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Making the move out to “The Friendly Town”

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Photo of Scott, Amica and little Rowan Perrie by Scott Adamson of Gaslight ElectricPhoto of Scott, Amica and little Rowan Perrie by Scott Adamson of Gaslight Electric

Post by Dan Fallak from VersaTile, part of our Support Local series featuring local creative types. Don’t forget to head out to Almonte for Support Local day on October 25! Bus shuttle tickets available here. As someone who was born, raised and currently lives in Almonte, I’m probably pretty biased when it comes to talking about the town. So, asking me about how great living here is would likely result in a flurry of one sided responses like; “everyone is incredibly friendly”, “we have the best independent shops and businesses”,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Noble Illusions by Stephan Dale

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A century ago, in 1914, the “Great War” began, a war which killed 66,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders. Ottawa author Stephen Dale is concerned about the way this tragic anniversary is being commemorated. In Noble Illusions: Young Canada Goes to War (Fernwood Publishing, 2014), he accuses the Harper government of spinning World War I as an heroic war for democracy and against tyranny, from which we should draw the lesson that, in our own time, Canada should play an active military role in international affairs. First World War veterans, however, saw... | Continue reading article

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Making Ottawa go green – the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op

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Solar panel. Photo by Mike Geiger on Flickr.Solar panel. Photo by Mike Geiger on Flickr.

Janice Ashworth is the Operations Manager for the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op. OREC brings Ottawa residents together to invest in local renewable energy projects in our own communities. What does this all mean? Join this neophyte on a journey of discovery. Ashworth was in her undergrad in Environmental Science and International Development at Dalhousie University when she began taking a serious interest in the environment and sustainability. A growing concern with climate change drove her to the green energy movement. Through her Master’s research and volunteering and working with the... | Continue reading article

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Two evenings of intrigue at the Mystery Cafe

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Some of our regions best mystery writers will gather this Wednesday and next week (October 15), for what promises to be two wonderful nights full of literary suspense and captivating detective yarns. Occurring at the Grounded Kitchen & Coffeehouse (100 Gloucester St.), the Mystery Cafe will showcase some of the top mystery authors from the National Capital Region. “There will be musical entertainment and readings,” says event organiser and Ottawa-based writer Mike Martin, who is the creator behind the highly enjoyable Sgt. Winston Windflower series.  ”I will also interview the authors and there... | Continue reading article

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Check out the amazing Piece Tower on Elgin

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Ottawa Architecture Week Headquarters. All photos by Mico Mazza.Ottawa Architecture Week Headquarters. All photos by Mico Mazza.

This year the Ottawa Architecture Week’s flagship attraction is Michael M. Simon’s Piece Tower, an inhabitable art installation built on the lawn of the Knox Anglican Church. Michael was approached in July by Nico Valenzuela, the current chair of OAW, to create an installation to embody the theme of Urban Intensification and bring attention to Architecture week. A few months, some volunteers, and not a negligible amount of elbow grease later the Piece Tower had its debut in the courtyard of the Metropolis restaurant at this year’s Nuit Blanche. “The... | Continue reading article

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Buy locally made art with volunteer hours at Timeraiser

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Art for auction at the 2013 Timeraiser event. Left: Barn Owl 2; RIght: Caribou - both by Amy Thompson. Photos from the Timeraiser Facebook event page.Art for auction at the 2013 Timeraiser event. Left: Barn Owl 2; RIght: Caribou - both by Amy Thompson. Photos from the Timeraiser Facebook event page.

A Canadian organization is working to help non-profits make their limited resources go further and to motivate busy people to connect with their communities through volunteering. Timeraiser events were conceived in 2001 by Simon Foster and Anil Patel of Framework as a way to address these challenges in a fun, engaging way. Timeraiser hosts annual events in cities across Canada that offer volunteers a chance to win art by volunteering with local non-profits. The 7th Ottawa Timeraiser will take place November 8th at the Canadian Museum of History. Timeraiser engineers... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup + Beach House giveaway

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Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from beachhousebaltimore.com.

Welcome to the greatest month of the year (please forgive my personal bias)! Apples, pumpkins, leaves, layers, and Halloween! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – there is a ton of awesome events happening this weekend. A great start to a great month! This weekend is launch weekend for Support Local, a month long festival of art, culture, food, music, beer, and all around local awesomeness. With over 75 participants, including restaurants, shops, and our homegrown artists, this month is chock full of fun things to do and see,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The Novel Writer’s Blueprint is a quick guide to realizing your literary ambitions

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Once, in a university course on modern Canadian literature, a successful Canadian novelist explained how he had started writing his latest novel. “I was doing the dishes after supper one night,” he said, “and I heard the voice of the main character in my head.” After he finished washing up, he sat down and wrote what the voice had said. He also heard the voices of the other characters in the novel, speaking to each other. This, apparently, was how all his novels came about: during his daily routine, a... | 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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Streetscape Memory Bank: Who photographed Ottawa in 1938?

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A look at the technical side of photo production. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.A look at the technical side of photo production. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

Over the past little while, I have been writing about the remarkable ca. 1938 photos of Ottawa streetscapes. These photos show us the Ottawa that Jacques Greber would have seen when he was conducting his preliminary planning studies. What is of particular interest – and something not yet remarked upon by others – is that what we are seeing are not his own photographs, but ones taken by photographers working for the federal Department of Public Works. These photographers, unlike Greber, would have had intimate knowledge of the city. So... | Continue reading article

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