September 29, 2014

Musician Kathleen Edwards is opening a coffee shop in Stittsville

This article originally appeared on our sister site,

Quitters on Stittsville Main Street, August 2014

Kathleen Edwards is opening a coffee shop called Quitters on Stittsville Main, just south of Abbott Street.

There are signs up now on the building and renovations are underway inside. The cafe will open in the next few weeks.

Edwards, 36, is a well-known musician who grew up in the Ottawa area and now lives in Stittsville. She’s a multiple Juno nominee, has been shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, and her latest album went as high as #39 in the United States and #2 in Canada.

“I decided to take a pretty indefinite break from music,” said Edwards in an interview with the Ottawa Sun earlier this year.

“In all honesty, the last round of touring really beat me down … I’m just not ready to get back on the horse with songwriting, because I’m still coming through a difficult time, and I don’t want to write music about it. I don’t want to live in the past and reminisce about all this painful s— and then go and put it all on stage again.”

Edwards has some experience in the coffee business: she once worked as a barista at the Starbucks on Elgin Street.

Read more about Quitters at

See also: Ottawa Music Guide
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September 27, 2014

Hart Shouldice: This year's Panda Game was a quintessentially Ottawa event

Hart Shouldice and friends at the 2014 Panda Game.

A guest blog by Hart Shouldice, who's not even a Carleton or Ottawa grad.

I board the empty bus on Rideau street, along with two girls with painted faces. We pick up a few of their schoolmates at the next stop, and more still at the next one. By the time we take Bank Street through Centretown they are waiting fifteen deep on every corner. Come the Glebe, we are so packed in so tight that the driver isn't even stopping to let people off, much to the chagrin of the wrong-place-wrong-time septuagenarian standing at the rear doors.

The game has started by the time we get to Lansdowne but the partisan revellers don't seem to mind. I meet up with some friends from my own undergrad years (out-of-province, so I don't have a horse in this particular race) and we find seats in neutral territory, flanking the Ottawa U students on the French-heavy North Side. We feel like the only un-affiliated spectators among twelve thousand.

And, of course, affiliations are worn on one's sleeve at the Panda Game. The painted faces, the chanting (some of which would make a sailor blush) and the general merriment all speak to an uninhibited loyalty which Ottawa itself doesn't always engender in its locals. It's a refreshing passion, even if Alexander Keith and his contemporaries are fuelling the fire for a certain percentage.

(On that note, while there were certainly some over-indulgers, the event was a far cry from the booze-soaked gong shows I witnessed as an oblivious child football fan throughout the 80s and early-90s.)

We settle in and, lo and behold, find ourselves watching an objectively decent game. Football's more closed-minded fans like to scoff at the Canadian game for any number of reasons, with low budgets and shallow talent pools chief among them. Some of the criticisms are valid, but none of them matter to us as we find ourselves - all highly football-literate - drawn deeper into the game as the afternoon wears on, picking favourite players and questioning coaching decisions. Tuscaloosa be damned, for three glorious hours the Glebe feels like the centre of the college football universe.

That we are sitting in a shiny new stadium doesn't hurt, of course. The setting has given the game a professional sheen. It feels like even more of an event than last year's successful Panda reboot at Gee-Gees Field, even if 2013's national coverage has been replaced by the minor-league Rogers community television.

They stop serving beer at the start of the third quarter. A safety precaution. We make a vow to write our members of parliament to ask for an over-30 beer tent for those who wish to enjoy a literal one or two during the second half. The lead changes hands a few times and we are so fully on the bandwagon that I feel legitimate nerves. The clock ticks down...

By now, the game-ending heroics have been well-documented. Carleton pulled off the upset win on a last second Hail Mary. Hollywood wouldn't dare. But whether one left bleeding black and red or crying garnet and grey, it would be hard to call that Saturday afternoon anything but a raging success. It was a shot of life from start-to-finish; simultaneously rowdy, quaint and cumbersomely bilingual. It was, in short, Ottawa.

--Hart Shouldice

See also: Ottawa Sports Guide
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September 25, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #88 - OTTArchitecture Week & four-stroke

Every week we publish a link to the Lunch Out Loud podcast, a weekly show produced by Nick Bachusky and co-hosted by Andrew Miller.

