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Three short films resonate at OIFF

This year marked the 5th anniversary of the Ottawa International Film Festival and all screenings took place at the iconic Mayfair Theatre. Over the course of four days, twenty-five narrative features, short films, and documentaries from all corners of the world were showcased. Although it was almost impossible to choose just one film, I decided […]

Josh Matthews, Matt Chapman, Sarah Petersiel in The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame. Photo by Under the Table.

Bouffon at the Gladstone

Comedy is difficult to do well. Bouffon is even more difficult. Bouffon is a style of theatre whose main focus is the art of mockery. According to Wikipedia, bouffon performance techniques include “burlesque, commedia dell’arte, farce, gallows humour, parody, satire and slapstick”. Any of these are tough to master; to master all of them requires […]

Ian Thornley of Big Wreck. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Big Wreck rocks the Capital

Ottawa’s Algonquin Commons Theatre was the site of Big Wreck’s electrifying performance Tuesday night. Built in 2012, the theatre offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting, amazing acoustics, and a seating capacity of 700. A block of the seating near the stage area was removed for the show, which allowed a portion of the audience to stand, […]

Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.

Weekend Roundup: What to do + Introducing Les suggestions @Basement819

Halloween is just around the corner and there’s plenty of fun to be had in preparation for next week’s festivities. We’ve got everything from Poutinefest to beatboxing burlesque to keep yourself entertained and warm this weekend, so let’s get started. Want to take in some art and culture this weekend? John Wenzel is Exhibiting all […]

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Customer service and the small business: Thoughts from Almonte

Post by Emily Arbour, owner of Hello Yellow, a shop located in downtown Almonte. This is part of our Support Local series focusing on local folk. Don’t forget to head out to Almonte for Support Local day on October 25! Bus shuttle tickets available here. Originally I pitched this article as “The Small Town Difference”, […]


We love this city

It’s been an unimaginable past day in Ottawa. We’ve been anxious, locked-down and saddened. Our resolve to celebrate the best of Ottawa and our commitment to keeping our city healthy and happy has never been stronger. More than anything else today, we offer our tributes, thoughts and concern to the family and friends of Cpl. […]

Victoria Woolen Mill. Photo by Brent Eades.

Recycling heritage: adaptive reuse in Almonte

Post by Brent Eades, co-editor of The Millstone, as part of our Support Local series featuring local folk. Don’t forget to head out to Almonte for Support Local day on October 25! Bus shuttle tickets available here.  When Stuart McLean brought his popular CBC Vinyl Café radio program to Almonte’s Old Town Hall last year, he began with an […]

Night Fliers, by Amy Thompson. Image courtesy the artist.

Benchworks is back!

What happens when a few local artists are asked to step outside of their comfort zone? Benchworks happens, that’s what. Coordinated by Magpie Jewellery, Benchworks features five local artists who have left their typical medium behind, instead creating an inspiring new piece of jewellery. This year, Magpie approached Erin Robertson, Remi Theriault, Marc Adornato, Amy Thompson, […]