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No Fire-Breathing Investors at 2018 Otter’s Den
Brockville / Business / Leeds Grenville

No Fire-Breathing Investors at 2018 Otter’s Den

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE A kinder, gentler breed of investors sat up-front at Otter’s Den, Brockville, listening to 15-minute pitches from five start-ups and entrepreneurs.  A Q & A session ensued, questions exclusively from the Otters. Occasionally, tough questions and critique kept the audience of 90 guests on edge. It was a … Continue reading

Brockville Aquatarium Amazes – World Class
Attractions / Brockville / Leeds Grenville / St. Lawrence / Thousand Islands / What To Do

Brockville Aquatarium Amazes – World Class

By MAGGIE M, Editor, Wedgee-in-Chief, the wedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE click icons at story’s end This writer was taken on a grand tour of Brockville’s, Aquatarium™, by its affable Host, Executive Director, Bill Rogerson. He was plucked from Gananoque over seven years ago, its former Asset and Infrastructure Manager, to bring Aquatarium’s 27,000 sq. ft. … Continue reading

BEST OF BOATING : Three Families and One Woman Buoy Our Waterways
Brockville / Gananoque / Portland / Rideau Valley / Sports / Thousand Islands / Tourism / What To Do

BEST OF BOATING : Three Families and One Woman Buoy Our Waterways

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE scroll to story’s end and click icons. “I discovered boating when I was five years-old.” “I’ll never forget the first fish my son speared.” “We’ve never had a bad day on a boat.” Such are emotional quotes from people living life more fully on our waterways. … Continue reading

Lyme epidemic Takes Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere, George W. Bush, Daryl Hall, Peter Seeger, Debbie Gibson,  Ben Stiller, Christie Brinkley
Better Health / Lanark County / Leeds Grenville / The Wedge

Lyme epidemic Takes Shania Twain, Avril Lavigne, Alec Baldwin, Richard Gere, George W. Bush, Daryl Hall, Peter Seeger, Debbie Gibson, Ben Stiller, Christie Brinkley

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE It is estimated by Dr. Jay Nielsen, M.D., there are 20 to 30 million people in U.S. misdiagnosed or undiagnosed with Lyme Disease. The CDC revised its estimate of 30,000 to 300,000 cases over three years ago; however, the toll is likely far greater. Often, MS, ALS, Parkinson, arthritis, … Continue reading

Downton Abbey Angst : Local Fans Hanker For More
Entertainment / Ottawa / Perth / The Wedge

Downton Abbey Angst : Local Fans Hanker For More

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE Viewers around the world waited for Season 7; but, it was not to be. Downton Abbey, the highly celebrated television series called it quits at its feverish height. In our own region fans pine–or rather, ache–to re-connect with this extraordinary production. Julian Fellowes is the visionary Creator and Writer … Continue reading

Could this be our tiniest hamlet?
history / Leeds Grenville / St. Lawrence / Tourism

Could this be our tiniest hamlet?

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE Not much equals a drive along County Road 2. It trims the St.Lawrence River, a corridor from Cornwall to Kingston. It is ostensibly the most traveled scenic road with many picnic stops and major destination locations along the way. Gananoque, Mallory Town, Rockport, Thousands Islands, Brockville, Prescott, Morrisburg, Long Sault … Continue reading

Melting Pot of Forward-Thinking Farmers Gather in Cornwall
Better Health / Cornwall / Farming / Food / The Wedge

Melting Pot of Forward-Thinking Farmers Gather in Cornwall

By Sara Nicholson, Food and Health Contributor, the wedge.LIVE This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Eco Farm Day, a two-day event organized by Canadian Organic Growers (COG). It was a day filled with speakers, presentations and trade shows on everything from soil through plants to livestock. Many guests had booked rooms … Continue reading

Grandeur and Dizzying Diversions : 1,000 Islands Village
Attractions / Brockville / Food / Shops / St. Lawrence / The Wedge / Tourism

Grandeur and Dizzying Diversions : 1,000 Islands Village

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE  (Sharing this story is easy. Just click the social button at story’s end.) In my exploits this winter, I tripped on a delightful, grand anomaly. I discovered a sprawling, manicured estate extending 27.4 acres along the St. Lawrence River, on the North side of scenic highway No. 2. Its … Continue reading

Coutts dynasty leads in farming practices and healing foods
Better Health / Farming / Food / Lanark County / Perth / Shops

