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Eye Spy: Rideau St CDP Open House TODAY – Make your voice heard

Rideau St CollageToday from 3-8PM at the Rideau St Library (377 Rideau) is the Open House for the Rideau St re-design.  Cllr Fleury’s office explains this is a pop-in Open House to inform the public of  aspects of the 2005 Community Design Plan (CDP) that are to be reviewed and revised in the next edition “to provide clear direction for future development.” Read more on the reasons for reopening the CDP and the items  affected (e.g., Building height, traffic management, etc) here.

pedestrianproject reading paperToday is the first opportunity for the community to get their vision across for this stretch of Rideau St that runs from King Edward to the Cummings Bridge.  The whole Ward is affected by this section of Rideau. A “destination” visionary design rather than one that simply supports short-term developer gains could bolster the desirability of the whole area from Montreal Road by creating a shopping corridor to the Market generating a diversity of clients allowing businesses to flourish.

The 2005 CDP limited height to 6 stories so an important aspect to review will be if this height limitation is preserved as sunlight is an important aspect to any shopping district- witness the demise of  Spark Street’s dark corridor or the lack of patios and foot fall on Queen & Slater at the weekend.

Equally it would be nice to see if there is any room for mini-parks to encourage residents to gather or street furniture to take a break.

Jermyn st street gardenRideau st  affects the entire Ward – if it becomes a dark speedy wind tunnel of high-rises it will forever cut off Vanier from Lowertown/SandyHill and the Byward Market bringing down the tone of each and every neighbourhood in Ward 12. If however Rideau is designed with a strong vision in mind- and I for one see it as a strolling, shopping, low-rise patio-friendly destination that draws visitors and residents alike – it has the location and bordering neighbourhoods to become a true destination with shopping, a cinema, great history and restaurants all a joined up in a walkable distance. Upper Rideau is without a doubt the vital link between Ward 12 neighbours from Vanier through the shops on Cumberland, Dalhousie and the Market.

Hopefully  today’s open house is a step in ensuring a traditional low-rise strolling- and-shopping,district that reinforces our Ward as a desirable, liveable destination that all of Ottawa deserves.

 

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Weekend Round Up: Jazz, Germans & Auntie Loo’s Love

Warm up this weekend to the soulful sounds of the Ottawa Winter Jazzfest! From Friday-Sunday Ottawa has the hottest sounds around including Matuto, the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Grace Kelly Quintet and our favourite event the Late Night Jamming sessions – this year at the Arc Hotel’s Arc Lounge –  that promise impromptu flashes of genius in a congenial setting that will set your Friday and Saturday night on fire. 

Thursday night the AB Series continues at Arts Court with ever interesting and challenging participants. This month the series welcomes authors Oana Avasilichioaei & Christine McNair, features a multi-media presentation and, as always, is FREE!

Set yourself up for a healthy weekend and week ahead by visiting the University of Ottawa Farmer’s Market. The market is located in the University Centre and is open Friday from 9am-4pm. So get going & get healthy.

Auntie Loos cookiesFriday – it’s Valentines day!  We highly recommend the alternative baked goods from our favourite fresh and vegan local bakery Auntie Loos. Dazzle with originality or dump with panache!

Get your own Valentine’s day treat by biking by EnviroCentre at Bank & Laurier between 7:30-9:30am where they’ll be handing out delicious Camino bars. Go on, you deserve it!

Looking for something low-key to avoid the V-day madness? Head to Cafe Alt on the UofO campus for their concert series which this week features the mesmerising Amanita Bloom. Located 60 University Private the soiree starts 9PM and it’s a snip at 5$

On Saturday there is a German-Canadian Graffiti Jam at, of all places, the German Embassy just off the Canal – should you be skating by – in the Golden Triangle. The event commemorates the 25th Anniv of the fall of the Berlin wall. Two German graffiti artists who painted on the Wall join Canadian artists to paint a commemorative mural.  The German embassy teamed up with House of Paint and Canada’s top graffiti artists to collaborate on this event and hip-hop music, wine, cider, sausage and pizza will all add to the festive atmosphere.

Saturday head off to our neighbours in Vanier for their funtastic Vanier Winter Carnival. Sleigh rides, hockey, indoor crafts, movies, aboriginal activities, eats and more! 10-5PM Free.

Saturday night warm up and recoup from your winter fun with Vanier’s 2nd annual Apres-Snow party. If last year’s success is anything to go by a great time is in store. “Meet, Mingle, Eat and Drink” while videos and Darcey Whyte’s interactive light installation that responds to movement entrances. DJ Hobo & SweetCheeks are on hand to spin the tunes and keep the funtimes flowing. 84-86 Beechwood Ave, FREE

Weekend RoundUp: Live Local… it’s what we do.

Ok we always strive to live local – it’s why we love our urban hood – and this weekend it is easier than ever thanks to all the great merchants and artists kicking off the good times.

auntieloosThe event of the weekend has got to be Auntie Loo’s Treats Grand Opening – YES she is HERE – this Saturday but first ….

This is the final weekend for the Extremely Short New Play Festival. Ten plays under 10minutes each and they are all really good. Seriously, you should go. Nightly at 8pm til Sunday @ArtsCourt Theatre, 2 Daly Ave.

Thursday head down to SAW Gallery for Cafe Ex the showcase for independent experimental films.  Tonight’s edition features the work of award-winning film-maker and photographer Bridget Farr.  An Ottawa native Farr has screened films and worked all over the world and will be in attendance tonight to introduce & discuss 9 of her films. An outstanding opportunity to meet a local & international gem. Club SAW, 7pm

On Friday we keep it local again with Customer Appreciation Night at A Curious Shop. This wonderful boutique is co-owned by a Sandy Hill creative and is jam-packed with one-off, unique clothes and accessories that you simply will not find anywhere else!  If, like us, you keep it fresh & fun then this is the shop for you. The evening promises tasty treats, fire spinning, discounts, manicures and more. It’s all happening at 159 York St from 5pm.

Looking for a little hip hop to round off your Friday? Check out Rwandan-born Canadian artist Shad headlining at Ritual Nightclub with Vancouver’s We are the City and local Ottawa band Zoo Legacy.  Friday at Ritual Nightclub 137 Besserer st.

Saturday it’s the event of the weekend! Have you heard?  There is a new yummy scrummy bakery and they’re throwing a launch party!

Saturday 11am-4pm head to Auntie Loo’s Treats to discover just how delicious vegan cupcakes, scones, whoopie pies (and more) can be! The event poster cautions us to wear loose pants as there will be plenty of samples to whet your new local addiction. The Rideau Valley Roller girls are putting in an appearance, there is a BBQ and neighbouring businesses are joining in too. See you at Auntie Loo’s Treats 112 Nelson (across from Loblaw’s parking garage entrance) Unit101 C.

Finally on Sunday prep for party season at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. In keeping with our love of all things unique and inventive we are sure there will be both quirky and glamorous finds for you to discover. Ottawa Convention Centre 10am-5pm.