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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 […]

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 courtesy of fieldtripp from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool

Head over to Chinatown remixed this weekend

It’s going to be a great weekend in Chinatown. The weather looks great, making it a perfect day for a stroll through the arch to take in a remixed version of Chinatown. For the fourth year in a row, local Chinatown businesses have teamed up with Ottawa-based artists to turn Chinatown into one huge gallery. […]

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa’s neighbourhoods

[youtube width=”600″ height=”485″][/youtube] This weekend is the perfect time to get out and about and enjoy your neighbourhood, so that you’re well-equipped to exercise your democratic right and vote in our continuing Neighbourhood Wars. Jane’s Walk is one way to do it, as is hopping on your bike, but the events below will give you an […]

Photo courtesy of Ashley on Flickr.

Pimp yo’ bi-pedalled ride: Breaking Away

You love your bike. It helps keep you fit, it’s never runs  late, and paying for parking is a non-issue. Sometimes though, you forget to show your velocipede the love it deserves. You leave it locked outside, subject to the weather, and let it gather rust. You lock it to lamp posts or sign posts, […]

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 […]

Photo courtesy of Winchester Warm

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

We’re starting this roundup off with a bit of randomness this week, because why not? While dominoes and card games might be more up your grandma’s alley for stimulating weekend fun, anything with ‘tournament’ in the title gets our bid for a good time. So dust off those dominoes or those euchre skills and head out […]