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An unrecognized place: The forgotten home of the Pattees and Freimans

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Army Officers Mess at 149 Somerset St. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Grant Peters.Army Officers Mess at 149 Somerset St. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Grant Peters.

Have you ever walked down Somerset Street towards the Rideau Canal, glanced over at a redbrick mansion near the corner at Elgin Street and wondered, “What could possibly have happened there?” At one point I did as well, and discovered that the house standing at 149 Somerset is perhaps one of the most historically important yet unrecognized places in Ottawa. Built in 1891 by the Pattee family, a private and prominent industrialist family, the building’s exterior was decorated with bullnose pillars and a frieze lining the upper edifice that depicts a series of watchful Greek goddesses overlooking the dooryard. This opulent façade was originally intended to impose a sense of... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Great service makes the experience. So does good food.

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Photo from rosiesonbank.ca.Photo from rosiesonbank.ca.

A belated birthday lunch for a dear friend. But where? Somewhere peaceful, with an attractive and refined decor, comfortable chairs, nice lighting, and an accommodating and helpful server. Well that turned out to be Rosie’s Southern Kitchen and Raw Bar on Bank Street. The two of us arrived on a Tuesday late morning just when Rosie’s was opening for lunch. We sat in the weather-protected patio area up front, a spot of our choosing. We were the first customers there and when we sat down, the quasi-country southern music came... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 15 octobre :: Y a de quoi sortir de son cocon en fin de semaine :: Cinéma. Théâtre. Littérature. Concerts.

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American Descent -- OIFFAmerican Descent -- OIFF

Basement 819 cette semaine insiste sur deux événements très prestigieux. Lisez bien ce qui suit. Cinéma :: Festival international de films d’Ottawa (16-19 octobre) Nous n’avons pu nous retenir de vous inciter à nouveau à scruter la programmation du Festival international de films d’Ottawa. Un court-métrage inusité sera présenté le samedi 18 octobre à 19h, A Mile in These Hooves. Le synopsis : Tom et Mark entreprennent la mission de briser le record du monde de la plus longue distance parcourue dans un costume à deux-personnes (un peu à la... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: The Seventh String by Snowday

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Photo from snowdaymusic.ca.Photo from snowdaymusic.ca.

Though Snowday is about to release their debut album, As We Travel, on November 25, this “chillout electronic duo” have been making beautiful music together for over eight years. Bonded by a mutual love of underground hip-hop and inspired by the sounds of Brian Eno and Steve Reich, these friends (Cam Sloan and Chad Skinner) will be bringing their laid back sounds to Ottawa this weekend. “The Seventh String” is the first single from their forthcoming album and one of six videos produced in a series of live recordings called... | Continue reading article

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Small Batch: Taste the difference local makes

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Photo from Auntie Loo's Treats Twitter page. They will be presenting cakes made with these ingredients.Photo from Auntie Loo's Treats Twitter page. They will be presenting cakes made with these ingredients.

Have you been meaning to participate in Support Local but just haven’t gotten around to it yet? We’re about halfway through the month and have already seen a handful of successful events. If you’re having a hard time choosing which event to attend, let your stomach be your guide; it will most definitely lead you enthusiastically to Small Batch this Friday evening. A night dedicated to local artisans and gourmet goods, Small Batch will feature 15 local crafters and specialty food creators. Each vendor has been asked to concoct a... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.Ottawa’s electro-indie-rock band, Fevers, plays at the Shenkman Arts Centre this weekend. Photo from feversband.com.

As we move out of a warm week of beautiful weather and into the third weekend of this great month, we have a whole lot of music (and plenty more) in store for you. Thursday is World Food Day and the Good Food Box is hosting a World Food Day Ottawa event at the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health. There, you can enjoy some delicious bannock and learn about sustainable food production. With bellies full, there is still room to savour some art. Thursday night marks the vernissage of Claudia... | Continue reading article

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