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Beyond the Pale hosts screening of new doc exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor laws

With the popularity of craft beer exploding across the capital, not to mention everywhere else, a new film exploring Ontario’s archaic liquor distribution laws is sure to get micro broupies fired up when it makes its Ottawa debut Thursday. The independent documentary called Straight Up: The issue of alcohol in Ontario, seeks to answer tough […]

Paul Proulx from Tours Expedition Ottawa.

Be a tourist in your own backyard

Post by Jennifer Larocque An Ottawa entrepreneur realizes his dream: Sharing the National Capital Region’s beautiful outdoors I love traveling. In 2011-2012, my husband and I traveled through 130 cities in 23 countries. In every country we visited, we were most inspired by small, independent tour operators and local guides who shared their personal stories […]

Conceptual drawing of an open square at the Kanata Outlet Mall. Image courtesy of the Tanger Factory Outlet Centers.

City Pulse: Ottawa mall wars, part 1

The latest big move in clothing & fashion retail in Ottawa is coming this fall, with the opening of the new Tanger Outlets in Kanata. Scheduled for its grand opening on October 17th, the Tanger Outlet Centre will feature major Brand name factory stores including Calvin Klein, Banana Republic, Coach, Michael Kors, and the Nike […]

Photo by Shankari Euteneier.

The Visit play two shows before heading to Prague

If one were to try to classify the genre of music The Visit plays, they would have a difficult time. With a chamber element and hints of a classical crossover, The Visit just doesn’t fall into any of the boxes. Their music is better described in adjectives – archaic, yet futuristic, at the same time; […]

Screen shot of The Proposal by Curtis Dickie.

Aurora Borealis screens best short films from around the country

Jean McLernon is the Executive Assistant / Event Planner for the Ottawa International Film Festival. Tomorrow night is a very special screening for the Ottawa International Film Festival and the City of Ottawa. The city holds many events throughout the summer, and one of its last special events for the season is a film screening. […]

Photo courtesy @the_cornelian on Instagram. offers up your natural selection of oddities

As a collector of oddities, I often find myself lost in the online world of the weird. A short while ago, my wanderings led to my stumbling upon Chris, or @the_cornelian, on Instagram – an Ottawa-based oddity collector, artist, educator, and vendor for Growing up, Chris had always told his father, “I want to […]

Photo from the New Swear Facebook group

Arboretum Interviews: Branching into… New Swears

Editor’s note: All this week Sandro’s been interviewing some of the act appearing at the Arboretum music festival, which ends today. Today he interviews the New Swears, local torch bearers for the fun boy noise sound. [youtube][/youtube] Hi New Swears. Who are the members that make up New Swears? How did you guys meet, and how did […]

Screen Shot from Landline Trailer

Landline: Go outside your comfort zone with this innovative walking tour/play

Stepping outside the comfort zone. Part radio play, part walking tour, Landline spreads the stage to two cities over 1000 kilometres apart, and breaks the fourth wall completely. Two people in two cities – Ottawa and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia –  linked by cellular texting and synchronized audio script/guide, become audience to the radio play and walking tour. […]

Skid Row's bassist and founder, Rachel Bolan, sings a tribute to Tommy Ramone. Photo courtesy Terry Steeves.

Review: Skid Row plays first Canadian tour date in Ottawa

Last Sunday night in Ottawa was home to a night of pure hard rockin’ bliss with what was truly one of the biggest and most pleasant surprises of 2014 for me. After nearly 28 years of a career that has seen its share of peaks and valleys, Skid Row proved tonight that they are better […]