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Sparks Street Mall New Year's EveThere are two brand new fantastic street parties lined up to ring in the New Year in Ottawa! And admission is free to both of them!

On the Sparks Street Mall, a pedestrian mall one block south of Parliament Hill, the celebration starts at 8:00 pm on December 31 with food and drink on the street, amazing prizes, live music, DJs, and a Times-Square-style ball-drop at midnight. Follow new announcements on the event’s Facebook page.

Meanwhile, over at Ottawa City Hall, the Scottish Society of Ottawa invites you to welcome 2013 Scottish-style with a New Year’s Eve Hogmanay party. This family friendly shindig will celebrate the Scottish New Year at 7:00 pm (so you can bring the kiddies) or stick around till midnight, taste some Scotch or McAuslan beer. There will be Celtic bands, ice-skating on the refrigerated outdoor Rink of Dreams, Highland dancing, and of course bagpipes!

If you are looking to spend the night indoors instead, there are tons of great places to have a delicious NYE meal, sip champagne and dance the night away. Here are just a few suggestions:

Downtown Ottawa
Dancing in the Stars at the Ottawa Convention Centre. Enjoy a 3-course dinner and dancing. Champagne at midnight.
Le Cordon Bleu Bistro at Signatures. 7-course dinner and wine pairing.
The Shore Club. Special 3-course dinner menu for one night only.
Empire Grill. 4-course meal with DJ entertainment. Champagne at midnight.
Barrymore’s Music Hall. Catered food, great music and dancing.

Ottawa’s East End
Hampton Inn Gala. 5-course meal with wine, live DJ and dancing.
New Year’s Eve Capital Comedy Night. Featuring Comedians Gilson Lubin, Ron Josol and Kate Davis.
Grace O’Malley’s (East location). Live entertainment and DJ.

Ottawa’s West End
Perspectives Celebration. 5-course meal with live jazz music.

Ottawa’s South End
Totally Grand New Year’s Eve at the Ernst & Young Centre. Live band, DJs, champagne at midnight, giant balloon drop.

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Ottawa Vintage Style


Ottawa Vintage SaleOttawa Vintage Clothing Sale, Saturday November 18th at the Ottawa Convention Centre from 10am - 4pm. It is that time of year again... the best of the best in vintage pop-up one day only, Ottawa Vintage Clothing Sale! Get ready to hunt for good a deal on some of the best vintage wares from across Canada. The finest independent vintage retailers set up shop with everything including leather, fur, jewelry, hats, gloves, purses; you name it they got it. This is the place to find gorgeous pieces you will never find anywhere else. Just make sure you don't wait too long to make a decision on that perfect floor length skirt or long black leather gloves because the next shopper with a great eye is right behind you ready to snap it up.

Not in Ottawa this weekend to enjoy the vintage sale? Not to worry, there are many great vintage and consignment shops throughout the City. AMH Style on Richmond Road in Westboro is a consignment shop that carries brand names from Joe Fresh to Fendi. The stylish sisters that run this store have an eye for fashion and can help you whip together the perfect outfit for any occasion.

For the serious vintage shopper, Ragtime Vintage Clothing is the perfect stop. While this place might not be everyone's cup of tea it has a fantastic selection of everything from canes and cuff links, quilts and knickknacks, and fur to evening gowns. Floor to ceiling this place has a tone of inventory so you have to be patient and willing to dig. They have fantastic costume style finds including classic tuxes and vintage suits (think wide lapels and ruffled shirts). Inventory is updated regularly and with a keen eye high-end designer labels like Armani and Versace can be found.

Happy hunting!

Ragtime Vintage Clothing
43 Flora Street, Ottawa

AMH Style
1440 Wellington Street West, Ottawa

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Built to Remember


The Canadian War Museum strives to educate, preserve and remember. Each exhibit is designed to show all sides of war so that we never forget its impact. On November 11, there is no better place to remember.

