Friday, November 30, 2012

Grab those supporting CAD files with GrabCAD

Hello ID students,

I've recently just come across this engineering community website where people share their CAD work, called GrabCAD.  As a member (free online registration), you have access to tons of CAD models and projects that may be very useful to support your own projects.  For example, you can download a model of a typical AA battery and another model of the battery housing, which you can then import into your CAD assemblies without having to build these off-the-shelf parts yourself!  Perhaps you want to create a scene in your rendering software where you have your model sitting beside some other objects; you can download these "other objects" and import them into your rendering environment!  For example, say you designed a new fancy pen holder and wanted to render it with some pens in it; well, download some pen models and import them into your renderer.  Done!  No need to make your own pen CAD.

So check out GrabCAD here:

There are other sources for getting CAD files (predominantely STEP/STP or IGES/IGS), but this one is pretty cool based on my experience over the last couple of days.

You can even download a car model if you wanted!!  Have fun and good luck with all your projects!

- Tim

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Interior Design Show Jan 24-27

Interior Design Show is coming to Toronto!

Register as a student to get discounted tickets.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Call for entries: Next Generation Design Competition

The annual Next Generation Design Competition is open for entries. This year Metropolis challenges you to develop solutions that empower, advance, and include groups often overlooked in the design process (including but not limited to, our rapidly increasing aging population and citizens with disabilities). Consider how tech-savvy people are becoming and what devices, materials, and modes of transportation will stay relevant 20 years from now. Keep in mind what other groups will benefit from the design.

Think of the 1.13 billion people with different needs, think of your mom, your dad, your uncle or aunt, your friend, your kid brother or sister, your grandparents—any of your relations with special needs. And help them live better lives.

Solutions can come from any area and scale, systems thinking, sustainability, accessibility, materials, historic relevance, and/or technology as long as they are inclusive and empowering. The winner receives $10,000 and a lot of attention. The deadline for entries is February 18, 2013. Applications are open! Good luck!

 Email with any questions.

Book Launch! Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design by Bjarki Hallgrimsson

Join Bjarki and the various contributors for an official launch of the book Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design at the Carleton University Bookstore in the UniCenter on Tuesday, October 30th from 4:30pm to 6:00pm!  Light refreshments will be served.  We look forward to seeing you there!

"Building prototypes and models is an essential component of any design activity. Modern product development is a multi-disciplinary effort that relies on prototyping in order to explore new ideas and test them sufficiently before they become actual products.

'Prototyping and Modelmaking for Product Design' illustrates how prototypes are used to help designers understand problems better, explore more imaginative solutions, investigate human interaction more fully and test functionality so as to de-risk the design process. Following an introduction on the purpose of prototyping, specific materials, tools and techniques are examined in detail, with step-by-step tutorials and industry examples of real and successful products illustrating how prototypes are used to help solve design problems. Workflow is also discussed, using a mixture of hands-on and digital tools.

A comprehensive modern prototyping approach is crucial to making informed design decisions, and forms a strategic part of a successful designer's toolkit."

- Tim

Monday, October 8, 2012

InDesign Short Cuts

I hear a lot of people say they hate InDesign.. maybe this will help you hate it less? There's a lot, but definitely worth it to learn some. Like SolidWorks hot keys.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Brighten up your internship!

As an intern you may not be first in line to the nicest office in the place, but with 1000 post it notes you can help brighten it up! A fellow intern and I spent our saturday making this post-it note mosaic on our office wall.
It helps if you have everything all planned out
And make sure you have a ladder, or a very tall friend.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

MATERIA - Materials Database

Hey everyone, here's a really good materials database. You need to sign-up to use it, but it's free and defiantly worth it. It's very well indexed and up to date. They also have material related articles.

Also, is good.

And so is

Last one, has some good book suggestions and articles.


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Hire Me?! The Portfolio Handbook

Hello SIDer's!  This is a good post for all years, but especially important for first- and second-year students who are just getting into the swing of things in the ID world!