Coutts dynasty leads in farming practices and healing foods

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE (SHARING buttons are at story’s end) “Did you get the cow?” Diana Coutts, Co-Owner, Coutts Country Flavours, asked her husband on the phone as we concluded our first meeting. I inquired about one of their cows being on the loose. She bellowed with laughter at my question. Turns out, … Continue reading

Pho The Love of The Far East : 3 Top Spots
Brockville / Ottawa / Restaurants / St. Lawrence / Tourism / Where to eat

Pho The Love of The Far East : 3 Top Spots

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE Visiting the ByWard is akin to crossing the rubicon, from “urban” to “hipster” in only a few steps. It’s a village bursting with experiences especially of the food kind. You pass by the majestic Chateau Laurier and–Boom!–a world of fun opens up. In the ByWard, sounds shift every twenty … Continue reading

“One small step for people, one giant leap for peoplekind”
Comedy / Opinion

“One small step for people, one giant leap for peoplekind”

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE Canada now exerts its participation in its Southern neighbor’s exploration of space. Our PM corrects the first words by Neil Armstrong as he stepped off the module onto the lunar surface. Amstrong pronounced a string of words known around the world–a meme which united everyone. This 1969 historical moment … Continue reading

Miracle Mineral Found in Perth, Carleton Place, Brockville
Better Health / Brockville / Carleton Place / Food / Perth / Shops

Miracle Mineral Found in Perth, Carleton Place, Brockville

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE This writer opens this story appealing to your vanity. Yes, there is a fountain of youth here in the region. It does not require exercise, positive affirmatives, plastic surgery, or sitting in caverns in the heart of Italy. Once you learn about this youthful mineral in which I guarantee … Continue reading

Treasure hunt ends in Kemptville and Iroquois
Better Health / Food / Kemptville / St. Lawrence / Stormont Dundas & Glengarry / The Wedge

Treasure hunt ends in Kemptville and Iroquois

by MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE This writer looked around, inquiring from those in-the-know and searching the web for hard-to-find foods produced the way our forefathers did–only three generations ago. Finally, my unrelenting search ended in results. I stumbled upon Biemond, AKA Upper Canada Creamery, Iroquois (an East Ontario town along the St. Lawrence), and, … Continue reading

Perth has the L-Factor : Love is in the air
Lanark County / Love Month / Perth / Restaurants / Shops / Tourism / Where to eat / Where to stay

Perth has the L-Factor : Love is in the air

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE I remember strolling up Gore Street in late summer 2016, exchanging effusive words with visitors. “This is the wedding town of Ontario,” one young couple intimated. As I traveled, loaded down with my camera and tripod, I witnessed many couples holding hands, cuddling as they swayed, absorbing Downtown Perth’s, … Continue reading

Mainstreet is at war with Cyberstreet : It’s not pretty
Almonte / Brockville / Business / Opinion / Perth / Restaurants / Shops / The Wedge

Mainstreet is at war with Cyberstreet : It’s not pretty

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE — NOTE: This is a new category, “Opinion.” The wedge is super positive–no deaths, no crime, no politics; but, a little edginess once-in-awhile is valued by our readers. So, here it is. This writer has seen Amazon’s packages–that unmistakable smirk in its logo–stacked high at our Canada Post locations through … Continue reading

Three Collaborate in Celebrating Van Gogh in Smiths Falls
Entertainment / Restaurants / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Where to eat

Three Collaborate in Celebrating Van Gogh in Smiths Falls

By MAGGIE W, Editor, the wedge.LIVE NOAL Pantry, Smiths Falls Library and The Station Theatre collaborate in creating an exceptional daytime event, celebrating the life and works of Artist, Vincent Van Gogh. This is a first of its kind in the greater region. Chef Laurie Anne Brennan, Founder of NOAL Pantry, is creating a “Van … Continue reading

The Wedge’s 10 Best of 2017 – Part 4 “NINE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE”
10 Best of 2017 / Arnprior / Cobden / Kanata / Merrickville / People / Renfrew / Smiths Falls / Westport

The Wedge’s 10 Best of 2017 – Part 4 “NINE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE”

By MAGGIE M, Editor, Wedgee-in-Chief, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ Share by clicking icons at story’s end. NINE MOST BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE IN THE WEDGE This is our final “10 Best of 2017.” We held this segment back until everyone returned from extended Christmas holidays. Below you will find individuals the wedge and this writer have met personally … Continue reading

The Wedge’s 10 Best 2017 – Part 2
10 Best of 2017 / Perth / Prescott / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

