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Write On Ottawa: A memoir of a past life

Ian Prattis has lived an incredibly diverse life. Now retired, the long-time professor of anthropology and sociology has travelled the world, including his stay in South Asia where he was ordained as a guru in India. A long-time peace activist, he taught at Carleton University for more than three decades, and has led Buddhist meditation […]

All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

Apartment Crush | Office Edition: Shopify

Walking into the new Shopify office on Elgin Street, you quickly realize this is not the typical cubicle-dominated space you expect to encounter in a modern office.  Instead of the familiar and harsh fluorescent lighting that most of us are accustomed to, you’re met with subtle mood lighting, the natural tones of wood and cork and an […]

Ellen Denny and Alex Furber (Anne & Gilbert). All photos by Andree Lanthier.

A very Canadian love story for the holidays

Anne & Gilbert: The Musical has swept in to Ottawa in time for the holiday season and, not being a committed Anne of Green Gables nor family-friendly-format aficionado, the challenge set was whether without subject enthusiasm this piece could entertain as a one-off night at the theatre. The story follows Lucy Maud Montgomery’s eponymous flame-haired […]


Write On Ottawa: A sci-fi tale inspired by stargazing

Review by Caroline Frechette. Alex Binkley is an Ottawa-based journalist and author. His first novel, Humanity’s Saving Grace, is set in the not-so-distant future, when aliens make contact with Earth for the first time. The idea for this science-fiction story was a long time in the making: “(It) goes back to the 1970s and a […]

All photos by Mariam Zohouri, from the Mellos Kickstarter launch party.

Foodie Friday: Ottawa institution fundraises for new location

Warmth, family, simplicity, and burgers – these were the words repeated by the people who shared their stories with me at Mellos diner earlier this week. The event? A launch party for their Kickstarter campaign, which hopes to raise $60,000 to fund their move to a new location as their lease, up this month, will […]


Write On Ottawa: Welcome to the ideas machine

Why do you read fiction? Is it to fall in love with an exotic character or fantastic creature? To travel to a new dimension or a specific moment in the past? Maybe what you seek is a strange idea that sets your mind on fire? Your answer to this question – why do you read fiction? […]


I Can’t Believe It’s Not: Fleetwood Mac – Rumours Playlist

I Can’t Believe It’s Not is more than fake butter – it’s also the name of the most awesome, dance-til-you-sweat album cover nights in the 613. Since 2013, the live series has brought together Ottawa musicians of all stripes to pay tribute to The Strokes’ Is This It, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and Black Sabbath’s Paranoid. Fleetwood […]

Production still from Skawennati: TimeTraveller™, from Memories of the Future. Image from the SAW Gallery website.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to December than being really, really, ridiculously merry. And I plan on finding out what that is. Whether you need a break from holiday bombardment or you’re looking for something more than ugly sweater parties, Ottawa has got it going on. Have you ever been to Partyy.? No, […]

Photo courtesy of djs Zattar and Memetic.

TimeKode X: A decade in the making

When TIMEKODE began at the Eri Cafe in 2005, it quickly became one of Ottawa’s most loved monthly dance parties. On the third Friday of every month, the Eri was packed. Seven years later, after their venue’s unforseen closure, TIMEKODE spread its roots and sprouted up in other spaces, including Maker Space North, the Elmdale, […]