“O Rodeo, Rodeo, Wherefore Art Thou Rodeo?”
Attractions / Entertainment / Perth / Sports / The Wedge

“O Rodeo, Rodeo, Wherefore Art Thou Rodeo?”

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE “Howdy Ma’am,” one lanky cowboy after another said while tipping their hats. This was a new experience for this writer and despite the daunting event at hand, it was charming. Meandering among cowboys and cowgirls backstage transported me to another time and place–not Perth. Yet, here they were. The Bulls … Continue reading

Thunderous ! VIPs join Smiths Falls in le boat celebration
Kingston / Ottawa / Perth / Rideau Canal / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Tourism

Thunderous ! VIPs join Smiths Falls in le boat celebration

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, thewedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE click buttons at story’s end It was December 2016 when we first wrote about the imminent arrival of le boat. Leases were not yet signed; but, all was on-track. On June 13, 2018, le boat gathered VIPs from the region to celebrate a partnership with business … Continue reading

BEST VIEWING TIME IN BED WITH Anthony Bourdain
Food / Perth / Tourism

BEST VIEWING TIME IN BED WITH Anthony Bourdain

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, thewedge.LIVE There’s nothing better for healing (except the hand of God!) while bedridden–better than ibuprofen and antibiotics–than spending time with Anthony Bourdain, Host, The Layover, on Netflix. Dopamine and endorphins course through your veins. We lost him a few days ago, so his productions are precious to all foodies today. … Continue reading

YEEEHAW! HEART-STOPPING FUN IN Perth THIS June
Entertainment / Perth / Sports / What To Do

YEEEHAW! HEART-STOPPING FUN IN Perth THIS June

Story by thewedge.LIVE – A New Voice For East Ontario One of the most dangerous sports on earth can now be experienced from the bleachers at Perth Fairgrounds this June 23rd, 2:00 p.m. The Bulls And Broncs Show features professional bull riding, junior bull riding, bareback bronc riding and ladies barrel back racing. And plenty … Continue reading

BEST IN-TOWN PHOTO OPS : Picture Perfect Perth
BEST OF / Lanark County / Perth / Tourism

BEST IN-TOWN PHOTO OPS : Picture Perfect Perth

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE 💕 YOU CAN share by clicking the icons at story’s end It’s more challenging to get a bad photo in Perth, Ontario, than a good one. Wherever you point your lens, the land, the streets, the sidewalks–all deliver something special. The Town is commonly referred to as “Heritage … 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

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

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

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

Countdown to Love : Julie and Peter, Perth
Love Month / People / Perth / Tourism

Countdown to Love : Julie and Peter, Perth

BY MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE The wedge is declaring all of February, “the month of love.” One day is just not enough. Sure, February 14th is the crescendo–it’s a double whammy. In “Countdown To Love,” we will feature people living in the wedge region (Pembroke to Kingston to Hawkesbury and every place within), lifting … 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

The Wedge’s 10 Best of 2017 – Part 3
BEST OF / Gananoque / Ottawa Valley / Pembroke / Perth / The Wedge

The Wedge’s 10 Best of 2017 – Part 3

By MAGGIE M, Editor, the wedge.LIVE THE WEDGE’S 10 BEST OF 2017 Continued 7- BEST EVENT : Perth’s Progressive Dinner Great conversation, laughter and great food are a perfect mix for an indelible memory. It’s not always size and sound that delivers the most pleasure. Kari Clarke, renown leader of Perth BIA, planned and led … Continue reading

The Wedge’s 10 Best 2017 – Part 2
10 Best of 2017 / BEST OF / 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

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

Chocolate trinity brings happiness to Perth
Business / Lanark County / Perth / Shops

Chocolate trinity brings happiness to Perth

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE Friday evening, June 2nd, was a lovely temperate evening for the opening of Belgian Chocolate purveyor, Perth Chocolate Works, in Perth. I arrived in the last hour to capture the excitement which showed no sign of abating. The guests were positively ebullient. This is the power of a chocolaterie, especially … 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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Hunger Heroes : it’s no game!
Almonte / Carleton Place / Lanark County / Merrickville / Perth / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Westport

Our Hunger Heroes : it’s no game!

