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Need something to wear to the apocalypse? NIGH Apparel has you covered

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Photo courtesy of Jordana GlobermanPhoto courtesy of Jordana Globerman

Did you heave a sigh of relief when December 21st, 2012 came and went with nary an apocalypse to be found? One designer isn’t so sure we’re out of the woods just yet. Jordana Globerman, owner of NIGH apparel, creates clothing that draws on apocalyptic imagery from the world over, with the tagline “Everyday Wear for the End of Days”. Her designs reference that old standby, the Book of Revelation, but also the Norse Ragnarök myth and the mystical Jewish tradition of Kabbalah, favoured by Madonna. While now based in... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Roller disco in thirty seconds

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A short but sweet video by Michael Cumming that captures the vibe of the Roller Disco, an event held a few times a year by the Ottawa Roller Derby. The last one took place last week. Check back on their events page to see when the next mass 70s flashback will occur.

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Tour de blogosphere: Music blogs

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Photo by Active Steve courtesy of FlickrPhoto by Active Steve courtesy of Flickr

Recently we profiled two local photographers who chronicle Ottawa’s music scene.  In this week’s column, we expand our focus to include the numerous other music bloggers from the National Capital Region. Music Writers Most local bloggers probably don’t consider themselves to be journalists or writers in the strict sense of the word.  However, given that many music-related blogs contain interviews, previews of upcoming shows, reviews of new releases, insightful analysis and interesting bits of information, it is fair to say that many area bloggers are producing work that is comparable to... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Bon Appetit Ottawa highlights the city’s new food trends for a good cause

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Bon Appetit Ottawa 2013

It could be that Bon Appetit has endured as one of Ottawa’s premier foodie events because it’s not too fussy or pretentious. There’s no competition, just a celebration of food and community. This was the event’s second time at the Ernst & Young Centre (formerly known as the Capital Exhibition Centre), which provided enough space to really spread out. All that elbow room and ceiling height creates an easy, casual experience where visitors can focus on the tastes instead of traffic jams. Everyone seemed to be in high spirits, which... | Continue reading article

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Edward Rutherfurd, the master of the historical novel, is set to enchant Ottawa with his latest epic saga

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Photo of Edward Rutherfurd courtesy of the Ottawa Writers FestivalPhoto of Edward Rutherfurd courtesy of the Ottawa Writers Festival

In today’s so-called Twitter age, when attention spans are supposedly non-existent and books are seen as quaint anachronisms, it is cool to claim that epic novels are dead. For in a world where 140-characters are all the rage, who has time to read hundreds of pages, let alone invest the mental effort to process a story full of complexity, nuance and wonder? Fortunately for book lovers (and there are still many), English-born writer Edward Rutherfurd puts the lie to the view that epic literary sagas are passé. “People are reading more... | Continue reading article

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Jane’s Walk in photos: Folk on the Street and Tulips on Two Wheels

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All photos courtesy of Adria MayAll photos courtesy of Adria May

Jane’s Walk Ottawa, an annual festival of free walking tours held in honour of urban theorist Jane Jacobs, took place last weekend. We got our contributors out on a few of the walks and will be posting their photos and stories here on the site just in case you didn’t get the chance to participate. Our contributor Adria May took her camera on two different Jane’s Walk this weekend. The first tour was Arthur McGregor, owner of the Ottawa Folklore Centre, walk called  Folk on the Street. “Ottawa has been ‘Folk... | Continue reading article

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The Goodluck Assembly versus Hurricane Sandy. Listen to their new EP to decide who won

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Band photo courtesy of The Goodluck AssemblyBand photo courtesy of The Goodluck Assembly

For many bands, recording an album requires the discipline to tune out distractions and focus on the music.  Local group The Goodluck Assembly, however, had to deal with this challenge in the extreme this past October, when they faced Hurricane Sandy, one of the most destructive  storms to ever hit the United States, head-on. “It looked like the zombie apocalypse had come,” recalls Mike Libbos, as he describes the band’s experience recording the EP Demonstrations in New York City. The band had completed about 75 per cent of the five-song album  and were starting their third... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Did someone say ticket giveaway?

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Photo by Ottawa Mike on flickrPhoto by Ottawa Mike on flickr

So the city is abuzz with talk of street food and victorious local sports teams. And for once, the weather seems to agree that it really is time get out and have a look at some some colour-coordinated tulips. These are truly the salad days, fellow Ottawans. Or maybe, more appropriately, these are the Belcher Burger days. Locally-brewed soda pop days? My point is, while many of you are getting out and enjoying your city already, there are so many cool things happening lately that you may need some guidance... | Continue reading article

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Huzzah! Masses of Ottawans celebrate as food trucks make their debut

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Photo by Heather RourkePhoto by Heather Rourke

All photos by Heather Rourke Hands up if you compulsively watch the Food Network—especially “Eat St.”, their celebration of great food trucks around the world. Til now, Ottawa has not made the cut as a great street food city, but that’s all about to change. On Wednesday at lunch time, City Hall previewed a welcome addition to our food scene – some of the new food trucks and carts that were recently granted licenses to operate around Ottawa. Like plenty of downtown office workers and urban residents, I’ve been counting the... | Continue reading article

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