knowledge with a room full of industry hopefuls. The three day event was successful, both in attendance and information obtained by attendees. The panels ranged from how to turn music into a business, to festival programming, to the changing landscape of parties. In case you missed the conference, I’ve broken down the 5 things I learned at OIMC: 1. Know your audience and play to it. If... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Levine’s long lost Lowertown remembered

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King Edward Street near Rideau, circa 1920. Unless otherwise indicated, all photos are from Library and Archives Canada.King Edward Street near Rideau, circa 1920. Unless otherwise indicated, all photos are from Library and Archives Canada.

While casting about for an idea for a story about Ottawa’s Lowertown, I was struck by how much the the changes to the area have been documented over the past fifty years.  Various blogs (Urbsite and Ottawa Past and Present) and organizations (Lowertown Community Association and King Edward Avenue Task Force) have all done a good job of showing us that the past fifty years have not been kind to Lowertown, particularly from King Edward to Cobourg Street. What else was there to say? The main story is quite clear and... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

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Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | Continue reading article

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Breaking the Code: A look into life of Alan Turing + chance to see Enigma machine up close

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All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Last year the highly popular movie The Imitation Game introduced the masses to the story of Alan Turing and his work cracking the Nazis’ “unbreakable” Enigma code in WWII. It was estimated that cracking Enigma shortened the war in Europe by two years. But Hollywood demands nonstop edge of your seat excitement and sometimes, especially when the subject is the tedious work of code breaking, that kind of mass appeal comes at the cost of historical accuracy. That’s where the theatre comes in.  Director Klass van Weringh has brought Hugh... | Continue reading article

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The Walrus Talks about being human

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Zeynep Arsel. Photo from thewalrus.ca.Zeynep Arsel. Photo from thewalrus.ca.

The magazine The Walrus, which presents commentary on Canadian culture and its place in the world, is bringing the latest installment of its Walrus Talks events to Ottawa this week. At the National Gallery this Wednesday evening, eight speakers, including Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, will speak for seven minutes each on various topics related to the evening’s (admittedly broad) theme, Being Human.  Past Walrus Talks have tackled themes including Energy, Play, and The Art of Conversation. The series challenges audiences to look at a topic from... | Continue reading article

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