November 01, 2014

We've moved!

Heads up if you're a regular reader of the OttawaStart Blog in this space -- we've moved our blog posts over to our main web site at

Please update your bookmarks!

October 30, 2014

COMING SOON: A brand new

Once the trick-or-treaters finish up on Friday night, here at we'll be putting the final touches on a major site makeover.

Launching Monday (or sooner, if we don't run into any glitches), you'll see:

  • A bigger focus on local events
  • More emphasis on user-submitted info, including events, news and listings
  • Mobile-friendly design has been around since 1998 (believe it or not!). We've changed a lot since then, but this is by far the biggest upgrade we've made.  We hope you like it and welcome your feedback.

Expect some downtime over the weekend while we get everything in place.

See you soon...

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #93: foodiePrints Book Launch

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 hosted Don and Jenn from foodiePrints' book launch for "Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital". We share some stories from the book, how they proceeded with gathering the info and interviews, an audience Q&A and much more! We also talk with Nate from the West End Well Co-op and Lisa from Octopus Books. We hope you enjoy!"

October 29, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: October 30-November 5, 2014

A Grand Old Theatre
A Grand Old Theatre by Alan Wainwright, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.
(See also: Ottawa Halloween Events...)

Thursday, October 30: Welcome to Twin Peaks Art Show
Victoire presents Welcome To Twin Peaks as part of Support Local Month. This collaborative group art show, presented for one night only, celebrates the cult hit series Twin Peaks. Curated by Barbara Ochman and Meaghan Isaacs, the event will have various pieces of art for sale from illustrations, to cross stitch, all created by Ottawa-based artists.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday, October 30: Mounties, Gay Nineties,The Strain @ Maverick's
With three great bands in the lineup - what better way to kickoff your Halloween weekend? Am really excited to see Mounties- made up of Canadian rockers Hawksley Workman, Steve Bays of Hot Hot Heat and Ryan Dahle of Limblifter - sure to be a great rock show.
-- Laura Gauthier

FridayOctober 31: Geri Childs CD Release - "More Than Magic" at the NAC Fourth Stage
Longtime Ottawa jazz vocalist Geri Childs is releasing a new CD on Friday: only her second in 17 years. Usually known for singing from the Great American Songbook, this time she's gone back to the songs which have influenced her not only as a singer, but as the person she is today, and given them jazz interpretatons.
-- Alayne

Friday, October 31: The Inter-Planetary Halloween Hoohah
A loud, vibrant coming together of all species from the universe for a futuristic celebration of the traditional earthly gathering known as “HALLOW’S EVE” happening at the newly renovated Mercury Lounge. Pandemonium will ensue. Mercury shall triumph.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday, October 31: Halloween at the Rainbow Bistro
If all you need is rock n’ roll, blues and folk on Halloween, the Rainbow’s got the show for you with a solid lineup of talented local musicians featuring The Wicked Mercy, Bearshark, Miss Polygamy, Cody Allen and the Sick Sick Sicks.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

October 20-31: The Bat Hunt
There are bats hiding everywhere in the Children's Museum. Keep your eyes open, and see how many you can spot. Find them all to win a special Halloween treat!
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Thursday-Sunday October 30-November 2: Enriched Bread Artists Open Studio and Gladstone Clayworks Open House
The Enriched Bread Artists collective is holding its annual Open Studio this weekend and next—their 22nd!—with painting, drawing, sculpture, film, video, installation and more. The Gladstone Clayworks Coop pottery studio and gallery is holding its annual Open House this weekend, too. Check out the inspiring work of both groups as well as the intriguing building, a converted bread factory, which houses them.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, November 1: Fryquency CKCU Fundraiser
There’s a special edition of Fryquency, the pay-what-you-can series that exhibits emerging and experimental Canadian music, being held this Saturday at Mugshots in support of CKCU FM’s Annual Funding Drive. For this instalment, there will be live sets by Ottawa bands Organ Eyes, Paterson Hall and V Infernalis. Help keep commercial-free radio alive and give generously!
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Until Saturday, November 1, 2014: Montreal Artist Presents Exciting New Work in Ottawa
Danièle Lemieux will present a collection of recent paintings in a solo show Food for Thought, at Wallack Galleries, 203 Bank Street, October 18th to November 1. In this exhibition, Lemieux explores the duality concept of sustenance; the feeding of the body and, through art, the feeding of the soul.
(sponsored listing)

Saturday-Sunday, November 1-2: 32nd Annual Orleans Christmas Craft Show
Don’t settle for cookie-cutter gifts again this Holiday season. Avoid the press of the shopping malls, and come to the 32nd Christmas Craft show. The event features over 60 of the area’s best artisans offering unique and beautiful hand-made items. The show takes place at Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School, 1515 Tenth Line Road in Orléans. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Parking and admission are free, but you are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items or make a donation for the Orléans-Cumberland Emergency Food Program.
(sponsored listing)

Have a great week!

October 27, 2014

New faces at the council table, 40% voter turn-out, strong mandate for Watson

Unofficial results from the City of Ottawa:

Candidate Votes%
Bernard Couchman12550.51
Mike Maguire4634118.66
Rebecca Pyrah28401.14
Michael St. Arnaud16280.66
Anwar Syed34731.40
Jim Watson18925376.20
Robert White18150.73
Darren W. Wood17640.71
Eligible voters: 632385
Vote Tabulators: 700/700
Ballots cast: 252464
Turnout %: 39.92

New councillors include:

  • Jean Cloutier in Alta Vista
  • Michael Qaqish in Gloucester-South Nepean
  • Jody Mitic in Innes
  • Jeff Leiper in Kitchissippi
  • George Darouze in Osgoode
  • Catherine McKenney in Somerset
  • Tobi Nussbaum in Rideau-Rockcliffe
  • Riley Brockington in River
More to come...

