Canada 150

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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Canada Day Marks Grand Re-Opening of NAC

Canada Day Marks Grand Re-Opening of NAC

Photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre For over a year Ottawa has been been engulfed in a sea of scaffolding, pylons and tarp. From West Block to the Alexandria Bridge, new monuments are being built, historic buildings restored and streetscapes redesigned. As the city, and the country, prepare [...]

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Feast + Revel’s Fresh Take on the New Frontier

Feast + Revel’s Fresh Take on the New Frontier

Photos by Ali Matthews There is no doubt that, in the upcoming months leading up to Canada’s 150th Celebration, that many Ottawa restaurants will attempt to rift on “Canadian” cuisine. However, I doubt as many will do it as successfully as Executive Chef Stephen La Salle and the [...]

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Out & About May 26 – June 1

Out & About May 26 – June 1

This is the kind of weekend where you find yourself stuck in a traffic jam just trying to get the most mundane task done. There are so many special events and road closures that getting around is a total pain. So, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Get outside and join in the Ottawa Race [...]

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Out & About May 19 - 25

Out & About May 19 - 25

The long weekend is upon us and we are telling you right now to forget the cottage, camping or anything else that would take you away from the city. There is just too much going on for you to miss. The Tulip Festival is in full swing and your schedule is going to be jam packed with music, dancing, movies, [...]

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Out & About May 12 – May 18

Out & About May 12 – May 18

Get Out&About all week long with events like the Ottawa Children's Festival, Mother's Day at House of Targ, ComicCon, Tulip Fest, the National Science and Innovation Gala and more! Ottawa Children's Festival, LeBreton Flats, May 10 - 14 Since 1985, the Ottawa Children’s [...]

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Capital Florist Wants to Make Your Dreams Come True

Capital Florist Wants to Make Your Dreams Come True

Photos by Ali Matthews Snow was still on the ground when I met Carla Carbajal at the Art House Café on Somerset Street West. I was attending one of her workshops where three brides-to-be, and their mothers, were learning all about how to create their own hand-tied wedding bouquets. Owner [...]

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AMTI’s Annual Showcase Celebrates Local Talent

AMTI’s Annual Showcase Celebrates Local Talent

This year, all eyes are on Ottawa for Canada’s historic 150th birthday to celebrate everything that makes Canada, this city and our people, unique. For Angie Sakla-Seymour, owner of Angie’s Models & Talent International (AMTI), everyone is already late to the party. Angie has been [...]

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Out & About May 5 - 11

Out & About May 5 - 11

Ottawa Life continues to share the events that will get you Out & About all week long. DEMUIR, Mercury Lounge, May 5 Pozativ People Top Shelf Distilleries and Mercury Lounge are extremely proud to present a night of Proper Funky Jackin House Music with special guest DEMUIR and opening [...]

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Out & About April 28 – May 4

Out & About April 28 – May 4

Hip Hop Karaoke, Elmdale Oyster House, April 28 Hosted by Atherton and DJ So Nice, this monthly karaoke jam snatches karaoke out of the parlour rooms and drops it right into the nightclub. The Hip Hop Karaoke crew provide the audience with the unique experience of rocking the mic in front of a crowd. [...]

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Edwin the Duck is Your New Best Friend! [Contest]

Edwin the Duck is Your New Best Friend! [Contest]

Photos by Ali Matthews Edwin is no ordinary duck. Browsing through a collection of latest tech-toys, you may just think he was mislabeled, but don’t be fooled by his humble rubber duck appearance – just one touch of his heart and he comes to life. First and foremost, Edwin is a “smart [...]

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