Articles Tagged ‘Winterlude’

THE Q&A: Fashion designer Lucian Matis brings Marrakesh dreams to Winterlude

Toronto-based designer Lucian Matis was born and raised in Romania.

If you’ve seen the ice sculptures once, and skating on the canal isn’t your thing, then Winterlude can seem like more of a tourist festival than something that brings real energy to the city. But a new event, one that brings together fashion and molecular gastronomy, aims to shake up the staid images winter in Ottawa.

The American Express Winterlude Food and Fashion Evening gives local fashion lovers a glimpse of what’s to come at Ottawa Fashion Week when Toronto-based designer Lucian Matis presents his vivacious and alluring Spring/Summer 2013 collection. (This is the second year that OFW has partnered with Winterlude; OFW runs February 8-10.)

Marc Lepine, the winner of the 2012 Canadian Culinary Championship and the chef/owner of Ottawa’s Atelier restaurant, will set the stage with a five course meal. Anyone familiar with Lepine’s fare will know he brings flare and creativity, as well as a sense of adventure, to every plate. This is high-end, experiential eating at its best.

While Lepine will undoubtedly pull the foodies in (the $165 ticket, which includes wine, is a steal), we wanted to chat with the young designer chosen to add the sartorial finale to this special event.

SHOP TALK: Your education includes studies in art, painting, graphics. How do these influence your collections? Who is your favourite artist?

Lucian Matis: My art studies have helped me enrich my array of duties by allowing me to design my own fabrics, create more sculptural silhouettes, at times shoot the look books or campaigns. It allows me to never get bored of my job.

I have a few fine artists that I respect but as far as them influencing my work as a designer I think one of my favourite fine artists is Gustav Klimt.

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WEEKENDER: Sex, love, and psychic experiences, plus Wed By Hand and Undercurrents

Luca Spaghetti — yes, that’s his real name — is a character portrayed as the quintessential Roman in Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel Eat Pray Love. In preparation for Valentine’s Day, the man behind Gilbert’s many adventures in Italy shares passionate sights and stories of growing up in Rome, romantic Roman recipes, and the inside scoop on his whirlwind ride of Eat Pray Love. Valentine’s dessert buffet on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. $50, includes an autographed copy of Luca Spaghetti’s book Un Amico Italiano; Eat, Pray, Love in Rome. St. Anthony’s Banquet Hall, 523 St. Anthony St.


One of the photos from the Gallery Egypt exhibit, which takes place at the Library and Archives on Sunday, Feb. 12. Photo by Mohamed El Maymoony

It’s been just over a year since the uprising in Egypt, and Ottawa-based Egyptian communities are aiming to explore its international relevance through a unique event at the Library and Archives. Events include a talk on the role of women role in revolutions, spoken word poetry by Sumaiya Beshir, and piano music by Anastasia. Photography from the Egyptian revolution will also be on display; see website for full schedule. Sunday, Feb. 12. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St.

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WEEKENDER: Winterlude opens with fireworks, plus something for jazz lovers, foodies, art collectors, and those who love erotic literature

It’s Ottawa’s first ever Winter Jazzfest. Chill music will be performed by internationally-recognized jazz artists and heaps of local talent; acts include Oliver Jones, the Quinsin Nachoff’s Quartet, the Christine and Ingrid Jensen Quintet, Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble, Megan Jerome, and Renée Yoxon. Visit the Ottawa Jazz Festival website for tickets and schedule information. The festival runs Thursday, Feb. 2 through Saturday, Feb. 4 in venues across downtown.



After the Dance (18 x 24, acrylic on panel) by Andrew King will be part of the After 8 exhibit at Wall Space Gallery.


After 8 is local artist Andrew King’s fourth solo show. It was inspired by a recent trip off the highways of the U.S., specifically the ‘after 8′ scene, when small town diners and motels are take on a surreal atmosphere. His media explores the journey through an era of Americana that is now fading. The exhibit marks eight years of painting for King. Vernissage: Saturday, Feb. 4, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Exhibit runs until Saturday, Feb. 25. Wall Space Gallery, 358 Richmond Rd..

Fancy yourself a culinary critic? This Friday, sample stews from Byward Market businesses and pull for your favourite entry in the People’s Choice Awards. Bundle up, bring the family, and be a part of the 20th anniversary of this annual celebration. For $10, it’s all you can eat stew, with all the proceeds going to a local charity. In front of Café 55, 55 ByWard Market Square. Friday, Feb. 3, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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THE WEEKENDER: Jim Bryson, Andrew King, and Stephan Thompson, plus snowmen, sex, and cowboys


Ottawa folk-god Jim Bryson and Winnipeg band The Weakerthans are teaming up to bring the city the smooth, folksy tunes it’s come to expect from the band. The group will promote their songs from their newest album, the Falcon Lake Incident. Friday, Feb. 11.  8 p.m. Capital Music Hall, 128 York St. $19.50 advance + service charges.


