Nick Bachusky and Andrew Miller photographed in Hintonburg.
I had the opportunity to photograph Nick Bachusky and Andrew Miller yesterday, who while not working in their real-estate businesses, are shouting out about Ottawa through their very positive and successful local podcast – Lunch Out Loud Ottawa. Both Nick and Andrew are so positive about our town and sharing stories about others who are doing great things in Ottawa. And the boys are super passionate about sharing positive stories about local food, local beer, local music – local everything!
The cool thing about Nick and Andrew is that they both genuinely care so much about our city – not just so they can share stories about Ottawa but also to hopefully with the positive influence, make it a better place to live and work. They also believe strongly in including Gatineau into what’s great about Ottawa, including a wonderful small restaurant called Chez Edgar and award winning owner Marysol Foucault.“Yes there’s a river separating us, but so many reasons for both cities to cross it!”
There are so many favourite Ottawa restaurants between Nick and Andrew, but the few that definitely stand out for them are Union 613,El Camino, and they love that ZaZaZa Pizza is doing so well. And of course Di Rienzo’s for their awesome sandwiches!
Please take some time to check out the Lunch Out Loud podcast on iTunes to help Nick and Andrew dispel the old and negative attitude that Ottawa is a boring town, because it’s the farthest from the truth. With the help of podcast segments by Foodie Prints and Ottawa Showbox, you’ll not only learn about what’s happening in town, but who’s keeping Ottawa moving forward positively!
Spencer Perry photographed on Bank Street in The Glebe.
Most university students you meet tend to live in a very academically and student focused world. Not to say that Carleton University student Spencer Perry isn’t incredibly focused on his studies, but he’s also very much into exploring and enjoying everything Ottawa has culturally to offer. We photographed Spencer down in the Glebe, a close walk from the Wild Oat (a great place for sandwiches!) and in front of his neighbourhood Starbucks on Bank Street. He absolutely loves living in the Glebe because it’s right in the middle of everything – a short walk to school, nicely surrounded by cafés and restaurants and super close to downtown.
One thing that Spencer mentioned that he loves is that Ottawa is such a great walking town, which I thought was such an accurate perspective coming from this young transplanted journalism student from Vancouver. And he’s totally right, especially if you live in one of Ottawa’s many cool urban neighbourhoods like The Glebe. He loves that he’s a relatively close walk along the beautiful Rideau Canal to The National Arts Centre where he takes advantage of their Live Rush program – of which full-time students can buy tickets for most NAC shows for as low as $12.00 for concerts later that same day. Spencer also loves that Ottawa’s museums and galleries all have very affordable student discounts (the National Gallery even has many free admission days).
A reoccurring theme that most people love about Ottawa is the growing selection of great restaurants in town, this also goes for Spencer who’s on a student budget. “There’s so many awesome yet affordable restaurants in Ottawa – restaurants like Wilf and Ada’s on Bank Street”. Not only is Ottawa a great city for it’s universities like Carleton and uOttawa, it’s also a great town to be a student who loves culture, great food and an easy walk to both! Thanks Spencer for sharing!
To find more about Spencer Perry you can follow him on LinkedIn and/or on twitter at @SWSPerry
Ashley MacIsaac photographed beside The Rideau Canal Skateway.
Last week I heard that famed Canadian fiddler Ashley MacIsaac was playing the NAC on Saturday, so I put a twitter request out there that “it’d be cool to photograph him for loveOttawa”. I was somewhat surprised and blown away when I got the email on Saturday afternoon saying that Ashley had agreed to be photographed. I was initially told that we couldn’t photograph Ashley outside because he was super busy with sound checks and prep for the evening concert, but when I got to the NAC, Ashley suggested we head outside so we could get some Winterlude skaters in the background. :)
Ashely was kind and patient while we were shooting and he was so considerate that we didn’t impose ourselves too much on the Winterlude skaters passing us getting to-and-from the ice. And Marie-Chantale from NAC Presents was so helpful in making it all happen. We’re so lucky to live in Ottawa, a city that we get such rich creative talent like Ashley MacIsaac performing at the NAC, and I’m super lucky that the positive aspects of loveOttawa allow me to meet and photograph such cool folks like Ashley!
Before Ashley slipped away to get back to prepping for the concert, I asked him if there were any places he loved returning to when he was playing Ottawa and his quick reply was “Mellos Diner, definitely Mellos”. Thanks Ashley!
Today was far from a traditionally ideal day for photography (blowing blustery snow), but it was an exceptional day to meet and photograph recent transplanted Mexican, José Salgado. About a week ago José emailed me sharing how much he loved his new city, Ottawa. His letter was eloquent and passionate – I had no choice but to make a photo happen! Since moving here 2 1/2 years ago from Mexico City, José quickly fell in love with Ottawa – with it’s green spaces and it’s clean and safe neighbourhoods. He also really loves how open-minded and opportunity focused Ottawa is and how truly interested people are in the arts, culture and supporting new small businesses.
José really loves just how open and friendly everyone is here in Ottawa, and he’s blown away that he can actually play soccer with his friends on the front lawn of the Parliament Buildings in the summer without any permission. “You can do just about anything here in Ottawa!”.
I love asking everyone for their favourite Ottawa restaurants and José had many! His all time favourite is Side Door Restaurant for their contemporary menu, and for authentic Mexican cuisine there’s only one place - Los Tacos de Mauro on Dalhousie (especially for his favourite Sunday morning dish chilaquiles con huevo). Another favourite place is 3 Brothers Shawarma for their famous secret garlic sauce – and for the best authentic Vietnamese food, José loves Vietnam Palace on Somerset.
