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Weekend Roundup: Forget the cold edition + Les suggestions Basement819

The last weekend of this short (and frigid) month has arrived and, to make up for the month’s short length (and the cold), we’ve packed two weekends’ worth of great events into one! With the Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market Show happening at the end of next month, you can get a head start on […]

All photos by John Aung.

Ottawa luxury fashion gets a facelift

As one fashion luxury door closes in Ottawa, a new one opens. The iconic Holt Renfrew, a Sparks Street fixture for the last 78 years, will be closing its doors for good on January 25th, 2015.  Nordstrom, a large high-end American department store, will be taking over the luxury fashion market in Ottawa and will […]

VII: Starlight. Photo by Lazy_Artist in the Apartment613 Flickr Pool.

Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

‘Tis the weekend before Christmas and there’s much happening about, with so much going on, do get out of the house… For all you creative-types, Spins & Needles hosting Holi-DIY & DJ Party at Pressed this Thursday night. Come out and enjoy some funk, techno, and house beats spun by local DJs Jason Skilz, D-Mass, […]

Photo from The Covered Bridge Brewing Company Facebook page.

Support Local – Stittsville edition

Post by Glen Gower, Owner & Editor of Ottawa Start. On December 6, over 20 shops, restaurants and services in Stittsville are teaming up to promote “Support Local Stittsville”.  It’s a day to encourage residents from inside and outside of the village to discover the range of unique local businesses in the area. Each of […]

From Left Eric Hitsman,  Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.

Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Le weekend @Basement819

Less than a month till Christmas, and already we’re alternating between snowfall and flooding. The true Canadian way is to persevere through the most bipolar of weather, and the best method of forgetting your dwindling bank account is to get out and do things! Let’s start off with what the musical community has to offer […]

Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.

Weekend Roundup: What to do + Introducing Les suggestions @Basement819

Halloween is just around the corner and there’s plenty of fun to be had in preparation for next week’s festivities. We’ve got everything from Poutinefest to beatboxing burlesque to keep yourself entertained and warm this weekend, so let’s get started. Want to take in some art and culture this weekend? John Wenzel is Exhibiting all […]

Still from Forever Still, a film featuring Beach House. Photo from

Weekend Roundup + Beach House giveaway

Welcome to the greatest month of the year (please forgive my personal bias)! Apples, pumpkins, leaves, layers, and Halloween! But let’s not get ahead of ourselves – there is a ton of awesome events happening this weekend. A great start to a great month! This weekend is launch weekend for Support Local, a month long […]

Lorde performs at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Thursday, September 11. Photo by Marc DesRosiers.

Who needs Queen St. West? Dress like a pop star at your local boutique

The unaffectedly cool anti-pop star and chanteuse of the wildly popular Royals, Lorde, performed in Ottawa this past Thursday, September 11th as part of this year’s Ottawa Folk Fest line-up. With surprisingly relatable lyrics, I’m a fan of Lorde not only for her haunting music but her subtle confidence. Without relying on barely-there clothing or […]


613 Style File: Eclectic styles come out for Arboretum Festival

The Arboretum Arts Festival, held August 18 to 23 is in it’s third year. This festival is certainly maturing into a solid fixture for the Ottawa/Gatineau arts and culture scene and for myself, it has been a great place to get exposure to talent in our city. This year’s festival brought out a number of fashionable […]

From left to right: Sheena Zain (store manager, daughter), Zubeda Ujjainwala (mother and owner) and Jasmine Aziz (Daughter). All photos by Charlie Crabb.

Aziz and Co celebrate 50 years

While stumbling and bumbling around, a drunk man tripped into a small store, which had just opened on the corner of Bank and Gilmour streets. He wandered through, gazing at its vibrantly coloured collection of bed spreads, dresses and textiles, unsure of where his drunken adventure had led him. It was different from the other […]