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Chef Wars for Charity: Juniper takes on Ottawa!

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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 unexpected of goals. Perhaps more to the taste of the tennis and golf set are events like Juniper Restaurant’s Dueling Chef’s Food and Wine Pairing Event Like a heavyweight on steroids, Juniper is challenging every... | Continue reading article

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

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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 official residence since the time of Lord Dufferin, governor general of Canada from 1872 to 1878. Folks that have been say that it’s beautifully situated amongst the century-old pine trees on the site. There’s... | Continue reading article

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

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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

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Winterlude Urban Cozy Project

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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

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Five Sens headed to Vancouver Olympics

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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

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Health in the City Part 3: The Results

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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

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Getting Published in Ottawa: Local Literary Magazines

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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

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The New Art Festival 2009: A Slideshow

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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.

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Samuel Jan at Raw Sugar Café

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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

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Perfect Books Gets a Bit More Perfect

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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!

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