Articles Tagged ‘holiday shopping’

WEEKENDER: From an assortment of Christmas concerts to a Canadian take on The Nutcracker, holiday activities abound!

Prepare to be amazed! One World Arts is presenting this fun-filled evening of animations, slam poetry, theatre skits, dancing, and much more. Founded in 1972, this volunteer-based charitable organization aims to engage citizens of all ages and spread awareness of world issues through art and media. The Awesome Arts Youth program included 10 weeks of workshops and culminates in this festival, where young artists can show off their talents to the public. Emceed by well-known slam poet Jamaal Rogers, the program also includes performances from internationally-renowned beat-boxer Julia Dales and Triple A, the dynamic drumming group Baobab Youth PerformersYvon Soglo and his amazing hip hop dancers and more. Thursday, December 13, 6 p.m. Viscount Alexander Public School, 55 Mann Ave.,

Who knows, maybe that big white bearded fellow in the mall really is Mr. Claus. The Gladstone Theatre and Plosive Productions present the classic heartwarming holiday tale Miracle on 34th St. Keeping with the Gladstone Holiday Radio Show tradition, this new adaptation features singing, dancing, storytelling, and characters that will enchant show-goers all season long. The performance includes some of Ottawa’s favourite actors, such as Katie Bunting, Tom Charleboix, and Steve Martin, as well as young newcomers Kelty O’Brien and Ben Blacklock. Friday, December 14, to Sunday, December 23. Times/prices vary, see website for details. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave.,

Ballet Jörgen presents its annual showing of The Nutcracker with a Canadian twist. Photo by Pradeep Bhatia.

For 25 years, Ballet Jörgen Canada has gained national and international recognition for its repertoire of original works and astounding choreography. Once again, the company is stopping in Ottawa to perform the classic tale The Nutcracker – with a Canadian twist. Set to Tchaikovsky’s epic score and including sets inspired by Group of Seven paintings, along with other Canadiana touches, this show creates a truly magical atmosphere. Saturday, December 15, Monday, December 17, and Tuesday, December 18. $40-$50. Shows play at Centrepointe Theatre and Shenkman Theatre, depending on the day.

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LET IT SNOW: Five fab gift ideas for those who love skiing, snowboarding, and — well — playing outside

Let’s be honest: Canadian winters could use a little colour. So we’re highlighting five fabulous pieces that are as functional as they are funky. Embrace the season with the latest gear that will keep you safe and stylin’ in the great outdoors By Vanessa Ortynsky

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SUPER SHOPPER: Embrace the art of gift-giving! Ottawa Magazine’s art director Jane Corbett shares her holiday finds

Ottawa Magazine art director Jane Corbett offers her holiday finds, along with gift ideas to impress even the pickiest hosts and hostesses

Photography by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio

Host and hostess gifts (shown in the suitcase above):

For the armchair hunter: This cast-iron elk can be put to good use as a doorstop or paperweight. $29.99. Domus, 85 Murray St., 613-241-6410.

For the artsy diarist: This lined journal from Paperblanks features a silver filigree cover. $29.95. Paper Papier, 18 Clarence St., 613-241-1212.

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6 Great Canadian Christmas Gift Guides

Canadian Christmas Gift Guides

6 great Canadian Christmas gift guides

Ottawa Magazine has its own gift list, but the festive fun doesn’t end there. Five other publications in our family of magazines are offering great Christmas gift guides. In them, you will find ideas for book lovers (from Quill & Quire), fashion obsessives (from FASHION), kids (from Canadian Family) and even Torontonians (from Toronto Life).

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Christmas Gift Ideas: 50 Items Our Editors Love

Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas gift ideas from the editors of Ottawa Magazine

This year, Ottawa Magazine‘s editors got together to share their Christmas gift ideas with each other—and with readers. These highly discerning picks deliver 50 Christmas gift ideas from around Ottawa and across the internet. Here, you can find something for everyone on your list: hosts and hostesses, nieces and nephews, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, boys and girls.

See the lists of 50 top Christmas gift ideas from the editors of Ottawa Magazine »

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SUPER SHOPPER: From a candy gift box to a modern turntable, acting senior editor Misa Kobayashi shares her holiday finds

Ottawa Magazine‘s acting senior editor offers her holiday finds, along with gift ideas to impress even the pickiest hosts and hostesses


Photography by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio

Host and hostess gifts (shown in the suitcase above):

For the think-outside-the-box cook: Salad for Dinner by Jeanne Kelley ($35) and Put ‘Em Up!, a guide to drying, freezing, canning, and pickling by Sherri Brooks Vinton ($24.95) are cookbooks for the chef who wants to try something new. The Great Glebe Emporium, 724 Bank St., 613-233-3474.