By Maggie M This writer was one of the last guests to arrive on-time at a unique event organized by Hugh Colton of Host, Town and Country Chrysler. The Perth venue was packed–even my chair was snuffed from me when I sneaked to the buffet. You see, I arrived hungry, and how fitting that was. … Continue reading

Pop-up Christmas Fun Yields Mountain of Food
Almonte / Carleton Place / Lanark County / Merrickville / Perth / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Westport

Pop-up Christmas Fun Yields Mountain of Food

By Maggie M I kick myself when I run into special moments without my digital film camera, sound boom and spotlight; but, one does not expect a grocery trip to become an impromptu party. As I exited the car at Andress’ Your Independent Grocer, I almost forgot my purpose. Elvis Presley singing Christmas songs blasted … Continue reading

the wedge 150 : a rural conquest, takes-off!
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Montague / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Prescott / Renfrew / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Thousand Islands / Westport / What To Do

the wedge 150 : a rural conquest, takes-off!

Canada kicks-off its 150th birthday celebrations on January 1, 2017! And the wedge is getting knee-deep into the fun of it. thewedge.LIVE is launching the wedge 150 : a rural conquest for every town and city in the wedge (East Ontario). Everyone in the wedge can participate: individuals (18+), businesses, schools, groups. Ottawa is doing … Continue reading

Our Pick for Christmas Music – Enjoy these Classics
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Entertainment / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Montague / Music / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Prescott / Renfrew / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / The Wedge / Thousand Islands / Westport / What To Do

Our Pick for Christmas Music – Enjoy these Classics

In this non-stop playlist, Maggie M’s perennial favorite, The Christmas Song, by Nat King Cole, comes up quickly. This is the song with the lyrics, “chestnuts roasting by the fire.” ENJOY 3 hours of non-stop classic songs from the best performers–and images that change with them. Plug the speakers in and pipe the music through … Continue reading

PERTH at Christmas : the movie
Perth / Restaurants / Shops / The Wedge

PERTH at Christmas : the movie

Perth, by popular consensus, is one of the most beautiful towns in Ontario; but, its residents are worthy of exception. They are ostensibly happy, affable and talented. I chuckle when Torontonians refer to the Ottawa region as parochial; I now understand this as a euphemism for ‘polite.’ “That’s a good thing,” Martha would say, and … Continue reading

WHERE IN the wedge IS MAGGIE M?
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Montague / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Prescott / Renfrew / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / Thousand Islands / Westport

WHERE IN the wedge IS MAGGIE M?

And now…we started this! Action! Unchartered, fresh, real. “It’s a bird! It’s plane!” No, it’s Maggie M with a film camera. Shooting everything and anything in The Wedge! Foodies and treasure hunters (everybody) will love it. Continue reading

Beautification By Brushstrokes
Almonte / Carleton Place / Kingston / Perth / Smiths Falls

Beautification By Brushstrokes

Smart towns and cities encourage beautifying of downtown walls and windows by local creatives. Walls become canvases awaiting a brush, an artist and surprising iterations. They are a delight to the eyes, covering up weather-worn, ignored and dull surfaces. In Perth, a plain brick wall on the ‘main drag’ is covered-over with a touching painting … Continue reading

Who will host to a Film Festival?
Arnprior / Brockville / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Lanark County / Merrickville / Montague / Napanee / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / Thousand Islands / Westport

Who will host to a Film Festival?

Early, informal presentations were made by a private organization to Smiths Falls powers about the launch of a Smiths Falls Film Festival (SFFF). It is believed that a project of this scale would draw creatives to the city throughout the year until the red carpet event in 2017. The large Gallipeau Centre for example, now … Continue reading

The Wedge launches August 2016!
Arnprior / Brockville / Carleton Place / Cornwall / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kingston / Merrickville / Orleans / Ottawa / Pembroke / Perth / Prescott / Renfrew / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / Thousand Islands / Westport

The Wedge launches August 2016!

It’s a new voice for East Ontario launched initially on the web; The Wedge went live August 2016. The Wedge is positive. It’s creative. It’s fun and inspiring. It’s what you need with your coffee in the morning–to start your day with happy feet. We call it The Wedge because the area covered is shaped … Continue reading