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Write On Ottawa: The history of comedy in our city

“I think comedy comes more from a low sense of self-esteem, and I certainly have that.” – Craig Ferguson Ottawa-residents are often caricatured as a sorry lot who live boring lives. This probably explains why this region has produced so many great comedians. Wait, what? I thought this was the city that fun forgot. Not so […]

Librarian In Residence: Holiday gift list 2015 – adult reads

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. Once again, I’ve rounded up my favourite books for this year. [Editor’s note: See Jessica’s 2013 and 2014 picks […]

Yukon Blonde plays the NAC + ticket giveaway

This weekend, Ottawa will be hit with two Canadian talents Yukon Blonde and Hey Rosetta! for the second time this year after two knockout performances at the Dragon Boat festival in June.  These bicoastal sweethearts will be rocking Southam Hall at the NAC on Sunday to a packed house who will certainly be dancing in […]

Get a quick shot of learning at the Westboro Brainery

Where can you get a nice dose of knowledge in one evening, is more social than watching another documentary on Netflix, and costs about the same as a night out anywhere? Whether you’re looking to break the routine, start a project, or have your eyes opened to something new, chances are you’ll find what you’re […]

Safia Nolin sera de passage à la Quatrième salle du CNA

Raw. A youthful soul that questions wisely. Poetry sure to bring you back to a moment you thought you couldn’t live through. But in the end, all is good. To all of you who appreciate a francophone voice, Safia Nolin’s compositions will warm up the NAC’s Fourth Stage on November 28th. « Aujourd’hui, demain Peut-être […]

Streetscape Memory Bank: The lost Ottawa community of Uppertown, Pt. 2

Last time, we looked at the area of Uppertown now taken up by what is now 395 Wellington, or Library and Archives Canada. This time I’m interested in taking a look at some of the houses located on Lyon, the north side of Vittoria, Kent and Cliff Streets.  [Ed. note: Here’s a Google Maps link […]

Foodie Friday: Split Tree cordials are keeping it local

From local artisan markets to striking a deal on Dragon’s Den, former high tech worker Steve Morrier has taken his fresh cordials and tonics to the big stage. Steve and his Ottawa based cocktail company, Split Tree Cocktail Co. struck a deal with Manjit Minhas, co-founder and co-owner of Minhas Breweries and Distillery on Dragons […]

Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Andrea

Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Andrea About: Single mom of four, from Niagara area. She’s lived in Ottawa for about three years. […]

What’s On Stage: Local actor Kate Smith shows her range

Who is Kate Smith? It’s hard to tell from the characters she’s played: ranging from 12-year-old Kit in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, to 80-year-old Josephine Strong in Hollmann & Kotis’ Urinetown. Smith’s range doesn’t just cover age. Sampling some of the more than 22 shows that Smith has performed, we find: a prison guard (Iron), […]

Spotlight on domestic violence in November’s “Shine the Light” campaign

Shoppers in the Wellington West area may notice a new violet trend adorning storefronts this month, with a number of businesses choosing to decorate their storefronts with the colour and hand out purple pamphlets throughout the month of November. The Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) is running their annual “Shine the Light” […]

Write On Ottawa: A love story you’ll root for

If you read my reviews, you know that I am a sucker for a good love story.  And The Hungry Heart by Brenda Gayle definitely falls into that category.  Book One in her Heart’s Desire series, it’s a contemporary romance with suspense and lots of drama to keep the pages turning. The hero, Hunter Graham, […]