This week: "We meet up with Nico and Sarah to talk everything architecture in the city of Ottawa. We discuss where we are now and where we can go with it. Also, we talk in depth about what you can expect during Ottawa Architecture Week from Sept 28 to Oct 5th! Jenn from foodiePrints told us about 3 exciting food events in the city coming up and music this week was from the punk band four-stroke!"

See also: Ottawa Blogs Guide
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One-day Etsy marketplace at Sensplex this Saturday

Photo courtesy of Emily Arbour / Hello Yellow

(This post originally appeared on our sister site,

This Saturday, Bell Sensplex (1565 Maple Grove Road) will host a one-day marketplace featuring nearly 200 sellers from Ottawa showcasing their handmade and vintage goods.

It’s one of 23 locations across Canada hosting a one-day marketplace, bringing together local Etsy sellers and communities in celebration of the country’s maker movement. The Kanata event have the most Etsy sellers of any marketplace across the country.

The Bell Sensplex Etsy marketplace will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6, kids are free, and free parking is available on site. A full list of vendors is available online.

“We are thrilled to be one of the 23 locations in Canada to be hosting a pop-up marketplace,” said Emily Arbour, team captain of the Handmade Harvest team. “Ottawa has a thriving community of Etsy sellers, so be sure to come say hello and check out all the fantastic product!”

Arbour, pictured above, owns Hello Yellow in Almonte.

“Made in Canada is a part of Etsy’s recent initiative to take the online marketplace offline, creating the opportunity for our local sellers to connect with each other, and with buyers,” said Erin Green, Country Manager, Etsy Canada. “We are really proud to be supporting local Etsy sellers across the country, such as in Ottawa, and fostering creative collaborations and the growth of the maker movement in Canada!”

All Etsy items available in the live marketplaces can also be found on a dedicated landing page seen here:

Etsy is a global marketplace where shoppers can browse more than 20 million creative items, ranging from art to furniture to vintage fashion, and everything in between.

See also: Ottawa Shopping Guide
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September 24, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: September 25-October 1, 2014

Wall Mural at the Hintonburg Community Centre
Wall Mural at the Hintonburg Community Centre by Ross Dunn, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.

Thursday, September 25: RailRoad Ottawa
A pop up poetry event with features & an open mic. Featuring rob mclennan & Ricardo Sternberg & open mic; Pressed, 750 Gladstone, 7:30pm A great opportunity to hear local poet rob mclennan read from his new book published by Buschek Books & to make the acquaintance of out-of-town poet, Ricardo Sternberg, who will read from his latest collection, Some Dance. also an opportunity to indulge in Pressed's amazing sandwiches.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Thursday-Saturday, September 25-27: One World Film Festival
This event has been bringing documentaries from around the world to Ottawa for an impressive 25 years. As well as five films focusing on human rights and the environment, this year’s Festival includes panel discussions and a “festival fair” with local organizations. On Thursday evening, catch Above All Else, about a group of people who take to the trees to stop construction of the Keystone XL pipeline through their homes. Stay for a talk with the filmmakers and Ecology Ottawa’s pipeline campaigner Ben Powless, followed by a 25th anniversary party.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Thursday-Saturday, September 25-27: One World Film Festival
Ottawa's longest-running annual documentary film fest is celebrating 25 years with it's 2014 edition. With its aim to raise awareness on social justice, human rights and environmental issues through though-provoking documentaries, the festival will feature five films on global issues, engaging discussions, and a festival fair over three evenings. The opening night, happening on Thursday, September 25 at Library and Archives Canada, will include 25th anniversary celebrations complete with live music by DJ Jas Nasty, cake courtesy of Auntie Loo's, as well as other tasty goodies and a kiosk fair.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday-Sunday, September 25-28: Carp Fair
The 151st edition of the Carp Fair opens its gates at 6pm Thursday evening with midway rides and the official opening ceremony taking place at 8pm. From then until 6pm Sunday you’ll find a packed schedule of agricultural exhibits, live music and food. Friday’s schedule starts at 8am and the weekend days start at 8:30am. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.Thursday evening’s admission is a donation of $2. Some of the evening concerts have extra admission fees. It takes place at the Carp Fairgrounds in the Village of Carp (3790 Carp Road).
-- Gordon Dewis

