Where to Stay in Ottawa: Alt Hotel Ottawa

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 — 8:48am PDT
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We landed close to midnight, checking into Ottawa’s Alt Hotel on Slater Street in the wee hours of our next day of travel. After our time at the front desk, we noticed the Altcetera Cafe was still open so we grabbed some snacks to take upstairs.

The decor in the lobby was contemporary yet down home, with everything from a dining room table reminiscent of family dinners when I was young, to tree stump tables, basket chairs, and metal stools at the bar. It was a colourful mix of modern comforts that made me feel like we were staying in a room above a really hip friend’s loft.

Walking back toward the elevators, past the iMac business workstations and the pool table, the honeycomb chalkboard and mirror wall had the week’s events sketched out: Cirque du Soleil, changing of the guard, evening light shows, and Pride. We were in town for a specific reason (to visit the Canadian Museum of History) but we made sure to take advantage of the late August events calendar in the capitol city.

Photo courtesy of Alt Hotel

The rooms are all pretty uniform in size, there are 148 in total, 132 have one queen bed (261 sq ft) and 16 have two queen beds (415 sq ft). John remarked that it was laid out like an IKEA designer’s dream room. Exposed concrete walls, tall ceilings, and what it lacked in square footage it made up for in functionality.

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This is not a sponsored post. We paid a media rate for our stay.

God’s Mountain Estate and Joy Road Catering in the Okanagan

Monday, September 18th, 2017 — 3:51pm PDT
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The following has been contributed by Steffani Cameron, who is in the middle of a 5-year worldwide adventure that she is chronicling at FullNomad.com.

God’s Mountain Estate in Penticton

Last night, I slept in the roofless room at God’s Mountain Estate, and it was among the most magical nights I’ve had.

But you might not like it.

If you’re the sort of lodger who requires little bottles of fancy shampoos and soaps, mints on your pillow with turn-down service, sanitized spaces devoid of personal touches, and staff that cater to your every whim, then God’s Mountain is not the place for you.

If, instead, you favour quirkiness over perfection, love character and eccentricity, rest and relaxation, and a sense of “there’s no other place like this,” then perhaps God’s Mountain will speak to you as loudly it does me.

Proprietor Sarah Allen understands that feeling of “the home I didn’t know I was searching for,” because, over 15 years ago, she turned up the mountain lane to be a guest at this then-unknown variable. Arriving, she discovered this odd-but-stunning Mediterranean-style villa during a not-so-well-planned road trip home to Vancouver, and despite low expectations, fell madly in love. She stayed three more times as a guest before she decided her life’s mission was to find a way to buy it.

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Steffani's view are her own. The stay was compliments of Thompson Okanagan Tourism and God’s Mountain Estate.

About the Guest Author:

Born and raised in Vancouver, Steffani Cameron is a writer/photographer beginning a five-year worldwide adventure she'll be chronicling at FullNomad.com. Read more from Steffani on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Win Tickets to Feasting on Famine at the Firehall Arts Centre

Monday, September 18th, 2017 — 12:35pm PDT
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The Firehall Arts Centre launches its 2017/2018 season with the world premiere of Shay Kuebler’s Feasting on Famine, from September 27th to September 30th. Through the lens of the health and fitness culture, Feasting on Famine examines obsession and addiction, and an industry that feeds off weakness and insecurity while monopolizing on one’s ability to flip passion into compulsion.

Feasting on Famine

Where: Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova, Vancouver)
When: September 27th to September 30th 8:00pm
Post-show talkback September 28th
Tickets: From $25 online or by calling (604) 689-0926

Produced by Radical System Art, Feasting on Famine is one man’s journey through the extremes of bodybuilding and health fitness, exploring the symmetry between the human body, the corporation and the excess of capitalism. The human body becomes a billboard for supplements and big pharma, simmering in the need for an outward aesthetic that controls all decisions in a world where one man consumes the daily caloric intake of a family of five.

