August 21, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #83 with Crush Improv



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 Glen, Dan and Brooke from Crush Improv. They are an incredible improv comedy group in Ottawa that do many shows as well as a monthly event at Heart and Crown. We discuss comedy in the capital, how they started, how people can get involved and much more!"




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August 20, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: August 21-27, 2014

Old and New
Photo: Old and New by Marcel Regimbald, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

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


Thursday-Sunday, August 21-24: Peoples’ Social Forum and "Art Sparks Change" Festival
From themed walking tours to performance art, the next few days are packed with activities associated with the Peoples’ Social Forum, a gathering of people working towards social, environmental and political justice. Even if you’re not at the PSF, check out the “Art Sparks Change” Festival with music, spoken word poetry and other experiences along Sparks Street—catch the book launch of “The Winter We Danced” (on the Idle No More movement) on Thursday at 7 p.m., and the Traditional Pow-Wow on Saturday from noon until 6 p.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Thursday, August 21: Words of Courage
Recognizing that the topic of child sexual abuse is uncomfortable, but that turning from it will not make it go away, Voice Found has taken great care to design an informative evening that will leave you feeling inspired…and you’ll have some fun too!  Featuring special speakers including Jerry Sandusky's son and others, this should be a fantastic evening to learn, be inspired and help out.
-- Laura Gauthier

Friday, August 22 (8pm): Randypeters Reunion Show Influenced by a mishmash of the Rolling Stones, the Clash, rockabilly, 65/66 Beatles, surf music, and whatever the heck else was on CKCU-FM those days, the Randypeters were a difficult band to pin down, though a roots rock/country/punk hybrid would be accurate. The band opened for the likes of the Cramps, the Minutemen, Rough Trade, Trio, the Exploited, the Anti-Nowhere League, Forgotten Rebels and Alien Sex Fiend.
-- Eugene Haslam

Friday, August 22: In/Words Magazine and Chapbook Publication Release Party
7:30 pm at Pressed, 750 Gladstone. Steven Artelle, Chris Johnson, Hungry Animals (music) & readers from the issue.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Friday, August 22: OKA live at the Mercury Lounge
Live and direct from Australia, the progressive roots/world 4-piece band known for its feel good sounds featuring electrified didgeridoo, heavy slide guitar, soaring flutes & juju rhythms is sure to feed your soul with a noteworthy live performance. Before and after, local DJ Magnificent will be taking care of the playlist to get you moving and grooving.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday, August 23: Urban Agriculture Bike Tour
A pleasant Saturday bike ride with stops at some of Ottawa’s thriving community gardens—that’s Just Food’s Urban Agriculture Tour. Marvel at the bounty, learn about local food and sample some snacks at either four or six community gardens. 10 a.m.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Saturday, August 23: SAVE GAZA Humanitarian Relief Emergency Fundraiser
Our mission: To encourage Canadians of all persuasions, to come together for a SIMPLE HUMANITARIAN RELIEF EFFORT, showing the true spirit of Canadian compassion. Even if you can’t come, buy a ticket as a donation. 100% goes to Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, for Gaza. We are also lending our support to: HEAL 100 KIDS. http://www.heal100kids.com. As Canadians our wish is that our government provide visas and support for Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, "The Gaza Doctor’s" initiative to bring the most seriously injured to Canada for treatment. Event starts at 7pm.
-- Eugene Haslam

Saturday, August 23: Barnstorm
In Finch, Ontario, south-east of Ottawa. This year’s edition of the annual music festival will feature live performances by Saint Clare, Big Jeezus Truck, Ray Harris & the BSOB’s, the Sick Sick Sicks, Lynne Hanson and R.W. Haller. Free camping is available and encouraged for those who want to get their party on.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24: Public Archaeological Dig at Vincent Massey Park!
Join an archaeologist from the NCC as he/she leads a public dig aimed at "gaining a better understanding of the pre-contact occupation of (the) site." The area was used by groups as a portage around 4,000 years ago, but didn't have "principal occupation" until about the year 800 BC. This sounds like a rare, cool event. Get your kids out learning without them realizing it!
-- Jake Naylor 

Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24: Trainfest
Do you love trains? Ever seen an operating model railway? Ever taken a ride in a caboose, or been on a guided horse-and-wagon tour of our railway history? The weekend will feature a variety of vendors, exhibitors, demonstrations, workshops, a kid’s tent, museum BBQ, train rides, town-wide train trivia race, and so much more fun for the whole family! At the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario, 90 William St. West, Smiths Falls.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24: Twist Festival
If you’re a fan of fibre, as in the kind that’s spun into yarn, then you’re in luck because the Twist Festival is happening this weekend in St-AndrĂ©-Avellin, a municipality about 45 minutes away from Ottawa-Gatineau. The two-day annual event serves as a showcase for the fibre world and is intended for the general public, enthusiasts, fibre producers, fleece animal breeders, transformers, artists, artisans, professionals and semi-professionals. It’ll feature dozens of workshops, activities, a textile art exhibit with a modern twist and over 80 exhibitors from all trades of the fibre industry.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Sunday, August 24: Share the Road Ride Ottawa
This bike ride is in memory of Mario Theoret, founding member of Trips for Kids Ottawa, which gives kids access to mountain bike outings and environmental education. Proceeds from the 55 km and 105 km routes benefit Trips for Kids Ottawa and Share The Road Cycling Coalition. Sign up to cycle, or support the riders on their way.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Until August 23: Arboretum Music Festival
The only concert that I felt I couldn't miss this summer was the Constantines at Arboretum Music Festival. If you don't already know, they are a recently reunited rock'n'roll outfit who, in my humble opinion, are one of Canada's crown jewels in its history of music, and almost assuredly one of our country's best-ever live acts. This band is but one of way-too-many reasons why you should visit this new and growing festival, which is a celebration of many of life's joys - wonderful food, visual and video arts, artistic growth, community collaboration, supporting local - beyond its primary focus of music. Across twelve different venues over the course of a week, come eat, dance, learn, be inspired, drink some beer, make some friends, and - for your own good - see the Constantines. (PS: The entire music line-up is killer, and includes Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Chad Vangaalen, locals Hilotrons and Steve Adamyk Band, and another one of my must-see acts: Weaves.)
-- Jake Naylor 

Until August 24: The Capital Fair
It's not quite the Super Ex but it's close. The Capital Fair (formerly the Gloucester Fair) takes place at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Featuring a full midway, monster truck show and free grandstand entertainment.
-- Glen Gower

Until August 30: Crush Improv presents My Summer Crush
Three weeks of improv theatre continues. This weekend features Montreal improv group Uncalled For on Thursday, stand-up with Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) on Friday, and Spotlight On Kevin McDonald on Saturday night. This will be a very funny weekend.
-- Glen Gower

Until August 23: Changing the Guard on Parliament Hill 
See a Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard brings stirring military drills and music to Parliament Hill. Daily at 10:00am on Parliament Hill. And it's free.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Until September 1: Who glows there? The science of bioluminescence at the Canadian Museum of Nature
What is behind the mysterious science of bioluminescence? What are the organisms that glow and why do they do it? Check out this fascinating natural phenomenon all summer long at the Museum of Nature.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Anytime: Explore the capital region's bike paths!
After the completion of the Sawmill Creek pathway recently I am now finally able to get from the South Keys area to the pathways down the river and canal! A great reminder there are constant updates to paths, and beautiful things to see and do along the way. Lots of great resources to make a lovely hour, afternoon, or day of biking the beautiful pathways around the Ottawa and Gatineau areas. Don't forget Sunday Bike Days are still on!
-- Laura Gauthier



Have a great week!




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August 19, 2014

Rose Simpson: Jim Flaherty wouldn't want us to pay for his funeral

Parliament Hill
Photo: Parliament Hill by David Johnson, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Rose Simpson's column appears most Tuesday mornings on the OttawaStart Blog. She also blogs at Rose's Cantina.