Check out this document that has been put together by senior students at UCID (University of Cincinatti Industrial Design), all about portfolio development.  Not only does it give you tips on how to build an awesome portfolio, it tells you the basics about presenting your design work.  These techniques need to start straight from first-year and continue throughout your years.  This book sums it up very nicely with little reading involved!

Click on the following link to download the PDF:
Hire Me?! The Portfolio Handbook

Good luck to all for this new school year!

- Tim

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Let It It Be

"Unbound by strict conformity to logic, the liberated architect breathes new life into architecture." 

I present to you Carleton's very own, Tom Ngo.

I met him a few years back while enrolled in Architecture. At the time, he was in his last year. Making quite an impression in our year, his character is as whimsical as his drawings.

His work will be exhibited at LE Gallery located on 1183 Dundas St. West. Opening reception will be held on Friday, July 6 from 6 - 9 pm. If you cannot make it, fear not, his solo exhibition will be available for public viewing from July 6th to the 29th.

In this specific exhibit, Tom looks at the theme of redundancy as a means of "fracturing the familiar". It expands on his masters' thesis of architecture absurdity, which can be found here.  

Be sure to check out his work!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Student Exchange, Adelaide Australia

Hello everyone! Heather here, I thought that now I have time to blog I should write to let everyone know how awesome student exchange has been and what I have been up to. I started studying at the University of South Australia in Adelaide on February 27th and today was my last day of the semester! (June 18th) My experience here has been amazing, and it was totally worth it. It really makes you see things in a different light and gives you experience with different cultures.

This semester I was enrolled in Furniture Design for Manufacture and User Design Studio 5. I was so thankful to have only two courses, it gave me plenty of time to finish projects and there was a bunch of spare time for me to just have fun while I was here. I am sure you guys are a bit curious to what I was up to here, so I will start with Studio :)

This semester, our projects were to Re-design a Stud Finder hand tool and to re design a portable projector unit that the lecturers use at the university. The portable projector unit started out as a group project where we had to research and analyze different areas of use of the projector unit. We had to create a use scenario where we would set it up and use it and observe difficulties we had and such. We also had to observe it using different techniques.. one was called 'master apprentice' where we had to watch an experienced user and learn from them. Another one was an interview, the 'fly on the wall' technique and one group even had to get the users to write love letters to the portable projector unit (which I thought was weird). This class was actually really similar to Lina's 3rd Year User Design course. There was a lot of repetitive observations and scenario analysis. Basically, this is going to sound bad but I didn't learn much from the studio here because I had already learnt it in Canada. We even did the whole post it note mind mapping thing... but they call it affinity diagrams here. I think that Carleton is slightly ahead of UniSA, but I suppose this could also be because of how their school year starts in February where ours starts in September.

For our final submission for the projector unit we had to make a website showing the development of the design from the very beginning to the very end. We had to use a free website making website called Yola, which is actually really super useful and customizable... I would definitely recommend it for a portfolio site. Anyways, here is the Link to my website if you guys wanted to see it...

So basically, that website will explain the project in more depth if you are interested. :) and the picture below is what my final design looked like..

(Video made with help of Dewar :))

While the projector project was going on, the stud finder project was going on at the same time. The stud finder project was just like any other project basically.. but one difference was that we learned about electronics! I learned how to make a circuit using a circuit board, L.E.D's, buzzers, vibration Motors, and switches. I did learn a lot about that actually, so that was neat. We had to do a bunch of user testing with this project as well. And Also tons of foam models. The thing about foam here in Australia is that they don't have the foam Canada has. Now that I have experienced Australia's foam, I really really miss Canada's Foam and I never thought I would say that. Here, they use the white low low density foam, like the kind of foam that is used in packaging. It is so hard to work with! and if you do happen to get ahold of blue foam (which is our pink foam) it is rare and everyone will want to touch it... 
So with the stud finder, we had to focus on ease of use and the interace. The point of it was to make it as clear as possible and as simple as possible, so it was a good project for interface design. For the final submission, our Prof (which they call lecturer) asked us to make our final model out of foam .. weird. I was expecting to rapid prototype it or something, but he told me they use foam for a lot of their final models.
Here is the first page of my final submission, 

