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Ottawa Fashion Week crosses the river to celebrate 5 years

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Rachel Sin, 2011 OFW. Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.Rachel Sin, 2011 OFW. Photo courtesy of Ming Wu.

The annual Ottawa Fashion Week is back for its fifth year this weekend (Sept. 13-15) showcasing the top Canadian designers and their runway pieces for Spring and Summer 2014. Having first come onto the scene as a platform for Fall/Winter 2009 collections, Ottawa Fashion Week has established itself as a regular venue for designers to present their collections and bring fashion to the arts community. As the event grows stronger with each season, more designers Canada and beyond have signed up to make the trip to Ottawa – with a... | Continue reading article

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West side business comings and goings

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Photo from the Flying Banzini Facebook page.Photo from the Flying Banzini Facebook page.

There’s been lots of action on and around Wellington West these past few weeks. Here’s a rundown of moves, new business openings and future businesses along the strip. Tall Tree Cycles will be taking over the Red Chair Kids space this fall, around November. While the space doesn’t immediately seem bigger than their current space, they will benefit from a full basement where they can do work and store bikes. Since Alteriors moved to Old Ottawa South, I had heard many rumblings about a Starbucks moving into the space. A couple... | Continue reading article

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The last day of the Ottawa Folk Fest hits a high note

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The Wailers played Ottawa Folk Fest. All Photos by Adria May.The Wailers played Ottawa Folk Fest. All Photos by Adria May.

The sun was shining. The air was crisp. The music was fine and people milled about with their warm beverages (and beer). The setting of Hog’s Back Park for the Ottawa Folk Festival on Sunday could not have been better. It was a stark contrast to one of the days I had attended the year previously – a day which had been informally coined Soak Fest. The final day of Ottawa Folk Festival was glorious with a mix of folk, rock, blues and reggae on offer. I arrived around 5:00 p.m.... | Continue reading article

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The 3rd Annual Ottawa Zine-Off!

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Photo by ErinLangNorris/Yellow Canoe on flickr.Photo by ErinLangNorris/Yellow Canoe on flickr.

What started out as a backyard get-together for friends has evolved into a public event where a hodge-podge of Ottawa’s arts communities can mix and mingle.  Described as a “self-enforced communal deadline” the third Ottawa Zine-Off! on September 11th is a great way to get some self-exposure, do some trading and make connections with fellow creators.  I had the chance to talk with the organizers, JM Francheteau and Maxx Critical, about their experiences as zinesters here in Ottawa.  Below is a transcript of an email interview edited for length and... | Continue reading article

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House of PainT kicks off with the 2nd annual Ottawa Grand 500 Poetry Slam

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D'bi Young.D'bi Young.

House of PainT kicks off this week with a multitude of events . The festival that celebrates the four elements of hip hop – graffiti writing, bboy/bgirl, DJing and MCing is kicking things off on Wednesday at Babylon with the Ottawa Grand 500, its second annual poetry slam night. There will be special performances by a number of artists from Ottawa and beyond including the legendary Jesse Dangerously, poet master Ian Keteku with the Hilotrons’ Mike Dubue, Missing Linx , DJ Prufrock and internationally known dub poet and story teller,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Local writer launches Kickstarter campaign to achieve her literary dream

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Sometimes it is necessary to be patient when chasing after your dream.  Other times you have to throw caution to the wind and just grab hold of your destiny.  This is a lesson that local writer Catherine Brunelle learned through difficult experience. When she was just 27 years old, Brunelle was diagnosed with breast cancer.  After undergoing extensive treatment, she received the horrific news that the cancer was back, but this time in her lungs. Dreaming of being a published author, she was not sure if she had the time to... | Continue reading article

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Excellent production of Carmen at the NAC opens Opera Lyra’s new season

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Poster for Carmen taken from NAC web sitePoster for Carmen taken from NAC web site

Opera Lyra Ottawa’s production of Carmen opened this past Saturday to a sold out house at the National Arts Centre – wonderful news after poor attendance in previous years culminated in a scaled back production of La Traviata last season. Opera fans can rest assured that there is absolutely nothing scaled back about Carmen.  From the cast to the costumes to the sets, this production embraces and flaunts everything that makes opera great. Opera isn’t easy; performers must possess both a beautiful singing voice and the ability to act while singing, thus... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Quiz: September 9, 2013

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From the X-Files wiki page.From the X-Files wiki page.

Think you are up to date about local happenings? Test your knowledge with our local news quiz, five questions designed to test whether you’ve been paying attention. How to score: 5 out of 5: News stud! I hear The Citizen is hiring… 4 out of 5: Cheater! You work at City Hall. 3 out of 5: Not bad, but you may want to check your #ottcity Twitter feed a little more often. 2 out of 5: Newspapers are dying, but you should still try to pick one up once in... | Continue reading article

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My Saturday afternoon at Folkfest: Blues, Mac Demarco and our favourite astronaut

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Photo courtesy of Steve Jurvetson on flickrPhoto courtesy of Steve Jurvetson on flickr

We headed to Hog’s Back early Saturday afternoon to catch Leif Vollebekk’s 2pm set. I have to admit, dear reader, that I have a total crush on Leif. He has a bit of history with Apt613. We had asked him to play our first anniversary show at Raw Sugar, but alas had a conflicting gig. When the gig fell through, he decided to come to the Raw and party with us anyway. Ever since, he’s held a special place in my heart. Plus, how can you not love this face.... | Continue reading article

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