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The NaNoWriMo chronicles: A local writer’s journey to 50,000 words

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Editor’s Note: Mike Reynolds is a local author who is taking part in the NaNoWriMo challenge running throughout the month of November. As a multi-year veteran of this grueling test of literary mettle, he’s been kind enough to chronicle his experiences for us. Be sure to check in at the end of the month to see how he fares. And if you’re participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo, be sure to tell us all about it in the comments. Anyone who has sat in front of a typewriter can attest to... | Continue reading article

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Support Local month is back!

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

So, Ottawa. You’ve heard of Kichesippi brewery, but did you know about The Flatbread Pizza Co? You know Magpie Jewellery, but how about local band Winchester Warm? And Wabi Sabi is famous among the knitting crew, but have you seen the lovely socks of Guy Charbonneau? Don’t worry, this isn’t a pop quiz testing your knowledge of the city. (Although if you had heard of all of the above, then kudos!) We’ve noticed that there are a lot of ambitious, exciting folks doing new and delightful things around town, and... | Continue reading article

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The Muslim tide, immigration and David Bowie at the Writers Festival

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Jian Ghomeshi (second from right) and his first band, Tall New Buildings. Photo courtesy Avard Woolaver on Flickr.Jian Ghomeshi (second from right) and his first band, Tall New Buildings. Photo courtesy Avard Woolaver on Flickr.

Since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States, a surprisingly large group of writers have argued that Muslim immigrants pose a threat to the West. These voices claim that Muslims are hostile to western values, and that their higher birthrates will turn them into a majority in Europe in the coming decades, leading to the decline and demise of western culture. In a fascinating talk at the fall 2012 edition of the Ottawa International Writers Festival, journalist Doug Saunders of the Globe and Mail made clear why... | Continue reading article

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Craft show roundup 2012

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Every November, even before the first hints of snow, we start to see the first signs of Christmas pop up around the city. And we’re not just talking about the Bay’s over-the-top decorations in the Rideau Centre walkway – nope, these hints of festivities around found in community centres, church basements, and even theatre lobbies. The craft show extravaganza has begun! Krista Leben, coordinator and co-founder of Urban Craft, has once again rounded up a few of the best spots below for you to snatch up local presents and festive... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Crafts / DIY, Shopping

Beckta’s Gezellig makes Westboro an offer it can’t refuse

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By Gloria Song and Robert Mayne. Gloria is a lawyer and a writer based in Ottawa. Rob is a chef trained at the Cordon Bleu, also based in Ottawa. Few restaurant openings have been anticipated this year as much as Gezellig. Roughly translated as “cozy” in Dutch, Gezellig is Stephen Beckta’s newest restaurant located in the heart of Westboro, away from his other restaurants Play in the Byward Market and Beckta in Centretown. We checked out Gezellig on its opening night. The restaurant was not as full as we expected,... | Continue reading article

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Bourbon & Spice: All things spooky and nice

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Burlesque performers have long teased audiences with naughty humour, racy dancing and suggestive clothing. Whether in smoke-filled cabarets or packed theatres, this art form has a proud – and flirtatious – tradition that can be traced back to the 17th century. In more recent years, this artistic style has seen a resurgence, with about half-a-dozen troupes in Ottawa alone. Among them is Bourbon & Spice, a five-member group that was founded in January 2011 by Kerosene Misfortune, a music instructor who plays fiddle in two different bands. “I had a... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: Zombies Swarm the City, Frankenstorm Approaches, Elgin Street Flooded and more!

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Opinion seems to be divided about the impact of Hurricane Sandy here in Ottawa. The Citizen spoke to an Environment Canada expert who downplayed the storm’s severity, but CTV and CBC bring differing opinions. Hold on to your hats for the next few days folks. In a disaster of a different sort, nearly 2,000 Ottawans were consumed by the hunt for brains during the annual zombie walk on Saturday. The Citizen got into the spirit by putting together an awesome local zombie survival guide that you can read here. Elgin... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: General, News, News & Ideas

Apartment 613 Live for October 24, 2012: Nuit Blanche, Unshaven Mavens, and Union 613

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Listen here or on iTunes. On this week’s Apartment 613 Live, Ryan is our lonely host for an hour full of local happenings. Last month’s Nuit Blanche was reportedly attended by something close to 30,000 people, and next year’s nuit can only get bigger. The art-filled night’s organizers are already in the planning stages, securing sponsorship and debating layouts. Nuit Blanche 2013 is planned for September 21st. Visual Arts Editor Diane Bond joins Ryan by phone to offer her perspective on these early planning stages. Next, Amie Beausoleil of Unshaven... | Continue reading article

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Polytectures: Exploring the city with a soundtrack

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Photo by Alejandro Bustos.Photo by Alejandro Bustos.

To quote the great English novelist George Orwell, to see what is in front of your nose is a constant struggle. This insight is something that all Ottawa residents should keep in mind, for if we open up our eyes and ears to our city, we will see that our urban landscape is quite beautiful. I was thinking about this while listening to Polytectures, a brilliant musical guide to some of Ottawa’s most impressive downtown buildings. Directed and narrated by Montreal composer and musician Antoine Bédard, this soundwalk is similar... | Continue reading article

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Filed in: Music, News & Ideas
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