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Adieu Winterlude! Pictures of the Urban Cozy Project

This year, Winterlude was gone faster then a snow bank in Vancouver (oh snap!). While we generally don’t cover the well-known festival (which hardly needs plugging from lowly bloggerati such as ourselves) we were happy to showcase Spins and Needles terrific public art project. The Urban Cozy Project gave a little homey charm to suckuary […]

Weekend round up

So it’s the last weekend of that winter festival, but if you’re hankering to stick to indoor activities this weekend, there are a few to keep you occupied. Sadly, we’ve heard the Owen Pallett shows at the Blacksheep are all sold out, but have no fear – other music options abound. Tonight’s show at Raw […]

All roads lead to Victoire

All roads, that is, that start with a D and end with “alhousie” or with a W and end with “ellington”… Yes, Ottawa’s favourite boutique has expanded out to the west end (I hear some faint echos of “finally” coming from Hintonburg!) to join the ever-expanding shops of West Wellington Village. Just like the gold […]

Weekend round up

I’m not sure if it’s just because it’s Valentine’s weekend, or Winterlude, or what – but this weekend is full of options. I’ll get the shameless self-promotion out of the way and then move to the other good stuff – you’ve probably heard about this little fundraiser happening on Sunday afternoon. Sure, it’s a bit […]

Chef Wars for Charity: Juniper takes on Ottawa!

Ever since the Food Network imported Iron Chef from Japan, cooking is becoming more and more like a competitive sport. Just like their non-edible counterparts, culinary sports come in a wide variety of flavours. At the WWF end of the spectrum is the hot dog eating contests, in which ‘reversals’ does not mean a string […]

What to do 'til Winterlude: Skate on the GG's Rink!

Sure the canal is now open for skating, but did you know you can go to the governor general’s ice rink for better ice and a more intimate experience? Situated at Rideau Hall, the rink is open to all for free. There’s actually lots of history behind it, as the rink has been associated with […]

The Spirit of Rasputin's takes up residence at the Elmdale

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 […]

Winterlude Urban Cozy Project

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 […]

Five Sens headed to Vancouver Olympics

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 […]

Health in the City Part 3: The Results

Guest post from Kym Shumsky, an Ottawa writer shares her thoughts and pictures of things she likes on her blog at 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.  […]

Getting Published in Ottawa: Local Literary Magazines

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 […]

The New Art Festival 2009: A Slideshow

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 […]

Samuel Jan at Raw Sugar Café

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 […]

Perfect Books Gets a Bit More Perfect

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 […]

Health in the City Part 2: The Value of a Trainer

Guest post from Kym Shumsky, an Ottawa writer shares her thoughts and pictures of things she likes on her blog at 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. […]