Finally, there was the Furniture Design course. WOW.. all I have to say is wow, that Prof is crazy. But she was great, I have never had a Prof so true to herself. She just said what she wanted to and never held back to give her opinion. I remember one morning she came into class with a hangover (our class was monday mornings at 10 am) and she just said, "Okay, sorry guys.. I just need to take another 10 minutes, you guys just relax for a few, I will be outside taking a quick smoke break". I thought that was just so odd. She is "far out" as the Aussies would often say. But the way she interacted with the students and supported their ideas really turned out to be successful, and for all of the final Stool projects everyone's designs were absolutely amazing.
In Furniture design we had 3 projects and they were all fairly simple. First, we had to make a video about a piece of furniture, it's designer, their history and different pieces that they have created. I was in Linette's group as well as a guy named Rhys. We studied Hans Wegner's Papa Bear Chair even though our video turned out to be almost twice as long as the required time, it still turned out well.

Secondly, we had to create a wood joint but use two different materials to make it. Then we had to destroy the joint and analyze where it broke and talk about how it can be avoided in the future. I used laser cut acrylic and pine to make my joint, and I used dovetail type joinery but it was a bit different. (here is the picture below)

Finally, the last project was the stool. Which was pretty open, all we had to do was pick a piece of furniture that inspired us and then create a stool based off of that inspiration. We also had to discuss how we made our stool and how it can be made for mass production. My stool was made out of mailing tubes and left over tubes taken from a fabric shop. I painted it all white and then put graphics on the top... as seen below. 

Well, I guess that basically sums it up!. Australia has been great, I have traveled to New Zealand, Melbourne, a small town called Port Augusta, I have been to horse races and a zoo, a few Harbours and tons and tons of beaches. There is plenty more that I have done here, but if I were to say anything to future exchange students coming to Australia, I would say:
1. The weather here is actually pretty chilly in the end of May, June and July because its their winter (I didn't bring a good jacket so I have had to layer up a bunch)
2. Adelaide is a pretty quiet city, and Colder than almost all of the others. If you are interested in warmer weather and more up beat towns where shops don't close at 6 or 7 I would say try out Melbourne, Brisbane or Queensland. (Thats where I will be going next time I come to Australia)
3. Try to get a job (if you think you will need a job) right at the beginning of your travels because they pay a lot of money for minimum wage. 
4. Get involved in as much things as possible. I have kind of missed out on some things and 5 months goes by really fast! so make as much fun as you can. 

Anyways, I have also been writing a personal blog about my travels so if anyone is interested in what else Australia has to offer and especially Adelaide, here is the Link to my blog. 

See you all in September :)

Thursday, May 24, 2012

the interviews

It's that time of the year again where everyone is scrambling to get an internship for the summer, or the next semester. What are some questions employers ask during the interview process? I've had some really difficult ones, and some surprising ones too. But I recall going into a phone interview with a list of prepared interview questions (I think she was trying to get rid of me) and having the interviewer not ask me a single one I was prepared for.

so, here's a list of THINGS THEY MAY ASK..
1. What are your skills?
2. Where do you see yourself in a few years?
   a. What do you see yourself doing/ what kind of work?
3. What kind/type of design do you like to do?
4. What is your favourite part of the design process?
5. Do you follow any blogs? If so, which/what?
6. What was your role in your previous job/design internship?
7. Can you speak any other languages?
8. How do you design? (maybe provide a scenario)
9. What do you do on your spare time?
10. Do you have any hobbies, if so what are they?
11. Tell me about yourself (I hate this question)
12. What are your weaknesses?
13. What was the most challenging part of your last semester/ previous projects?
14. How did you find us?

...Anyone else have anything to add?

In general, they just want to know you as a person and see how you react to things as well as what you know about your field and the company you are applying to.