This might make some people uncomfortable.
Canadians don't like other people knowing their business especially things like how much it costs to bury their beloved relatives.
Oh well, the cost of this particular funeral is in the public record.
In other words, you and I paid for it.
Most funerals that are paid for by the state are for people on welfare, or for the homeless to give every family some dignity in their time of grief.
But this funeral was not that kind of funeral.
It was a state funeral, the kind usually reserved for kings or queens, prime ministers or Governors General.
I'm am writing, of course, about the state funeral for Jim Flaherty, the one we paid $400,000 for.
Frankly I was shocked when I saw that number. And I think Jim Flaherty would have been shocked, too.
In fact, I have no trouble saying that if he'd heard about it when he was alive, he would have died of shame.
Jim Flaherty was a well known penny pincher. He loved saving money for the Canadian taxpayer.
He saw it as his legacy.
How to explain then, in death, why he needed to wear the Emperor's clothes, and let us host a lavish booze up for people he either didn't know or didn't like.
Hmm. I didn't get an invite, not even a drink ticket but my pennies paid for suites at the Royal York, double decker buses, flat screens and private receptions for the swells.
How could Flaherty justify this little number in Part III of the Spending Estimates?
The answer is, he didn't sign off on it.
The prime minister did.
Jim Flaherty was one day minding his own business, shining up his golf clubs, hoisting a few with buddies and the next thing he knew he was tying up traffic with a $400,000 police presence and detail.
He wouldn't have liked it. He would say the expense couldn't be justified.
He'd say "who do you think I am, Allison Redford?"
Jim Flaherty had some cash stashed away. He had life insurance.
He didn't need the state to pay for things.
Some would argue that Jim Flaherty deserved this kind of send off. After all, the government paid for a funeral for Jack Layton, too.
To which I say, Jack Layton could have paid for his own funeral, too.
As my granny would say: "who does he think he is -- the King of England?

Look, I just watched two of my dear friends, who didn't have a pot to piss in -- no insurance, nada -- bury their husbands. One had to borrow the money from her mom. The other had to use a pay equity settlement, one she waited for more than 20 years to bury her guy.
The state didn't give a rat's ass about their bills.
But it didn't mind reaching into their pockets to bury Jim Flaherty who would have been happy to rent the local legion on his own dime and buy a round for everybody.
We need to put an end to these state funerals and put the money to better use, like upping the amount Canada Pension Plan pays families to plant their loved ones.
Let's remember our beloved politicians the way ordinary Canadians remember their family members.
In the mind's eye.



-- Rose Simpson




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August 15, 2014

PODCAST: Lunch Out Loud Ottawa #82 - Cardel Homes & Those Gulls


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 Greg Graham, CEO of Cardel Homes Ottawa to talk about all things residential development in Ottawa. We touch on the future of the suburbs, what can be changed, why they cost what they cost, the charitable aspects of Cardel and much more! foodiePrints tells us about the upcoming festivals and music this week from Those Gulls!"






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Wendy Daniels, Sandy Sharkey part of a new line-up on boom 99.7

Here's a press release from Corus Radio about changes coming to boom 99.7.  It's the sister station to Jump! 106.9, which changed formats earlier this year from The Bear.

Long-time radio host Wendy Daniels, who spent years at The Bear, will co-host the morning show.  Sandy Sharkey is another well-known Ottawa radio personality, worked for over 30 years in radio in various roles at stations like Bob, Kool, CFMO, CFRA.

Pete Marier, the other morning show host, was most recently at 92.5 The Beat in Montreal. His bio from that station's website reads: "A seasoned broadcaster, Pete Marier is as passionate now about the craft as he was 30 plus years ago when he first hit a mic switch in Timmins, Ontario. He has worked every shift in a wide variety of formats, including Country (!) and is an accomplished and versatile voice-over artist. A native Montrealer, Pete lives in the Eastern Townships with his wife and three sons... all of whom are taller than he is."

The new line-up starts on August 25, just before the fall ratings period.

No word yet on if the music format will change, but we've sent a few emails out to see if we can find out what's up.

This press release was originally published on BroadcasterMagazine.com:

