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Weekly news review – Mayor takes a gamble with OLG, Elizabeth Fry questions birth in Ottawa jail, Ottawa finally to be home to an H&M and more!

City Hall was buzzing this week with the debate over whether Ottawa should consider a proposal for a new casino from OLG. Many thought that the debate lacked the time or nuance required and addiction experts spoke out about the harmful effects a casino might have on the population. Council passed the motion with a […]

Braving the rain on Sunday afternoon at Harvest Noir.

Underneath a sea of umbrellas at Harvest Noir

This afternoon, participants of Harvest Noir got the call they had been waiting for: the secret location for the ultimate in outdoor picnics. Despite the rain, spirits were high as hundreds of local foodies and fashionistas gathered together on the front lawn of City Hall to eat, drink, and be merry. And… get a little […]

Photo by Ottawa VELO Vogue.

Harvest Noir: Flashmob fashion

With Harvest Noir just around the corner, a few attendees gathered down at the National Gallery last Wednesday. Their purpose? To give a sneak peek at some of the fashions to be expected at the secret-location picnic later this month, alongside a few vintage bikes. The bikes came courtesy of Capital Vélo Fest and HUB […]

Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] Ottawa is bursting at the seams this weekend – we’re definitely not ready to let go of festival season quite yet. Today, House of Paint kicks off for four days of graffiti, hip hop and breakdancing. And Saturday is Arboretum, the newest boutique festival celebrating all things local – we’re talking food, […]

Harvest Noir 2011 Picnickers - photo courtesy fieldtripp on Flickr.

Harvest Noir: Ottawa’s top-secret picnic party is back!

If you missed last year’s top-secret picnic (a secret kept by over 700 people), you’re in luck. Harvest Noir is returning again this year, and promises to be even bigger and better. But let’s start with the basics: yes, it’s a secret picnic. And yes, it’s a black tie affair. Yes, you bring your own […]

Photo courtesy of Wagboy on Flickr.

Weekend Roundup: Canada Day edition

Canada Day and cottages: that sums up many an Ottawan’s weekend plans. Of course, for those of you staying the city this long weekend, the first option will be hard to miss. The usual craziness will take place around Parliament Hill, with Feist, Simple Plan and many more giving free shows. Major Hill and Jacques-Cartier […]

Photos courtesy of Magida El-Kassis and Sweetstitch's Sue Redekop.

A business fair for Lovely Ladies who make

I first heard of Magida El-Kassis a couple of years ago, when she was still at SPAO – the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa. She had been recognized by her peers and the staff at SPAO for her great photography. Little did I know she was a country girl from Richmond, Ontario, just outside […]


Ottawa, we need to talk: What’s with the weird brown shoes?

We’re resurrecting a series that ran in the early days of the blog, way back in 2009 when King of the Hill was still on TV and Poker Face meant more then just being good at card games. The few articles posted in our original “I hate to be a snob about this” series – […]

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613 Style File: Chinatown Remixed 2012

Chinatown Remixed, the annual celebration of Ottawa’s most eclectic neighborhood, went off without a hitch this weekend. The art was fun, the crowds were cool and the fashion was hot! Here are some of the fashionistas that caught our eye (sorry guys, but while many of you turned out in style, you were too fast […]

Photo of The Wooden Sky taken by Justin Broadbent.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

The Bronson Centre is a happening place this weekend, people – the Joel Plaskett Emergency and Frank Turner tonight, and Measha Brueggergosman Friday night – both shows that promise to bring it. Tonight you can also get your punk/hardcore fix with Dayglo Abortions and EndPrograms at Mavericks, while jazz aficionados can hear inspirations from Dave […]

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#SuitupOttawa with Indochino

Full disclosure: I’m getting the Indochino treatment and a complimentary suit. A suit that fits at an affordable price. How hard could it be to find? Apparently harder than I thought, which has forced me to cave in on fit to accommodate my budget. If you’re like me, you’ll want to thank the boys behind […]

Some of the items you can find at Antiquing at the Fieldhouse

Vintage finds at The Fieldhouse + ticket giveaway!

Post by Peter Sutherland. I think I’ve been organizing antiques shows longer than anyone in this country. For almost 2 decades I’ve been helping organize one of Ottawa’s largest shows, Antiquing at The Fieldhouse, which returns to Carleton University from Friday, March 30 until Sunday April 1, 2012. To clarify, the vast majority of inventory […]

Photo courtesy of Francois Levesque

Wunderkammer: Ottawa’s new curiosity shop

Walking into Wunderkammer is like entering an apartment whose owner had recently splurged at an antique store owned by Rilo Kiley. Situated on the trendy intersection of Dalhousie and St Patrick, Wunderkammer’s bright and eclectic décor of antlers, vintage furniture, and nature-inspired artwork is a definite indication of the quirky contents of the store. Co-owners and […]

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Prints & Inks Silkscreening Show

Calling all silkscreen ?-ers! Ottawa’s favourite DIY craft and DJ duo, Spins & Needles, is putting together an art exhibition at Fall Down Gallery, opening this Friday, March 2. Prints & Inks will house all types of graphic works – from clothing, to posters, to prints – and Jason Skilz will be on hand to provide beats. […]

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Naday.

Ottawa Fashion Week: Fall/Winter 2012 bodes well for the city’s fashionistas

Post by Stephanie Naday Seeking a bit of aesthetic inspiration? Feeling a little stylistically uninspired in Ottawa? This past weekend saw the seventh edition of Ottawa Fashion Week which delivered fall/winter 2012 collections fit to satisfy any fashion enthusiast’s cravings. Held at the Westin Hotel downtown, the weekend featured a diverse group of designers hailing […]