Best of luck!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cork Competition! - Call for Entries

Boisbuchet has an open call for entries for new applications for cork products or the improvement of existing products with cork.

Submission: 4 page pdf (details on website)
Deadline: June 30

Winners will be selected to attend a workshop to create prototypes, and a final winner will be selected with an award of 10,000 €. All the rights remain with the designer.

Have fun!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Studio is finished

Here is a shout out to all the third years that had their last third year studio review today, and all the fourth years that handed in the final report today (after much grief to get everything printed).

You may have noticed that the blog has been dead this past week or so, but that has been due to a crazy amount of work here at the school, finally coming to an end today for those of us in third year.

Coming up we still have a bit before we get to leave for the summer. Many of us still have exams. Around the school, in the next two weeks, we have our final pin-up, year end dinner and finally the annual grad show. So school isn't quite done, but I think we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

(^^^  I wish that was our summer!)

Friday, March 23, 2012

Free Universal Construction Kit

It has arrived.  I can truly die happy.

The Free Universal Construction Kit promises to make all construction toys compatible through their FREE ready-to-print adapters.  That means Lego, K'nex, Tinkertoys, and many many more of our childhood favourites can live together in harmony.

The Free Universal Construction Kit from Adapterz on Vimeo.
Thank you F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab gods.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Australian Update

Sorry I’ve been kind of neglecting you guys since I’ve been here. Moving to a new country takes a lot of work (setting up banking, cell phones, internet connections, etc. etc...boring stuff).
I’ve been in Adelaide, Australia for a little over a month now and am in my 4th week of school at the University of South Australia (UniSA). I’ve enrolled myself in 3rd year studio: focus on usability design, ceramic production techniques, and furniture for manufacture. 
First off, our studio actually has windows! I was really excited about that. The atriums on our campus are also all outside, since they don’t really have to deal with the same weather conditions that we do. It’s really cool, but also very strange.

Oh, hi Justin!

  • Worth double credit (like 1st semester 3rd year at Carleton)
  • 2 projects in parallel:
    • redesign a mobile projection unit (a cart with a projector, a laptop, and all the fixings)
    • redesign a stud finder (focus on model building for iterations. Foam and simple electronics.)
Thanks to the stud finder project, I’ve learned to solder in the last 2 days. Built myself a snazzy circuit board too so I can test the feedback and usability of my models. 
The lights and speaker can all be inserted into foam models so I can use the
control board to replicate actual functions during user testing.

Ceramic Production Techniques:
  • Basically a mix of techniques (like from mass pro) and an arts course
  • I play with clay and mix up glazes
Furniture for Manufacture:
  • Pretty much what the title says
  • First project was a research project on a designer and one of their designs. We did our video on Hans Wegner’s Papa Bear Chair.
  • Final project will be to design and fabricate a full scale stool.
So that’s a little update on ID life in Adelaide. If you’re interested in reading a bit about what else has been going on down here outside of school feel free to visit my travel blog, because Australia is freaking awesome.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Third Year Birdhouse Review

After a few weeks or hard work, the third year ID students presented their finished birdhouse projects. Most students created full scale models, with a select few creating scale models. Students were divided into research groups centered around a local canadian bird and then came up with individual solutions to the design opportunities they found. 

Rylan presenting his Purple Martin Community birdhouse. 

Iris Wang's Children's Birdhouse (left) and Paul Chamandy-Cook's Refuge Birdhouse (right), designed to accomodate the needs of both blue birds and chickadees. 

Monday, March 12, 2012

Call For Entries Design Competition




Call for Entries – Registration is Open


Winner will be announced November 30, 2012

1. Submit your entry on the Official Entry Form provided.

2. Attach a description of your entry using a maximum of 200 words.

3. Each person may submit up to 3 individual entries. Each entry must be accompanied by a completed entry form.

4. Each submission must be accompanied by up to 6 image files of your project. Please note: use only low resolution jpeg images (72 dpi) maximum 150 kb each file, image size maximum is 818 pixels.

