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Pretty River Woodwork. Photo by Amy Eaton Photography.

Holiday Craft Show Roundup 2015

Guest Post by Krista Leben, a politico by day, and producer of Urban Craft + maker of Leaf & Petal by night. It’s become a bit of an October tradition for me to gather up a list of my favourite craft shows that are coming up during the holiday season. I’m particularly excited for this year: there are always new […]

Claude Monet, Le pont de bois, 1872, oil on canvas, 54 × 73 cm. VKS Art Inc., Ottawa. Photo © NGC, Ottawa.

Monet at the National Gallery

Don’t look for soothing water lilies in the current Monet exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada. Subtitled A Bridge to Modernity, this series of 12 paintings bring together visions of war and visions of hedonism. Monet becomes a prophet of the contradictions of the 20th century, what we’ve called modernity. Impressionist painters wanted to […]


Write On Ottawa: Stories of courage in cancer fight

For almost two decades, the Ottawa-based Busting Out dragon boat team has been offering inspiration and hope to women who have survived breast cancer. While there is no age limit to join (members range in age from their mid-30s to early-80s), all team members must have completed cancer treatment, and also recovered sufficiently to be able […]

Photos from the National Access Cannabis Facebook page. Right: NAC Grand Opening ribbon cutting ceremony with CEO Gulwant Bajwa and NAC member Shauna.

Helping patients obtain medicinal green cards

If you live or work in Ottawa’s trend-setting Hintonburg, chances are you’ve noticed the new addition to Wellington Street’s storefronts. National Access Cannabis (NAC), a BC-based company founded by former Public Servant Alex Abellan, recently opened its franchise doors this past July in the heart of Ottawa’s blooming Hipsterville.  The clean, haute-couture look, lined with […]

All photos by the author.

Foodie Friday: Taverns and Troublemakers is boozy history lesson

As part of the “Taverns and Troublemakers” exhibit at the City of Ottawa Archives (running October 1st until March 19th) a historical tavern tour was offered: “Booze, Bus and Banter” (next tour is March 9th, with a possibility for more). Because I love alliteration, hate missing any beer-related event in Ottawa and am always looking […]

All photos by Sofie Sharom.

Carve out the perfect Halloween at Pumpkinferno

Post by Sofie Sharom. You can follow her on Instagram @sofiesharom or on twitter @intotoronto. The season of ghouls, goblins and excessive candy eating is upon us. For those looking for a festive way to spend Halloween night, Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village is the place to be. The historic site for this spooky event […]

Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Halloweekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa? + Schmoozefest giveaway

Welcome to the Halloweekend! It is time to don those costumes and hit the town for some spooktacular Halloween fun. With so much happening, you should definitely plan for costume changes. There is a Spooky Reggae Party happening tonight at Oz Kafe, with special guest Michael Caffrey from Ghettoblast Sound System. He and Reggae Party […]

All images from Martini Madness' Facebook page.

Martini Madness in support of Crohn’s and Colitis Canada + ticket giveaway

There is something suave and sophisticated about putting on formal wear and sipping martinis. Could it be connected to my love for Daniel Craig’s Bond? Definitely. Getting back on track… Celebrating its 10th year, Martini Madness has been providing an annual platform to get your inner James Bond on while supporting Crohn’s and Colitis Canada. And […]


Write On Ottawa: Seeking asylum in Canada

In the not-so distant future, the United States has fallen prey to a secretive and authoritarian government. In this dark world, a history teacher named Laek who lives in New York City tries to hide his radical past. After a violent confrontation with police, however, he decides that he has to flee his native country. […]