Many readers likely followed the controversy at the SummerWorks Festival in Toronto last year over their presentation of the play Homegrown. According to Sun Media, here’s what a spokesperson for the PMO said at the time about Catherine Frid’s play about the relationship between a writer and a terror suspect: We are extremely disappointed that public money is being used to fund plays that glorify terrorism. Had the plot hatched by the Toronto 18 succeeded, thousands of innocent Canadians would have died. This year, the festival lost its funding from... | Continue reading article
Writing about a show that hasn’t happened yet is hard. Writing about a comedy show that hasn’t happened yet is nearly impossible. Humour is so personal, and because it’s so easy for stand-up to go horribly horribly wrong, it is often easier to stick to previewing music shows and reviewing food. All this to say that while I don’t know if you’ll enjoy the comedy of John Hastings, a local stand-up doing a live recording at the Preston St Yuck Yucks this weekend, his YouTube video did teach me several... | Continue reading article
Welcome to another edition of the weekend roundup, y’all. I’ll be filling in for Karen as she’s in England for the next few weeks. One can only assume she’s heading overseas to get some fascinator tips directly from the source. Bluesfest is heading into the homestretch, and festival organizers have saved some of the best acts for last. On Saturday, Lebreton Flats will morph into a sea of skinny jeans and Chuck Taylors as Death From Above 1979 bring their much-anticipated reunion tour to the nation’s capital. Sunday night will... | Continue reading article
On the weekend, the city’s new three-storey, 92,000 sq.-ft. central archives building opened its doors to the public. And like the historical-document-loving nerd that I am, I jumped in my car, raced out to Nepean, and made a beeline straight for its collection of old municipal bylaws, quite possibly trampling some poor child in my fevered quest for knowledge. Allowing the public near-unfettered access to the century-plus trove of material was a great way to show off the stunning $38.6-million building, which will also house the main library’s collection and... | Continue reading article
Post by Stephan Telka Mathieu Juneau may just have the freshest nuts in town. The Ottawa native Juneau has been a roaster and the owner of his own gourmet nut roasting business, Roast’d, since autumn 2010, providing Ottawans with the closest thing to street-roasted nuts possible. During a 2004 trip to New York City, Juneau was inspired by the nuts roasted and sold in the parks and on the street corners of Manhattan. “All it took was a two-dollar bag brimming with almonds and cashews that had been roasted and... | Continue reading article
Over the last few years social innovation space have become more and more prevalent. What do I mean by a space for social innovation, you ask? It can be many things to many people, but according to my use of term, it is best defined as a shared space for working, events, meetings, and workshops that connects people with diverse interests. It’s a place that can be used by individuals, artists, entrepreneurs, small businesses, community groups… any organization or individual that wants to collaborate, share and learn from others.
Photographs and text by Stephan Telka In mid-June, Raw Sugar played host to one of Ottawa’s first Men’s Clothing Swaps. Finally a chance for the men of Ottawa to come together to get rid of some gently used clothing and pick up a few new pieces! Style File reporter Stephan Telka was on the scene to capture some of the cool and some of the quirky finds. The organizers are hoping to make this a regular occurrence, so check back in the coming months for the next date.
After months of work, the Laurier Ave. segregated bike lane officially opened yesterday to a crowd of about 150 cyclists and a handful of detractors. The lane is part of a 2-year pilot project fully supported by councillors. While some groups such as Responsible Cycling Coalition believe that cyclists should share the roads with vehicles, most people welcomed the lane and believed that having a separate space for cyclists made it safer for them.
Hey there, audiophiles, and welcome to another edition of Apartment613 Live. This week, we’re all about our two-wheeled friend, the bicycle. We chat with Hans Moor, president of local advocacy group Citizens for Safe Cycling, about the newly-minted segregated bike lane on Laurier Avenue. Ottawa Citizen deputy digital media editor Drew Gragg gives us the lowdown on CitizenCycle, the paper’s new online portal for bicycle-related happenings in the capital and beyond. And we get a tour of the Bluesfest bike parking with organizer and former CSC president Charles Akben-Marchand. We... | Continue reading article