Written by Dan Arnott, a Spirit of Rasputin’s volunteer and participant. While the global, all-inclusive nature of the genre makes it hard to call any place a “folk music institution”, Rasputin’s on Bronson just might have qualified. For 27 years, owner Dean Verger coaxed such names as Fred Eaglesmith, Lynn Miles, Stephen Fearing and Colin Linden through his doors, as well as countless performers from around the neighborhood who paid their dues at open stages or just played for the joy of it. In July 2008, a fire prompted the... | Continue reading article
Winter in Ottawa gets so cold, it’s hard not to engage in a little pathetic fallacy and feel a sorry for the naked trees and ice covered mail boxes. It sometimes seems as if the whole city needs a warm scarf and a cup of hot chocolate. That’s pretty much the idea behind the Urban Cozy Project, the brainchild of Spins and Needles in partnership with the NCC. Basically, crafters from Ottawa, Canada and around the world are invited to produce a cozy – a warm ‘cozy’ covering – through... | Continue reading article
A friend of mine recently commented that Apt613 needed to beef up its sports section. Not a bad idea, I thought. With most of the hockey nations announcing their rosters in the past couple of weeks I decided to have a look at the Sens that will be representing their various teams in Vancouver. Before we look at who made their national teams, let’s first look at who did not make the cut. Many thought Mike Fisher was on the bubble for making Team Canada. Despite what appears to be... | Continue reading article
Guest post from Kym Shumsky, an Ottawa writer shares her thoughts and pictures of things she likes on her blog at Relishing.ca. This post is the final post of a three-part series on Fitness in the Capital Region. When I hired Avril Patrick a few weeks ago, I really only wanted a new weightlifting plan. I wasn’t making any progress with the old one anymore, and I was frustrated with the last five pounds – the mythical threshold to utopia, and really short skirts, allegedly. But whereas I expected to... | Continue reading article
This list comes courtesy of Jeremy Hanson-Finger, an editor at the Moose and Pussy, Carleton’s best (and only) erotic literature magazine. Please let us know about your experiences with Ottawa’s literary scene, or if there are any other publications that we should know about! Although the current economic climate is far from friendly to the publishing industry, a number of local literary magazines are still publishing works by writers from Ottawa and beyond. Many of these journals will be available at the upcoming Ottawa Small Press Fair this Saturday at... | Continue reading article
Saturday, I took a stroll in Central Park in the Glebe to check out The New Art Festival. I was truly impressed with the diversity and quality of the art exposed. I had the chance to chat with some great folks like Sylvie Parisien from Sun Slip Ceramics, Christina Lovisa from St. Elmo’s Fire, Paul Sharp (love the t-shirt!), Allyson Green and Cori Lee Marvin. Below, you’ll find some of the interesting art and artists I photographed over the weekend. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.
There could be no better place for such an unveiling than the colourful, inspiring space in which Samuel Jan first sketched many of the works on display. A regular at the whimsical coffee house, Jan can often be spotted with his art spread out on one of the retro tabletops, so it’s only natural that his paintings have found their way onto the walls. Inspired by the work of self-taught artist Joseph Cornell – a pioneer of assemblage art during the mid-twentieth century – Jan first began experimenting with art... | Continue reading article
For fans of independent bookstores – there is now one more reason to stop by Perfect Books on Elgin. The store has gotten a facelift, adding some fancy new shelves and a redone window display. Perfect Books was a great store to begin with, with a huge section of Science Fiction (the manager used to own a sci-fi only store). The staff picks are worth paying attention to and the section on award winners always has something great. Worth stopping by!
Guest post from Kym Shumsky, an Ottawa writer shares her thoughts and pictures of things she likes on her blog at Relishing.ca. This post is part two of a three-part series on Fitness in the Capital Region. It’s only our second session, and already, my trainer is giving me hell. But not about my lunges. “You made it sound like you were a beginner,” says Avril Patrick, a petite and energetic woman of ageless countenance. She’s grilling me on Part One, what I thought was a fairly generic set-up into... | Continue reading article
“Clothes make the man,” Mark Twain once quipped, “naked people have little or no influence on society.” Shirts, shoes and other accoutrements play an important role in our culture by passing along visual cues on a person’s status, conformity to social norms, activities and even their taste in music. To quote another dead white man (Sir Francis Bacon), “fashion is only the attempt to realize art in living form and social intercourse.” Whether you subscribe to Vogue or deride the latest styles as a capitalists plot, you are in fact... | Continue reading article