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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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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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Harvest Noir: Flashmob fashion

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Photo by Ottawa VELO Vogue.Photo by Ottawa VELO Vogue.

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 Ottawa, and the photographers from Ottawa VELO Vogue snapped shots of the picnickers dressed up in their fancy black formal wear. We chatted with Greg Searle, co-founder of Harvest Noir, a few weeks back and... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Things to do in Ottawa

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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, art, music and more. Highlights? Catch hip hop legend Maestro Fresh Wes at House of Paint Sunday and see the graffiti wall created the day before, and take in Cadence Weapon while chowing down on some delicious vittles... | Continue reading article

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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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