Thanks José for reaching out and sharing – and of course for braving the blowing snow and my camera today! Here’s a link to a facebook group that José facilitates every Monday. Men in Motion
Jessica King and Steve Carswell photographed at The Bank Street Bridge.
It was so nice to meet and photograph Jessica King and Steve Carswell last weekend in the Glebe. Jessica had originally emailed me a month ago sharing some of the things that her and her boyfriend Steve love the most about Ottawa, including the Bank Street Bridge (what a great background for their photo). Something Jessica shared in her letter was that she didn’t really appreciate Ottawa until she bought a bike and started exploring the city with Steve – and these biking explorations always included passing over or under their bridge.
When I asked Jessica and Steve what they love about Ottawa, they told me they loved Saturdays. That’s the day they’d spend a little time on twitter to get a sense of what’s happening in town, giving them a few things to point their bikes towards – things like a roller derby event at City Hall, Westfest in Westboro or maybe a new food truck downtown. The destinations weren’t nearly as important as the places and people they’d discover along the way!
I love how open Jessica and Steve are to new experiences, but like everyone they do have some favorite things about Ottawa. Jessica loves when she can see a dance performance at the National Arts Centre, and they both love the Glebe (especially places Irene’s Pub and Flapjacks). Another place they love in Ottawa, which is kind of a hidden gem is The Rockcliffe Boathouse restaurant where you can eat, soak up the summer sun – right down on the Ottawa river.
“Ottawa is a town to explore and to experience if you’re open to anything”. Thanks Jessica and Steve for sharing, I hope your Saturday is an awesome one!
Marc Adornato photographed in his studio in Gatineau.
What a treat it was to photograph local artist Marc Adornato the other day. Marc’s art is an irreverent yet respectful mix of history, technology (old and new) and an ample helping of clever wit. Even though Marc lives across the river, he’s a constant exhibitor in the local Ottawa art scene, not to mention a welcomed regular at a number of local pubs and restaurants like Union 613 (where he has an indefinite art show), The Hintonburg Public House, The Manx and Oz Café.
Marc loves the historical and inspirational aesthetic of old Ottawa – the scattered historical remnants of the old logging town, the old buildings like Parliament, Union Station, the Byward Market, the Arts Court, and the buildings of Sparks Street. He also loves having quick access to old neighbourhoods, farms, and cottage country which is the breeding ground for antlers and furs, cheap antiques, and antiquated art supplies. “There is no shortage of old wood, and cool junk in and around Ottawa to source supplies and inspiration for my work“.
When Marc isn’t making his own art, he’s out with his wife Ula supporting other artists by taking in the local art exhibits and watching independent music at cool cafés like The Daily Grind and Raw Sugar “Ottawa has an amazing roster of talented cultural contributors, so many artists and musicians deserving of national attention”.
I love asking everyone what their special Ottawa gems are and Marc has loads – “the Speakeasy under Union 613 is a treasure, jazz nights at Mugshots, greyarea gallery, Fresco Guest Room on Elgin…. also the Continental Delicatessen and the Sausage Kitchen for our Eastern European treats”. Marc is also a big fan of all of the local breweries in Ottawa especially Beaus and Beyond the Pale, so it’s not surprising his pubs of choice are all big supporters of the local craft beer scene.
If you get a chance to take in one of Marc Adornato’s shows you’ll so enjoy it – his work is beautiful but it’ll likely also make you smile! For more information about Marc’s art you can peek at his site: www.adornato.com and/or follow him on twitter at: @MarcAdornato
Stuntman Stu photographed at the Majic 100 Station in the Byward Market.
Obviously Majic 100′s morning host, Stu Schwartz (Stuntman Stu) has much more than a face for radio (as the old cliché joke goes), he’s the preeminent face for Ottawa – he’s everywhere where there’s a community event or a non-profit initiative who needs a helpful and passionate voice. Stu doesn’t stay in one place for too long, so to ask him what he loves about Ottawa is kind of a loaded question – he loves it all! He loves the summer events and festivals especially ones like the CN Cycle for CHEO (benefiting kids with cancer), the Ferrari Festival, the Lac Leamy Fireworks Festival and of course The Bluesfest in July.
When I asked Stu if he had any favorite restaurants – the list was long. He’s a self-proclaimed creature of habit when it comes to eating out so he tends to return to a handful of favorites. Giovanni’s on Preston, Fratelli’s in Kanata, Merivale Fish, Babbos in Manotick, BigRig, Bambu and “the egg-rolls at The Golden Palace on Carling are a must!”
Hidden Ottawa gems mean different things to different people and I love Stu’s gem – it’s the playground at the Agriculture Museum off Prince of Wales. “After you take the kids to see all the farm animals, you can pack a lunch and let the kids run around. Sure, you can always go to a park, but this playground is fun because you’re surrounded by the animals.” What a great idea for young families!
Ottawa is with-out a doubt a town with heart and I love that Stuntman Stu and Majic 100 are no exception. They initiated an anti-bullying campaign in 2011 called No More Bullies which goes around to area schools throughout the year. The program has reached thousands of kids and continues to be a dynamic force to educate and give kids a voice through facebook as well as the twitter hashtag #NoMoreBullies. So awesome!