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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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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + ticket giveaway

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Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.

This first weekend of the final month of the year has arrived and it seems as though the snow and cold is here to stay! Not to worry, we’ve got plenty going on to cheer up those winter blues this weekend. As always, there is plenty of music happening. Thursday night brings a night of jazz, with the Craig Pedersen Quartet at Raw Sugar. For those of you that love folk, Raw Sugar is the place to be on Friday night. Krista Muir and Friends will be putting on an... | Continue reading article

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How to survive a Directing Actors workshop when you haven’t even seen Citizen Kane

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Director's Chairs. Photo by Kool Cats Photography on Flickr.Director's Chairs. Photo by Kool Cats Photography on Flickr.

I’ve always been intrigued by the whole idea of the stereotypical filmmaker. An NYU Film School grad living in some less than glamourous tiny apartment somewhere in Brooklyn, smoking, drinking, and watching the greatest films of all time – collectively creating their own. I’ve always wanted to live that life for a little while. And on the weekend, I, well, sort of, did. Saw Video is a not-for-profit, artist-run media art centre in the heart of our downtown. They offer equipment, training, mentorship, grants and screenings with the goal of... | 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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Streetscape Memory Bank: Frank C. Tyrell, an Ottawa 1930s photographer

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Microfiche Cards located in Binder 7 of Finding Aid 80 at 395 Wellington Street, Library and Archives Canada.Microfiche Cards located in Binder 7 of Finding Aid 80 at 395 Wellington Street, Library and Archives Canada.

Last time, I asked who photographed Ottawa in 1938 and speculated that a) it might have been Eugene M. Finn of the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau, or b) it might have been members of the Civil Service Professional Photographers Association. Since then, I have uncovered information about another Motion Picture Bureau photographer who would have also been a candidate. His name was Frank Charles Tyrell. Not a lot of information is available for Tyrell, despite the fact that he is credited for many CPMPB and National Film Board photos... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Songs of science in Henry Beissel’s Fugitive Horizons

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Book cover, detail, for Fugitive Horizons by Henry Beissel.Book cover, detail, for Fugitive Horizons by Henry Beissel.

Beyond the furthest point that you can see. What exists there? Can it be captured? Can it be measured? Can it be understood? What about the furthest point you can imagine? What exists beyond that horizon? These kinds of questions are turned over and over in Henry Beissel’s Fugitive Horizons. They are studied and considered like the geometric boxes in a crystal lattice. Those themes are just what some people might expect from a poetry collection—particularly a collection of highly structured, meditative poems, impelled by argument and a strong narrator.... | Continue reading article

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Hounds around town!

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This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall. Photo by Sarah O'Neill.This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall. Photo by Sarah O'Neill.

When I say “greyhound”, what comes to mind? Long bus rides? Cramped leg space? A tiny bus terminal on Catherine Street? For many in Ottawa, “greyhound” means big soulful eyes, lots of mischief, belly rubs, ear scritches, treats and being part of an amazing community of people who love to talk about their dogs! Retired racing greyhounds are a growing subset of the animal rescue community in Ottawa. There are two groups offering adoption services to people interested in welcoming one of these elegant couch potatoes into their families, the Greyhound... | Continue reading article

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How well do you know your city?

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Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.

Post by Nicole Milne, Associate Producer at The Great Canadian Theatre Company. Have you lived in Ottawa all your life? Did you come here for university and decide to stay and make the nation’s capital your home? No matter how long you’ve been here, I bet could you tell a visitor where to find the best cup of coffee, greasy breakfast, Italian restaurant, florist, tailor or cold pint. Or maybe you can rhyme off the top 10 attractions or show someone where to see some great theatre. In fact, many... | Continue reading article

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Electronic duo Snowday bring new show to Mugshots + ticket giveaway

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Photo courtesy of Snowday.Photo courtesy of Snowday.

Ottawa will be welcoming back some of its own talent as Snowday brings their new music to Mugshots this Saturday. The electronic act is made up of Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner. The duo’s debut album, As We Travel, is a collection of meditative, instrumental tracks that was released today (November 25). Their chilled out sound has earned them comparisons to electronic artists such as Bonobo and Tycho. Snowday’s singles “Walk Along These Rocks With Me” and “The Seventh String” are both available to hear on their SoundCloud page. Looking... | Continue reading article

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Écrire sur l’art. Pourquoi? Comment?

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Véronique Leblanc (à droite) anime un atelier Articulation. Photo par Stéphanie Nadeau.Véronique Leblanc (à droite) anime un atelier Articulation. Photo par Stéphanie Nadeau.

Post par Andrée Préfontaine, Frances Caswell-Routhier, Johanne Lafrenière, Josée Dubeau, Mana Rouholamini, et Véronique Leblanc.                   J’ai peur. J’ai peur de ne pas pouvoir, de ne pas savoir, de ne pas réussir, de ne pas avoir le bon mot, de ne pas avoir les idées assez sophistiquées. L’écriture accompagne toujours ma création. Je réfléchis par écrit. […] J’écris d’abord sur l’idée qui surgit au hasard, qui « m’interroge » et me pousse vers l’avant. Je veux la comprendre, me l’approprier, me l’expliquer. Je vérifie par... | Continue reading article

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