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

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Harvest Noir 2011 Picnickers - photo courtesy fieldtripp on Flickr.Harvest Noir 2011 Picnickers - photo courtesy fieldtripp on Flickr.

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 food. And no, you don’t know where it will be held. At least not until a few hours before the picnic is set to start. You and your fellow picnickers prepare all of your food... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Canada Day edition

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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 parks will also be hopping, as well as several museums (click here for a full list) . You can also catch some free shows as part of JazzFest. There’ll also be a Canada Day event for almost every community... | Continue reading article

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A business fair for Lovely Ladies who make

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

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 of Stittsville. Even now that she’s been back in Richmond for about 3 years, El-Kassis still has a foot in Ottawa and is making things happen. Her latest endeavour is the Ottawa Women Small Business... | Continue reading article

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

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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 – now reborn as “Ottawa, we need to talk” – allowed people to kvetch about the things in the city that drove them wild. Even Pollyanna had a few Oscar the Grouch moments. To submit an idea... | Continue reading article

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613 Style File: Chinatown Remixed 2012

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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 for our crew to catch you). Name:Greta Grip Occupation:Knitter Describe your personal style:Quirky, Witty, Knittery Where did you get your outfit? I made my knitted blond wig and dress, which is a copy of my... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of The Wooden Sky taken by Justin Broadbent.

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 Frishberg’s songs. Also? The Wooden Sky is out at the Black Sheep – their indie rockings are well worth the trek out there. Rawbeat rockers StillNative will stop by The Daily Grind on Friday, while... | Continue reading article

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#SuitupOttawa with Indochino

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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 thing #SuitupOttawa campaign for convincing Vancouver’s Indochino suit company to bring their pop up store to eastern Canada for the first time from April 24 to 28th. Barry Keegan and Scott Oakley are two of... | Continue reading article

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Vintage finds at The Fieldhouse + ticket giveaway!

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

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 at 99.9% of antique shows in Canada is NOT “antique” (100 years or older).  It may be vintage (say 50 years), retro (say 30 years) or nearly new (say yesterday) – but not antique.  And... | Continue reading article

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Wunderkammer: Ottawa’s new curiosity shop

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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 partners Nathan Dubo and Tamara Steinborn opened the jewelry and gift store in late October 2011 and it has quickly become an Ottawa favorite. While Wunderkammer’s popularity in Ottawa has grown rapidly, its creation began... | Continue reading article

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Prints & Inks Silkscreening Show

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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. Bring a blank t-shirt or tote bag and you can try the process out for yourself at a mini silkscreening station (pre-made screens are being provided). Two years in the making, Prints & Inks is a... | Continue reading article

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