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
This post by Justin Beach of NXEW.ca is reproduced with permission under a Creative Commons license agreement. Make sure to check North by East West, it’s an awesome Canadian music blog. I (heart) Music is based out of Ottawa, they put on great shows and we want to see them continue to exist and grow. This why I am sharing this with you. It would appear that, through tremendous support from readers, musicians, bloggers and others that I (Heart) Music will continue. Through a combination of donations of money and... | Continue reading article
Our little stand at the corner of O’Connor and Second Avenue raised $215 Saturday. We say “raised” because the money is going to our bandwidth fund. We met lots of friendly people and our apartments are now slightly less crowded. We worked our sales pitches: “buy a knife, settle your domestic disputes;” “support Stéphane Dion, buy a ‘green shift’ baseball cap;” and of course, our 613 pitches. Among the highlights of our sale: our waffle iron was purchased (no more brunches for us); got rid of StarWars figurines (but no... | 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 part one of a three-part series on Fitness in the Capital Region. Ottawa Raceday is upon us. As thousands of local residents prepare to slog around the capital, it seemed a good time to commiserate with the well-intentioned but just-not-into-it crowd. The never-a-thoners. The cheer section. I hear you, people. Let’s face it; Ottawa is a running city, and for good reason. I am a... | Continue reading article
This post by Justin Beach of NXEW.ca is reproduced with permission under a Creative Commons license agreement. Make sure to check North by East West, it’s an awesome Canadian music blog. I (heart) Music is based out of Ottawa, they put on great shows and we want to see them continue to exist and grow. This why I am sharing this with you. Sometimes, ok most of the time, I think that SOCAN exists for the good of SOCAN and not for the good of music, musicians or songwriters. The... | Continue reading article