For further information LIKE our Facebook page and request an entry form by sending an email to:

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

2012 internship opening - designaffairs

designaffairs has openings for a 6month internship starting Feb/March 2012. But you know what that means... six months later, the spot will open up and you can intern there! They also have several branch studios and is an interdisciplinary firm that covers aspects of design strategy, industrial design, branding, user interface design, and moooore.

The requirement says the internships are for highly motivated and top notch students that are in the 5th semester. I have no idea what 5th semester is, so just apply anyway if you think you meet the former criteria haha.

Industrial design (Feb/Mar 2012) - Munich, Erlangen
User interface (Feb/Mar 2012) - Munich
Usability (Mar/Apr 2012) - Munich

good luck!
under agency >  jobs

Saturday, February 25, 2012

2nd Year Studio: Reusable Water Bottles

Second year students have been working hard on their first studio project of the semester; designing a reusable water bottle for a specific user group of their choosing. Completed in four stages -- identifying use scenarios, creating concept sketches, low fidelity prototyping, and making final visual appearance models -- the class developed products for a wide range of uses. See a handful of projects after the jump, and don't forget to check out some of the finished models in the display case near fourth year studio.

Trunk Swap 2.0

Hey guys, it's Trunk Swap time again! In case you didn't come to the last one, prepare for delicious food, awesome trades, prof donations, and chill music or maybe a movie in the background :)

There are a few ways to do this:
 1. You bring old stuff you don't want anymore (clothes, small items, big items .. stuff you'd sell at a garage sale) and trade / sell them to other people who will love them more.

 2. Bring art / design / other work that you'd like to sell (or trade) so we can support our own! (please contact us, if there is enough interest we can reserve a separate space for your work!)

 3. Bring delicious food! Please contact Sam M or Zoe D in first year to organize if you'd like CIDSA to make the profit off your food! :D

 4. Just show up, browse, and hope that people will accept cold hard cash (they will!)

 5. Any combination of the above! We'd love it if you came, the more the merrier!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


The event is going to happen at Fall Down Gallery on Bank St.
Friday, April 13th - Sunday, April 15th. 
Opening night, live music and beers, big party fun-times and the most on display. for more info.

2012 internship opening - teams design

Teams design has offices in Essingen, Germany, Shanghai, Chicago, and Hamburg. They do a wide range of products from electronics to housewares, transportation and healthcare.

The openings are for Fall 2012, but I suggest you apply early because they get a lot of applicants. I got feedback from them one time ago, and they really appreciate seeing thought process through sketching, mock ups etc. You could even just do one or two projects showing the design process and that would be enough.

Industrial design - Essingen, Chicago
Interactive design - Essingen
Transportation design intern - Hamburg

good luck!

You just wrinkled my brain

I kind of missed the Valentine's day mark... but this is quite interesting (and yes, cute too), for all you psych nerds out there. Watch it just so you can quote this line in daily life:

"Love is a feeling you have for someone you have feelings about." 

The Love Competition from Brent Hoff on Vimeo.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Jacob Sutton's LED Surfer

"I was really drawn to the idea of a lone character made of light surfing through darkness."

Jacob Sutton's other videos are cool too. Click.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

2012 Internship opening - pilotfish

Pilotfish is a fairly large company that mixes industrial design with interaction design and specializes in electronic products. They have branches in Munich, Amsterdam and Taipei, and they work with many international brands. Check them out here.

They currently have openings for Munich and Taipei as an interactive design intern or an industrial design intern. Two positions both available in both locations. (it says so on the website)

I'm not sure when the positions are for, but it's always good to just shoot them an email!
good luck!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Internship on Ice

Last November, I packed my backs and travelled to the dark edge of the Arctic Circle to intern for three months as a “Product Designer” at a fashion studio in Reykjavík, Iceland. I worked with designer Sruli Recht, an Australian ex-pat who operates a studio he lovingly calls Vopnabúriđ (Icelandic for “The Armoury”) in the city’s old harbour. Sruli’s self-titled label could be best described as avant-garde, high end menswear – the collections usually offer a gradient of wearable clothing to wild show pieces. I was invited to come aboard his 2012 Autumn/Winter collection development team to assist in the creation of accessories and show pieces.

