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Future of Ottawa: Is Lebreton the new Lansdowne?

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This is the first guest post in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this column, urban affairs blogger Eric Darwin looks at the proposed phase II redevelopment of Lebreton Flats, and whether this project can become another source of heated debate like the redevelopment of Lansdowne.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. The Lansdowne Park redevelopment scheme was done in a rush to meet the needs of sporting promoters.  It increasingly looks like we may see a transformation of LeBreton Flats  /... | Continue reading article

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The Future of Ottawa series

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Photo by J. Michel Carriere courtesy of Apartment613 flickr poolPhoto by J. Michel Carriere courtesy of Apartment613 flickr pool

Ottawa is on the verge of becoming an extraordinary city.  Over the next few years, billions of dollars will be spent on several projects that will transform our region.  These initiatives include: ▪  The $2.1 billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) system currently under construction; ▪  The $110 million planned renovation of the National Arts Centre; ▪  The proposed phase II redevelopment of Lebreton Flats, which could see the Ottawa Senators move downtown; ▪  An exciting city plan for expanding Ottawa’s pedestrian and cycling infrastructure once LRT is complete by 2018; and ▪  A multi-billion dollar proposal by Windmill Development Group to redevelop the... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa luxury fashion gets a facelift

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All photos by John Aung.All photos by John Aung.

As one fashion luxury door closes in Ottawa, a new one opens. The iconic Holt Renfrew, a Sparks Street fixture for the last 78 years, will be closing its doors for good on January 25th, 2015.  Nordstrom, a large high-end American department store, will be taking over the luxury fashion market in Ottawa and will be open for business on March 6, 2015 at Rideau Centre.  Fear not fashionistas, there will only be a six-week withdrawal where high-end designer labels won’t be easily accessible in the Ottawa area. It is... | Continue reading article

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New year, new hashtag!

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Photo by Colin White.Photo by Colin White.

With the first Weekend Roundup of the year around the corner, we have exciting news for you all – the Apt613 Weekend HashtagProject is back! New year, new hashtag: #apt613wknd There are all kinds of wonderful things happening in this city all the time – especially on the weekends – and we want to be sure to see them! Hashtag all your photos from the weekend’s events and we will feature some of the best on our Instagram feed. Go out, do things, have fun, and take photos!

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Foodie Friday: Brew Brahs interview Cartwright Springs Brewery

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Photo from the Cartwright Springs Facebook page.Photo from the Cartwright Springs Facebook page.

Just shy of an hour west of Ottawa is the small community of Mississippi Mills, home to about 12,000 residents and soon to be home to 1 brand new brewery. Cartwright Springs Brewery, opening in 2015, is named after the fresh water spring the brewery sources locally to brew its beer. The CSBeer team currently consists of André Rieux, Eduardo Guerra and Hien Hoang. Right now, the brewery is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds so they can build a tasteful tasting bar. BrewBrahs.com had the chance to chat with the... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Support local this holiday season at the Christmas Markets

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After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.

Fresh off the wildly successful Support Local initiative in October comes the Christmas Market. Opening its doors this past Sunday, the Christmas Market will be held at the new Landsdowne Park for a total of five days this month. The 116-year-old Aberdeen Pavilion, colloquially known as the Cattle Castle, celebrated the commencement of the new holiday shopping experience with festive music, decorations, and 120 local artisans. Merchandise for sale included, but was certainly not limited to, fresh produce, preserves, home décor items, and even children’s toys. With no admission and... | Continue reading article

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The Rainbow celebrates 30 years!

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Tony D. of MonkeyJunk with Paul Deslauriers. All photos by Terry Steeves.Tony D. of MonkeyJunk with Paul Deslauriers. All photos by Terry Steeves.

There is something about performing on the Rainbow stage. As a fledgling singer over 20 years ago, I remember the acute sense of nervousness I felt walking onto it, standing as green as could be, high above the crowd, looking out past the packed dance floor below me, the bar area beyond, the balcony area above me, and surrounded by the enormous talent of musicians who were there to strut their stuff during a jam night. I felt like I didn’t have a right to be there, rubbing elbows with... | Continue reading article

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We love this city

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It’s been an unimaginable past day in Ottawa. We’ve been anxious, locked-down and saddened. Our resolve to celebrate the best of Ottawa and our commitment to keeping our city healthy and happy has never been stronger. More than anything else today, we offer our tributes, thoughts and concern to the family and friends of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo who was tragically killed while guarding our national war memorial. We know that Ottawa will not let an act of violence define us. We will think hard about how something like this could... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: We build this city

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It’s clear that there’s a lot of love for Ottawa these days. Heck, our city is even shaped like a heart. And so, to show our love for this city, we’ve brought Support Local month back for its fourth year. What is Support Local? It’s a month-long series of unique, collaborative events, showcasing the best our creative side has to offer. We’ve got breweries taking over restaurants, crafters making small special batches of goods, and an awesome day out in Almonte on the 25th with pop-up shops and patio parties... | Continue reading article

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Karsh Award 2014 winner Chantal Gervais – a presence of absence

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Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

Two visits are still not enough to absorb Chantal Gervais’ artwork. Every time you look at her pieces on exhibit at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa’s city hall, you see something you didn’t see before and along with that a heightened appreciation and understanding why the Karsh Award’s jury selected Gervais the 2014 winner. Gervais uses digital, film and scanner (both flatbed and MRI) technologies to created her pieces, most of which are photographs. The half dozen or so groupings of her work each have their own focus. In the... | Continue reading article

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