Friday, September 26: E.L.E. Festival
The E.L.E. Festival, also known as Everybody Loves Everybody, is holding its second edition at the Ottawa U campus this Friday, September 26 from 3 to 11pm in conjunction with the school's Community Life Services. With a completely free lineup, students and music lovers alike will get to see live performances by local artists Zoo Legacy, The Lionyls, City Fidelia, BlakDenim, NDMA, Eagleson, The Superlative, Monday I Retire, and Sarah Bradley as well as B.C. hip-hop artist SonReal, who'll be headlining the festival. Who doesn't love free live music?
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday-Sunday, September 26-28: The Home & Design Show
Meet over 150 exhibitors who want to make your place as spiffy as you do! Shake hands and get to work with interior designers, custom home builders, decorators, renovators, and contractors. While there, don't miss the chance the get inspired by Lynn Spence (CityTV's CityLine), Andrew Downwards (HGTV's Devine Design), Cobi Ladner (former editor of Canadian House & Home Magazine), and Jackie Morra, who will be presenting The Hockey Fan Cave, just in time for the Chicago Blackhawks to win another Cup! (Err, I mean Sens... go Sens!) Awesome show to truly turn your house into your home.
-- Jake Naylor 

Saturday, September 27, 2014: Ottawa Police Chorus presents "The Beat Goes On"
The Ottawa Police Chorus, joined by the York Regional Police Male Chorus, The Army Voices of the Canadian Forces and Legacy Brass from the Salvation Army, cordially invites you to an evening filled with music and merriment. Join us at Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue at 7pm. Tickets are $10, available at the door.
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Saturday, September 27: The Princess Bride at the Mayfair - fundraiser for kids cancer research!
Head to the Mayfair at 1pm on Saturday for a special screening of "the Princess Bride". This timeless favourite stars (among others) Robin Wright (House of Cards), Mandy Patinkin (Homeland), Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Falk and Fred Savage (the Wonder Years). Money raised will fund research on children's cancers here in Canada. So come on out and bring the family!
-- Laura Gauthier

Saturday, September 27: Flea Market
The annual event is back this Saturday, September 27 at Mac Hall inside the Bronson Centre. This is the place to go if you’re looking to buy and sell records, clothing, crafts, jewelry, vegan treats, toys, video games, trinkets and more with proceeds going to the Ottawa Stray Cat Rescue and the Wild Bird Care Centre.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, September 27: Flea Market
From their Facebook page: "buy/sell records, clothing, jewelry, books, toys, games, handmade items, art and much more!" Portion of the proceeds go to the Ottawa Stray Cat Network and the Wild Bird Care Centre.
-- Jake Naylor 

Saturday, September 27: Etsy: Made in Canada (Art & Craft Market)
Ottawa is one of the lucky destinations to get a pop up market as part of this Canada-wide event! Come chat with and buy from a wide range of crafters, artists, makers, and more, "showcasing original, handmade goods." Over 200 vendors! I think this one is gonna be a big deal.
-- Jake Naylor 

Saturday, September 27: Titties 4 Kitties 3
A burlesque show for cat rescues! Perfect name. This year's beneficiaries are the Ottawa Stray Cat Network and SafePet Ottawa, both very worthy causes. Grab a pint and put your "no touching" to good work.
-- Jake Naylor 

Thursday-Tuesday, September 25-30: Printmaking at the Children's Museum
Learn the art of printmaking, inspired by theInuit prints of Cape Dorset. You’ll be able to create your own work of art, and make multiple prints from a single drawing.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Tuesday-Thursday, September 30-October 2: Digital Strategy Conference: Ottawa
What is digital strategy? According to this conference's website, it is "the process of identifying, articulating and executing on digital opportunities that will increase your organization’s competitive advantage." Whether you run or work for a business, government organization, non-profit, charity, or advocacy group, the idea of this conference is to help you "do" digital strategy better.
-- Jake Naylor 

WednesdayOctober 1: Wednesday Night Jazz Club at Santé Restaurant with Steve Berndt and Tim Bedner
Fans of Mel Tormé or Tony Bennett might want to get down to Santé Restaurant on Rideau Street for the next three Wednesdays, as guitarist Tim Bedner plays with a series of local male jazz vocalists. While fewer in number than their female counterparts, all three -- Steve Berndt onOctober 1, followed by Floyd Hutchinson on October 8, and Jerry Sociedade on October 15 -- have been entertaining local jazz fans for years. Expect jazz standards interspersed with a few originals.
-- Alayne

Have a great week!

