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Write On Ottawa: A magical stroll in Mali

Every once in a while you come across a book that just makes you smile. A Little Walk in our Neighbourhood by Ottawa-based author JP Melville is such a work. Based on his experience living in Mali with his family from 2002-2004, this short book of less than 40 pages chronicles a single day in […]


Write On Ottawa: Stories of courage in cancer fight

For almost two decades, the Ottawa-based Busting Out dragon boat team has been offering inspiration and hope to women who have survived breast cancer. While there is no age limit to join (members range in age from their mid-30s to early-80s), all team members must have completed cancer treatment, and also recovered sufficiently to be able […]

Photos from the National Access Cannabis Facebook page. Right: NAC Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony with CEO Gulwant Bajwa and NAC member Shauna.

Helping patients obtain medicinal green cards

If you live or work in Ottawa’s trend-setting Hintonburg, chances are you’ve noticed the new addition to Wellington Street’s storefronts. National Access Cannabis (NAC), a BC-based company founded by former Public Servant Alex Abellan, recently opened its franchise doors this past July in the heart of Ottawa’s blooming Hipsterville.  The clean, haute-couture look, lined with […]


Write On Ottawa: Seeking asylum in Canada

In the not-so distant future, the United States has fallen prey to a secretive and authoritarian government. In this dark world, a history teacher named Laek who lives in New York City tries to hide his radical past. After a violent confrontation with police, however, he decides that he has to flee his native country. […]

Photo courtesy of the band.

Gabbing with Rah Rah’s Marshal Burns

Seeing as Rah Rah have belted out their tuneage in our Nation’s Capital a dozen-odd times, there’s a pretty good chance you’re familiar with the band. For those who aren’t, they’re a folky-rock ensemble with pop sensibilities and dashes of dance; they hail from Regina, home of Roughrider green, First Nations University of Canada, and […]

All photos by Julie Moe, courtesy of the NAC.

Lindi Ortega on her new record, collecting skulls, and why she loves to perform

Hard-touring country-noir songstress Lindi Ortega rolls into Ottawa this week to play not one but two shows as part of the NAC Presents series. With one of the most bewitching voices around and a sound that captures everything good from the golden age of country music it’s easy to see why so many people came […]


Write On Ottawa: There’s a train a comin’

Town & Train, the debut horror novel from local author James K. Moran is one ride you won’t want to miss. The story takes us to Brandon, Ontario, a sleepy town full of secrets and villains hiding in plain sight, where people watch hockey and work blue collar jobs, and are big on dive bars and […]


Write On Ottawa: A Canadian pipeline dystopia in prose poetry

Joseph Hutt is a freelance writer and editor living in Ottawa. You can find him on tumblr  and Twitter. Welcome to Innisfree, a home to free-spirits, nonconformists, and one very determined hipster-turn-elk-farmer. Nestled between the redefined “Can’tadian” provincial borders of “PC Columbia” and “Cowberta,” it exists within an idyllic sanctuary of self-governance, thanks to a […]

Photo by Gordon D. Bonnar from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

What’s on your plate? Local food for thought about eating as a community

Alison Larabie Chase blogs about cooking and restaurants at This Dessert Life when she’s not herding cats, working in association communications, or traveling the world. A community cooking night. An apple festival. No less than three events involving local craft breweries. In case you hadn’t noticed, Support Local 2015 is focused primarily on facilitating discussions […]


Write On Ottawa: Four Ottawa women explore the world

Travel Dreams and Nightmare: Four Women Explore the World covers all types of travel, from roughing it on a mountain hike, to relaxing by the sea, to taking a holiday to taste wine or experiencing new cultures at all corners of the world. The book follows the adventures of four Ottawa-based women, Louise Szabo, Barbara […]