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MediaStyle’s IdeaSpace: a soon-to-be creativity hotspot

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Downtown Ottawa will soon have a 3,000-square-feet location exclusively dedicated to creative projects. Called IdeaSpace, the site at 131 Bank Street is scheduled to open on February 1. The brainchild of the inventive folks at MediaStyle, a local digital public affairs agency, the site is meant to allow local residents to implement imaginative ideas. Possibilities could include, but are not limited to, month-long art shows, computer hacker nights, weeklong seminars, private parties, pop up restaurants, interesting weddings or a location for movie shoots. “What we have in store for the... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Thanks, Ottawa!

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Support Local logo designed by Steve St. Pierre.Support Local logo designed by Steve St. Pierre.

Ottawa’s first annual plaid parade. Art in a jail. A party in a jewellery shop. And so much more! These were just a few of the events during Support Local month this November. Without your participation, Ottawa, this month couldn’t have been a success. This year, Support Local was so much bigger and bolder than we could have ever hoped. We tripled the participants from last year – over 100 businesses, artists, musicians and shops participated in and supported one of the 40+ events held during November. The creativity and collaborative... | Continue reading article

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Pride and Prejudice: Blazingly Fast and Funny

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Photo courtesy of the NAC's websitePhoto courtesy of the NAC's website

I must confess to never having read Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice—not even the version with added zombies. I’ve somehow also missed the miniseries, any movies, and other stage adaptations. To be honest, I never really thought the story would interest me. Perhaps I, too, am a victim of that same malady of prejudice to which Austen makes Elizabeth Bennet susceptible in her most famous and enduring work. This adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, by Janet Munsil of Victoria, BC, is fast-paced and full of humour. Yes, it’s a love story, or... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Train relic at Lebreton Flats, new Ottawa.ca, a step closer towards a casino and more!

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This is old news, but old news you might not know about. Were you aware there was an old brew train recently uncovered underground at Lebreton Flats? Neither did I. The Citizen reports on it and highlights Ottawa’s booming brewery history of decades ago. The City of Ottawa has launched its updated, user friendly website at ottawa.ca. You’ll be able to pay for several city services online. The website also adapts to the mobile experience, whether you are using a smart phone or tablet. In other city news, the Rink of... | Continue reading article

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Yarn bombs blanket Vanier as C’est Chill takes over

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Photo by Justin Scott Campbell on flickr.Photo by Justin Scott Campbell on flickr.

It seems like Vanier residents are already way beyond debates of whether the neighbourhood could possibly be “the next Westboro.” While the debate continues, some Vanierans (for lack of a better demonym) are instead choosing to direct their energy toward projects that actually make Vanier a cool place to live. Enter C’est Chill, an appropriately named winter celebration of all things Vanier that kicks off this weekend. The event will begin at noon on Saturday when a symphony of bells will ring from every church in the neighbourhood. A parade... | Continue reading article

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Fabrications: Fabulous finds for Ottawa’s crafting scene

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Photo of Curtis and Carrie on location at Fabrications by Tom Thompson.Photo of Curtis and Carrie on location at Fabrications by Tom Thompson.

Ottawa’s always been lacking in the fabric store department, particularly in the downtown area – until now. Thanks to two civil-servants-turned-shop-owners, the crafting scene here in town doesn’t need to turn to the interweb to find fabric delights. Fabrications is the joint venture of Carrie and Curtis, who saw the opening for a little crafty shop down at 1098a Somerset (at Spadina). Yes, they’ll have fabric, but they’ll also have sewing machines for rent and offer classes for those of us less inclined to start a project on our own.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Jenna Tenn-Yuk in warmer days by Brian Cote, courtesy her website.Photo of Jenna Tenn-Yuk in warmer days by Brian Cote, courtesy her website.

It’s the last few days of Support Local month, folks (and the annual facial hair growing marathon), so get out to catch the last few events. Tonight, some Dalhousie shops are hosting a festive night, and tomorrow? We’ve got a dance party, a mustache celebration, a supper club featuring fresh food mixed with live music, and a chance to learn how to make local treats for the holidays. Before we hit December, you’ve got the chance to see Old Man Luedecke and Grey Kingdom out at The Branch, or a little... | Continue reading article

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Living the Leisure Life with Toronto’s Gentleman Reg

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Photo by tom cochrane via FlickrPhoto by tom cochrane via Flickr

Gentleman Reg knows how to write a good chorus. Eight years ago, on his third album Darby and Joan, the Toronto indie rock troubadour brewed up “The Boyfriend Song,” an insanely catchy tune about missing money and nonexistent boyfriends that—I’d like to think—was equally irresistible to Canadian music lovers straight and gay. It’s a highlight in a recording career that stretches all the way back to 2000, and given the quality of some of the songs that Reg Vermue—as he’s known to friends and family—has come up with, it’s always surprised me... | Continue reading article

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Eschaton 2012: for those that haven’t drank the Kool-aid

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It appears that Armageddon is all around us. Whether it’s movies about the end of the world, fantasy novels by Christian fundamentalists on the apocalypse or the popular expression “drinking the Kool-Aid” that stems from the 1978 Jonestown Massacre, it seems we can’t help but think about the end of time. So what is a modern, science-loving, rational-thinking person to make of this apocalyptic buzz? Why, attend a conference for rational skeptics at a Best Western Hotel in downtown Ottawa. “We know that there are many myths and ideas about... | Continue reading article

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