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Support Local month is back!

So, Ottawa. You’ve heard of Kichesippi brewery, but did you know about The Flatbread Pizza Co? You know Magpie Jewellery, but how about local band Winchester Warm? And Wabi Sabi is famous among the knitting crew, but have you seen the lovely socks of Guy Charbonneau? Don’t worry, this isn’t a pop quiz testing your […]

Photo courtesy Urban Craft.

Craft show roundup 2012

Every November, even before the first hints of snow, we start to see the first signs of Christmas pop up around the city. And we’re not just talking about the Bay’s over-the-top decorations in the Rideau Centre walkway – nope, these hints of festivities around found in community centres, church basements, and even theatre lobbies. […]

Photo courtesy of Adria May

The 7th Ottawa Community Record Show – It’s Time to Go Vinyl

For John Thompson, listening to records is a ritual – holding the record, cleaning the record, putting it on the turntable. “The ritual is important,” says Thompson. More importantly, he believes that records just sound better than digital: “With analog – there’s more spaciousness and depth to the sound and you can hear all this […]

Photo courtesy of christiane wilke from the Apartment613 Flickr group.

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 of Erik Lind and the Orchard courtesy their website.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

It’s getting easier to make the case that Ottawa’s a great city chock-full of music, arts and culture. One look at this weekend’s lineup should be enough to convince out-of-towners that this city has got it goin’ on: we’ve got Oktoberfest, an outdoor picnic, an afternoon of beer and board games, a ping pong tournament, […]

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, […]

Sea Chart 1, 2011, stitch work on paper, 80 x 60 cm by Jenny McMaster.

Weekend roundup: Labour day edition

So, Ottawa, how are you spending your last long weekend of the summer? Catching the best sci-fi plays in town? Singing some Verdi? Creating a coffee map? Celebrating a crafty birthday? Some people are convinced that bacon goes with anything, and this show, featuring Roberta Bondar and The Yips, is proving that bacon and music make a […]

Just add candles! Photo courtesy Anne-Marie Bouchard of AMBPhoto.

Urban Craft Celebrates its first birthday, and you get the present!

Time flies when you’re having fun – particularly crafty fun! It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since Urban Craft kicked off Ottawa’s first ever monthly craft show, but it’s true. After welcoming over 6,000 people to their shows, and showcasing 150 small, independent, local businesses, they’ve got a lot to be thrilled […]


terra20 set to launch in September

Ottawa will soon be home to Canada’s largest eco-friendly department store, offering local consumers thousands of environmentally sustainable products. With more than 12,000 green products, among them eco-friendly housewares, cosmetics, toys and clothing, the store will contain the largest selection of environmentally responsible goods under one roof in North America. Set to occupy part of the former Ikea building at the Pinecrest Shopping Centre in Nepean, the new store […]

All Photos courtesy of Pam Kapoor

Ottawa’s Youngest Farmers’ Market Serves Little Italy & Beyond

Situated in the heart of Little Italy, the Preston Farmers’ Market considers itself a neighbourhood destination for all of central Ottawa. From swiss chard, sauces, and sausages to soaps and sock moneys … the PFM offers “everything you could want in one delicious stop”. Saturday shoppers can find fresh produce & meats, hand-roasted coffee, sweet […]

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 […]