See also: Ottawa Events Guide
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September 23, 2014

Rose Simpson: Canadians don't need CRTC to be a cultural crossing guard

Rose Simpson's column appears most Tuesday mornings on the OttawaStart Blog. She also blogs at Rose's Cantina. You can read her previous columns here.

I don't usually watch the CRTC hearings.

I don't think I'm alone in this.

But I was riveted by them on Friday, when the captains of Canadian culture started grilling Netflix's director of global public policy, challenging her to open the corporate books, while suggesting that Netflix should pay, essentially, a Canadian culture tax.

Most of the media took to Twitter to share their embarrassment over how the CRTC commissioners conducted themselves. You'd think they were starring in a Canadian roll your own, like the Heritage Minutes, carrying muskets to fight a phantom war against technology.

We didn't ask the CRTC to do this. Canadians are grownups; we don't need a cultural crossing guard.

Justin Trudeau was right the other day.

Old men belong in gentlemen's clubs, smoking cigars. They are not needed to be the guardians of taste, or biology. It's our party and Canadians should be able to choose whatever track we want to groove upon.

Once upon a time, I suppose, Canada needed to stand up for its artists against the wave of American culture. Because of the Canadian content rules, a lot of bands got airplay and television shows got produced that shouldn't have. The real deal, artists like the Guess Who and Neil Young and Joni Mitchell didn't need their help, but let's say Edward Bear benefited.

Canadian content regulations might have gotten a lot of studios built and helped second rate creatives earn a living in Canada. They might have given Canadian deejays a lot of power back in the day.

But we don't need them anymore. Canadians have learned that competition is good for them.

The thinking that Canadian artists need protection and support is so 1970.

Justin Bieber didn't need the CRTC to become a star.

He became a star because of YouTube, not the Homegrown Café.

Justin merely used his Internet connection to become a world class asshole.

The world has been changing for a while and so have we. Canadians have become global citizens who would rather illegally steal services like Netflix US than have to watch another episode of Murdoch Mysteries. Or some aboriginal guy with his hand up the ass of a puppet on CBC in the morning.

And let's talk about that dirty little secret called the Canadian Television Fund, the place where Canadian "artists" and producers in the know go to fund the creation of content they produce to ship south of the border in the manner of Lifetime Movies, summer procedural dramas or reality shows. These people are stealing our money and smuggling it over the border in the form of crap programming.

It's time for Canadians to stand up to the regulators, the Canadian broadcasters and the erstwhile pack of showrunners who are turning Canadian culture into a joke.
Let us be free to be you and me.

I agree with Netflix's Corie Wright. Regulating the Internet the way the CRTC regulates television and radio will only hurt Canadian consumers and continue to make us a laughing stock.
For once, I agree with the Prime Minister.

When it comes to Canadian content, we don't need more regulation, we need less.

-- Rose Simpson

p.s. How much Canadian taxpayer money went into this? (Strong language warning, eh?)

See also: Ottawa Television Guide
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September 22, 2014

Kanata Queensway work on track to be completed this fall #otttraffic

This article originally appeared on our sister site,

Here’s an update on Queensway construction in the Kanata/Stittsville area, provided by Andrew MacHardy from McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers. Work is expected to finish on schedule later this fall.

Highway 417 ExpansionHighway 417 Expansion is progressing on schedule. Much of the platform widening is now complete and the contractor is currently removing all temporary staging necessary to facilitate construction. Final surface course paving is required and is currently in progress throughout the site. Ramp rehabilitation is ongoing as well. Placement of final line painting and sign installation will continue after the completion of surface course paving in preparation for the full opening of the additional lanes that have been constructed.

The lanes which have been reduced in the westbound direction between Eagleson and Moodie are required in order to safely transition the traffic prior to the work zone which begins at Eagleson. The work at Eagleson is required to connect the newly constructed lanes to the existing ones so that we will be able to fully open the widened highway later this fall.

The contractor continues to work 24 hours a day to complete the project by the expected completion date, which remains fall 2014.