Corus Radio Ottawa’s boom 99.7 introduces a new weekday lineup of fresh faces and station favourites, bringing the best classic hits to audiences in the Nation’s Capital. The dynamic lineup will debut on August 25, 2014. 
Boom Mornings will be co-hosted by Pete Marier and Wendy Daniels from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. with Murray Sherriffs on news. 
Wendy is a familiar and favourite announcer for many Ottawans. As a long-time host on The Bear and most recently as drive host on boom 99.7, Wendy has a strong connection to the community. 
Pete’s career spans three decades, mostly with iconic CHOM-FM in Montreal, where he has hosted morning and afternoon drive shows. Known for his sharp wit and trademark candid approach to life, Pete will be a welcome addition to morning radio in Ottawa. 
Veteran newscaster, Murray Sherriffs, who has graced the newsrooms of CJAD-AM, Virgin 96 and most recently at 92.5 The Beat, brings an honest and straightforward style to his newscasts. 
Middays will be hosted by Heather Ray from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., as she returns from a stint as a weekend announcer at Corus Radio Ottawa’s JUMP! 106.9. 
Afternoon drive will be hosted by Tom Schoch from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tom brings 10 years of on-air experience including stints at The Bear, xFM and CHEZ in Ottawa and is currently the Promotions Director for both boom and JUMP!. 
Weekends and Evenings will be hosted by Sandy Sharkey. Sandy is no stranger to the Ottawa radio having enjoyed a successful career with Majic 100 and 93.9 BOB FM. Sandy has recently co-hosted boom’s Tales from the Turnatable with Wendy. 
“We are thrilled to have a diverse and experienced team of on-air personalities at boom 99.7,” said Mark Dickie, General Manager, Corus Radio Ottawa and Cornwall. “This ensemble is sure to entertain new and long-time listeners with lively banter and the greatest hits of the 70s, 80s and 90s.”


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August 13, 2014

OttawaStart's Weekly Event Round-Up: August 13-20, 2014

Maman - National Gallery of Canada
Maman - National Gallery of Canada. Photo by Derek Mellon from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

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


Tuesday-Saturday, August 12-16: Youth Can Slam Festival
At the University of Ottawa, a week long festival of spoken word with performers ranging in age from teens to early twenties. Includes workshops, performances, slam competitions & more.-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Wednesday-Sunday, August 13-17: Festival de la Curd (St. Albert Cheese Curd Festival)
Canada's only cheese curd festival features not only cheese curds but music, entertainment, and a look at the reconstruction of the cheese factory after the fire last year.
-- Glen Gower

Thursday, August 14: Crush Improv presents My Summer Crush
Opening night for Crush Improv's summer series at Arts Court. This event kicks off three weeks of workshops and shows by performers from across Canada. Featuring special guest Kevin McDonald (Kids in the Hall) on August 22 & 23. I'm playing paino on Thursday and a few other nights during the run.
-- Glen Gower

Thursday, August 14: above/ground press 21st anniversary party
7:00pm at Raw Sugar, 692 Somerset W. Jason Christie, Anita Dolman + Andy Weaver - $6. rob mclennan's above/ground press has been a prolific chapbook publisher of emerging & established poets. this reading will be a great opportunity to get a taste of Canadian contemporary poetry.
-- Amanda Earl, Bywords

Friday-Sunday, Augut 15-17: National Capital Craft Beer Festival
Beer lovers won’t want to miss the third edition of the National Capital Craft Beer Festival taking place at Marion Dewar Plaza in front of City Hall. The now-annual festival allows you to discover the wide selection of craft brewed beers available across the National Capital Region. Thsi year’s programming also features culinary creations offered by artisanal eateries, a speaker series focusing on craft beer and artisanal food, and live musical entertainment presenting regional “Home-Brewed Talent”.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday, August 15: Soda Shop
Mugshots and Harvey & Verns have teamed up to present SODA SHOP, a summer night’s dance party in the spirit of Soc Hops and Rock n’ Roll. Fill your hands with pomade and slick back that hair, throw on your best polka dot dress and head over to Mugshots this Friday night to dance to best Doo Wop, Bubblegum & Rock n’ Roll courtesy of DJs Gina Vinelli, Matty McGovern and Matt Tamblyn. The films American Graffiti, Crybaby and The Outsiders will also be projected on the wall for your enjoyment.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Friday-Sunday, August 15-24: The Capital Fair
It's not quite the Super Ex but it's close. The Capital Fair (formerly the Gloucester Fair) takes place at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Featuring a full midway, monster truck show and free grandstand entertainment.
-- Glen Gower

Saturday, August 16: Lansdowne Park Official Opening
It's here, forget the hoopla, so come out and check it out for yourselves! There will be an old-fashioned carnival and picnic in the park. The day will feature free concerts, exhibitions and activities for the entire family.
-- Laura Gauthier

