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Doctor Science. Photo by JD Hancock on Flickr.

Apt613 Live for February 10, 2015

Hey kids! In case you haven’t checked your calendars this weekend will be ushered in by one of my favourite special days: Friday 13th!  I don’t normally sidestep ladders, avoid cracks in the sidewalk or throw salt over my shoulder to scare away the devil.  But there’s something delightful about indulging in these little rituals […]

Scott Helman. Photo by Chris Payne.

Ottawa, meet Scott Helman

Scott Helman is on the cusp, armed with a left-of-centre poppy sonic identity and just enough songs to leave his hometown, brimming with an expansive energy of what’s yet to come. The Toronto native caught the attention of labels exces at Warner Music Canada while still a teenager and since releasing his debut EP, Augusta […]

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 […]


Write On Ottawa: Frances Boyle’s sound and light show

It’s called chiaroscuro — contrasting light and dark for dramatic effect — and it is old school.  Picture Rembrandt’s face peeking out of the darkness like that macadamia nut in your double chocolate cookie. It evokes some traditional associations as well.  Light equals truth. Darkness surrounds us and feeds on our fear, ignorance and/or inattention. […]

The southwesterly curve on Wellington Street, circa 1938. All images from Library and Archives Canada.

Streetscape Memory Bank: Urban plans from 1938 cast a light on current times

Ottawans were witness to a major announcement on February 8, 1938.  On this date, the Ottawa Journal reported that the Government of Canada had unveiled and approved Jacques Greber’s plan for the beautification of Ottawa. “Greber Plans to Convert Ottawa into a Picturesque World Capital”‘ trumpeted the headline.  As front page news, this was indeed […]

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 […]

Photo by Joel Bedford (courtesy of Flickr - creative commons)

Future of Ottawa: A bright future

This is the final part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this post urban affairs analyst Kevin Bourne imagines what Ottawa will look like in the not so distant future.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Imagine a city where you hop on a train to meet […]

Photo by Michael Summers (courtesy of Flickr - creative commons)

Future of Ottawa: Correcting Past Blunders (or not)

This is the fourth part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this guest column, journalism professor and Ottawa Citizen columnist Andrew Cohen argues that Ottawa is still making poor urban planning choices, notwithstanding a few notable exceptions.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Ottawa is full of […]

Photo by Robert Fairchild courtesy of Apartment613 flickr pool

Future of Ottawa: Promoting the public interest

This is the third part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this post City Councillor Jeff Leiper tackles the issue of what roles the private and public sectors need to play in the future development of Ottawa.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. During the recent municipal […]