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Weekend roundup: Labour day edition

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

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 great couple. Other music adventures this weekend include DJ Hobo and Sweetcheeks doing a pop-up show at the H’burg Public House, and your favourite Ramones cover band taking to the stage at Zaphod’s. STILLNATIVE will... | Continue reading article

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

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

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 about. And so they’re throwing a birthday craft show bash! This month’s Urban Craft will have presents for the first 25 people to drop by, local food vendors will have all-day tastings, and there will... | Continue reading article

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terra20 set to launch in September

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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 will be called terra20, and will be the first outlet in what the owners hope will become a national green retail chain. The store will also offer an ecobar where customers can refill cleaning supplies into their own containers, thereby reducing... | Continue reading article

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

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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 treats, handicrafts, and more courtesy of local farmers, producers, and craftspeople. This year’s PFM line-up features big draws (Suzy Q Doughnuts, Purple Urchin, Riverglen Biodynamic Farm, Upper Canada Heritage Meats) as well as lesser-knowns like... | Continue reading article

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Bridgehead’s New Roastery: Willy Wonka for the Coffee Geek

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From left to right--Gina Becker, Linda Kruuz, Ian Clark, Kevin Lake, Tracey Clark, and Cliff HansenFrom left to right--Gina Becker, Linda Kruuz, Ian Clark, Kevin Lake, Tracey Clark, and Cliff Hansen

During my extensive research for this article, I stumbled upon this clip from 1971’s Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. In the clip, the children are welcomed into the factory by a strange and rather morally ambiguous Gene Wilder. Now, I would contend, and I think anyone who has toured any candy factory, that this scene is somewhat removed from reality. I once toured the now-no-more Hershey’s factory in Smiths Falls, and at the time I was struck by the lack of whimsy, majesty and creepy men singing “come with... | Continue reading article

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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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Photo courtesy of Wagboy on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Wagboy on Flickr.

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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It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a… raptor riding a whale? Winged Beast Outfitters isn’t your typical t-shirt company

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The clothing we wear isn’t just clothing. It represents our identity, who we are, or who we want to be. Clothes can also embody some of our values in what we find important in life, especially in the battle of comfort vs. cool. You have to admit, finding the perfect t-shirt is a bit of an art form. Not too tight, not too loose. Soft, but resilient material. Eye catching, but still hip design. All of these demands often lead us to sacrifice something in the quest for that timeless... | 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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