Just one of the unique pieces in "Slow Dance." Photo credit: Karen Jordon, Acetate #1, 2009, cassette slip sheets, celluloid tape.
Ever felt nostalgia for the good old cassette tape? Karen Jord0n’s exhibit, “Slow Dance,” on at Karsh-Masson Gallery until April 8, draws attention to everything the cassette tape represented in the past — intimacy, music, personal touches — and what it represents today — outdated technology, plastic waste, and a symbol of how fast innovation moves. As you walk through this exhibit, you’ll see installations made of different pieces of discarded cassettes, and yet, eerily, you will hear nothing but silence.
These mounted sperm-whale skeletons are one of the breathtaking features of the new exhibit. Photo credit: © Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, 2008.
Dive into the ocean with “Whales Tohorā,” a blockbuster exhibit on view at the Canadian Museum of Nature starting March 2. The spotlight is on whales in the South Pacific — the diversity, biology, and adaptation of these mammals; the impact humans have on them; and the special relationship between whales and the Māori people of New Zealand, who view these creatures as both friends and food. Discover how science and culture overlap, and prepare to be wowed by the sheer size of two mounted sperm-whale skeletons that are a central to this fascinating exhibition.
The popular $12 fries are served with a "side order" of steak.
If you love ending the day with a glass of wine and a good meal, look no further than Vineyards Wine Bar Bistro in the ByWard Market, which is known for its warm, relaxed atmosphere (as well as its $12 French fries served with a side order of steak). This restaurant carries 70 wines by the glass, 200 types of beer (including hard to find Belgian ones), and 20 wine flights, which come with a tasting sheet and three different wines. Live jazz Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday evenings and a complimentary cheese table Sunday to Thursday from 4pm to 6pm add to the experience. 54 York St. (in the cellar), 613-241-4270.
On the go? Try the "Brown Bag Lunch" from The Whalesbone.
Lunchtime got a whole lot more interesting when The Whalesbone Sustainable Oyster & Fish Supply started doing its take-away “Brown Bag Lunch.” As the retail shop to its fine dining sister restaurant, The Whalesbone Oyster House, this is the place to go for a hearty fish sandwich. There are three types on offer (selection changes by availability), but we love the smoked tuna with capers and tangy sauce. Hot tip: Tuesdays are “Chowdah Chewsdays,” so you can get a free cup of chowder when you buy a large sandwich. Sandwiches start at $8, lunch is offered Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 2pm. 504-A Kent St., 613-231-3474.
Roots Cable Lace Scarf, seen here in oatmeal, also available in light grey.
Bundle up against the cold with this Cable Lace Scarf from Roots. Made with acrylic, wool, and cotton blend, you’ll feel cozy, but still lady-like. Pair with a pea coat, dark jeans, and knee high boots to add a touch of whimsy to a streamlined look. Available in oatmeal and light grey. $48. Rideau Centre,
50 Rideau St., 613-236-7760, and four more stores in Ottawa.
Dancers bring Buenos Aires to Ottawa with Tango Pasión. Photo credit: Jimv McCann.
Feb. 21. If you love powerful music, mesmerizing dances, and beautiful people, you’ll love a performance by the Argentine dance company Tango Pasión. For just one night, the music and dancing of Buenos Aires will take over Ottawa, so you can experience the fancy footwork and sexy beats for yourself in this sizzling spectacle. (Fun fact: 2o12 is the company’s 20th anniversary, and the show returns to Canada for a handful of performances in select cities.) The show weaves together multiple tango stories and features dancers who represent the full range of Argentine society. Don’t miss your chance to see the dance moves that everyone will be talking about when the performers heat up the stage at the National Arts Centre.
Just one of the pieces by Ghitta Caiserman on view in "Enfolded." Photo credit: "Bedscape," (1976-79), Firestone Collection of Canadian Art.
For most people, clothing, towels, and linens just serve a basic purpose. For Ghitta Caiserman, they were forms of art. Caiserman, a modern artist from Montreal, passed away in 2005; since her death, many of her pieces have been acquired by the Ottawa Art Gallery. Take these last few days to check out the exhibit, which ends Feb. 12, to see these newly acquired works in the exhibition “Enfolded,” which shows just how prominent textiles were in the Canadian artist’s drawings, paintings, and collages.
First Canadian Place offers a bevy of upscale stores in the PATH system
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I thought it was an urban legend, like a story that’s passed to you when you start working in Toronto. I mean, you never hear of special walkways snaking beneath the streets of Mississauga. I’d heard people talk about
the PATH, but I’d never actually walked it. Friends suggested that I use it to get to work, but I shrugged off the notion, thinking I’d rather not stride through an unfamiliar subterranean labyrinth. But on a January day when the windchill was well into the minus-20s, I pushed aside my worries and sought refuge underground. (more…)
The newly renovated lululemon store in Westboro.
Yoga lovers, runners, and anyone who is looking to stick to their New Year’s resolutions should make a beeline for lululemon. This Canadian store made a name for itself with athletic apparel for men and women that is both fashionable and functional. Head over to the newly renovated Westboro location to stock up on hot products like the “Destined for Greatness Duffel,” the breezy “No Limits” tank, and other great gear for your sweaty pursuits. Two locations, 340 Richmond Rd., 613-761-1839, and Rideau Centre, 50 Rideau St., 613-230-6633.
At Elements, food is smart, well executed and environmentally conscious just like its home, the new Richardson College for the Environment and Science complex. (more…)
Located in the Lord Elgin Hotel, Grill 41 is open daily.
Located in the stately Lord Elgin Hotel, Grill 41’s name pays homage to the year the hotel was built (1941). The vibe inside is warm yet refined (but not too refined, the lounge offers flat screen TVs and there’s some interesting people watching to be had on Elgin Street). Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the menus offer traditional choices as well as unique items, such as crispy duck with savoury crepes, Canadian cheddar mac and cheese, and a to-die-for banana bread pudding. 100 Elgin St., 613-569-2126.