1. Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show

    On Nov. 18, hundreds of people packed into the sunny ballroom at the Ottawa Convention Centre.

     Shoppers leafed through dangling necklaces and clattered through trays of brooches. Many waited their turn to squeeze in for a peek. The vintage glasses, many with the lenses popped out, were a hit. People craned their necks around crowded mirrors to see how they looked in horn-rimmed or Lennon-style frames.

    Read more of Catherine Cross’s coverage of the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show at Canculture.com.

  2. Sunshine, 21.

    Check out CanCulture.com for more street style. 

  3. Zoey B., 24, was spotted on her break enjoying a smoke and some coffee. She isn’t quite feeling the cold yet and still feels like showing off her stomach.

    Check out more street style pics at Canculture.com


  4. Ottawa Fashion Week Highlights: Day Two

    Glitter splashes the audience at the Y!D.N.A, spring/summer 2013, “Confessions” fashion show during Ottawa Fashion Week. View more highlights at Canculture.com.

  5.   “Rarely I will plan an outfit; it all comes down to my mood. It really just flows better that way, instead of forcing myself to wear something since I planned it out the previous night. As I go along putting on the clothing, everything just slowly comes together and makes sense in the end. It’s like a puzzle.” - Spencer Edwards

    Read more of CanCulture’s conversation with Montreal fashion blogger, Spencer Edwards at Canculture.com

  6. Kirby Ramsay, 23
    Wearing: “My dress is from Value Village, my shoes are from Little Burgundy, my purse is from Israel, and all my jewellery is pretty much vintage… it’s antiquey.”

    Check out CanCulture’s website for more street style pictures


  7. Death of the Drive-In

    The drive-in, born in the 1930s, has been through the Great Depression, World War II, poodle skirts, flower power, disco and hair metal — a simpler time before technology became a daily part of our lives and when “movie night” meant more than just seeing what was playing on Netflix.

    But one by one, the lights went out. 

    Natalie Berchem reports on the death of the drive-in

  8. A Week in Headlines


    • David Mirvish named University of Guelph chancellor [CityTV]
    • CBC enters digital-music arena [Globe & Mail]
    • Migrating Landscapes brings wood city to Toronto [blogTO]
    • Brad Pitt, is that you? Toronto’s Entertainment District is full of surprises, which is part of the fun of living here [National Post]
    • Starving artists gather for food and performance [Inside Toronto]
    • War of 1812 art installation planned [Metro]
    • ‘Without Whitney Houston, there is no Jully Black:’ Canada’s R&B stars reflect on singer’s passing [National Post]
    • Book of Negroes becomes musical event [CBC]
    • A Shot of Culture for a Redeveloping Community [Torontoist]
    • CFL Grey Cup week: zip lines, concerts, tailgating and, oh yes, the game [The Star]
    • Social Media Week Toronto 2012 [blogTO]
    • Black History Month: Black leaders in Toronto select trailblazers worthy of street name [The Star]


    compiled by Hillary Lutes
  9. Ottawa crowd loves Edwards’ sentimental ballads and twangy tunes by Mireille Sylvester (photo by Gerrit de Vynck)

    Ottawa-born Kathleen Edwards brought equal parts energy and passion to her hometown crowd on Feb. 9 at the Bronson Centre.

    “Hello Ottawa, my friends. It’s nice to be home,” she said to a sold out venue. Between trademark country-rock and slow, poignant songs, Edwards reminisced about her days working at Starbucks on Elgin Street. She treated the audience, who were delighted to welcome Edwards back to Ottawa, to the array of emotions behind her latest album, Voyageur.

    Edwards acknowledged the autobiographical nature of Voyageur, saying the record was like “open-heart surgery,” in reference to her recent divorce from ex-bandmate Colin Cripps.

    Edwards and her five-person band could do no wrong from the start. The crowd came alive as she first danced onto the stage, kicking off her set with the upbeat and twangy “Empty Threat.”

    Edwards moved right into “Chameleon/Comedian,” a slow rock ballad with backing vocals by opening performer Hannah Georgas and punctuated with a powerful guitar solo.


  10. Ottawa holds its first human library by Shanzeh Ameen (Photo courtesy of OPL-BPO)

    The Human Library was held on Jan. 28 for the first time in Ottawa by the CBC, Ottawa Public Library, and the Canadian War Museum with branches lending out 60 volunteer “human books” to the public.

    Among the human books available to be borrowed were an Algonquin spiritual advisor, a sex worker, a Somali refuge, and a firefighter.

    The Human Library was conceptualized in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2000 by the nongovernmental youth movement “Stop The Violence.” Events were organized to promote anti-violence and build relations among music fans at the Roskilde Festival.

    According to its website, The Human Library’s mission is to “make the world talk,” and the Main branch’s noise levels were indeed well above the usual hush.

    The eight books and their readers sat face to face in armchairs for their 20-minute conversation. Some conversations were solemn, the reader enraptured by the book’s story. Others were filled with animated gesturing, nodding, and surprised pauses before bursts of laughter.

    At the Cumberland branch, Grant Cobb volunteered to be a book. He has been HIV positive for 16 years, and now works at the Ottawa AIDS Committee to help others with the illness to thrive. “My hope is that anyone who comes to this is interested in a two-way conversation,” he told the National Post.