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Posts Tagged ‘ottawa’
Rolf makes a lovely cover model for the 21st issue of the magazine!
On a sunny but bone chilling January afternoon I found my way to the Raw Sugar Cafe on Somerset just West of Bronson. This corner cafe with all of it’s windows is a warm and welcoming spot in the heart of Chinatown. I found a bright spot to curl up with my notebook and a lovely chai latte (made by an infamous Ottawan).
Surrounded by eclectic second hand furnishings and great artwork I watched as the place maintained a continuous flow of people. Some on computers, others with their bags of yarn creating something warm and fuzzy; tea, coffee, & sweets close at hand.
Owner Nadia Kharyati was as busy as you would expect an entrepreneur to be, cleaning up and organizing the back of the cafe to prepare for one of their free workshops. I was there with about 12 other individuals to attend the “starting your own small business” workshop. Nadia and Christina (of the Workshop Boutique on Dalhousie) provided tips, info, and encouragement to those of us interested in the world of self-employment. Both women were very willing to answer our questions and give us as much help as possible and our not-so-little group lapped up all the information they could spill.
Support the locals!
Saturday night… the best night of the week! Your previous week is a memory, most of us still have one more day before the next work week begins. My friends were reluctant to head back out into the cold weather but with the bribe of some Vietnamese food before heading to the show I got them out to Irene’s Pub. They were very pleasantly surprised by what they heard! The Soirée performed to a packed house and the great set allowed us to forget about the cold and enjoy the cozy pub and yummy beverages.
I’ve been out of town for every other show these guys have had in the past year so I was excited to finally see them live. Their set was a great combination of old and new and it’s obvious that they love to perform. It’s great to see a musician find their happy place! There was no shortage of talent on stage; musically and vocally they are very sound as well as relaxed and fun to watch. I’m looking forward to their next show! Matt you promised to keep me in the loop, I hope we don’t have to wait too long for another performance!
You can check out their music on Bandcamp:
As an aside… what is with the smallish music venues and their obsession with red stage lighting??