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Purple Urchin pops up at Flock: Support local, the earth and good hygiene

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Products by Purple Urchin. You need soap P.U. Photos by Adria May.Products by Purple Urchin. You need soap P.U. Photos by Adria May.

When you walk into Purple Urchin at 884 Somerset West in Chinatown you’re immediately surrounded by the delicious scent of flavourful hand-made, natural soaps and bath products. These days, you may have seen (and smelled) these products in virtually every corner of the city and this week will add another, as Flock Boutique at 1275 Wellington West will carry Purple Urchin’s products in an in-store pop-up apothecary. As part of Support Local month, you can join Flock and Purple Urchin this Thursday, November 7 between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. for... | Continue reading article

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Support Local showcase: Twiss & Weber

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For Laura Twiss and Tonia Weber, the heart of Ottawa is the city’s small businesses. “Small business is your neighbourhood. It’s where your postal deliverer walks the beat, it’s where your dry cleaner gets his coffee, it’s where you walk and talk and engage,” says Twiss. And these two Ottawans’ small business is growing. Twiss and Weber met in 2009 after Laura Twiss admired Tonia Weber’s homemade sweater.  They have their own line of clothing, which they design collaboratively, and they now also have a boutique where they sell their... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Soak up the summer-like weather while you can, Ottawa – the leaves, they are a-changin’. If you want to be outside as much as possible, run around the city for Nuit Blanche all Saturday night. There will be art, music, crafts, beer – and it is all (mostly) free! In the market, Victoire Boutique to host Behind the Seams, a “slow fashion” performance, China Doll will throw a Crafts & Drafts party,  DJs Hobo and Sweetcheeks will host the A/V Room at Brixton’s, and there will be much more! In the music world,... | Continue reading article

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Style File: Folk Fest Edition

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Folkfest Style File!

All photos courtesy of Aisling McCaffrey In most of Canada, Labour Day weekend is a last ditch attempt to enjoy the frivolities of summer before adults and children alike are expected to buckle down and work through the winter. In Ottawa, however, we’ve managed to extend our fun by moving the last days of summer to the weekend after school starts, and incidentally, the best time of year in fashion. With my heart full of love for both festivals and street style, I spent three nights of folk fest checking... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Fashion Week crosses the river to celebrate 5 years

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Rachel Sin, 2011 OFW. Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.Rachel Sin, 2011 OFW. Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.

The annual Ottawa Fashion Week is back for its fifth year this weekend (Sept. 13-15) showcasing the top Canadian designers and their runway pieces for Spring and Summer 2014. Having first come onto the scene as a platform for Fall/Winter 2009 collections, Ottawa Fashion Week has established itself as a regular venue for designers to present their collections and bring fashion to the arts community. As the event grows stronger with each season, more designers Canada and beyond have signed up to make the trip to Ottawa – with a... | Continue reading article

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West side business comings and goings

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Photo from the Flying Banzini Facebook page.Photo from the Flying Banzini Facebook page.

There’s been lots of action on and around Wellington West these past few weeks. Here’s a rundown of moves, new business openings and future businesses along the strip. Tall Tree Cycles will be taking over the Red Chair Kids space this fall, around November. While the space doesn’t immediately seem bigger than their current space, they will benefit from a full basement where they can do work and store bikes. Since Alteriors moved to Old Ottawa South, I had heard many rumblings about a Starbucks moving into the space. A couple... | Continue reading article

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The 3rd Annual Ottawa Zine-Off!

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Photo by ErinLangNorris/Yellow Canoe on flickr.Photo by ErinLangNorris/Yellow Canoe on flickr.

What started out as a backyard get-together for friends has evolved into a public event where a hodge-podge of Ottawa’s arts communities can mix and mingle.  Described as a “self-enforced communal deadline” the third Ottawa Zine-Off! on September 11th is a great way to get some self-exposure, do some trading and make connections with fellow creators.  I had the chance to talk with the organizers, JM Francheteau and Maxx Critical, about their experiences as zinesters here in Ottawa.  Below is a transcript of an email interview edited for length and... | Continue reading article

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Harvest Noir is back with fashion flash mobs and DJs – and a ticket giveaway!

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Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR. It’s time, once again, to picnic. This isn’t just any picnic, though – this is a classy, black tie affair, voted one of Ottawa’s sexiest parties in our racy survey from earlier this year. For the past two years, Harvest Noir has seen hundreds of brave Ottawans gather together in their finest threads. Why ‘brave’, you ask? The picnics have both fallen on unseasonably cold days, with a spot of rain or two. This year, the organizers are hoping to change all that by holding it... | Continue reading article

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The Good Food Market grows into a neighbourhood near you

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Photo courtesy of the Good Food Market.Photo courtesy of the Good Food Market.

A program designed to make it easier for Ottawa residents to access healthy, affordable foods has expanded into more neighbourhoods this summer.  The organizers of Good Food Markets purchase fruits, vegetables, and dried staple goods at wholesale prices and sell them to the community at or near cost. While Ottawa has numerous farmers’ markets, few are convenient or affordable for people with lower incomes. Good Food Markets allow a wider swath of Ottawa residents to enjoy the convivial atmosphere of a farmers’ market. Like many farmers’ markets, they offer entertainment... | Continue reading article

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A slice of vegan

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Photo courtesy of Vegan Cuts.Photo courtesy of Vegan Cuts.

Post by Shewit Kalaty Ottawa is home to a thriving and successful online business that encourages a healthy lifestyle: Vegan Cuts, an online vegan business, curates the best vegan options – from food, fashion and accessories, health products and more – to its fast growing customer base. Jill and John, co-founders of this new and successful enterprise have a long practice of being vegan. A few years ago, John, a web developer, and Jill, a former government employee, took a year off work to travel to places around the world that... | Continue reading article

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