The Wedge’s 10 Best 2017 – Part 2

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE you can click the buttons at story’s end THE WEDGE’s 10 BEST OF 2017 Continued 4- Favorite Photos Our first, most favorited photo by our readers is of a young couple showing the hallmarks of early-stage courting, smitten with each other. Surprisingly, they are a long-established, … Continue reading

Local Shops Overtake Amazon Last Week of Christmas
Business / Shops / Technology

Local Shops Overtake Amazon Last Week of Christmas

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ TO SHARE story, click buttons at story’s end Our readers are forewarned,  local shopping is a cause we support. Community stability is increasingly challenged by those who concentrate power thousands of miles away inside a circuit box with superficial intelligence. Amazon has been the darling of this process … Continue reading

Fantastic Friday : Festival of Lights in Perth
Attractions / Christmas / Lanark County / Music / Perth / What To Do

Fantastic Friday : Festival of Lights in Perth

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE ❤️ To Share This Story Scroll to the End and Click Your Buttons This writer attended a fantastic Friday evening in Perth–one filled with immersive sights and sounds beyond my expectations. This event, The Festival of Lights, ushered in the Christmas holidays with a “bang”–literally. On arrival, I struggled with … Continue reading

BLACK FRIDAY Downtown Arnprior : The Big Six
Arnprior / Christmas / Ottawa Valley / Shops / The Wedge

BLACK FRIDAY Downtown Arnprior : The Big Six

BY MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE ❤️ Share buttons like Facebook at story’s end ! Towns and small city retailers in the wedge are responding aggressively to shoppers’ demands for deals this Christmas season. Shopping local has acquired “cachet” over the last few years, thanks to the tireless efforts of town associations and a spirit … Continue reading

Politicians’ Worst Nightmare, Mary Walsh, Makes Splash in Arnprior
Arnprior / Attractions / Comedy / Entertainment / What To Do

Politicians’ Worst Nightmare, Mary Walsh, Makes Splash in Arnprior

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE “It was a combination of persuasion and magic,”states acclaimed, Public Librarian of 2017, Karen DeLuca, in signing Mary Walsh to appear at the Arnprior Library. DeLuca received this highest award from the Ontario Library Association. Carolyn Swayze, also employed in the same library, received the Youth Librarian of 2016 … Continue reading

Our Surprising Local Megastars – Case for a Walk-of-Fame?
Almonte / Brockville / Entertainment / Kingston / Music / Ottawa / Pembroke / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

Our Surprising Local Megastars – Case for a Walk-of-Fame?

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE We had a cursory look into the wedge (Pembroke to Hawkesbury to Kingston and all cities, towns, places within) and found the riches of fame. Some of the world’s most renown were born here and many remain–and return. This is a glimpse–we barely scrape the topic here. We’ve not … Continue reading

Pembroke & Cobden : 7-Visits Marathon
Ottawa Valley / Pembroke / Seven Visits Marathons

Pembroke & Cobden : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE  FYI: Sharing Buttons incl. Facebook at end of story This writer’s trek through the Ottawa Valley continues with the wedge‘s farthest destination in its northwest boundary–a second trip into the city of Pembroke and its close friend, the village of Cobden. Now, we feature some of its leading personalities … Continue reading

Smiths Falls On Economic Fast-Track
Business / Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls On Economic Fast-Track

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE (video below) The Town’s engagement in economic development is at full-throttle in Smiths Falls. The Town has just re-launched its brand and website. Its council and executives are putting revitalization on a fast-track, accelerating business growth. Local magnates are investing in rebuilding. The Hotel Rideau is returning to its former … Continue reading

Brockville’s Underworld Revealed
Brockville / Leeds Grenville / St. Lawrence / Thousand Islands / What To Do

Brockville’s Underworld Revealed

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE I was struck with a revelation about Brockville mid-summer. Sure, it’s a beautiful marine city as I have previously written and photographed; but, there is a lot going on beyond the sight line, below waters and below the ground. I attended Centeen Park, Brockville’s renown dive site, to gain … Continue reading

Big Names Play Nooks and Crannies in East Ontario
Almonte / Elgin / Entertainment / Lanark County / Leeds Grenville / Music / Stormont Dundas & Glengarry / What To Do

Big Names Play Nooks and Crannies in East Ontario

By Maggie M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE “It started in PEI first, then opened in Australia. Ottawa Bluesfest brought it to East Ontario,” recounts Kelly Symes, General Manager, The Festival of Small Halls. Every once-in-a-while an idea strikes this writer as exceedingly special. This idea stems from the creative mind of the man who founded renown, Ottawa … Continue reading