For the Ottawa expat who’s feeling nostalgic: VersaTile travertine coasters are handcrafted by a husband-and-wife team in Almonte and feature vintage-style maps of various neighbourhood streets. $34.95 for four. The Village Quire, 312 Richmond Rd., 613-695-2287.

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SUPER SHOPPER: Editor Sarah Brown offers up 12 holiday gift ideas

Ottawa Magazine editor Sarah Brown shows off her holiday finds, along with gift ideas to impress even the pickiest hosts and hostesses

Photography by Marc Fowler/Metropolis Studio.

Hostess gifts (shown in the suitcase above):

For the gourmet camper who craves the amenities of home: This rugged mini stovetop espresso maker brews a double shot over the camp stove. $37. Double-walled espresso cups $5 each. Mountain Equipment Co-Op, 366 Richmond Rd., 613-729-2700.

For the punk-rocker-turned-hipster with the fixer-upper in Hintonburg: Sud Green is part of a line of green kitchen tools made from a recycled wood and plastic blend. $12. Terra20, 2685 Iris St., 613-837-7220.

For the French-cooking devotee and inveterate reader: Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child is a meticulously researched doorstop of a bio (500+ pages of swooning detail). $33. Available at bookstores around town.

For the graphic designer with a tea fetish: Clipper Teas are natural, fair-trade, and gorgeously packaged. $5-$5.95. Available at Rainbow Natural Foods, 1487 Richmond Rd., 613-726-9200, and Red Apron, 564 Gladstone Ave., 613-695-0417.

For the left-wing crusader with a sweet tooth: Camino’s fair-trade chili and spice hot chocolate makes a tongue-tingling thank-you gift. $7.  Ten Thousand Villages, 371 Richmond Rd., 613-759-4701, and 1174 Bank St., 613-736-0401.

For the germaphobe cubicle dweller: A mug adorned with their initial means they’ll never have to share again. $8. Available at Chapters locations around town. 

Ornaments: Origami porcelain reindeer. $19.95. The Papery, 850 Bank St., 613-230-1313. Snowman garland. $18.50. Tinseltown Christmas Emporium, 1096 Somerset St. W., 613-680-7557.

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WEEKENDER: A princesses and dragons tea party, David Usher at Bronson Centre, and three events for holiday shopping

Inside Out is hosting the 6th annual LGBT Film Festival with 15 screenings over four days from all over the world. The 2012 lineup is particularly strong, featuring the award-winning film Cloudburst from Canadian director Tom Fitzgerald, as well as the highly anticipated regional premiere of Margarita from Canadian directors Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert. The ever-increasing popularity of this festival attracts thousands to see some of the year’s best LGBT films. A new addition to the 2012 festival is the inclusion of free programming for youth and families, encouraging people from all walks of life to join in the fun. Thursday, November 15, to Sunday, November 18. Prices vary. National Gallery of Canada, 360 Sussex Dr.,

David Usher rocks the Bronson Centre Friday, November 16. Photo by Sabrina Reeves.

As the former vocalist for the ‘90s multi-platinum Canadian band Moist, David Usher is no stranger to finding new ideas to explore in his music. He’s made a name for himself as a singer-songwriter with seven albums and four Juno awards. The Songs For The Last Day On Earth tour will consist of powerful new tunes that touch on a variety of subjects, and his thunderous vocals are sure to give audience members their money’s worth. Friday, November 16, 7 p.m. doors. $32.50 advance. Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave.,

Since 1994, rob mclennan and the Small Press Action Network of Ottawa have brought together local writers, publishers, readers, and volunteers to support the small press industry at this book fair. What is small press, you ask? It’s the term given to independent publishers that only release a few books per year, usually less than 10. Surprisingly, these small press publishers make up half of the book publishing industry and largely support niche markets for poetry, genre fiction, limited edition books, and many more. The fair will have plenty of booths set up with all types of books, and is sure to have a little something for everyone. Some participants include Buschek Books, The Puritan Magazine, Arc Poetry Magazine, and The Ottawa Press Gang, to name just a few. Saturday, November 17, noon to 5 p.m. Jack Purcell Community Centre (Room 203), 320 Jack Purcell Ln.,