Saturday, August 16: The Casino Lac-Leamy Sound of Light: Grand Finale
The 19th edition of the Casino du Lac-Leamy Sound of Light fireworks festival wraps up this Saturday with the grand finale where the winner of the festival is announced and a pyromusical show featuring the artistry of Royal Pyrotechnie, the company that has ensured the artistic and technical direction of the Sound of Light event since 2012. This year, the festival is taking place in the backyard of the Canadian Museum of History, so don't go to Lac Leamy like you have in past years! In addition to some world-class fireworks, there are lots of activities throughout the site and shows on the Tim Hortons stage. The site opens at 6pm, the fireworks start around 9:30pm and everything wraps up at 11pm.
-- Gordon Dewis

Saturday August 16: Sailing Towards A New Breath of Life
Cruise on the Outaouais River on board the Ottawa River Queen. In support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, enjoy a 4 hour boat cruise and see the Casino's fireworks finale.  Boogie to disco music, create your own costume and win great prizes.
-- Jean Labelle

Saturday-Sunday, August 16-17: Ottawa Mini Maker Faire
At the Science and Technology Museum. Presented by Artengine, this two-day family-friendly event brings together enthusiasts across the spectrum of technology from robot makers, 3D printers, and engineers to aviation specialists, knitters, woodworkers and solderers to inspire, entertain and allow attendees to learn and experience the joy of creating.
-- Eliane Laberge, Eventful Capital

Saturday-Sunday, August 16-17: Ottawa Mini Maker Faire
What is a maker? It's someone that makes things, ya dingus! Come see some of the coolest things that makers of all types are creating right here in Ottawa and abroad. Robots! Comic books! Lego castles! Hacked arcade machines! 3D-printed Glen Gowers! Who knows what you might see? I went to this event last year and highly recommend it, especially if you have kids.
-- Jake Naylor 

Sunday, August 17: Vintage Motorcycle Show 
Meet the keepers of vintage motorcycles and their prized possessions! You’ll learn about different types of motorcycles from different parts of the world and can test your motorcycle knowledge with our family-friendly scavenger hunt. At Billings Estate. $6 per person / $16/family.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Sunday, August 17: Biodome Garden Grand Opening
Brewer Park Community Garden volunteers had a great idea a couple of years ago: to build a garden that would extend the growing season for fresh, local food. They realize that vision this weekend with the opening of Ottawa’s first Biodome Garden at 11:00 a.m. Come see what makes it unique. (Stay on for Savour Ottawa's annual Harvest Table—buy your tickets for that in advance—and the regular weekly Ottawa Farmers Market at Brewer Park.)
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Monday-Saturday, August 18-23: Arboretum Music Festival
The only concert that I felt I couldn't miss this summer was the Constantines at Arboretum Music Festival. If you don't already know, they are a recently reunited rock'n'roll outfit who, in my humble opinion, are one of Canada's crown jewels in its history of music, and almost assuredly one of our country's best-ever live acts. This band is but one of way-too-many reasons why you should visit this new and growing festival, which is a celebration of many of life's joys - wonderful food, visual and video arts, artistic growth, community collaboration, supporting local - beyond its primary focus of music. Across twelve different venues over the course of a week, come eat, dance, learn, be inspired, drink some beer, make some friends, and - for your own good - see the Constantines. (PS: The entire music line-up is killer, and includes Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Chad Vangaalen, locals Hilotrons and Steve Adamyk Band, and another one of my must-see acts: Weaves.) (PPS: A PASS FOR THE ENTIRE WEEK IS ONLY $50 SOMEHOWWHATTHEHECKARETHEYTHINKING.)-- Jake Naylor 

Wednesday, August 20: Julie Doiron and the Wooden Stars
In 1999, Ottawa's own Wooden Stars teamed up with Julie Doiron, formerly of Eric's Trip to release an unlikely but excellent album. So excellent, in fact, that it won a Juno in 2000 for Alternative Album of the Year. They are reuniting to perform at this year's Arboretum Music Festival, so find a way to St. Alban's Church so that you don't miss this show. Here's a tune:
http://youtu.be/VpzXhuRO-Rw
-- Ryan BreseeCKCU's Whatever's Cool With Me

July 3-August 23: Children's Activities at Rideau Hall
Enjoy “Storytime at Rideau Hall,” in collaboration with Frontier College. Fridays and Saturdays, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., from June 28 to August 23. Learn about heraldry by designing your very own coat of arms. Daily, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Stroll the grounds, bring a picnic and enjoy the children’s play structure.Watch the Relief of the Sentries of the Ceremonial Guard. Daily, every hour on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 25 to August 22.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

