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Hot Date: Arboretum Music and Arts Festival

Ohbijou play at Arboretum on Saturday. Photo © Reynard Li.

Saturday, September 15

Celebrate the sights, tastes, and sounds of Ottawa — and stretch the sunny season out for just one more weekend — at the Arboretum Music and Arts Festival. Billed as Ottawa’s newest boutique music and arts festival, the first-ever Arboretum is held in the courtyards of the Ottawa Jail Hostel and Arts Court and features over 20 musical acts including Ohbijou and Jokers Of The Scene; amazing food from local restaurants (The Whalesbone Oyster House, Town, Murray Street, and Chez Edgar, to name a few), regionally brewed craft beer from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. and Kichesippi, fabulous visual arts, and more. It’s the perfect way to sample Ottawa’s best, brightest, and tastiest, all in one place.


Hot Dining: 2010 Best New Restaurant Pick

The cool atmosphere is just one of the reasons why Town was our Best New Restaurant of 2010.

Every year across Canada, WHERE editors choose the Best New Restaurant in their region. In 2010, we chose Town. This casually hip eatery boasts a choice selection of small and large plates. Classic dishes are kicked up a notch with unique twists, such as meatballs stuffed with ricotta and rice pudding served with pistachio brittle and sundried cherries. Besides the delicious fare, the joy of this trendy establishment is that you can wear a T-shirt and jeans (accessorized with a boyfriend blazer or cool boots, of course) and fit in just fine. 296 Elgin St., 613-695-8696.

Hot Dining: Notable Newcomers

Sizzling steaks at Sidecut in Whistler

The regional editors of Where recently unveiled their list of 2010’s best new restaurants across Canada.

1. Bao Bei Chinese Brasserie – Vancouver, BC; 604-688-087; www.bao-bei.ca

2. Sidecut (pictured) – Whistler, BC; 604-966-5280; www.fourseasons.com

3. Prime Steakhouse and Lounge – Victoria, BC; 250-386-2010; www.primesteak.ca

4. Charcut Roast House – Calgary, AB; 403-984-2180; www.charcut.com

5. Zinc – Edmonton, AB; 780-392-2501; www.zincrestaurant.ca

6. Habitat Restaurant – Canmore, AB; 403-678-8880; www.granderockies.com/habitat

7. Segovia Tapas Bar and Restaurant – Winnipeg, MB; 204-477-6500; www.segoviatapasbar.com

8. Enoteca Sociale – Toronto, ON; 416-534-1200; www.sociale.ca

9. Taste, the Restaurant at Touchstone – Muskoka, ON; 705-764-5353; www.touchstoneonlakemuskoka.com/taste.html

10. Town – Ottawa, ON; 613-695-8696; www.townlovesyou.ca

11. Fujiyama – Halifax, NS; 902-492-1133; www.sushifujiyama.ca