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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire?

Welcome to tulip season, friends! It seems like the whole city has come alive in the last week, with the magnolias exploding off their branches and the tulips suddenly coming out of nowhere. We are solidly heading towards a warm, welcoming spring.

Cats and coffee: An unexpected but delightful combination

Ottawa Feline Café, Ottawa’s first and only cat café, is located at 1076 Wellington Street. It opened in 2017 and is home to nine cats. They look for abandoned or stray cats in the area and assess them through their foster program, which allows applicants to take care of the cats and socialize them until the café can take them in.

Capital History: Henry Brading’s Union Brewery, Est. 1865

Much has been written about what became of H.F. Brading’s Victorian-era brewery come the 20th century, particularly regarding infamous Ottawa-born magnate E.P. Taylor, who parlayed it into a gigantic beer empire. Then there’s the small matter of the SECRET BEER TUNNEL under Lebreton Flats, built around 1945. I won’t be talking about any of that: This is the largely untold story of the man who started it all, Henry Fisher Brading (1836-1903), and his original Union Brewery.

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Write on Ottawa: Lemon by Stefan Jurewicz

Although his projects are stylistically diverse, Stefan Jurewicz’s musical identity emerges from each one through a poignant lyrical style that never shies away from gut-punching emotion. This lyricism translates into bold yet introspective prose in Jurewicz’s debut novel, Lemon, published in early 2022.