Prescott’s Epic Summer Closing Acts
Entertainment / Leeds Grenville / Prescott / St. Lawrence / What To Do

Prescott’s Epic Summer Closing Acts

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE “How fast can you recite Hamlet’s soliloquy?,” I asked Ian Farthing, Actor. He is one of a cast of three joining Susie Burnett and Helen Juvonen in the final St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival stage performance of 2017, “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” Do not miss the humour … Continue reading

Drop-dead Gorgeous Gananoque
Gananoque / Leeds Grenville / St. Lawrence / Thousand Islands / What To Do

Drop-dead Gorgeous Gananoque

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE This writer is running out of English superlatives to depict the precious gems that are the villages, towns and cities in the wedge. Gananoque (“Gana-knock-way”) is vivid, sculpted, bucolic, enchanting… If ‘Gan’ were a woman, everyone would declare she is, “drop-dead gorgeous.” Her expansive gateway heralds beauty beyond our … Continue reading

Brockville : Beauty and a Bit of Brouhaha
Attractions / Brockville / Thousand Islands / What To Do

Brockville : Beauty and a Bit of Brouhaha

By MAGGIE M, Editor, The Wedge.LIVE When I visited Brockville, a mother and her two young sons, sat quietly taking in the sound of roaring waves, the grand view, their feet inches from the St. Lawrence River. The two boys became very animated as an enormous cargo ship entered into our view. “Woooaaa!,” they exclaimed. … Continue reading

Return to Renfrew : 7-Visits Marathon
Business / Music / Ottawa Valley / Renfrew / Renfrew County / Restaurants / Seven Visits Marathons / Shops / Where to eat

Return to Renfrew : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE I visited the Town of Renfrew a second time, from a different angle. This day began dry and overcast with my first visit to their famed dairy, and ended in my being soaked to my underthings in a den of musicians. It didn’t just rain cats and dogs at 4:45 … Continue reading

Glorious Day in Arnprior : 7-Visits Marathon
Arnprior / Business / Ottawa Valley / Renfrew County / Restaurants / Seven Visits Marathons / Shops / What To Do / Where to eat

Glorious Day in Arnprior : 7-Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE This writer went on another tourist marathon last week, this time in the Town of Arnprior, Ontario. First, I explored its natural hot spots; then, I discovered some of its excellent businesses, through a downpour which did not cease. It’s only rain, not fire and brimstone; so, I visited each, … Continue reading

BIG teeny idea will energize towns : Smiths Falls, Gananoque, Manotick, Cornwall, Arnprior ?
Business / Shops

BIG teeny idea will energize towns : Smiths Falls, Gananoque, Manotick, Cornwall, Arnprior ?

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE An idea is floating around water coolers and sidewalks’ edges. It’s not new; but, it is unexpressed. What’s more, it engages everyone, locals and visitors. It’s a big idea; but, by virtue of its scale, it is teeny-tiny. A lovely friend, Judy Gorman Abromeit, brought this project to this writer’s … Continue reading

Mystery Arnprior : far more than imagined
Arnprior / Ottawa Valley / Renfrew County / The Wedge / What To Do

Mystery Arnprior : far more than imagined

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE Last week, this writer drove into a town that had been in my thoughts for some time; but, until then, my feet had not touched its soil. Arnprior was astonishing and an exhilirating discovery. It is unquestionably a ‘must visit’ travel destination. There is a bit of a nerd in … Continue reading

A day circling Westport : 7- Visits Marathon
Attractions / Entertainment / Music / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Seven Visits Marathons / Shops / The Wedge / Westport / What To Do / Where to eat / Where to stay

A day circling Westport : 7- Visits Marathon

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE Visiting Westport always leaves this writer smiling inwardly. Its locals are unpretentious, kind, relaxed and bubbling with creativity. I continue to say, “Westport is one spirit with different faces.” On this beautiful day, the first after so much rain, I began my journey on Westport’s edge and circled around town … Continue reading

Smiths Falls’ NIKNAKs Paddle Shack launched !
Rideau Canal / Smiths Falls / Sports / The Wedge

Smiths Falls’ NIKNAKs Paddle Shack launched !

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE An exciting, new feature was added to beautiful Murphy Park & Centennial Park, Smiths Falls, this weekend. Nicola Thomson, the town’s former DBA Coordinator, got the idea early in 2017. The 29-year-old outdoor enthusiast recently left her desk job to launch her first business with husband, Chris, on water’s edge.  … Continue reading

Weeeeee! Champagne at three!
The Wedge

Weeeeee! Champagne at three!