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SUPER SHOPPER: Ottawa Magazine’s editors kick-start your holiday shopping with their wishlists

It’s one of the perks of the job. Lots of time spent out and about seeing what’s new and neat at the city’s shops. Ottawa Magazine’s editors bring you their gift picks for family and friends, hoping the suggestions will jump-start your holiday shopping list. Today, editor Sarah Brown highlights her picks. Stay tuned in the days ahead for senior editor Dayanti Karunaratne’s picks and, for the foodies, food editor Shawna Wagman’s holiday wishlist.

Photo credits: Editor’s photo by Dwayne Brown; product photography by Marc Fowler.

Editor, Sarah Brown
I’m a pretty efficient shopper. I scout local stores all year — looking for props for magazine shoots, checking out trends, and doing research for the Shopping Guide. So I mentally catalogue — and sometimes buy — cool stuff as I discover it. When Christmas comes around, I don’t waste time browsing — I know exactly what I’m getting for each person and where to find it. One or two power shopping trips and I’m done.

For my sister
Actually, I want these Victorian Flowers Doc Martens for me, but I think I’m too old. So I’d like my sister to have a pair while she’s still in her 30s. $169.99. Neon Clothing, 60 George St., 613-789-4479.

For my mum
We have a tradition of giving each other a new tree ornament each Christmas. This series of Canadian icons also includes a snowmobile, float plane, goalie, Mountie, and polar bear. They’re made in Canada of powder-coated steel. $16.95 each. Paper/Papier, 18 Clarence St., 613-241-1212.

For my sister
She’s a big environmentalist and commutes to work on her bike through most of the winter. (She lives in Kingston, so it’s a little warmer than here.) This Cannondale cycling jacket is really cool. It’s super lightweight and morphs between a vest (shown) and a jacket. The separate sleeves and back are attached with magnets, making it really easy to start with sleeves in the morning and take them off if the day warms up. $119.
Bushtukah, 203 Richmond Rd., 613-792-1170, and 5607 Hazeldean Rd., 613-831-3604.


For my kids
I would love to get a couple of massive beanbag chairs by Yak Pak for the playroom in the basement. They come in tons of fun colours and patterns and are great for lounging in to watch TV. Last year I borrowed two from my neighbour and used them as beds for a couple of kids when we hosted a birthday party sleepover. $149.99. Neon Clothing, 60 George St., 613-789-4479.













For my nephew
He’s seven years old and loves facts — one of those kids who reads the Guinness World Records cover to cover. This Dino-opoly game is all about knowing your dino info. You choose your token (I think I’d go with the raptor claw), then start buying up your favourite dinosaurs. Sounds easy enough — but pay hatching fees, develop prehistoric breath, and become nearly extinct, and it gets a bit trickier. $32.95
. Nature Boutique at the Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St., 613-566-4727.

For my son
We do a lot of canoeing, but my son really wants his own kayak. This Jackson Mini Tripper is designed for distance paddling but also comes with a built-in tow rope just in case he gets tired. On a three- or four-day canoe trip, it might be nice to have one fewer kid in our canoe! Bonus: it weighs just 27 pounds, which is key for portaging. $399.99. Ottawa Paddleshack, 1960 Scott St., 613-725-5259.


For my husband
This is what I’m filling his stocking with. He slathers this smoked tomato jam on everything. It’s especially good on slices of Art-is-in Dynamite white topped with goat cheese. It’s made by Just Wing’it out of Merrickville. $8.50 for 250 mL. Available at The Piggy Market (400 Winston Ave., 613-371-6124) and about 10 more fine food stores around town. For a full list of vendors, visit

For me
I work with photographers every day and am constantly awed by their creativity. That’s why I like to collect their personal work. Basically, all the artwork on my walls at home is by local photographers whose work I admire. I love Triplicity, a recent self-portrait by Jamie Kronick — first, because One Hundred Foot Line (a.k.a. the big twig) is a gorgeous sculpture that I check out every time I cross the Alexandra Bridge from the Hull side, and second, because of the  shadowy ghosts of Kronick in the foreground. They totally change the mood of the work. $80 for an 11-by-14-inch print and $120 for a 20-by-24-inch print,