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Weekend roundup: Let them eat cake!

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Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.

Today’s roundup is chock-a-block full of adventures, and also gives you the chance to win your very own delicious vegan cake. Read on to find out more. The second weekend of Support Local starts off tonight down at Flock Boutique, where Purple Urchin is setting up a pop-up apothecary. Just down the street at Twiss & Weber, you’ll find a trunk show featuring local designers, and Wunderkammer kicks off the holidays tonight in the Market. Friday night, A Curious Shop loves its customers back with fire spinning, treats and deals... | Continue reading article

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Saxsyndrum play Pressed Nov. 8

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Lucky me, I took a weekend trip to my favourite city in Quebec and got to spend some time with Montreal’s Saxsyndrum at Resonance Café as we chatted about their upcoming show over a bowl of chips and guacamole. David and Nick, the two lovely humans that make up Saxsyndrum shared with me their thoughts, feelings and ideas about their music and upcoming Ottawa show at Pressed on Friday, November 8th. Apt613: So is this Ottawa show part of a little tour? Nick: Technically, yes. It’s spread out over a... | Continue reading article

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Purple Urchin pops up at Flock: Support local, the earth and good hygiene

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Products by Purple Urchin. You need soap P.U. Photos by Adria May.Products by Purple Urchin. You need soap P.U. Photos by Adria May.

When you walk into Purple Urchin at 884 Somerset West in Chinatown you’re immediately surrounded by the delicious scent of flavourful hand-made, natural soaps and bath products. These days, you may have seen (and smelled) these products in virtually every corner of the city and this week will add another, as Flock Boutique at 1275 Wellington West will carry Purple Urchin’s products in an in-store pop-up apothecary. As part of Support Local month, you can join Flock and Purple Urchin this Thursday, November 7 between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. for... | Continue reading article

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Support Local showcase: Ross Proulx at Benchworks

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You’ve probably seen Ross Proulx‘s work around the city – you just didn’t realize it. His ubiquitous posters, designs and illustrations are striking, and it’s clear Ross is contributing much to Ottawa’s creative cred. This year, as part of Support Local month, Ross was challenged to step outside of his design comfort zone. This request came from the folks at Magpie Jewellery, who approached seven other artists to do the same. Their challenge: get the artists to create a piece of jewellery, which Magpie would then produce, to showcase the... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Light and sound at the library

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Although I am sure most people are using things like iTunes and Netflix these days to access their entertainment media digitally, the Ottawa Public Library has quite the collection of music CDs and DVDs in a number of languages available to borrow. It’s a great way to brush up your knowledge of  say French New Wave Cinema when you can borrow Les Quatre Cents Coups (the 400 Blows), Jules et Jim or Hiroshima, mon amour. Missed a few flicks at the Bytowne or Mayfair theatres? Many appear in the collection,... | Continue reading article

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New book by former Tory Prime Minister has critical words for the Harper government

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Photo of Joe Clark courtesy of Michelle Valberg.Photo of Joe Clark courtesy of Michelle Valberg.

Over the past three decades, the word “Conservative” has undergone a radical transformation in Canada.  Nothing better demonstrates this than Joe Clark, who was elected Prime Minister in 1979. Clark is often derided for his brief stint as Canada’s federal leader.  (His Progressive Conservative government lasted a mere nine months).  But while his grip on power was short-lived, he became the longest-serving Tory foreign minister in Canadian history under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Under normal circumstances, Clark’s extensive international experience would make him a Conservative elder statesman.  In actuality, he... | Continue reading article

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Support Local showcase: Twiss & Weber

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For Laura Twiss and Tonia Weber, the heart of Ottawa is the city’s small businesses. “Small business is your neighbourhood. It’s where your postal deliverer walks the beat, it’s where your dry cleaner gets his coffee, it’s where you walk and talk and engage,” says Twiss. And these two Ottawans’ small business is growing. Twiss and Weber met in 2009 after Laura Twiss admired Tonia Weber’s homemade sweater.  They have their own line of clothing, which they design collaboratively, and they now also have a boutique where they sell their... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Stone and bronze at Strathcona Park

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To switch things up this week, I’ve decided to explore one of my favorite outdoor spaces in central Ottawa: Strathcona Park. Situated on the eastern edge of Sandy Hill, the park is centrally-located yet far enough from the buzz of Rideau Street and the Market.  The park stretches out along the Rideau River, with the river on one side, and a row of embassy residences on the other. The existing area of the park was used as a rifle range in pre-WWI Ottawa, before being redeveloped into a park and the site of Ottawa’s... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Enchanting children’s book takes young readers on a flight of discovery

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Photo of David Anderson by Genesta MacInnis.Photo of David Anderson by Genesta MacInnis.

Charlie Sparrow is a bird who does not know that he can fly.  In fact, all the birds in Tree City are ignorant about flying, given that they are unaware about the true power of their feathery wings. Young Charlie, however, suspects that his wings have a special purpose, which he is eager to find out. Unfortunately, when his parents learn about their son’s ambitions, they send him to the misguided Dr. Nightingale, who diagnoses the precocious boy with Leaping Syndrome, and orders that the feathers in the young child’s... | Continue reading article

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