Off the Couch Blog

Welcome to our blog! This is where you'll find longer previews and profiles on upcoming or ongoing events in and around Ottawa. We've got fresh tips on what's new and exciting in town, as well as interviews with local movers, shakers and party makers. If you're into it, you too could join our team of volunteer bloggers!
By — Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 4:20pm
A pioneering local arts establishment is being forced out of business by one crusty neighbour.  Rather than supporting and encouraging the kind of enterprise that brings life and vitality to a burgeoning community, the City has bowed to pressure from one vocal individual who just doesn't get it. Patrick John Mills walked the fine line between having a home-based business and being an art-lover who graciously welcomed the public into his home. This caused quite the controversy with some of his neighbours (possibly even simply one!) who repeatedly complained about nearly everything he did since he opened his gallery at 286 Hinchey Ave. in Hintonburg five years ago. This video below is short, and shows what takes place at a typical art party in Patrick's home. Complaints were made... Read More
By — Monday, February 13, 2012 - 2:47pm
The new Couch Assassin site design has been more than 6 months in the making, but we launched it without a hitch this weekend.Thanks again to our fantastic volunteers for putting the site through its paces before launch and giving us feedback on how to make it better. Heck, we're all volunteers around here, but Lisa and I are particularly grateful to the handful of dedicated Couch Assassins who regularly update listings and generally keep us from going mental from overwhelmedness. I tell ya, you can't have any idea what a huge amount of stuff happens in this town until you try to list ALL of it! But that's what you've got us for.We'd love to hear from you about the new design, in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter. If you want to get directly in touch with us about something,... Read More
By — Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 12:29pm
That's as good a place as any to start, right?You know, I never thought I'd be a blogger. Maybe I still won't be -- I tend to spend most of my time on the site tinkering with the geek stuff while Lisa rocks the content. But we've been running this Couch Assassin thing for coming up on two years now, and people keep telling us they want more.More what? We're already listing every event in Ottawa that we know of!Oh. You want to know what we think about stuff? Well we're certainly not shy with our opinions, but Couch Assassin's modus operandi to date has been "just the facts, ma'am." We try not to editorialize too heavily, although sometimes it's hard to contain our excitement about an event.Our goal from the start has been to provide you a convenient place to find everything you need to... Read More

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