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Weekly News Review: Simons rumors, hybrid buses a bust, Food & Whine Show and more!

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According to Le Droit, Québec retail chain Simons came “à un cheveu” to move into the Rideau Centre. The owners of Rideau Centre, Cadillac Fairview, preferred Nordstrom over them. Simons is expanding beyond Québec and has recently opened a store at the West Edmonton Mall. While Simons still has hope of entering the Ottawa market, it’s also in talks with Promenade de l’Outaouais. The City of Ottawa thought it was being environmentally friendly when it purchased a fleet of hybrid buses. It turns out they city will be converting several hybrid... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy Jen Eldridge.Photo courtesy Jen Eldridge.

Support Local month continues, with photographers Jen Eldridge and Paul Hockett holding a vernissage at Under One Roof tonight. Down at Workshop on Dalhousie, they’re holidng a trunk show with Ottawa designer Kania (with treats!), while their sister store Flock continues on with the great crafting de-stash. Grab some tasty samples while getting your Bronson food passport stamped, or head down to the Hintonburg Public House on Sunday for an open mic night – share your local musical talents! The Mercury Lounge is celebrating 16 years this weekend, culminating in... | Continue reading article

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Celebrating four years with Raw Sugar

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Photo courtesy of Ming Wu from the Apartment613 Flickr GroupPhoto courtesy of Ming Wu from the Apartment613 Flickr Group

It seems like just yesterday that Apartment613 was celebrating our launch party at Raw Sugar cafe. We really love the spot and we always turn to Nadia and her great staff, when we have a milestone to celebrate. We spent the night there last night celebrating the launch of Support Local Month and this winter we unveiled the new look for Apartment613 there. Raw Sugar is celebrating a milestone of it’s own this weekend. It their fourth anniversary party. They have assembled a great list of DJs and will have a fun... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is a great weekend if you’re Scottish, or if you”re curious about what’s behind the walls of the Croatian, Lithuanian, German or Spanish embassies. It’s also not a bad weekend if you’re into all things local, with Support Local month officially starting today. Tonight we’ll be down at Raw Sugar for the Support Local launch party, where there will be local brews on tap, spins from Jose of Kitchen Party, and a few awesome giveaways. Friday night, it’s the Self-Propelled bike-inspired art show at Grey Area Gallery (down at... | Continue reading article

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Support Local month is back!

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Support Local logo designed by Steve St. Pierre.Support Local logo designed by Steve St. Pierre.

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 knowledge of the city. (Although if you had heard of all of the above, then kudos!) We’ve noticed that there are a lot of ambitious, exciting folks doing new and delightful things around town, and... | Continue reading article

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Craft show roundup 2012

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Photo courtesy Urban Craft.Photo courtesy Urban Craft.

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. The craft show extravaganza has begun! Krista Leben, coordinator and co-founder of Urban Craft, has once again rounded up a few of the best spots below for you to snatch up local presents and festive... | Continue reading article

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

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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 wonderful stuff. Digital never quite caught this.” Thompson is one of the many vendors who gathered at the seventh Annual Community Record Show on October 21. The first community record show was at the Sandy... | Continue reading article

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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!

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Photo courtesy of christiane wilke from the Apartment613 Flickr group.Photo courtesy of christiane wilke from the Apartment613 Flickr group.

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 vote of 19 to 5. The Elizabeth Fry Society of Ottawa is working to reunite a mother and her child after she gave birth in an Ottawa jail cell. The shocking story has been raising... | Continue reading article

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Underneath a sea of umbrellas at Harvest Noir

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Braving the rain on Sunday afternoon at Harvest Noir.Braving the rain on Sunday afternoon 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 bit wet. Check out our photos of the event below. Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Erik Lind and the Orchard courtesy their website.Photo of Erik Lind and the Orchard courtesy their website.

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, and a heckuva lot more. Music-wise, Hey Ocean is in town Friday bringing their poppy beats to Ritual. Unfortunately, the Propagandhi show tonight is sold out – you’ll have to console yourself by checking out... | Continue reading article

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