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The Mercury Lounge

Height-of-the-party vibe before the sun goes down

Every year, restaurants, galleries and clubs sprout up around the city, offering new and undiscovered spaces for artistic and culinary talent, cultural and social activities, and opportunities to meet new people. Sometimes though, places that have been in the scene for what seems like ages change how they do things and offer up a traditional […]

Unshaven Mavens: Hair they go again

Men have Movember, growing out snazzy or spotty facial hair to raise awareness for prostate cancer. And women? Women get to be Unshaven Mavens. The brainchild of Malorie Bertrand and Amie Beausoleil, Unshaven Mavens is also all about raising awareness for cancer, particularly around the early warning signs of breast cancer that can be detected […]

Celebrating 20 years of poetry with above/ground press

Since 1993, Ottawa-based above/ground press has been releasing poetry chapbooks and broadside poems from local writers, as well as out-of-town authors from Canada and the United States. Edited and published by literary jack-of-all-trades rob mclennan, (whose name is spelled all lowercase), this independent press has been an indispensable staple in the National Capital Region’s thriving poetry scene.  Among the numerous […]