Heavenly Hamlet Thaws : Rideau Ferry is Heating Up
Lanark County / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Ferry / Tourism / What To Do

Heavenly Hamlet Thaws : Rideau Ferry is Heating Up

By MAGGIE M, Wedgee-in-Chief, Editor, the wedge.LIVE 🖤 TO SHARE click buttons at story’s end “Prickly,” is how the Township of Drummond /North Elmsley refer to a business duo, the impetus behind today’s Rideau Ferry back in 1815. I almost spit my tea on this word. The lore about John Oliver and his son is … 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

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
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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

Return to Renfrew : 7-Visits Marathon
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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

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

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
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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

Tiniest Beach in North America
Portland / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / The Wedge / What To Do / Where to eat

Tiniest Beach in North America

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE The tiniest beach in North America is in our neck of the woods, in the Village of Portland. Last year, I held a conversation with a traveler across the beach without raising my voice. You could cross it in three or four leaps. This miniature treasure with a grand view … 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

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

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

“Russell Street is special,” locals say.
Better Health / Restaurants / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Shops / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

“Russell Street is special,” locals say.

By MAGGIE M, Editor and Host of “Where in the wedge is Maggie M?” Many cities around the world have within them a street of renown. Some names roll off travelers’ lips frequently, “Fifth Avenue” (NYC), “Via Monte Napoleone” (Milan). Their draw could be shopping, historic meaning or they could be the heart and soul … 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

We fell into Rideau wonderland
Entertainment / Restaurants / Rideau Valley / Shops / Westport

We fell into Rideau wonderland

We could write endlessly about Rideau Valley; but, pictures are worth a thousands poems. On the West edge of The Wedge is this jewel that spreads out with endless vistas and quaint corners. We ventured into key hot-spots; but, many treasures await us still. You could spend a summer experiencing the Rideau, suspending European landmarks … Continue reading