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Foodie Friday: Support local this holiday season at the Christmas Markets

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After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.

Fresh off the wildly successful Support Local initiative in October comes the Christmas Market. Opening its doors this past Sunday, the Christmas Market will be held at the new Landsdowne Park for a total of five days this month. The 116-year-old Aberdeen Pavilion, colloquially known as the Cattle Castle, celebrated the commencement of the new holiday shopping experience with festive music, decorations, and 120 local artisans. Merchandise for sale included, but was certainly not limited to, fresh produce, preserves, home décor items, and even children’s toys. With no admission and... | Continue reading article

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Bizarre Love Triangle shapes into eclectic holiday art show

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Art work by Eryn O'Neill.Art work by Eryn O'Neill.

Ottawa artist Andrea Stokes is a huge fan of New Order, so it’s no coincidence she chose “Bizarre Love Triangle” as the theme for this year’s annual Holiday Art Show. If you are a child of the ‘80s just hearing those three words likely sets off an electronic drum beat in your head and has you feeling a sudden urge to start dancing; it’s a very infectious tune after all. For the uninitiated, “Bizarre Love Triangle” was a big hit, circa 1986, by the post-punk, electronic-dance British band New Order.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + ticket giveaway

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Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.

This first weekend of the final month of the year has arrived and it seems as though the snow and cold is here to stay! Not to worry, we’ve got plenty going on to cheer up those winter blues this weekend. As always, there is plenty of music happening. Thursday night brings a night of jazz, with the Craig Pedersen Quartet at Raw Sugar. For those of you that love folk, Raw Sugar is the place to be on Friday night. Krista Muir and Friends will be putting on an... | Continue reading article

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Festival steeped in culture and caffeine returns to Ottawa

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Photo from ottawateafestival.com.Photo from ottawateafestival.com.

Tea tipplers unite. The fourth annual Ottawa Tea Festival descends on the Capital this weekend, promising two days steeped in culture and caffeine. The event will take place at the Library and Archives and organizers are expecting a record turnout. “Last year we had over 2,000 guests. This year we expect around 3,000,” says organizer Jessica Lahrkamp. “Anyone who loves tea, artisanal food, exploring different cultures, amazing performances, fantastic music, and education will fit right in.” The festival was founded by Kimiko Uriu, one of the first certified tea specialists... | Continue reading article

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Intersections Vernissage today at the Atomic Rooster!

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All photos by Brant Thompson.All photos by Brant Thompson.

Today marks the vernissage of Intersections, a photography show featuring Brant Thompson, at the Atomic Rooster. A showcase of the best of hundreds of shots and his first photography show, I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with Brant this past weekend about what inspires him as a photographer and what led him to this point. Brant became interested in photography in his late teens and early twenties. He took the photography program at Algonquin College and, for a while, was really into it. Over the years life... | Continue reading article

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The Rainbow celebrates 30 years!

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Tony D. of MonkeyJunk with Paul Deslauriers. All photos by Terry Steeves.Tony D. of MonkeyJunk with Paul Deslauriers. All photos by Terry Steeves.

There is something about performing on the Rainbow stage. As a fledgling singer over 20 years ago, I remember the acute sense of nervousness I felt walking onto it, standing as green as could be, high above the crowd, looking out past the packed dance floor below me, the bar area beyond, the balcony area above me, and surrounded by the enormous talent of musicians who were there to strut their stuff during a jam night. I felt like I didn’t have a right to be there, rubbing elbows with... | Continue reading article

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The Jack Bush Retrospective at the NGC

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Jack Bush, Down Sweep, 29 – 30 June 1958, oil on canvas, 190.5 x 243.2 cm (75 x 95.75 in.) Collection of Vanac Development Corp., Vancouver © Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2014) Photo: Michael Cullen, TPG Digital Art Services.Jack Bush, Down Sweep, 29 – 30 June 1958, oil on canvas, 190.5 x 243.2 cm (75 x 95.75 in.) Collection of Vanac Development Corp., Vancouver © Estate of Jack Bush / SODRAC (2014) Photo: Michael Cullen, TPG Digital Art Services.

On the cover of the May 3, 1947 issue of the Saturday Night weekly magazine, a poem by Harold Caverhill. The second stanza reads: I feel an echoing emptiness Through doorways roll in this hollow shell of yesterday Without a soul. Also on the cover was the poet’s inspiration, a Jack Bush artwork, Yesterday. The oil on masonite painting, created in 1947, is one of more than 130 of Bush’s paintings, drawings and commercial illustrations on display at the National Gallery of Canada’s retrospective exhibition of his work. Yesterday hangs... | Continue reading article

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Hounds around town!

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This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall. Photo by Sarah O'Neill.This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall. Photo by Sarah O'Neill.

When I say “greyhound”, what comes to mind? Long bus rides? Cramped leg space? A tiny bus terminal on Catherine Street? For many in Ottawa, “greyhound” means big soulful eyes, lots of mischief, belly rubs, ear scritches, treats and being part of an amazing community of people who love to talk about their dogs! Retired racing greyhounds are a growing subset of the animal rescue community in Ottawa. There are two groups offering adoption services to people interested in welcoming one of these elegant couch potatoes into their families, the Greyhound... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Le weekend @Basement819

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From Left Eric Hitsman,  Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.From Left Eric Hitsman, Dani Poisson, Mike Poisson and Matt Vezina (out of frame) of Mosely. Photo by Silver Fusion Productions.

Less than a month till Christmas, and already we’re alternating between snowfall and flooding. The true Canadian way is to persevere through the most bipolar of weather, and the best method of forgetting your dwindling bank account is to get out and do things! Let’s start off with what the musical community has to offer this weekend, starting with Ill Scarlet playing Mavericks Thursday night with Lemon Cash, Stereokid and Remember the Fire. Patty Bolands is holding their 5th Annual No Pants Party Thursday night as well, allowing the people... | Continue reading article

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Electronic duo Snowday bring new show to Mugshots + ticket giveaway

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Photo courtesy of Snowday.Photo courtesy of Snowday.

Ottawa will be welcoming back some of its own talent as Snowday brings their new music to Mugshots this Saturday. The electronic act is made up of Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner. The duo’s debut album, As We Travel, is a collection of meditative, instrumental tracks that was released today (November 25). Their chilled out sound has earned them comparisons to electronic artists such as Bonobo and Tycho. Snowday’s singles “Walk Along These Rocks With Me” and “The Seventh String” are both available to hear on their SoundCloud page. Looking... | Continue reading article

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