O M G.

Now comes a new era of 'shopping. Don't overdo it!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day!

Get ready! CIDSA is celebrating Valentine's Day in a big way because we love you all so much!!

Make sure to enter our Valentine's Day Draw to win a pair of Mayfair tickets. Contest closes today. Also CIDSA is giving out tons of love with your name on it!!

Sunday, February 12, 2012


If you haven't been to this little gem in the market, 24 York St., I highly recommend it!  But let's not all rush at once ladies, we'll all have the same dresses for YED...awkward.

Last Friday, they hosted a stylist challenge.  The grand prize being $200 gift certificate (nice) and you get to style their Spring 2012 photoshoot (AWESOME!)  ID's very own graduate, Rachel Bussin, was all up in this shiz.  So hop on facebook, like her ensemble, and help her win!  See link below.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Third Year Toy Projects

Last semester, the third years designed toys! Here are some that were developed last semester. There were four categories: Eco-Friendly , Heath and well being, Do-it-Yourself and Inclusive Design. Take a look at more of the projects after the JUMP!

Jon Cairns - Inclusive Design Group - This musical ball encourages parallel play among autistic children.
Richard Whittington - Health and Well Being Group - Balooza is a ball shooting game that encourages active play.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Blog Feature: Intellective Design

Follow along with Carleton MDes student Mike Gigoriev as he completes his masters Thesis. 

"This blog is the documentation of my exploration into the potential of harnessing collective intelligence in the design process to foster greater empathy and understanding in social design initiatives."

The blog is full of great content pertaining to Industrial Design. Make sure to check it out here.

T-shirt Time!

It's that time of year again! Shirts are on sale until Friday, February 17! We have two awesome designs this year! The contest-winning modern and sleek design by Kyle Lunau and the classic SID emblem designed by Anthony Frank-Keeler! Sign up by the printer room. Find Maya or your year representative to pay for yours. More colours after the jump.

All I can say is YESSSSS....

YESSS.... Someone's finally done it: Taken all of our beloved viral videos and designed movie posters for them. Simple graphics and heavy on the Helvetica, but it works and they're cute. More here.

Thursday, February 9, 2012


Last week the School of Industrial Design and CIDSA had the pleasure of hosting Spencer Nugent from IDsketching come to talk to us! He gave us a lecture on visual communication and followed up with two back to back workshops on the basics of sketching and advanced techniques with photoshop. Thank you Spencer for coming! Also, thank you Fabian for making this event happen!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Ottawa: City of the Future - Today!

Okay, so not quite today, but soon. If you know me, you know I take a great interest in city planning, urban design, architecture, and transit. So I thought I'd share some major projects underway in the city in which all of us study, and some of us call home. Here we go...

Ten Reasons to be Optimistic About Ottawa

    Ottawa LRT


Big things are happening in Ottawa, and I'm excited. I can only hope the situation in my own hometown becomes more clear and promising.

Monday, February 6, 2012

So you want to graduate

Curious to know what it's like to be in fourth year? Wait no longer! It’s Hell. Please disregard the blur and smiling faces.

I’m kidding (mostly), but you should come see for yourself.

Fourth years are in the midst of user testing and WE WANT YOU to come help us out. Check out our projects, our test rigs, and tell us what you really think. Maybe you will get an idea of what type of project you'd like to work on in the future.

Friday @ 5pm in the Pit or Wednesday @ 12 noon around studio. Questions? Come find Kim Thomson in the 4th yr studio.

More specific information of what we’re actually up to after the jump.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Dream Tesselation

By Joel Cooper, this particular tessellation is driving me crazy. Wish I had the skills for this one.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Ottawa Chair

Karim Rashid's New Chair, Ottawa. Part of a new collection including tables, chairs, a sideboard and cabinet for BoConcept.

