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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Time is a-tickin’ towards the day of lovin’ – and this weekend is all set to prep you for it. Sexapalooza will hook you up with practically anything your heart desires, while your vintage lingerie needs can be met at Victoire’s pop-up shop. If you’re doing a bit of nuptial planning, Wed By Hand has got you covered. We’ve even got a sexy guitar night, where the guitars will be sexy and the music even more so. Tonight, the lovely Kathleen Edwards will grace the Bronson Centre, led by the... | Continue reading article

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Josef Pollock: Music for a Suckuary morning

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Suckuary February, the month when winter ceases to be charming, is the perfect time for soothing, introspective music. Josef Pollock (aka Isaac Vallentin), an Ottawa-based folk/alternative musician, recently came to my attention for this video for On Canal, a single from his upcoming LP Migrate. I came up with the song just after I had moved to Ottawa. I had been working in a factory beforehand, and once I got here I began recovering and appreciating the few weeks of quiet before I started school and my new job. I had just turned 18, and... | Continue reading article

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Wed By Hand: Put a (locally designed & created) ring on it

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Those big wedding shows always promise the perfect, unique day. But can those vendors really know what unique twists and turns you’ll want to bring to your special day? What if you want handmade chocolates? Or a truly one-of-a-kind ring? And how can you reduce the stress of planning it all? This is where Wed By Hand comes in – Ottawa’s wedding show that’s like no other. Sure, they have some of the usual trappings of weddings shows, but with a twist: it’s vegan cake you’ll be sampling, local flowers... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: Cyrano de Bergerac

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Take your familiar theatre review column, sprinkle in some academic insights and a good dose of industry knowledge, and you’ve got So Much Theatre: a semi-regular feature by Apartment613′s Andrew Snowdon. Follow Andrew on twitter: he’s @snobiwan. Not all love stories are romantic comedies where everything turns out alright at the end. Indeed, some of the better ones end rather tragically. Of these, the best of all reach that end by the lighthearted path of comedy. Edmond Rostand’s 1897 play Cyrano de Bergerac, set in seventeenth-century France, tells the story... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: A metro proposal, Shopify expands, ServiceOttawa & more!

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Photo courtesy of -dtr on Flickr.Photo courtesy of -dtr on Flickr.

Sometimes I wish that Modern Ottawa's Marie was Mayor of Ottawa. She's got great ambition to push this city forward. Last week, she published her metro proposal for Ottawa (with seven lines and 76 stops, no less). We can all dream, can't we? To put it in perspective, a dedicated commenter plotted the lines on Google Maps.

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Musings on the inaugural TedxRideauCanal

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By Kyle Sergeant, who attended the inaugural TedxRideauCanal event last weekend. They designed something – the coordinators of TedxRideauCanal.  It was a dynamic something.  And it was about design.  Different ones.  And those differences are our strengths.   And inclusivity and integration are our mortar.  Design is not finite and trending.  It is curvaceous and expanding – but simple.  And I saw it all.  And I took notes…. The first speakers were the kind, intuitive women of Propeller Dance. They voiced the “societal barriers” to their art form: physical, mental, and... | Continue reading article

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JEFF the Brotherhood rocks bitchin’ Ottawa

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By Lidija Rozitis JEFF the Brotherhood are no strangers to Ottawa – nor are they newbies to putting out albums or extensive touring schedules. Around for over a decade as a band, and creators of their own record label called Infinity Cat, the duo (indeed brothers, but neither of whom is a “Jeff”) started playing in high school under the moniker. However, only in the past few years have they really started to garner widespread international attention. After their last show in Ottawa, a friend of mine jokingly remarked: “Hey,... | Continue reading article

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From the Belly to the Heart: the alternative to the Superbowl

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By Alroy Fonseca All are welcome to take part in a free community dinner in support of several recent worker struggles in Ottawa on Sunday February 5, 5:30pm, at the Jack Purcell Community Centre. Workers from Novotel, the Science and Technology Museums and the Salvation Army’s Booth Centre will share brief stories over dinner catered by Ceylonta, to be followed by performances by local artists Poetic Speed (Komi Olaf) and Three Little Birds. The primary focus of the evening will be the workers from the Salvation Army’s George St. shelter,... | Continue reading article

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Cupcake Killer No. 1: Le Macaron

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In their new series, Ashley & Jessica looks beyond the reigning indulgence to see what’s next in line for the throne. Cupcakes are dead; long live trendy pastries! Like them or not, cupcakes are trendy. We know, we know, you’d been making them for your kids long before Sex and the City was even an idea. It’s undeniable though: dedicated shops, vodka, vineyards, wars…the list goes on. What’s an icing disliker to do?! Fret not friend, the sugar revolution is coming. Let us present to you: the cupcake killer. Like a cupcake, it’s... | Continue reading article

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