June 24-August 23: Changing the Guard on Parliament Hill 
See a Canadian tradition at its most colourful! The Ceremonial Guard brings stirring military drills and music to Parliament Hill. Daily at 10:00am on Parliament Hill. And it's free.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

Until September 1: Who glows there? The science of bioluminescence at the Canadian Museum of Nature
What is behind the mysterious science of bioluminescence? What are the organisms that glow and why do they do it? Check out this fascinating natural phenomenon all summer long at the Museum of Nature.
-- Sara-Lynne Levine, Macaroni Kid Ottawa

All summer long, June-August: Beaches, pools and splash pads
Celebrate summer, enjoy a mini-holiday or cool down at one of Ottawa’s four public beaches, 56 wading pools and almost 100 splash pads, or Gatineau’s three public beaches, 10 or so wading pools and more than 30 splash pads. They’re open, they’re free and they’re fun.
-- Denise DebyGreen Living Ottawa

Anytime: Explore the capital region's bike paths! 
After the completion of the Sawmill Creek pathway recently I am now finally able to get from the South Keys area to the pathways down the river and canal! A great reminder there are constant updates to paths, and beautiful things to see and do along the way. Lots of great resources to make a lovely hour, afternoon, or day of biking the beautiful pathways around the Ottawa and Gatineau areas. Don't forget Sunday Bike Days are still on!
-- Laura Gauthier



Have a great week!




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August 12, 2014

Rose Simpson: Denmark, please don't hate us cuz we're fat

The Tourists
"The Tourists" by Zhu, from the OttawaStart Flickr Group

Rose Simpson's column appears most Tuesday mornings on the OttawaStart Blog. She also blogs at Rose's Cantina.


I've never thought much about Denmark.
I had some Danish cutlery once and it was lovely.
And my Danish friend Viggo fed me Aquavit one night. I don't remember much of that night; I think there was also raw fish involved.
Raw fish is probably the reason so few women are obese in Denmark, that and the fact they ride a lot of bicycles.
And some of them -- not my friend Viggo whom I adore -- but some of them are rude.
Like a Danish tourist with her English pal who came to Canada and wrote an "open letter" to the media about how fat we are here, how we live in disgusting smoggy cities, and how much we like our cars, none of which are made in Denmark.
Imagine if we rode in cars made in Denmark.
They'd be like Chevy Chevettes, those horrible little cars from the Seventies which had power nothing. You practically had to push the damned car down the road.

The local media picked up on their open ramblings and ran with them like a Russian gymnastic ribbon team.
They called us fat, CTV roared. They said we didn't spend enough time on bicycles.
Somehow, this is news to Canadian media.
I mean, it's not like the piece was written by an analyst from the Centre for Disease Control or the World Health Organization!
Must be a slow news week.
Imagine if I wrote that piece, using the same lingo. It wouldn't even make the cut on the editor's desk.
Nobody in the news media cares what we have to say about ourselves.
They only care if somebody says it...from away.

Okay, but is it accurate?
Sure.
I like my car. It gets me places.
I don't ride a bike, though my husband does. He's been hit by cars four times in Ottawa.
He's insane.
Frankly, if I'm going to be hit, I'd rather be in a car, preferably waiting for the cops with a bucket of KFC sitting beside me -- in air conditioning.
I'm not saying what they had to say wasn't true.
But so what if I'm fat and prefer ice cream and steak and wine and tequila over fish?
I also like corn and potatoes.
Not too fond of Danishes, though.
They give me gas.


-- Rose Simpson


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August 10, 2014

REVIEW: Chefx - ready-to-cook gourmet meals from Ottawa chefs

The folks at Chefx recently sent OttawaStart one of their prepare-your-own food boxes for review.



This is a neat concept.  You subscribe to receive a weekly delivery of a box of locally-sourced food, containing everything you need to make a dinner recipe written by a local chef.  In this case it was for Okonomiyaki, a Japanese street food that loosely translates to "what you liked grilled".  The recipe came from Chloe Berlanga, who's worked at the Whalesbone Oyster House and the Elmdale Tavern.  (Other chefs include Marc Lepine from Atelier, Steve Wall from Supply and Demand, and Marisol Foucault from Edgar.)  Weekly delivery starts at $59 for a meal that serves two, with deliveries every Sunday.

