Technically, you could say that I’m an intruder. I work and reside in Gatineau, but I live and breathe Ottawa on a daily basis. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy my Quebec hometown however. Au contraire, I embrace both sides of the river as much as I possibly can as each has something special and unique to offer to its residents and visitors.
But back to my love for Ottawa. I used to buy people’s bullshit when they confidently stated that Ottawa was a boring city with nothing to do and without a nightlife. But that’s because I didn’t know any better. Until I decided to venture and explore the National Capital Region. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Ottawa-Gatineau has tons to offer for those who love live music, visual art, Museums, festivals, film, poetry and spoken word, dance and the list goes on.
This realization lead me to create Eventful Capital after being struck by the city’s rich culture. I felt the need to share this richness with fellow Ottawa-Gatineau residents and visitors because time after time, I kept hearing people complain about this city for apparently no good reason. And I’ve learned that those who argue that Ottawa isn’t Montreal or Toronto, simply haven’t learned to appreciate and embrace Ottawa’s generous cultural community. Fair enough, the National Capital isn’t Montreal or Toronto, but is it ever fair to compare apples and oranges? Common now every city has its particularities, strenghts and weaknesses.
There’ve been nights that I spent typing away at this blog wanting to give up, not convinced that Eventful Capital was worth the time and effort that I put into it, but the stats, likes, follows, retweets and favourites allowed me to think otherwise and kept me going.
Over this short period of time, I’ve had the opportunity to meet some great people, discover fun places and experience new things and it’s been a true pleasure to get to know some of you in person and to become more and more familiar with Ottawa’s local scene. Thanks to this blog, I’ve grown to appreciate the national capital on a whole new level. Whether I attend a Spectrasonic show at Babylon, dance the night away at the Mercury Lounge, take in some soul food at the Urban Legends Poetry Slam, purchase local goodies at the Urban Craft market, or check out an exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery, I’m always inspired by the people and initiatives that drive this fantastic region and am truly thankful to be a part of it.
As I type these words I’m full of gratitude for everyone who’s given Eventful Capital a chance, who’s read my posts and shared my reviews. The blog’s obviously not perfect, there’s plenty of room for improvement and growth and I sincerely hope that you keep reading and that we can continue to grow together.
I’m happy that Eventful Capital has turned 2 and promise to keep you informed on what’s noteworthy in this lovely city that we live in. Thanks for embracing the blog and here’s to another eventful year ahead!
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