1. Ottawa Architecture Week: buildings are characters too

    Think about it… How do you reconcile privacy with urban living? Do you feel your privacy is invaded, your freedom overshadowed? Or does your neighbourhood – your “community,” if you’re lucky – strike the right balance?

  2. Arboretum 2014: Best ‘n worst

    And that brings us to Chad VanGaalen, who Bryan Webb refers to as someone whose “blood flows by unrestrained creative impulses.” Chad VanGaalen is a multi-instrumentalist with a distinct voice that makes you slightly uncomfortable but simultaneously mesmerized by its eerie beauty. His performance, however, is more endearing and awe-inspiring than anything else. Chad’s aura on stage is modest in its delivery, but the content is just so out-of-this world that I couldn’t help but whisper in my mind “we’re not worthy.”

  3. Herd x Arboretum x With Love or Whatever wallpaper

    Throughout the week of Arboretum Festival, local illustrator, Chanelle Foisy aka With Love or Whatever, doodled in her Moleskin and shared her work on Instagram for us. Now, as promised, she produced HD wallpapers for all of your devices in many sizes. Once you’ve opened the image in another window, make sure you’re fully zoomed before saving the image so that you have downloaded it at its maximum resolution.

  4. Issue #06 now online

    Issue #06 is a milestone issue for us. We’ve rebranded entirely. New logo, new layout, same intriguing content. The gallery section is larger. The design is cleaner, more concise. We’d like to think of it as maturing a little but still protruding some of that rebellious nature we love so much.

  5. The Visit prepare for Prague

    There are some musical instruments that really move me but the two that always seem to strike a chord (oops, I punned) are the cello and the voice. The cello has brought me to tears before, and a beautiful voice has given me goosebumps, but never have the two moved me simultaneously the way The Visit’s fusion of classical and metal influences has. With a perfect marriage between the heavy and the light, this duo keeps my jaw dropped to the floor and my eyes wide with subtle tears.

  6. Herd Chapters Jamie Kronick

    Jamie Kronick, recently featured on Alan Neal’s All In A Day as Ottawa’s busiest musician, is currently one of Ottawa’s busiest photographers. Jamie spent the last little while setting up his solo photography show at the Ottawa Art Gallery Annex, located in city hall, among juggling his musical commitments.

  7. Pony Girl’s new video is oddly sexy

    The ponies are at it again! Pony Girl, who have made a ton of headway since their debut album, Show Me Your Fears was released in September 2013. Their live performances have been astonishing audiences in Ottawa, Montreal, and surrounding areas, and now, they’re headed on tour to the east coast to capture the maritimes under their spell, too.

  8. Victoire’s Birds of North America

    Victoire’s Birds of North America It is not often that you can slip on a dress and feel as though it fits perfectly even before you look in the mirror. The dress hugs the curves of your body, and the material feels like quality, but to be reassured you still turn and take a look. Read more.

  9. Bluesfest in review – the most awesome and the least awesome

    We’ve had a few weeks to digest the ten days of Bluesfest mania. As expected, we’ve heard some mixed reviews of the festival this year, but here we try and establish what is important to patrons and how Bluesfest either met the criteria or fell short. Festival goers, however, are a blend of personalities who share a common landscape in the name of live music. For many, the names on the lineup and the quality of sound are the most meaningful qualities. For others, it’s the experience, plain and simple. So we opted to focus on the experience: the performances (stage presence, production quality, etc), the vibe among the fans and the reception of the crowd.