October 26, 2014

VIDEO: Jim Watson and campaign team spoof House of Cards

"Which bake sale Mayor?"

Quite the smart campaign video from Watson and his team.

See also: Municipal election info

October 23, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #92: Election Preview & Lemon Cash

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 Ottawa municipal politic writing legend Jonathan McLeod to discuss this year's Ottawa election. We talk about the issues that are important this year, why voting matters this year, preview in depth 7 ridings and much more! Learn about who you will vote for on October 27th! Music from Lemon Cash!

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: October 23-29, 2014

Reflections. Photo by Derek Mellon from the OttawaStart Flickr Group.

Here's our crowdsourced list of the best events in Ottawa this week.
(See also: Ottawa Halloween Events...)

October 23, 2014: 8th Annual Babes4Breasts Concert
A National Benefit Concert fundraising for a variety of Breast Cancer charities. This year's concert will feature Coco Love Alcorn, Scarlett Jane, Jadea Kelly, Laura Cortese, Amanda Rheaume
and Ana Miura. At South Minster United Church (15 Alymer Ave), 8:00pm. A very special music event for a great cause.
-- Glen Gower

October 23, 2014: 8th Annual Babes4Breasts Concert
This Thursday night, Ana Miura, Amanda Rheaume, Coco Love Alcorn, Scarlett Jane, Laura Cortese and Jadea Kelly are uniting to fight breast cancer at the Babes4Breasts benefit concert and CD release. With 6 solid Canadian groups/musicians, this is sure to be a great live show.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday, October 23: Ottawa City Idol

Local personalities present their ideas for making Ottawa a great city. The audience votes for their favourites, ranking their choices in order of preference. It’s a demonstration of Ranked Choice Voting, which citizens’ group Ottawa123 is encouraging the city to adopt in future elections. The "candidates" are Manjit Basi (Citizens Academy), Joanne Chianello (Ottawa Citizen), Suzanne Doerge (City for All Women Initiative), Graham Saul (Ecology Ottawa) and Brandon Wint (poet). 7 p.m. at Hooley’s Pub and online.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Thursday-Wednesday, October 23-29: The Ottawa International Writers Festival
The fall edition of Ottawa’s “international celebration of ideas” brings dozens of writers to talk about their craft. Just for example: on Saturday, Heather O’Neill, Christine Fischer Guy and Monia Mazigh present courageous fictional characters in settings from James Bay to Ottawa, while on Tuesday, Alison Pick, Donna Thomson and Catherine Gildiner share the amazing circumstances of their own lives. There’s much more, so check it out.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Friday-Sunday, October 24-26: Ottawa Poutine Fest
Foodie alert: Poutine Fest is happening this weekend along Sparks Street so if you’re a fan of this classic Canadian comfort food, then be sure to grab some and try the Thai, Greek and Mexican versions. The festivities will also include a poutine eating contest for the brave ones out there as well as street performers and musical entertainment.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Thursday-Tuesday, October 23-28: Big Library Read
Big Library Read provides OverDrive partner libraries, including the Ottawa Public Library, free simultaneous access to a selected title that any readerwith a Library card can instantly start reading without holds or waitlists.Free access to the eBook, “Anatomy of a Misfit” by author AndreaPortes. At all branches, free admission.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Saturday, October 25: Hintontoberfest
For the beer lovers, the Ottawa Brewery Market presents HintonTOBERFEST at Hintonburg Park this Saturday. This family-friendly Oktoberfest party, will feature local craft beer from Bicycle Craft Brewery, Dominion City Brewing Co., Flying Monkeys, Lowertown Brewery, Nickle Brook, Stone City Ales, Turtle Island Brewing, and Whitewater Brewing Company. Cheers!
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Sunday, October 26: Howl-o-Ween
The Ottawa Humane Society is holding an open house this Sunday from 11am to 3:30pm at the 245 Hunt Club Road shelter. There will be fun family activities including amazing prize giveaways, face painting, kid’s crafts, Halloween animal portraits, treats and more! Check out their website for more information.
-- Gordon Dewis

Wednesday, October 29: Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital Book Launch
A book about the changing Ottawa foodie landscape and our local food system? I'm in!
-- Laura Gauthier

Wednesday, October 29: Ottawa Food: A Hungry Capital Book Launch
Don Chow and Jennifer Lim of popular blog foodiePrints launch their new book on Ottawa’s food scene, food providers and food system. At the West End Well, 7 p.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

October 20-31: The Bat Hunt
There are bats hiding everywhere in the Children's Museum. Keep your eyes open, and see how many you can spot. Find them all to win a special Halloween treat!
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Have a great week!

October 22, 2014

#MyOttawa, compiled

Flags at City of Ottawa facilities will fly at half-mast Thursday to honour Corporal Nathan Cirillo

Press release from the City of Ottawa.

Flags at all City facilities will be flown at half-mast to honour the life and service of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada (Princess Louise's), who gave his life today in service to Canada.
The City of Ottawa extends sincere gratitude to Corporal Cirillo and his family and offers our deepest condolences to his family and friends for their tragic loss.
All flags will remain at half-mast until further notice.