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Ottawa company blows out its first birthday candle

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Photo courtesy of Laurent Robillard-Cardinal.Photo courtesy of Laurent Robillard-Cardinal.

One year already! On April 20, Ottawa’s Lowertown Canning Company celebrated its first year in business at Oz Kafe. More than 40 guests attended the event enjoying drinks, charcuterie and of course a wide variety of Lowertown Canning products. “The past year has blown by. It has been exhausting at times, but 100% worth it,” said Simon Brière-Audet, who along with Beth Evans form the dynamic duo behind this up-and-coming company. For the past decade, Brière-Audet honed his cooking skills at the Lapointe Seafood Grill where he accepted the executive... | Continue reading article

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Health and Home: Four local products you can find in your ‘hood

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Everyone has their weekly grocery store routine, and that’s exactly where I used to buy all of my health and home products, but then terra20 opened at the end of my street. Since their one purpose is to encourage a healthier, sustainable lifestyle, how could I not check it out? Ever since stepping in for the first time, I now make weekly trips here for various products. Terra20 CEOs Steve Kaminski and Bill Stewart hit the nail on the head – they were on a mission to create an easier way to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.when the apocalypse comes we will still have americanos. Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

True to form, the arrival of spring has brought with it spring showers. A weekend of rain may be in store for us this week, but we’ve got plenty going on to brighten up the mood. Head over to Ritual Nightclub tonight, for a hip hop showcase from the 613 to the 416. The Home Invasion Show has brought us some of the best hip hop talent from this part of the province. Friday night Urban Legends is back with a special twist on their usual form. This time ’round,... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Tool Library is (almost) a reality

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Photo from Ottawa Tool Library website.Photo from Ottawa Tool Library website.

Ottawa, we’re this close to getting a tool library. Don’t you quit on me now. I believe in you. With one week to go, the Ottawa Tool Library is looking for one last push. They’re rounding the bend on $10,000, and they only need $5,000 more to make it to their goal. $5,000! That’s about as much as one year’s tuition for a arts major, and I’m living proof that’s a questionable investment. But here’s the real important part: until they get to 15,000, they get NOTHING. How can we... | Continue reading article

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Wheelhouse Cycle features a spin class like no other

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All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.

Post by Shawna Page. The first thing that pops into my head when thinking about my experience at Wheelhouse Cycle is the song “Bicycle Race” by Queen. For those of you that are not familiar with the song the beginning goes like this; “Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle.” And at wheelhouse Cycle that is exactly what you get to do! Upon entering the new spin gym, located at 1279 Wellington Street West, you are greeted with an energy that can only be described as... | Continue reading article

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Record Store Day weekend happenings

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Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.Photo from The Record Centre Facebook page.

Did you know this Saturday is Record Store Day? Yes, there is actually a day to celebrate “record stores,” those brick-and-mortar independents and all the vinyl goodness they stock for us. In Ottawa the celebrations start Friday with a Record Swap event at Raw Sugar and some live music at the Record Centre. Here’s a guide to RSD happenings in the city complete with some vinyl stories from an “expert panel” featuring DJs Jas Nasty, Zattar and Adam Saikaley with Darin Tomlin from Vertigo Records. If you don’t shop at... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Originals Spring Craft Sale ticket giveaway

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Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".

As we blow past the middle of April, the springtime clothing swaps, wine & food shows and all ages events begin again. This weekend holds its usual eclectic array of music and family fun, with a few things like fan fiction readings, burlesque shows and an Aboriginal arts fundraiser thrown in for variety. Friday afternoon the Bridgehead on Bank and Gilmour is home base for the International Anti-Street Harassment Week put on by Hollaback! Ottawa at 3pm. They’re joining the movement to Stop Telling Women To Smile with a postering... | Continue reading article

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Creativity, passion and the heart of two amazing sisters

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Vincent is a women’s fashion boutique nestled right in the heart of Little Italy, at 444 Preston Street to be exact. This store represents the creativity, passion and heart of two amazing sisters named Amanda and Angie. From the minute you walk into the boutique, you will be instantly greeted as they welcome you into the store as if it were their home.  No detail has gone unnoticed from the décor, to the carefully thought out product selection and the personalized customer service. You can’t help but fall in love... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.HERVANA in concert. Photo from their Facebook page.

This weekend was quick to arrive after the Easter break and we are back at it with another weekend full of greatness. Get Fresh tonight at Babylon, with a showcase of Ottawa’s hip hop community. There will be performances by Lost Kids, Ivan Ndikuriyo, and Cee Craig Thorn and beat showcases by Prophet-One One-Produkshuns and Andre King Thibault. That won’t be all, though; be sure to check out the event page for a full list of artists. Coming off of Versefest, you can catch Urban Legends and their April feature... | Continue reading article

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Let’s learn about sex, baby!

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Photo by cap. on Flickr.Photo by cap. on Flickr.

We all love getting it on. And it’s made even better by the fact that we can talk about it openly and honestly, sharing what works well for us, and that time it didn’t work out so perfectly. As a liberal-minded woman I’m quite open to experimenting sexually (with my monogamous companion of course), and as a freelance writer I’m passionate about immersing myself in unique and sometimes controversial worlds and sharing my story. With that in mind I made my way to Venus Envy, well known as the place to... | Continue reading article

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