BY MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE We’ve been upgrading for the last two weeks! I personally commandeered the terrifying turf; but, I am proud to announce I am still in one piece and smiling. TheWedge.LIVE was re-propagated worldwide, we fixed our SMTP sockets, we got rid of WP ads, we removed that pesky subscriber pop-up, we … Continue reading

“ACTION!” Westport scouted as ideal film site
Entertainment / Leeds Grenville / Rideau Canal / Rideeau Townships / The Wedge / Westport

“ACTION!” Westport scouted as ideal film site

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE Rain has been testing the mettle of men and their many projects from lawnmowing to filmmaking. It is after all only water, not fire and brimstone. Umbrellas and rubber boots are making good business these days. It rained all morning on May 30th; so, I thought plans to cover a … Continue reading

Street Beauty : it’s a thing and it’s not going away
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Business / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Elgin / Entertainment / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Mississipi Mills / Montague / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Portland / Prescott / Renfrew / Rideau Valley / Shops / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Westport

Street Beauty : it’s a thing and it’s not going away

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE A village, town or city that gives its residents a sense of place is in good stead. It will stave off migration of talent and stimulate growth. This sense of belonging to something special is not achieved by spaghetti nights at the local hall. It requires far more. Where we … Continue reading

Historic shift hits Nepean, Kanata North, Kingston and Smiths Falls
Business / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Orleans / Ottawa / Perth / Portland / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Westport

Historic shift hits Nepean, Kanata North, Kingston and Smiths Falls

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE A global shift has now arrived here in the wedge, East Ontario, and it’s all good. Global data confirming this shift has been rolling in for several years. It is now evident, the world is leaving the trading of their labour for diminishing wages and benefits at such velocity that … Continue reading

“You have a second brain,” Dr. Bernicky
Better Health / Lanark County / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

“You have a second brain,” Dr. Bernicky

By Dr. Natalie Bernicky, Health Columnist, http://thewedge.LIVE Within the past few years we have seen the grocery market explode with products adding beneficial bacteria, commonly known as probiotics to our food. Yogurt, cereal, kefir, kombucha drinks, and baby food are being marketed at an increased cost, promising increased health benefits compared to their probiotic-free alternatives. … Continue reading

Downton Abbey percolating in Perth
Entertainment / history / Lanark County / Perth / Restaurants / Where to eat

Downton Abbey percolating in Perth

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE “I watch Downton Abbey,” this writer’s brother unreservedly admits. This is no delicate man; he is married, owns much property and is a busy, Senior Engineer in aerospace. It seems, the audience is far wider than I was aware. The British television series has captured the hearts of millions, not … Continue reading

Smiths Falls Lures World to Rideau Canal with Key Partner
Rideau Canal / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / What To Do / Where to stay

Smiths Falls Lures World to Rideau Canal with Key Partner

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE There are a few Lockmasters’ Houses in Smiths Falls; however, one has been unoccupied for years–until now. This historic building visible from the bridge connecting Beckwith with Brockville Street, Smiths Falls, will soon house the offices of European corporation, le Boat. In fact, it is to be its North American … Continue reading

Westport : a shrinking island, a wonderland and a surprise
Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Shops / Westport / What To Do

Westport : a shrinking island, a wonderland and a surprise

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE On yet another overcast, damp day, I visited the uber-sweet village of Westport. Everywhere I looked, a photo beckoned. The harbour on the North side, Upper Rideau Lake, is always beautiful; but, its island seems to be nearly swallowed up by rising water levels. It seems the island is only … Continue reading

Restaurant FULL REVIEW : Bistro 54, Perth
Lanark County / Perth / Restaurants / The Wedge / Where to eat

Restaurant FULL REVIEW : Bistro 54, Perth

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE The kitchen at Bistro 54 is perhaps the most quiet I have ever witnessed. A team of three, Restauranteur, Dave Andoff, Mike Wall and Yannick Lang, have worked together so long, they create dishes together exchanging few words between them. Every dish on the menu is complex, comprising numerous ingredients; … Continue reading

New! Cafe Whim Caters to Sudden Epicure Impulses
Lanark County / Restaurants / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Where to eat

