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Jonathan Rotondo flying Smith Miniplane C-GDSA near Luskville, QC in April.  (Author's collection).

Tour de blogosphere: Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike

Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike is a story about aviation archaeology and family.  Fittingly, its writer, Jonathan Rotondo, is my older brother and life-long inspiration.  From childhood co-conspiracies to more ripened grown-up pursuits, he remains my sidekick, constantly supporting the counterpart to his sibling tribe. For that same reason, I wanted to support him in his […]

Falling Star, 2013 by Don Maynard. The 13-foot high cast aluminum sculpture sits atop the toboggan hill at Cambrian and Greenbank roads. Photo from the City of Ottawa website. Credit: Dugan Maynard.

Public art in Ottawa: Reaching out

After two and a half years in the making, the City of Ottawa will issue its new Public Art Policy this year. The Public Art Renewal Committee (PARC) was set up in 2012 to renew the City’s policy. The committee is composed of artists, academics and representatives from the public. PARC met six times in […]

Photo courtesy of Laurent Robillard-Cardinal.

Ottawa company blows out its first birthday candle

One year already! On April 20, Ottawa’s Lowertown Canning Company celebrated its first year in business at Oz Kafe. More than 40 guests attended the event enjoying drinks, charcuterie and of course a wide variety of Lowertown Canning products. “The past year has blown by. It has been exhausting at times, but 100% worth it,” […]

Photo by Steven Ritzer courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

Future of Ottawa: The death (and rebirth) of journalism

This is part four in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, James Baxter, the founding editor and publisher of iPolitics, provides a thought provoking analysis on how the traditional mainstream media is crumbling.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Evolve or die.  That’s […]

Artist sketch of how the NAC will look from Elgin St. following its planned renovations

Future of Ottawa: Re-Imagining the NAC

This is part three in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition).  In this guest column, Rosemary Thompson, the director of communications at the National Arts Centre, describes the planned renovations at the NAC.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter.  (Note: For details on the redevelopment of Arts […]

Photo by fishbown_fish courtesy of Apartment613 Flickr pool

Future of Ottawa (arts and culture edition)

Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. This past January we published the Future of Ottawa series that looked at some of the major urban development projects in our city.  The original plan was to have a one-off group of posts, but after receiving a lot of positive feedback from […]

Exterior shot of the new central library in Halifax. Photo by Mathew Matheson on Flickr.

Ottawa Public Library Main Branch: Have your say!

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. After the Imagine Campaign run by the Ottawa Public Library back in 2013, it was pretty obvious that many […]

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SAW Video launches Cultural Engineering

When planning a revamp of some of Ottawa’s most iconic arts and culture venues — namely through the Arts Court Redevelopment — who better to turn to for help and creative input than a gallery that’s been around for 42 years? SAW Video has launched Cultural Engineering, a project that is being produced in partnership […]

Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Dance Directive

Get down and dance for a local fundraiser!

Legendary soul singer James Brown knew how to put life in perspective.  “The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing,” the father of funk once said. With this lovely thought in mind, let’s cue next week’s innovative fundraiser by the Ottawa Dance Directive that is scheduled for Saturday, February 21.  Taking place between 11 […]

Ottawa singer/songwriter/recording artist, Danielle Allard, lends her beautiful
voice and melodies during Sunday afternoon's event. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Live! on Elgin: Theatre and music in the heart of Ottawa

Lawrence and Jon Evenchick, the father and son team behind the anticipated Live! on Elgin, invited media this Sunday to show what they have in store for their local arts venue set to open on May 1st. Surrounded by Confederation Park, Parliament, and the hub of shops and restaurants on Elgin St, the location is […]

Photo of Macdonald-Cartier Bridge by Pier-Luc Bergeron (Flickr - creative commons)

Continuing the discussion on Ottawa’s future

Following the great reader feedback over the past several days, we have decided to run a follow-up  group of articles for The Future of Ottawa series.  If you have any suggestions for topics that we should cover, email us at, contact us on our Facebook page, write a suggestion in the comment box in […]