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From the Artist: Healing Trees intervention on Percy Street

Post by Kim Gauvin. If I had been asked to name the defining characteristics of Centretown at this time last year, I would have mentioned the gable-roofed houses, a few key shops and restaurants, and, of course, the eclectic mix of great people. I would have completely overlooked the trees. The trees, as it turns […]

3D printer on display at BHV Marais in Paris. All photos by Jessica Green.

Librarian in Residence: 3D printing!

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. In April, while on vacation in Paris, I happened upon a 3D printer exhibition at the BHV Marais, the […]


Celebrating the human voice with the A B series

Since 2007, the Ottawa-based A B Series has been presenting innovative programming filled with experimental poetry, music and spoken word. Founded by Max Middle, the Series’ artistic director, the cutting-edge programming has brought first-rate performers from across Canada and around the world to our region.  But while the current programme includes musical performances, literary readings and innovative […]

Kirk's Landing

Write On Ottawa: Debut novel is an enjoyable mystery

RCMP Corp. Dave Browne was perfect as an undercover cop. Blessed with cloaking abilities, he could easily infiltrate any criminal operation by fading out of sight, and then observing his targets from the shadows. When his disappearing power fails him during a sting operation in Toronto, however, he becomes a wanted man, as the criminal group […]


Write On Ottawa: Revealing the mystery and romance of Yemen

People in the west do not often hear about Yemen, one of the more remote countries in the Middle East.  A nation of roughly 24 million on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, whose capital is Sana’a,  this country south of Saudi Arabia can appear mysterious to occidental eyes. Thanks to the writings of Ottawa-based author Qais […]

Autograph band members from left to right: Steve Lynch (lead guitar, bkg vox), Simon Daniels (lead vocals,  guitar), Randy Rand (bass, bkg vox), Marc Wieland (drums). All photos by Terry Steeves.

Autograph: Reformed and revamped

Last Friday night, I set out with my camera, my notepad, and weeks of compiled research, to interview and take in a rock band that is back with a vengeance after 25 years. Their name is Autograph, and they have returned bigger, stronger, and louder than ever, adding a fresh, new and powerful flavour to […]

Simone Deneau. Photo by Rémi Thériault. All other photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Q&A with Simone Deneau of NAC Presents

Not only a bastion of high culture, the National Arts Centre prides itself on exposing Ottawa to the work of up-and-coming musicians of all genres. The NAC does this through its Scene festivals, which feature the music of a given province or region of Canada, and through its NAC Presents series, now entering its fourth […]

Photo from the OC Transpo Facebook page.

Presto: 5 ways to make us like it

In 2013 Ottawa finally got something people in a lot of other cities have been using for a decade or more: transit “smart cards”. Used with onboard electronic card readers, Presto Cards have replaced the old monthly passes and greatly reduced the need for paper tickets. They have changed the way we purchase and use […]

Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event.
Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.

Explore Ottawa with Jane’s Walk

A city’s vibrancy is that of its communities, namely that of the people who take part in its active building. Too often we hear that Ottawa is boring and there’s nothing going on, but that is the refrain of those uninvolved. Perhaps people who bemoan Ottawa are looking for a scene rather than a community. […]


Skepticamp Ottawa 2014!

This coming Sunday May 4th, the Ottawa Skeptics will be hosting their 4th annual Skepticamp at the Shopify Lounge in the Byward Market, an all day event for those believe in the importance of evidence-based practices and the scientific method. The idea for Skepticamp began in Denver, by a critically minded software engineer. Skepticamp events would facilitate […]

Screen shot from the documentary, Hands On, women, climate, change. Directed by Mary Kiio, Kenya.

When the Walrus Talks, Ottawa listens

This Monday evening, a group of Ottawans gathered at the Canadian Museum of Nature to hear a series of short, varied presentations on the topic of climate change: how we got here, what’s happening, and what can and should be done. The event was a collaboration between The Walrus Foundation, who put out the magazine […]