Tag: Ottawa

  • Make my funk the P-Funk

    Last night at Bluesfest: George Clinton! George and his P-Funk All-Stars put on a great show last night despite a smallish and subdued crowd, half of whom who have apparently never seen George Clinton! Judging by the people around us and the SMS messages on the big screen beside the stage, a significant minority of […]

  • Bluesfest so far: White Stripes and more

    I saw a newspaper article yesterday — “Are the White Stripes bluesy enough to headline Bluesfest?” Someone must be colour blind! – Jack White, mid-set last night (photo by Sarah Naegels) Bluesfest is in full swing! I had been meaning to post every day about what we’ve seen, but things have just been too busy, […]

  • The growing pains of gentrification

    Candice and I live in Westboro, a neighbourhood of Ottawa which is sort of the Next Big Thing here. It’s got many of the things you’d expect to make a neighbourhood get trendy: it runs along an urban shopping strip and the waterfront, it’s a ten-minute drive along a parkway to downtown, it’s got good […]

  • White Stripes, Cat Power, George Clinton at Bluesfest!

    I knew Ottawa’s Bluesfest was big, but it seems really big this year: the White Stripes are coming! I never managed to make it to Montreal when they were there, but I never figured they’d be playing here, especially at a festival. Also exciting: Cat Power, Bob Dylan, George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, Bela […]

  • April is the cruelest month

    Can we have spring back, please? Today Snow changing to rain this morning. Local snowfall amount 2 cm. Wind east 20 km/h. High plus 2. Tonight Rain changing to snow this evening. Snowfall amount 5 cm. Wind east 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low zero.

  • Three lists

    Sometime in the last year or so, the Ottawa Public Library replaced or upgraded its online catalogue, Lirico. The new one is a giant improvement over the old, not only because it supports the library lookup bookmarklet but also because it has a lot of useful features to do with managing requests — you can […]

  • House of Staples: old phonecam pics

    I was cleaning off my old cellphone in order to start using it again (more on that later) and I found a few phonecam pics that I never uploaded. Since I managed to hold on to them for a year or two I figured I’d share them here as well as on flickr.

  • Curling with newbies!

    Ottawa Curling Club logoCandice and I went to a curling party put on by Ottawa’s chapter of the McGill Young Alumni at the Ottawa Curling Club downtown today. Candice wasn’t too sure about curling, and I was worried it was going to be too basic, but it turned out fun! We had about a dozen curlers total. Of those, only Eddie (the event organizer, Young Alumni president, and a member of that club) had serious curling experience. another three, including me, had been curling in a rookies’ program since September, and two others had curled but not recently, so I ended up coaching a bit.