Carp Road OverpassThe construction work at the Carp Road Overpass is progressing well. Outstanding work items are:
Structure rehabilitation, waterproofing and placement of binder course asphalt in stage II.
Surface course asphalt placement across the entire structure along with Carp Road rehabilitation between interchange ramps and final site access/staging remediation.
Isolated single lane closures are required after the barrier wall has been removed to complete this work.

The work is on schedule and will be completed by the fall 2014 completion date.

Eagleson OverpassThe contractor is progressing well at this location. Outstanding work items include:
Completion of median and placement of surface course asphalt across the entire structure.
Isolated single lane closures are required to complete this work. The work is on schedule and will be completed by the fall 2014 completion date.

Carp River BridgesThe structural work at the Carp River Bridges is complete. Final surface course paving is required and will be completed during final surface course paving of the roadway.

Watt’s Creek Culvert ReplacementThe existing culvert is now abandoned entirely and the contractor is completing the final structural components of the new culvert. Completion remains fall 2014.

See also: Ottawa Traffic Guide
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September 21, 2014

Dog waste: Ottawa's dirty little secret

What is it with dog waste in this city?  Why do some dog owners still refuse to pick up after their pets?

Our community has a neighbourhood Facebook group, and just about every week there's someone posting about dog poop left at the playground, dog poop on the lawn, dog poop along the nature trail. There's even an idiot in our neighbourhood who takes the effort to pick up the poop ... but then leaves the bags behind on the ground.

I know this is problem is not unique to our neighbourhood.

It's like texting while driving. Most people have figured out that it's an irresponsible thing to do, but a few people still insist on doing it.

The photo above was taken at the neighbourhood park a couple weeks ago, first thing on a Monday morning. While I'm glad people are bagging their dog poop, I'm disappointed that it's ending up in an overflowing garbage pail next to a city splash pad and to a school bus stop.  It was overflowing like this for most of the summer, and it reeked.

There's a bylaw against putting dog waste in city garbage bins. (The City wants you to bring it home and flush it down your toilet.) I called the city and they've now installed signs on the garbage can and promised to pick up the garbage more frequently. I don't think that's going to help much.

I own a large boxer. He makes his fair share of waste, but I've never considered it a hassle to bag it up and bring it home.

Fellow dog owners, I have a few questions for you.  Please comment below. You can even comment anonymously.

  • Why don't you pick up after your dog?
  • When a garbage bin next to a kids' park is overflowing, why do you keep piling bags on top and around it?
  • What else can be done to encourage dog owners to pick up after their pets?

(Previously: The new garbage bin at Conroy Pit is a load of...)

See also: Ottawa Pets Guide
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September 19, 2014

Mark your calendars: Ottawa election Twitter chat on Tuesday, September 23 #ottvotechat

OttawaStart will be hosting an Ottawa election Twitter chat (#ottvotechat) on Tuesday, September 23 starting at 9:00pm in the evening.

Here's how it works:

  • A Twitter chat is is a focused conversation about a specific topic or issue.  All the tweets use a common hashtag, in this case #ottvotechat
  • Every few minutes, OttawaStart's editor Glen Gower will post a series of questions about the election and election issues. For example, "Q1: Have you decided who to vote for yet? #ottvotechat"
  • Anyone on Twitter can answer the questions, using the format "A1: Your answer here" and the hashtag #ottvotechat.  We'll retweet the most interesting and insightful comments received.  
  • The chat will officially last about 90 minutes, but will probably keep going for a while.
  • We're hoping to get residents involved in the chat, rather than candidates.  Candidates have plenty of opportunities to debate the issues.  For #ottvotechat, we'd like to hear from regular citizens about what they think about the election process and local issues.
  • Even if you're not on Twitter, you can see what people are saying here.

Any suggestions for questions? Please add to the comments below or email

See also: Ottawa City Hall Guide
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September 18, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #87 - Brew Donkey and The Lionyls

Every week we publish a link to the Lunch Out Loud podcast, a weekly show produced by Nick Bachusky and co-hosted by Andrew Miller. This week: We take the Brew Donkey tour out East to Casselman Brewing Company, Beau's and Le Castor. First we talk to Brad to see what makes him tick, how he came up with the company, what it provides, what the tours are about and so much more! Jenn from foodiePrints comes on to talk about the Feast of Fields event as well as this year's Food Truck Rally! Music this week is from the Big Money Shot finalists The Lionyls!

See also: Ottawa Beer & Wine Guide
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