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Hidden Gems: The market courtyards

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

Ask any local resident what’s the one place in Ottawa that you absolutely have to visit when you’re in town. Nine times out of ten, the answer you’ll get is the Byward Market. While there are a ton of other great spots in Ottawa, there’s no denying that the busiest and most well-known area of the city is the Market. Though not so much of a landmark or icon as Parliament Hill, it packs all of the urban necessities. From shopping at the Rideau Centre, to its restaurants, bars, art... | Continue reading article

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Need a small hit of learning? The Westboro Brainery has got you covered.

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Learn about the benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy. Photo by Tranquil Acres.Learn about the benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy. Photo by Tranquil Acres.

Have you ever felt the urge to learn something new? For me, it’s a hunger that can only be quelled by the consumption of knowledge—hearty, metaphorically consumable knowledge. Sometimes, it’s enough to just read a Wikipedia article, but more often I feel the need for something substantial. Now, I don’t have the time to commit to a college course, or even a weekend learning stint, so this need goes un-satiated more often than not. Which is why The Westboro Brainery so appeals to me. It’s a way to get a... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: From Mexico with love

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Photo by Maxim Apelfeld.Photo by Maxim Apelfeld.

I stumbled across this sculpture entirely by accident as I was walking towards the Market to check out some of the great art exhibits during this year’s Nuit Blanche. Located right off Elgin Street and steps away from the Rideau Centre, this little Gem is tucked into a small open space outside the National Art Centre. This gleaming sculpture of polished metal, entitled Musica, was crafted by Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman. It was donated to the NAC by the Embassy of Mexico in 2006 as a gesture of friendship. For... | Continue reading article

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Apartment613 Talks! 3D printing: The democratization of production

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New technology is changing the way that we produce and prototype goods. 3D printers have inspired a new generation of crafters, makers and hackers taking charge of their own production in new and creative ways. This panel will bring together Ottawans thinking about how technology is changing the way we make goods and what this might mean for our local culture and economy.  You can register online here! Our panelists are Dominic Coballe, N-Product; Alëna Iouguina and Anthony Dewar, Ecotonos Design and Manufacturing Co-founders;  and Luc Lalande, maker movement advocate @LucLalande! Doors open at 7pm at the Shopify... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: The Nicholas Sparks House

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Front entrance to Nicholas Sparks house, c.1950. All Photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.Front entrance to Nicholas Sparks house, c.1950. All Photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

Nearly 60 years ago, in late 1954, the Nicholas Sparks house was demolished. Although there had been some serious discussion about preserving the place, the federal government – under the auspices of the Department of Public Works and the Federal District Commission – decided that restoration and preservation would cost too much. Moreover, the house was in the way of a new construction project: the West Memorial Building. Already more than a century old by this stage, the Sparks home had been recognized by historians as a place of national... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Museum of Nature

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This week’s gem is not exactly a hidden one, but it’s definitely one of the most impressive buildings in the City. Designed by architect David Eward, drawing inspiration from similar Scottish Baronial style estates in Europe, the building is affectionately referred to as “the castle”. When you look closely you can notice many similarities between the museum and the Parliament buildings such as the use of local sandstone and the similar window design. And that’s not a coincidence. The idea was to establish a national landmark on the opposite end... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Light and sound at the library

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Although I am sure most people are using things like iTunes and Netflix these days to access their entertainment media digitally, the Ottawa Public Library has quite the collection of music CDs and DVDs in a number of languages available to borrow. It’s a great way to brush up your knowledge of  say French New Wave Cinema when you can borrow Les Quatre Cents Coups (the 400 Blows), Jules et Jim or Hiroshima, mon amour. Missed a few flicks at the Bytowne or Mayfair theatres? Many appear in the collection,... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Stone and bronze at Strathcona Park

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To switch things up this week, I’ve decided to explore one of my favorite outdoor spaces in central Ottawa: Strathcona Park. Situated on the eastern edge of Sandy Hill, the park is centrally-located yet far enough from the buzz of Rideau Street and the Market.  The park stretches out along the Rideau River, with the river on one side, and a row of embassy residences on the other. The existing area of the park was used as a rifle range in pre-WWI Ottawa, before being redeveloped into a park and the site of Ottawa’s... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The former City Hall building

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As much as it hurts to admit it, Ottawa is not world-renowned for being the focal point of art and architecture.  Though we may not rival the likes of Chicago, Paris or Florence in building design or art, we have plenty of unique local gems all over our city that often go unnoticed and unappreciated. These don’t necessarily have to be massive works of architecture.  They can be as subtle as an elegant brick home in the Glebe, a painted wall mural in Hintonburg, a piece of graffiti art on... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: The Trafalgar Building endures along the ever-changing Queen Street

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Queen Street at Metcalfe, circa 1938. All photos from Library and Archives, Canada.Queen Street at Metcalfe, circa 1938. All photos from Library and Archives, Canada.

The discovery of human bones under the street near 66 Queen has made me think of the passage of time and of the ways in which a streetscape can change. Queen Street itself has been transformed repeatedly over the course of the last few centuries. Up until the 1840s, the eastern end of Queen Street was Ottawa’s first graveyard, known as “the old burying ground.” In the 1850s, when the street was first laid out, the graveyard was moved east to Sandy Hill and the first First Baptist Church was... | Continue reading article

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