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“Northside Sucks”: A history of the Southsiders, Ottawa’s underdog football fan club

They’re the face paintin’, flag wavin’, hootin’ and hollerin’ fans on the Southside upper deck at RedBlacks games. You may have seen them. They’re called the Southsiders, and they’re a part of Ottawa football history. The Southsiders are, in essence, an Ottawa football fan club. Started in 1980 by Southsiders President for Life Byron Smith […]

Renowned photographer, John Rowlands, talks about his days photographing the Beatles. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Life & history of Fab Four commemorated at Beatlefest

Fanatics, fans, collectors, and music lovers came out this past Sunday to celebrate the history and musical legacy of the Beatles on a gorgeous stretch of land known as Brylee Farm, located just outside Thurso, Quebec. The one-day inaugural event, entitled, Beatlefest At The Brylee, featured a well-rounded tribute to the Fab Four, which included […]

Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr Pool.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

The weekend has arrived and it is time to celebrate, with the many great things going on in the city! Typical of a summer’s weekend in Ottawa, we’ve got plenty to choose from – so much so that you may have to make a difficult choice between one great event and another. In order to […]

Elsa Jayne. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Elsa Jayne brings her new synth pop sound to Ottawa

It’s been over seven years since Elsa Jayne’s first, eponymous album. A collection of folk-rock tunes backed by strong songwriting, 2008’s Elsa Jayne was a snapshot of a young songwriter still trying to pin down her sound. Now, in 2015, she’s released a brand new album titled Heart, an EP of five synth pop songs. […]


Write On Ottawa: Thrills on Ice, the tale of a figure skater’s climb out of darkness

It’s hard to imagine a more Canadian novel than a romance featuring a professional figure skater and hockey player, set in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Aurelia Osborne delivers a compelling portrait of Susanna Miles’s struggle to reclaim her life as well as her career in Thrills on Ice. Susanna returns to Winnipeg at the urging of her controlling mother-manager […]


Apt613 Fellowship: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Sacha

Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Sacha K. About: Sacha is half Jewish on his dad’s side. He plays music and likes Ottawa […]

Photo by Paul Couvrette.

Celebrating 40 years of beautiful music

Since 1976, the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra has been delighting audiences with their diverse programming, which has included works from the Baroque era to the present day.  The ensemble has also been a great promoter of local talent by giving composers from the National Capital Region an opportunity to showcase their new pieces, such as […]

Finger Eleven. Photo by Dustin Rabin.

Finger Eleven back in town with new album & something to prove

After over twenty-five years practicing the art that is rock and roll, Finger Eleven still seem unwilling to let past successes weaken their resolve. The band has had something of a storied career, with numerous hits and Juno nominations under their collective belts (including one Juno win for Rock Album of the Year in 2008), […]