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Foodie Friday: Wilf & Ada’s Scratch Diner

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Lunchtime vibe at Wilf & Ada's. Photo from their Facebook page.Lunchtime vibe at Wilf & Ada's. Photo from their Facebook page.

Change is so good It is a strange feeling eating eggs in the identical spot as I have innumerable times, and yet, having a completely different sensory experience. Wilf & Ada’s Scratch Diner opened at the beginning of January in the location of the former beloved Ada’s diner. It is simply the bomb. While the name is a nod to the previous owners, everything else about this place is about looking forward. The space is modern, clean and bright; the menu is small, affordable and tantalizing. The diner is the... | Continue reading article

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War Horse: an emotional tale with amazing puppets

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Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.

Post by Adria May and Sean Zio. It seems that a lot of people love the story of War Horse. It’s an emotional and touching tale about a boy named Albert and his horse, Joey, in wartime England in 1914. We saw it on opening night at the National Arts Centre on January 21 and the audience gave it a standing ovation. War Horse is based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel of the same name. And in addition to being a Broadway play, Steven Spielberg adapted it to film in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Home Reno Show giveaway

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Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.

So, it’s cold. You’ve probably already discussed this around the water cooler today – there’s nothing like weather to get people riled up. So change the conversation and talk about your weekend plans – the city is hopping this weekend! Chinatown Remixed, that summertime street festival, has joined up with the Museum of Nature this Friday for one of the Nature Nocturne events. They’ll have life-sized board games, bubble tea, live art and of course, karaoke with China Doll. They’ll also have the usual dance parties throughout the museum. It’s... | Continue reading article

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Venetian Carnival set to take over the NAC in stylish fundraiser for local choir

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Photo by anja_johnson courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by anja_johnson courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

For more than 850 years, the Carnival of Venice has offered revellers an opportunity to immerse themselves in glamour.  With beautiful costumes and masks, this annual celebration is famous the world over. While this year’s festivities in Italy are scheduled from February 15 to March 4, residents of Ottawa-Gatineau can get a head start on their European friends thanks to  a special event this coming Saturday at the National Arts Centre. As a fundraiser for an upcoming European tour, the Ottawa Bach Choir will be hosting the Venetian Carnival.   The enchanted evening begins... | Continue reading article

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Catch Marty Kolls at an intimate (and free!) house concert this Friday

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Armed with a mellifluous voice, most oft accompanied by either ukulele or piano, London-based Marty Kolls soulfully embeds honest lyrics in heartfelt melodies. Having toured internationally in her youth, coupled with more recent stage-sharing alongside the likes of Dan Mangan, Sarah Harmer and Basia Bulat, Kolls’ has developed into a savvy and intimate performer. You can check her out this Friday by attending her FREE house show at 118 Glenview Ave. We probed into Marty’s mind via email and here’s what she had to say: Apartment613: If we were to... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: How a charity fundraiser allowed a local author to fulfil her literary dream

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Good things do happen to kind people.  Just ask local author Tammie Winsor, whose touching story is proof that a charitable heart can make your dreams come true. Back in November 2012, Winsor was listening to the very popular CBC Ottawa radio program All in a Day.  Host Alan Neal was talking about the Hopes and Dreams contest, an annual fundraiser by the Shepherds of Good Hope that takes place during the holiday season. Listeners could enter the contest by emailing CBC with their dreams, with the lucky contest winners getting the opportunity to... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: “Check out” a human book this Saturday at the OPL

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This Saturday marks the third year for the Human Library event being held at the Ottawa Public Library in partnership with CBC Ottawa. Designed for an adult audience, the Human Library will be taking place in the adult areas of the participating branches: Greenboro, Orléans, Main, Carling and Carp. Launched in Denmark in 2000, the Human Library was a way to focus on anti-violence, encourage dialogue and build relations. Readers can meet over 40 different Human Books at the events, including some of the bestsellers from past years with very interesting new... | Continue reading article

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Detroit is a rousing performance of the neighbourly get-together gone wrong

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David Whiteley and David Benedict Brown. Photo Credit: Plosive Productions.David Whiteley and David Benedict Brown. Photo Credit: Plosive Productions.

It happens a lot in our mobile society. New neighbours move in. Somebody invites them for drinks, or dinner, or brings a casserole, or flowers. Before you know it, kindred spirits find each other. Friendships form around common interests and activities. There’s usually some wine or beer or spirits involved. Some of these friendships last for years, decades even. But what happens when an economic recession tightens the screws? The real Detroit has lost 2/3rds of its population. Tens of thousands of buildings stand abandoned. What does this do to... | Continue reading article

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The artistic beauty (and technical brilliance) that lies at the heart of Swan Lake

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Photo by Bruce Zinger courtesy of The National Ballet of CanadaPhoto by Bruce Zinger courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada

Within the dance world, Swan Lake is recognised as one of the most famous – and interesting – classical ballets ever created. To begin with, this artistic masterpiece does not have a definitive narrative.  The traditional story recounts how the young Prince Siegfried falls in love with Odette, a princess who has been turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer.  Since its premiere almost 140 years ago, however, some ballet companies have played with the plot (one performance in recent years was loosely based on the breakdown of the marriage between Lady... | Continue reading article

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