Every detail of the exhibits and even the architecture are designed to incite reflection. Galvnized steel, concrete, and bare concrete floors give a cold-as-steel militaristic feeling to the common spaces that draws you in and empowers visitors to reflect on the stories of war. Throughout the museum there are few windows but those strategically placed on the north peak spell out in Morse Code "Lest We Forget" in both official languages - the phrase at the heart of all Remembrance Day ceremonies.

Just inside the doors of the building's Memorial Hall hangs the headstone from the grave of Canada's Unknown Soldier. The single window in the room has been designed so that, at exactly 11:00 am on November 11 each year, the sunlight shines through and illuminates the headstone for those present for a quiet moment of contemplation. Anyone can participate and reflect by watching the live webcast of this very moving moment at on November 11th at 11:00 AM EST. It will also be broadcast throughout the museum as there is limited space in Memorial Hall. Admission and tours of the Canadian War Museum are free on Remembrance Day.

During the day, the War Museum also has a series of hands-on ways to remember. Visitors can contribute a personalized poppy to the wreath outside Memorial Hall; listen as local choirs sing songs in the spirit of remembrance; and write a message of comfort and appreciation to our current Canadian Forces members away from their families for the upcoming holiday season. For more information and schedule of events visit

In addition to events at the War Museum, the annual National Remembrance Day Ceremony honours and remembers our veterans who served Canada during war, armed conflict and in peace. The ceremony begins at 10:55 am at the National War Memorial on Elgin Street in downtown Ottawa and will be rebroadcast on screens at the Museum.

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Precious Prize to Ottawa


Every now and again, we’re happy to highlight great comments we get from our visitors, so please consider this guest post from Susan Pottery, who was the lucky winner of our CBC’s Q contest this spring. Susan was gracious enough to send us the following emails and images, which are beautiful, by the way. Thanks, Susan – come back any time!


As summer comes to a close I am thinking of the wonderful time that I had in Ottawa thanks to Ottawa Tourism. Spring in Vancouver had been particularly cool and rainy this year so escaping to Ottawa for two weeks was incredible. Sitting on the patio at a restaurant in the market late in the evening was particularly memorable. I couldn’t believe how warm it was, almost tropical.

To be in Ottawa for Canada Day was remarkable. I felt very patriotic watching the fireworks from the Ottawa River. I also felt particularly lucky to be staying at the Arc Hotel during the Jazz Festival and thoroughly enjoyed the after hours music at the hotel. All in all it was a wonderful visit that left a lasting impression on me and my sister. Please pass on my thanks to the rest of the staff. I have attached some photos that we took. Ottawa is such a beautiful city and very photogenic.

Thanks again! Susan Pottery

Precious Prize to Ottawa

Precious Prize to Ottawa

Precious Prize to Ottawa

Precious Prize to Ottawa




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Ottawa Fashion Week has announced dates and locations for their upcoming Spring/Summer 2013 fashion fest. The style-filled weekend will be held from October 11 to 14 at San Sala Marco in Ottawa’s Little Italy neighbourhood along Preston Street. Surrounded by superb restaurants for cannelloni, lasagna, baked ziti and yes, even great sushi, it is the perfect place to spend a weekend with the girls.

Fashion Week is not just about the runway; it is a fashion and art festival that will spill onto the street turning Preston between Willow and Gladstone into a glamorous street party. Live music acts will take to the stage, local artists’ work will be displayed and fantastic boutique-style shopping will be found all under one tent.

For schedule details and tickets (that go on sale in September), visit

Ottawa Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012. Photo by André Bergeron.Ottawa Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012. Photo by André Bergeron.

Ottawa Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012. Photo by André Bergeron.Ottawa Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012. Photo by André Bergeron.

Ottawa Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012. Photo by André Bergeron.Ottawa Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012. Photo by André Bergeron.

Ottawa Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012. Photo by André Bergeron.Ottawa Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012. Photo by André Bergeron.

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