February (Click on the date for more information!)

This Month's Events:

Jan. 31 – Feb. 5: Candela (electric light installations by professional artists to raise interest in lighting design. At Cube Gallery)

27 – Feb 21: Taste of Winterlude (A huge food and wine lineup to offer a feast of culinary experiences!)

2: Ottawa Burleque Collective (A first time event of debauchery. So many tassels..)

2-4: Ottawa Winter Jazzfest

3: Fire and Lights from 1812 to 2012 (Winterlude opening ceremony, free museum admission, fireworks, and a dance party to end the night!)

3: 21st Annual Stew Cook-Off (to kick off Winterlude!)

3: Bowich Curry House (a night filled with a series of regional Indian dishes)

3 - 20: Winterlude (An outdoor winter celebration! You can’t miss it. It’s everywhere)

4: “For the Love of Dance” Multi-Cultural Dance Show and Fundraiser

4: Spin-a-thon Fundraiser for Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre (6 hours of spinning = thighs of the strongest steel…andamantium)

6: China Carnival Spring Gala ( to celebrate Chinese New Year, performances, music and dance)

9: Volunteer Marketplace (need a volunteering job?)

10: Sexapolooza

11: Fete Frissons (Pancake breakfast and skating in Orleans)

11: FESTIVAL OF CHOCOLATE (chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, ottawa firefighters!)

11: The Psychic Experience (I dunno, just thought someone might like this!)

11 - 12: Canadian Ski Marathon (the trail = Gatineau-Montebello-Lachute)

14: Stargazing: Valentine’s Day (Canada Science and Technology Museum gives you a romantic night under the stars. Free.)

14: Artistika: Love Art Party (they have a massage lounge and kissing booth…and interpretive dance. Good way to spend V-Day)

17: The 2012 Xerox Corporate Challenge (an on-ice obstacle course relay for the Heart and Stroke Foundation)

17-19: Fashion Week (National and International designers showcase their work)

17 – 19: Gatineau Loppet (The biggest event of cross-country skiing in Canada!)

17 – 20: The Great Backyard Bird Count (Bird watchers, unite!)

18 – 20: Funatorium Explorium Family Extravaganza (something for Family Day)

19: Antique Skateboards’ Social Book Exchange (Skateboarders sick of people thinking they can’t read, so they’re holding a book exchange at Oz Kafe. Bring a book!)

24: Brazilian Night II (live samba, bossa nova, brazilian popular music, and appetizers)

26: Ottawa Dancer’s Bazaar (a wide selection of merchandise for burlesque and belly dancers)

28 – Mar. 4: VERSefest (a celebration of poetry)

29: Voices of Venus Presents Women Slam Winners (Slam poetry)

Longer Term Events:

Currency Museum, Feb. 4-5, 11-12, 18-19: Wintermuse (what do beavers and furs have in common with money?)

Museum of Science and Technology, Dec. 8 – June 2012: From the Farm to the Freeway (Biocomposite Plastics)

Museum of Science and Technology, Nov. 5 – April 9 2012: SiO2 (The Science of Glass)

Fulton's Pancake House and Sugar Bush, Feb. 18 – April 22: It’s far but who wouldn’t travel for pancakes? It’s also a Canadian tradition and free

Bytown Museum, Jan. 24 – May 27: Six Moments in the History of The Urban Forest (trees on the


National Art Gallery, Dec. 9 – Apr. 1: Made in America 1900-1950 (A collection of historic photographs)

Every Month:

Spins and Needles (different workshop every month)

Basement Artists at Babylon (local visual artists and rocking music)

La Petite Mort Gallery One Night Stand (different one every month)

Lululemon Yoga and Run Club (free every week)

Trailer Park Bingo at Zaphod`s every Sunday at 9:00-ish (it’s free and you get prizes!)

Mod night at Babylon every Sunday night

80’s night at Barrymore’s every Sunday

90’s night at Barrymore’s every Thursday