The bright and bold purple sign above the entrance reads: “YOU NEED SOAP. P.U.”, with the initials P.U. standing for the store’s name, Purple Urchin (of course).
It’s like sunshine in a bottle.
Bánh mì, samosas, and BBQ buns, oh my!
Sunshine has hit Chinatown in more ways than just the weather. Last fall delivered a startling loss with the closure of Raw Sugar, but last week Bar Robo opened its doors to save the people of Chinatown from caffeine and liquor loss. Bar Robo takes the physical place of Raw Sugar, but that’s the last you’ll […]
When Colin White moved to Ottawa in 2006 after completing his Master’s in Typo/Graphic Studies abroad, he began freelancing as an illustrator and designer. To familiarize himself with his new surroundings, he began taking walks around his neighbourhood, sketching buildings that he found aesthetically appealing and recording interesting interactions in a series of short comic […]
Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Lili About: Lili is an engineer. She doesn’t live in Chinatown, but is here to visit her […]
Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Ellison About: Ellison moved to Ottawa three months ago from Montreal, and is originally from Winnipeg. Hood: Chinatown. I […]
As someone who lives in Chinatown and loves to eat, I noticed with interest when I saw that a new restaurant was opening at the corner of Somerset and Arthur. Honey Town takes up the western end of the plaza that also houses Possible Worlds, the store and workshop space opened by Spins and Needles, […]
Each May for the past eight years, Ottawa’s Chinatown has come alive for a celebration of the arts – Chinatown Remixed. What began as an initiative of the Somerset Business Improvement Association (BIA), the month long event paired local artists with local businesses in which to display their work. The festival kicks off with a […]
Toronto’s Lily Frost returned to Ottawa Friday night at the wonderfully unique and bohemian Raw Sugar Café, located in the heart of Chinatown. It was nice to catch her in this intimate setting, in complete contrast to the last time I saw her perform, which was on the Black Sheep stage at Bluesfest in 2013. […]
Basement 819 :: Chinatown Remixed : c’est de la bombe! Tac-O-The Town, Agenda musical, Éric présente les victorieux.
Basement 819, bien plus qu’une émission de radio (oh que oui!). Toute la semaine, on scrute l’actualité culturelle pour vous, on sélectionne des moments de musique, de cinéma, d’arts visuels et des événements à saveur loufoque. Fidèles au poste, nous sommes dans votre radio chaque mercredi de 20h à 21h sur les ondes de CHUO […]
Photos by Rémi Thériault Flowers and Vintage is one of the loveliest shops in Ottawa. As the name suggests, it combines two of my favourite things: men’s and women’s vintage apparel and floral arrangements. The store opened last September at 502 Somerset at Lyon with a tasteful and wonderfully curated collection of items for sale. […]
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I first noticed Claudia Gutierrez’ mural at Man Phat when walking down Somerset. It was a beautiful floral design that replaced the drab store exterior. Social media guy that I am, I posted a photo of it on Instagram. The reaction was immediate. People loved it. Unfortunately for Claudia, the piece was tagged just days […]
Raw Sugar’s weekly Beats N Boards on Tuesday night was nothing like what I thought it would be. I thought it would be many small tables with two player games like Chess, Checkers and maybe Snakes and Ladders. Instead, there were only a few large tables with six to eight player games that I had […]