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The Lost Fingers. Photo by David Cannon.

Sweet, sweet music to break winter’s grip

The jazz festival is one of my very favourite things about this city. It’s the kind of festival you can entrust your ears to, entrust your nights to, and know that you will be impressed and surprised and introduced to a whole lot of new music. We’re lucky it comes around twice a year. The […]

James Bloemendal and Matt McKenna, aka Ash & Bloom, give 
a house concert performance. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ash & Bloom: An expression of life through music

“If they’re not songs that you wish you’d written, then you’re not being honest enough with yourself.” (Matt McKenna) Four years ago, two aspiring singer/songwriters from Hamilton, Ontario, Matt McKenna and James Bloemendal, found they had something when they combined the force of their talents together. They met while furthering their studies in music at […]

Photo of Faustin Linyekula by Agathe Poupeney (courtesy of the NAC)

Experience African modern dance with Face 2 Face + ticket giveaway

In anticipation of the Face 2 Face series that starts this week, we are giving away one pair of tickets for Faustin Linyekula’s performance on Wednesday, and another pair of tickets for Qudus Onikeku show on Friday.  To enter this contest email apartment613@gmail with the subject line “Face 2 Face Contest” by noon Tuesday, February […]

The southwesterly curve on Wellington Street, circa 1938. All images from Library and Archives Canada.

Streetscape Memory Bank: Urban plans from 1938 cast a light on current times

Ottawans were witness to a major announcement on February 8, 1938.  On this date, the Ottawa Journal reported that the Government of Canada had unveiled and approved Jacques Greber’s plan for the beautification of Ottawa. “Greber Plans to Convert Ottawa into a Picturesque World Capital”‘ trumpeted the headline.  As front page news, this was indeed […]

Photo of Macdonald-Cartier Bridge by Pier-Luc Bergeron (Flickr - creative commons)

Continuing the discussion on Ottawa’s future

Following the great reader feedback over the past several days, we have decided to run a follow-up  group of articles for The Future of Ottawa series.  If you have any suggestions for topics that we should cover, email us at, contact us on our Facebook page, write a suggestion in the comment box in […]

Photo from the Whiprsnapr Facebook page.

Foodie Friday: Brew Brahs Interview Whiprsnapr Brewing Company

Ottawa continues to experience a craft beer renaissance, with locally owned breweries setting up shop all over town and purveying some seriously fine suds. Whiprsnapr Brewing Company (that is correct spelling – I triple checked) out in Bells Corners is amongst these fine establishments. After opening their doors last year, Whiprsnapr has developed a loyal […]

Photo by Joel Bedford (courtesy of Flickr - creative commons)

Future of Ottawa: A bright future

This is the final part in our week-long series The Future of Ottawa.  In this post urban affairs analyst Kevin Bourne imagines what Ottawa will look like in the not so distant future.  Twitter users: use hashtag #futott if you want to discuss this series on Twitter. Imagine a city where you hop on a train to meet […]