Looking ahead to the 35th season of The Firehall Arts Centre, Artistic Producer Donna Spencer says, “We are delighted to bring Shay Kuebler’s choreography and performance in Feasting on Famine to the stage. Shay’s connection with the Firehall began as a performer and continued with his first choreographic work shown here as part of Dancing on the Edge in 2007, so it’s great to be presenting this provocative work in which he encourages us with humour and physical virtuosity to consider obsession and insecurity.”

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I have a pair of tickets to give away to opening night on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Follow The Firehall Arts Centre on Twitter, and Facebook to learn more about this production and more.

Vancouver Fashion Week Spring Summer 2018

Monday, September 18th, 2017 — 11:16am PDT
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Vancouver Fashion Week is upon us, and while the leaves are changing and pumpkin spice is everywhere for fall, we’re looking ahead to the hottest new trends and styles for spring and summer. Runway shows start on Monday, September 18th and run through Sunday, September 24th with over 80 designers — 39 of them Canadian — being showcased.

Vancouver Fashion Week

Where: Runway shows at The Chinese Cultural Centre (50 E Pender St)
When: Monday, September 18, 2017 to Sunday, September 24, 2017
Monday Doors Open: 6:30pm, Last Show: 8:50pm
Tuesday – Sunday: Doors Open: 4:30pm, Last Show: 8:45pm
Tickets: Available online now

For 30 seasons, Vancouver Fashion Week has brought together buyers, media, celebrities, industry professionals and innovative designers from around the world to celebrate creativity and fashion.

The lineup of designers this year includes newcomers and established names, from a Chilean designer with 30 years of experience to an 18 year old designer from Australia. Streetwear, jewelry, women’s wear, Norwegian design, Indigenous design from Taiwan, wearable art and creations from students of local Vancouver colleges.

A full night-by-night schedule with list of designers is available here »

The opening gala after party is Monday night followed by after parties on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Follow Vancouver Fashion Week on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter for more information.

Metropolis at Metrotown Job Fair

Monday, September 18th, 2017 — 8:12am PDT
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Work where you love to shop! Visit the Metropolis at Metrotown Job Fair on Saturday, September 23, 2017 to find a job that matches you, and your outfit. It’s the biggest retail fair yet, with more than 50 retailers looking to fill hundreds of positions available for the upcoming holiday season.

Metropolis at Metrotown Job Fair

Where: Metropolis at Metrotown’s Atrium and Grand Courts
When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00am to 6:00pm

I actually managed a store at Metropolis at Metrotown almost 20 years ago and it was such a valuable experience. The customer service, leadership, and business management skills I learned there have carried through to my career today!

Metropolis at Metrotown Job Fair

At the Metropolis at Metrotown Job Fair, some retailers will hold interviews on the spot so candidates should dress appropriately for a job interview and be prepared for discussion with hiring managers. Candidates are encouraged to bring several résumés and make a list ahead of time of the retailers they are interested in visiting.

The Job Fair is open to job seekers looking for part-time, full-time, entry-level, or managerial positions.

Participating Retailers (subject to change)

Aldo/Call It Spring
American Eagle Outfitters
Banana Republic
Blue Ruby
Club Monaco
Coast Capital Savings
Ever New Melbourne
Freedom Mobile
Godiva Chocolatiers
Hot Topic
Hudson’s Bay
Icing & Claire’s
L’Occitane en Provence
Lucky Brand
Michael Hill
Michael Kors
Nine West
Old Navy
Paladin Security
Peoples Jewellers
Rogers/Fido Call Centre
Silkway Travel and Cruise
Starbucks (Skytrain)
Sunglass Hut (both locations)
T&T Supermarket
The Body Shop
The Source
Things Engraved
Tommy Hilfiger
Town Shoes
Toys R Us

View the full list of retailers, including the available positions, here »

Metropolis at Metrotown Job Fair

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