New! Cafe Whim Caters to Sudden Epicure Impulses

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE I was the first to arrive at a “top-secret”, invitation-only, pre-opening celebration of Smiths Falls’ newest, “Cafe Whim,” on trendy Russell Street. As I settled in, Amber Hall, Co-Founder, Equator Coffee, walked in delivering coffee in person to Cafe Whim owner, Brian Paquette. I trust she drove all the way … Continue reading

Resurrection of the Rideau Moving Quickly
history / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

Resurrection of the Rideau Moving Quickly

Hotel Rideau, the former jewel and focal point of Beckwith Street, Smiths Falls, is coming to life again. There was a previous thwarted attempt to restore her; however, that effort failed. Now, under the ownership and watchful eyes of the Cinnamon brothers, Andrew and Tim, also Founders of Parkview Homes, the Rideau is buzzing with … Continue reading

INSIDER VIDEO : East Meets West, Perth
Perth / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Where to eat

INSIDER VIDEO : East Meets West, Perth

Everyone raves about Chef Ram in these parts. He is the consummate friend to all and a great business leader. Mogandas owns East Meets West, a restaurant which serves a fusion of Eastern and Western fare, in beautiful Perth. He also co-owns and operates, Chuckles Jack, in booming Smiths Falls. As many business owners in … Continue reading

Secret Solaces : Escapes minutes from the noise
Almonte / Carleton Place / Elgin / Kingston / Lanark County / Mississipi Mills / Portland / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Westport / What To Do

Secret Solaces : Escapes minutes from the noise

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE At times everyone feels the tug of tranquility, an escape from mobile ringtones, tedious routines and gnawing responsibility. We forget to breathe deeply, to commune with the earth from whence we came. Our region is covered in secret places that heal, places of solace. This writer frequents a few spots … Continue reading

Restaurant MINI REVIEW : The Stone Cellar
Lanark County / Perth / Restaurants / The Wedge

Restaurant MINI REVIEW : The Stone Cellar

BY MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE This restaurant review at The Stone Cellar, Perth, is focused on Appetizers. Frankly, I could make a meal of continuous appetizers. The selection below is simply, mastery. The first appetizer, I witnessed in-the-making. (SEE LIVE VIDEO BELOW). A great deal of thought and effort went into preparing two, large and … Continue reading

Biblical portions and Moses at Perth Dinner Party
Entertainment / Lanark County / Perth / Restaurants / Rideau Valley / The Wedge / What To Do

Biblical portions and Moses at Perth Dinner Party

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE This writer sat with six friends at Michael’s Table last Saturday night. I was the stranger in their midst; so, I brought a new perspective. Reportedly, Princess Di sat to my left; this disclosure came from Charlton Heston’s doppelganger on my right. The couple, Bev and Dale, had long ago … Continue reading

Ottawa declared, “No. 1 place to visit in the world,” New York Times
Almonte / Brockville / Business / Carleton Place / Gananoque / Kingston / Merrickville / Mississipi Mills / Ottawa / Perth / Portland / Renfrew / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Shops / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Thousand Islands / Westport

Ottawa declared, “No. 1 place to visit in the world,” New York Times

Businesses in the wedge are you ready for tourism this 2017? Here is one of the chief reasons why tourists are flocking to the region. Watch MAGGIE M’s interview of Guy Laflamme and how he is changing Ottawa, for ever. Be ready. Paint your awnings, shine your windows, and practice, “Hello” and “Thank you,” in … Continue reading

Restaurant REVIEW : “NOAL” Natural Organic Artisan Local
Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls

Restaurant REVIEW : “NOAL” Natural Organic Artisan Local

By MAGGIE M , Editor  http://thewedge.LIVE Laurie Anne Brennan founded the NOAL Pantry and Local Eatery, a name that stands for, Natural Organic Artisan Local, in August 2016. She hails from a large, close-knit family in Lombardy. She sharpened her culinary skills in Toronto to bring them back to Smiths Falls and build her dream … Continue reading

ENDORPHIN HIGH : Our comedic videos begin !
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Carleton Place / Comedy / Cornwall / Entertainment / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Mississipi Mills / Montague / Napanee / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Portland / Prescott / Renfrew / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Thousand Islands / Westport

ENDORPHIN HIGH : Our comedic videos begin !

We are jacking up our promise to be positive at thewedge.LIVE ! Now we are getting positively silly. We want you to giggle, cackle and howl with laughter. Let’s get endorphins coarsing through your body! (No, it’s not an aquatic mammal, it’s a happy brain hormone.) I, MAGGIE M, will be holding the mic and … Continue reading