Our Okonomiyaki box was filled with all the ingredients to make a bacon- and seafood-filled omelette and side salad.  The box contained everything from shrimp, bacon, cabbage, asparagus and sweet potato, to ginger, honey, wasabi and sriracha sauce. The only things not included: olive oil, canola oil and salt.  The box is lined with re-useable ice packs and it's delivered to your front step.

The recipe is illustrated and it's easy to follow.  All of the ingredients are pre-measured so preparation is a just bit of chopping and cooking.  Our recipe took about an hour to prepare and made plenty for two large servings. (We could have easily made four smaller servings.) The food was delicious and I enjoyed making a recipe that was a little bit out of my comfort zone.  My only mistake was going a little too heavy on the wasabi at the end.  Here's what it looked like...






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The Richmond Bakery has closed

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The Richmond Bakery has closed.

Current owner Joe Kunert had been baking there for 35 years. He posted a note on the door yesterday that said: ""Sorry, closed! Thank-you all, for your support over the years! Joe."

We called the bakery today but there was no answer.  Last year, the Stittsville News at a brief article about a proposed development for the property that would have included a multi-storey building on the site.  Scott Moffatt, the city councillor for Richmond, told OttawaStart this morning the project "didn't go anywhere".

The first Richmond Bakery was opened in 1930 by Harold Brown, and it has operated at this location (Perth at McBean) since 1952. Does anyone know more about the history of the place or about why it closed?  CFRA reports that Kunert couldn't find enough skilled employees to keep the bakery running.  The Ottawa Citizen has some info about the closure and the history of the bakery here...

Here are some comments this morning from Twitter and Facebook:
  • @seniortravellor: "Used to take the kids every Saturday for the raisin buns covered with sticky icing. Sad."
  • @shariwhisk: "Sad news about Richmond Bakery! Their buns were amazing."
  • @chrisavery: "Can't believe it. I grew up in Richmond.. getting donuts there was a Saturday morning tradition. "
  • @tkleinwalsh: "I used to meet a client there at our cheque time. It became our sacred ritual & was better than using the mail. Good memories."
  • Gwyneth Depport: "So sad, I remember well the boxes of donuts Dad used to bring home. My dad was Bill Price, we lived on Carp Road and later on Hillcrest in Stittsville. This bakery, Bills Main St store and the icerink are all part of my happy memories of living there."
  • Alanna Code: "What a shame. I'm still mourning the loss of the Stittsville Bakery and that was many years ago! (And it wasn't around nearly as long as the Richmond Bakery.)"

For what it's worth, the bakery passed all recent inspections.



See also: Ottawa Food Guide
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Our show recommendations for Puppets Up! (and photos too)

Puppets prepare to devour a birthday cake.  Shop window at Bob's Bakery in Almonte. All photos by Glen Gower
We drove to Almonte yesterday to check out the 10th anniversary of Puppets Up!  It's a charming festival in a charming town.  The festival continues all day Sunday.

Two recommended shows:

An Arabian Adventure by Tanglewood Marionettes
Peter Schaefer and Jenn Tebo from Massachussetts perform an enchanting show about an Arabian prince and his quest to marry a princess.  This show is perfectly executed, from the marionettes to the beautifully painted sets to the sound design.  A few surprises and special effects kept kids and adults enthralled.  Three shows on Sunday: 11:15am, 2:45pm, 4:45pm.

The Prince fights a scorpion in "An Arabian Adventure"


Once Upon a Time... Two Feet! by Little Feet Theatre
Veronica Gonzales from Italy uses her hands, head, knees and feet to create a variety of characters.  At the start of the show there are several old-looking suitcases on the stage. Each one contains a different story featuring puppets and props.  Funny, a bit weird, very creative.  Three shows on Sunday: 10:15am, 12:15pm, 3:45pm.

Veronica Gonzales pulls off quite the feat with her one-person show.


Here are some more photos showing some of the quirky entertainment around Almonte on Saturday. Many of these are from the daily parade that starts at 1:45pm down the main street.  (The parade is free.)

Sidewalks are packed for the daily parade. The clown in the foreground nearly ran me over last summer.  
Elvis lives in Almonte

Pigs can fly


A friendly and camera-loving dragon

Flying car!

David Smith Marionettes

One of several street performance areas. He kind of looks like Mike MacDonald (the comedian) to me.



See also: Ottawa Kids Guide
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