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Ali Matthews

Features Writer

Ali is an independent government relations, public affairs and communications consultant with over a decade of experience. Translation: One-stop-shop consultant to getting you noticed in Ottawa. You can follow her on twitter @aliouellet or wandering in Westboro with toddlers.
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Out & About March 24 - 30

Out & About March 24 - 30

Happy spring everyone! There has never been a better time to get back out there and start exploring our beautiful city…or at least the inside of concert venues, lecture halls and theaters. Hip Hop Karaoke Ottawa, Elmdale Oyster House, March 24 Want to feel like a star? Hosted by Atherton [...]

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Out & About March 17 – 23

Out & About March 17 – 23

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This is a jam packed weekend, so for today, we have a list of all the big parties across the city. If you are over green beer and shamrocks we have a couple family friendly activities to keep you busy and then a host of music, food and art to keep you feeling good all week [...]

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The Power of Sparkle

The Power of Sparkle

A smile can do many things: Make a friend, give hope, and light up a room. For the team behind the 2017 Sparkle Dental Charity Ball, their mission is to give families in need the opportunity to unlock the power of a sparkling smile. If you haven’t noticed, ‘sparkle’ is the operative [...]

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Enjoy Brunch Elevated at Copper Spirits and Sights

Enjoy Brunch Elevated at Copper Spirits and Sights

Photos by Ali Matthews Brunch is a sacred space. Anyone can share a meal, but brunching is uniquely indulgent. The food is rich and comforting and the conversation is thoughtful and relaxed. While Ottawa has an established brunch scene from the casual Art-Is-In Bakery, the familiar Stone Face Dolly’s, [...]

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Out & About March 10 – 16, 2017

Out & About March 10 – 16, 2017

This week may be a frosty one, but we are refusing to be dragged back into the winter blues! If you need some cheer, enjoy theater, music and comedy or take in seasonal favourites like Patrick’s Day parade (and parties), HOPE Volleyball and (finally) visit the Winter Farmers Market. If you need [...]

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Successful Suits his Style Fundraiser Gives Clothes and Confidence to Local Men in Need

Successful Suits his Style Fundraiser Gives Clothes and Confidence to Local Men in Need

Photos by Ali Matthews When it comes to professional attire, Ottawa is known for its conservative leanings. Walk down Sparks Street any given Wednesday and you will undoubtedly see more suits and ties than slacks and trainers. The scene at the Metropolitain Brasserie this past Wednesday was a perfect [...]

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Out & About March 3 - 9

Out & About March 3 - 9

Another big week ahead for all of our Ottawa Lifers! Not only is Red Bull Crashed Ice this weekend, but between tons of musical acts in town, festivals and fundraisers you may not get a break. Red Bull Crashed Ice, Rideau Canal, March 3 & 4 Ottawa’s most anticipated event of the year [...]

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Out & About – February 24 – March 2

Out & About – February 24 – March 2

The weather is starting to shift (temporarily) so there is no excuse to stay indoors this week! We have music, plays, comedy, fundraising, family fun and as always, food. Let’s get going, y’all! Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Zaphod Beeblebrox, February 24 Benjamin Francis Leftwich brings [...]

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Disney On Ice Will Melt Away Your Winter Blues

Disney On Ice Will Melt Away Your Winter Blues

This is a tough time of year. The holidays are done, we have eaten our Valentine’s Day chocolate, Winterlude is over, and even the snow, now slush, has lost its sparkle. Luckily, the magic of Disney is now in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre to wash away the winter blues! From February [...]

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Dive into Ottawa’s Mermaid Lifestyle

Dive into Ottawa’s Mermaid Lifestyle

Photos by Ali Matthews and Chantal Halley Something magical is happening on Argyle Avenue. Situated between the Canadian Museum of History and the Queensway, the Taggart Family YMCA-YWCA is all but closed by 7pm on Saturdays. However, in the shadow of a museum dedicated to science and nature, groups [...]

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