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Weekend roundup: Festival season kicks off

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The joke usually goes that Ottawa has two seasons: winter and construction. But more and more, I’m convinced it’s not construction season but festival season that more accurately describes our summer – with at least five happening this weekend, that seems a fairly safe bet! First up, we’ve got Ottawa Explosion Weekend, which officially kicked off last night. With dozens of shows across the city, this music festival isn’t afraid to push the boundaries. If you stop by Club Saw, Cafe Dekcuf, Mugshots, Mavericks, Babylon or hang out in Hull,... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Running ultramarathons (and blogging) for charity

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Photo courtesy of Joe Rios, who is on the right holding the sign.Photo courtesy of Joe Rios, who is on the right holding the sign.

Joe Rios has come a very long way since becoming a runner more than three years ago – thousands and thousands of kilometres to be more precise. Back in 2009, Rios paid little attention to fitness, a problem given his family’s long history with diabetes. When a friend convinced him to register for the Ottawa Army Run half-marathon, however, he surprised himself by signing up. “I was inactive, I was asthmatic, I was overweight,” says Rios of his physical condition at the time. During an initial training run, he recalls, he... | Continue reading article

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Bending over backwards: premiere of “Yogawoman” at the Mayfair Theatre

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Photo courtesy of John MacNab from the Apt613 flickr poolPhoto courtesy of John MacNab from the Apt613 flickr pool

Ottawans sure do love their yoga. Walk down Bank St. from Wellington to Gladstone and you’ll encounter more yoga studios than Bridgeheads. While the majority of practitioners do yoga for the physical health benefits, it’s well known toned muscles aren’t all you get from downward dog. Yogawoman is an award winning documentary that tells the inspiring stories of women whose lives have been changed by yoga. Why just women? Although you’d never guess going into a studio here in North America, traditionally yoga was developed for men. It was brought to the western world from India... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Roller disco in thirty seconds

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A short but sweet video by Michael Cumming that captures the vibe of the Roller Disco, an event held a few times a year by the Ottawa Roller Derby. The last one took place last week. Check back on their events page to see when the next mass 70s flashback will occur.

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Broker4tickets.com: A local startup that both nurtures and capitalizes on our love of hockey

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From Broker4Tickets' Facebook pageFrom Broker4Tickets' Facebook page

Neil Cooke has found a way to bring together two of our favourite things: entrepreneurship and hockey. Earlier this season, he launched broker4tickets.com, a local start-up that bases its business in making it easier for Ottawans to get closer than ever to the hockey they crave — by enabling season ticket holders to sell their unused tickets to other fans. Last week, I swung by the Broker4Tickets office in Kanata to speak with Cooke (President and CEO) and Stuart Sage (Director of Business Operations), to learn a bit about how their business strives... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Hockey Blogs

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The National Capital Region loves hockey, so it’s no surprise that the local blogosphere is filled with blog posts about Canada’s national game.  While the majority of online chatter focuses on the Ottawa Senators, there are blogs covering the Ottawa 67s, hockey-related humour and hockey stats.  There is also an online forum for the Olympiques de Gatineau.  So sit back and relax, as this week’s blogging round-up reveals where to get your hockey fix. Ottawa Senators Battle of Ontario is a blog where Leafs and Senators fans can yell at... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: How well do you know our city?

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Photo courtesy of fieldtripp on Flickr.Photo courtesy of fieldtripp on Flickr.

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! Can I have your number… 4 out of 5: You are officially in the know. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but a little quality google time may be in order. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in a while. 1 out of... | Continue reading article

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The Thinker and The Chucker: An outdoor curling tale

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Photos by Mike Reynolds.Photos by Mike Reynolds.

From February 8 to 10, 48 of the world’s best outdoor curlers (or at least 48 men who knew the event was taking place and were crazy enough to sign up), gathered at the Dalhousie Lake Curling Club for the 21st playing of the unofficial World Outdoor Curling Championships. Calling The Lake a curling club is akin to calling your driveway the Daytona International Speedway. What it is, however, is a warmish building, an hour and change from Ottawa by car,  that sits in front of a frozen body of water. And the snow is removed... | Continue reading article

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Our proposed name for Ottawa’s new CFL team

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A couple of weeks ago, we heard that the OSEG is contemplating the name Red Blacks for Ottawa’s future CFL team. However, it doesn’t look like residents support the proposition. A recent Ottawa Citizen Internet survey asked readers if Ottawa Red Blacks is a good name for the city’s new CFL team? An overwhelming majority, 91%, disapproved. Over 3,700 participated in the survey. The Ottawa Sun also solicited its readership to see what they thought of the potential name. Similar results from the Citizen’s questionnaire emerged, with 82% disliking it. Roughly 1,800 surfers voted. I have my... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: NHL’s back, save yourself from the flu, condos in New Edinburgh and more!

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The NHL lockout is finally over and the Sens, like many other teams, have promo-galore to entice fans back to Scotiabank Place. “Among the offerings to the fans is free parking on opening night, free admission to kids 14 years of age and younger in four of the first 10 home games, $1 popcorn and pop in seven of the first 10 games and half price merchandise up until the end of opening night at home.” Will the love of the game, or the special treats see you go back... | Continue reading article

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