“Get ready for late nights! Great books abound among this year’s GG finalists and you won’t be able to put them down. Further proof of the prolific and potent Canadian literary scene.” – Robert Sirman, Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts. The Canada Council for the […]

Canada Council for the Arts Announces Finalists for the 2013 ...

Oh, Vancouver. Home of Hollywood North, amazing sushi, and hockey fever run riot (literally). The Lions Gate Bridge. Pumas and trench coats. $800,000 half-duplexes. And the birthplace of Lululemon, which has apparently damned us to the rank of third worst-dressed city in the world. MSN Travel has taken on the […]

Advice to the Third Worst Dressed City in the World

“I like stuff that’s really run down, that looks like it’s been lived in, that looks like it’s got some history to it,” said Ottawa illustrator Colin White over a cup of coffee at a local café. “These are things you don’t think of when you think of the Capital […]

Musings on Urban Design in the Capital

If you flipped through the average Ottawa tourism brochure, you would be hard-pressed to find anything mentioning the burlesque performances and poetry slams that regularly sell-out in the city. You might learn, however, that in 2010 Ottawa was named the IFEA World Festival & Event City. Ottawa takes pride in […]

Festival City

As much as we may hate to admit it, organized arts events and good business sense don’t always go hand-in-hand.  The more cynical among us may go so far as to say that they are often polar opposites. Then again, opposites do attract. This week, the Ottawa Arts Court Foundation […]

Ottawa’s Arts Court announces 2011 Summer Fling lineup

For the original article hosted at, click HERE. Battle rap has long been ingrained within the hip-hop culture. Ever since Kool Moe Dee ethered Chief Rocker Busy Bee – just shy of two decades prior to the adoption of the “ether” terminology – the craft has seen a steady […]


The first time I visited New York City in 2008, I felt born again, seeing urbanity anew. Prior to the visit, I had scoffed at the hoopla, wondering how one city could possibly live up to such hyperbolic ravings. Arriving to the city, though, my senses were overwhelmed – the […]

Inspiration in the City

Ottawa’s prodigal itinerant theatre festival is heading home for a week this summer, and it’s packed some of Canada’s most exciting contemporary theatre. From June 3–11, 2011, the Magnetic North Theatre Festival will present a vast array of theatrical performances, lectures, workshops, and other activities to venues across Ottawa (yet […]

Magnetic North Returns to Ottawa for 2011

Just so it’s clear: Yoko Ono wasn’t actually at the Ottawa Wrecking Ball event on Monday, April 25th. Joining six other cities across Canada (Montréal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, and Victoria), Ottawa took part in what has quickly become a political and theatrical tradition—especially given all the elections we seem […]

Déja vu All Over Again: The Wrecking Ball 2011 swings ...

For a city with a reputation for being devoid of fun, Ottawa sure knows how to throw a party—or at least its theatre community does. The 4th Annual Prix Rideau Awards Gala was held at La maison du citoyen in Gatineau on Sunday, April 10th, before a crowd eager to […]

Ottawa-Gatineau’s Fourth Annual Prix Rideau Awards

Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company (the second-largest subscription-based theatre in the area after the National Arts Centre) launched its 2011–12 season this week in a presentation that took place on the main stage of the Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre.  If there’s anything this coming season’s offerings have in common, it’s […]

The Spice of Life: Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company 2011–2012 ...

In 2009, celebrity academic Richard Florida called Ottawa the most creative city in the country. The news surprised everyone, including many Ottawans. For decades, the capital of Canada has suffered a reputation as a stuffy government town. Florida’s findings were published in a study called Ontario in the Creative Age. […]

Ottawa: Canada’s Creative Capital?

Spins & Needles, the Ottawa-based event that has travelled Canada, the UK, and Europe to bring together super cool crafts and awesome music, is celebrating its 6 year anniversary. Having held over 100 events and workshops, “Spins & Needles is a traveling creative night out that mixes art/craft/design do-it-yourself (DIY) projects […]

Spins & Needles Celebrates its 6 Year Anniversary