View From Lakeshore by Andrew King

Local artist Andrew King is showing his latest collection at the Wall Space Gallery. The Carleton grad says his work is inspired by a year that changed his life, starting with the end of his marriage. Like his journey from hard times to new beginnings, King says Departures is a personal and artistic experiment. Until Feb. 21.  358 Richmond Rd.

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THE WEEKENDER: Comedy, concerts, and the opening days of Winterlude

Sock ‘n’ Buskin kicks off their 2011 season with a one-act comedy festival. The nine short plays range from adaptations of Shel Silverstein’s No Dogs Allowed to original skits by Sock ‘n’ Buskin’s own Adam Smith. With a dynamite, lightning quick line-up appealing to all, the comedy fest promises to be “wickedly funny.” Runs Thursday to Saturday, Feb. 3 to 5. 8 p.m. $12, $8 students. Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr., 613-520-3770.

Photo by Dave Bastedo

The folk rock songstress takes the stage armed with a guitar and her beautiful voice for this all ages show. A staple of the Canadian music scene for years, Harmer’s lovely melodies and poignant lyrics manage to be relaxing, heartbreaking, and rousing all in one go. Toronto darling Gentleman Reg opens the show. There are still tickets left, but they’re selling fast! Saturday, Feb. 5. 7 p.m. $32.50. Bronson Centre, 211Bronson Ave., 613-755-1111.

The month-long festival starts this weekend, helping you remember that winter can be a wonderland. With a packed schedule and lots of free events, the festival is always a pleasure. Our top pick for this weekend? The Canadian Museum of Civilization launches the party with a free evening (Friday, Feb. 4, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.) of special lighting effects, an interactive fire experience, amazing sound performances, a DJ dance party and, at 9 p.m., a pyrotechnical extravaganza to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada. Winterlude runs Friday to Sunday, Feb. 4 to 21. Various events and locations.


One of the most powerful things an art exhibit can do is bring you closer to understanding the incomprehensible — in this case, the disappearance of 34,278 people during the Yugoslav wars. The exhibit, a collaboration between Canadian author Rory MacLean and award-winning photographer Nick Danziger, documents the efforts to find and repatriate the missing loved ones of 15 families, through words and images. This highly insightful, moving exhibit runs until Sept 5. $12, $10 seniors and students, $8 children, $30 families. Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place, 819-776-8600.

There’s no shortage of great shows this weekend, but money on Rich Aucoin is a sure bet. This Halifax dance-pop musician is fantastic live, with more confetti and balloons than a kid’s birthday party. The combined experience of catchy pop beats and found-footage video art makes for a sweaty, euphoric show totally unlike your typical concert. If you miss out this weekend, mark your calendar for Feb. 18, when he comes through Ottawa again to blast our winter blues away. Friday, Feb 4. 8 p.m. $10. Cafe Dekcuf, 221 Rideau St., 1-888-222-6608.

INTRODUCING: Stone Soup Foodworks, a sassy soup biz inside a converted chip truck

Move over poutine, the soup truck is here

Soup Truck. It’s an idea that seems to make perfect sense. Ottawa certainly has its share of chip trucks; why not serve steaming hot bowls of healthy homemade soup instead of greasy fries? Jacqueline Jolliffe, a self-professed foodie and environmentalist, decided to combine her two passions into a new business and Stone Soup Foodworks was born.

While dreams of creating a soup empire simmer away on the backburner, Joliffe is working towards two immediate ambitious goals: 1) to launch her soup truck on the ice at Winterlude and 2) to develop a “Soupscription” catering service — delivering 2-litre jars of fresh homemade soup to weekly subscribers’ doors. I met Joliffe on Tuesday evening in the kitchen space she rents in The Causeway Work Centre in Hintonburg. There, she was stirring, straining, and seasoning three different soups for the 20 customers that have signed on since December. There was peanut butter and yam soup; Berkshire chorizo and potato soup; and a white bean, leek, and cabbage soup. She makes everything — including the stocks — from scratch, using locally-sourced mostly organic ingredients.

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FOOD BUZZ: Sugar Shock: The coolest thing to happen to Winterlude is Montreal’s hottest chef!

Au Pied de Cochon illustration by Tom Tassel

Stuffed maple-glazed quail is not exactly standard sugar shack fare. But Martin Picard, owner of Montréal’s Au Pied de Cochon restaurant, is not your standard chef. His legions of adoring fans get their long johns in a knot this time of year trying to secure a coveted reservation for the celebrated Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon, a one-of-a-kind haute sugar shack located in St-Benoît de Mirabel, Quebec. The APDC folks started accepting email reservation requests on December 1st. But there is some sweet news for Picard devotees in the capital: yesterday, Ottawa’s Winterlude organizers announced that Picard has agreed to recreate his famous gourmet sugar shack extravaganza in the Grand Hall of the Canadian Museum of Civilization on February 4. The four-course meal with wine, which marks the official opening of Winterlude, costs $125 plus tax.

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