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

After The Green Mile Beer Run
Entertainment / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Sports / The Wedge

After The Green Mile Beer Run

By MAGGIE M, Editor, thewedge.LIVE T’was merry mayhem on the evenin’ of St. Patrick’s Day. The Green Mile Beer Run (or walk, crawl) was over. The Winners were declared. Brett McKimm, a tall lanky 29 year-old from Carleton Place, ran 400 metres, 8 times, with two 4 Degrees beers in him–in 7:57 minutes!! Then John … Continue reading

Smiths Falls Growth is Set : Tweed on fast-track
Business / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

Smiths Falls Growth is Set : Tweed on fast-track

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE You can’t walk into the Tweed ‘campus’, Smiths Falls, unannounced. There are no public tours and for good reason. This writer climbed the front steps and pressed a buzzer. That’s what happens when you shift a building from chocolate to cannabis. Let this be your public tour. I entered the … 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 / 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

MIRACLE ENZYME : lungs, pain, scars, fibroids, Alzheimer’s, arteries…
Better Health / Carleton Place / Ottawa / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

MIRACLE ENZYME : lungs, pain, scars, fibroids, Alzheimer’s, arteries…

By The Health Nut This is a word which should be in everyone’s daily lexicon : serrapeptase. And in everyone’s medicine cabinet or pantry. It’s natural. It’s an enzyme first discovered in the 1960s. Our bodies produce a lot of different enzymes. For instance, amylase is in our saliva and it breaks down food like … Continue reading

Canada’s largest tech park, Kanata North, about to roar
Kanata / Ottawa / The Wedge

Canada’s largest tech park, Kanata North, about to roar

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE | Host “WHERE IN the wedge IS MAGGIE M?” The evening of February 7, 2017, was special to the wedge as a rising figure was speaking at The Marshes Golf Club, the famous Tech Tuesday event where leading engineers and futurists gather monthly. Despite treacherous weather, the place was stacked. … Continue reading

Smiths Falls gives key to citizens for Canada 150
Attractions / Entertainment / Lanark County / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Smiths Falls / Sports / The Wedge / What To Do

Smiths Falls gives key to citizens for Canada 150

By MAGGIE M, Editor, http://thewedge.LIVE and Host of “WHERE IN the wedge is MAGGIE M?” On February 1st, all ‘SmithFallians’ where invited to participate in a long list of events, 150 to be exact, for the duration of 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday. At the core, it is volunteering; but, truly it is an opportunity to … Continue reading

VIDEO AND SNAPSHOTS : Skate The Lake 2017, Portland
Attractions / Portland / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / The Wedge

VIDEO AND SNAPSHOTS : Skate The Lake 2017, Portland

By MAGGIE M Host of “Where in the Wedge is Maggie M?”, Editor thewedge.LIVE Portland was the ‘buzz’ today. Skaters of every age group and those bootin’ it like me were spread out over the lake and the grounds. Some skated aimlessly, some did some serious speed-skating around the oval, some curled, while others slurped … 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

Portland’s Skate-The-Lake Bigger Than Ever
Attractions / Entertainment / Portland / Rideau Canal / Rideau Valley / Sports / The Wedge / What To Do

Portland’s Skate-The-Lake Bigger Than Ever

By MaggieM, Host of WHERE IN the wedge IS MAGGIE M? “I love to watch people enjoying the event,” glows Portland Outdoors President, John Bongers. How he finds the time to oversee the 2017 Skate The Lake, Portland, beats me. Bongers is a sophisticated cattle farmer who rises at 4:30 am. Portland is a quaint … Continue reading

First entry to The Wedge 150 Challenge : Mississippi Mills
Almonte / Entertainment / Mississipi Mills / The Wedge

First entry to The Wedge 150 Challenge : Mississippi Mills

This idea from the Mississippi Mills Beautification Committee is what makes for a real contender and a winning entry to The Wedge 150 Challenge. Outstanding! The Wedge will attend to film and capture the artists and the pieces once erected. The images shown are not entries but images of like-minded sculptures found on the web. … 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

Smiths Falls Boom story gets 10,200 views in 3 days!
Lanark County / Rideau Canal / Smiths Falls / The Wedge

Smiths Falls Boom story gets 10,200 views in 3 days!

We wrote a happy story about growth in Smiths Falls, December 2016. It was a story of hope. We at the wedge know that the established media ostensibly repeats Police reports, writes stories of health struggles and health failures. They know as we do this drives traffic; but, the wedge won’t touch these subjects with … 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

Former Chocolate Capital of Canada is sweet again
Lanark County / Rideau Canal / Smiths Falls / The Wedge / Where to stay

Former Chocolate Capital of Canada is sweet again

by Maggie M, Host of “Where in the wedge is Maggie M?” The departure of Hershey’s, Smiths Falls, is still raw in many hearts. “It was a great place to work,” a former employee shares. “People arrived in droves by bus daily,” another opines. ‘Tis true, Hershey’s put Smiths Falls on the map as a … Continue reading

Our Pick for Christmas Music – Enjoy these Classics
Christmas / Music / The Wedge

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

OTTAWA 2017 : Part 1 – the genesis
Kanata / Ottawa / The Wedge / Tourism

OTTAWA 2017 : Part 1 – the genesis

In this Part 1 of a mini-series of interviews, Guy Laflamme, Executive Director, Ottawa 2017, speaks of the inception of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration in Ottawa. Laflamme branded the events which start on the new year’s eve, Ottawa 2017. The numerous events, some lasting, some brief, run the course of the whole year. Suffice it … Continue reading

Ottawa entering into epic transformation
Kanata / Ottawa / The Wedge / Tourism

Ottawa entering into epic transformation

I attended a special event last Tuesday evening. Tech Tuesday, held monthly at the Marshes Golf Club, Kanata, compliments of Wesley Clover and Sir Terry Matthews, was full capacity. Below you can watch a preview, a trailer, to MAGGIE M’s longer interview of their special guest, Guy Laflamme, Executive Director, Ottawa 2017. His words and … Continue reading

Culinary market amuses Perth at night !
Food / Perth / The Wedge

Culinary market amuses Perth at night !

I attended the Equinox Night Market, Perth, Ontario, last Thursday evening. It’s a public culinary event produced by Midnight Makers Collective, sponsored by Perth Tourism and featuring some of Perth’s finest Chefs, food and beverage services and manufacturers. Music and lights added to the atmosphere as the night evolved. People convene around food; this was … Continue reading

The Big Cheeses of Perth
Attractions / Lanark County / Perth / The Wedge / What To Do

The Big Cheeses of Perth

Perth is saturated in stories and ‘histories’. The town is beautiful to behold; but, its stories need to be told. Who better than Julie Brunelle and Peter Wood? Both teachers by profession, this husband-wife team court the public with unique tours of Perth on wheels. Get a quick impression with our video, our second episode, … Continue reading

WHERE IN the wedge IS MAGGIE M?
Almonte / Arnprior / Brockville / Carleton Place / Cobden / Cornwall / Elgin / Gananoque / Hawkesbury / Kanata / Kemptville / Kingston / Lanark County / Leeds Grenville / Merrickville / Mississipi Mills / Montague / Orleans / Ottawa / Ottawa Valley / Pembroke / Perth / Portland / Prescott / Renfrew / Renfrew County / Rideau Ferry / Smiths Falls / Stittsville / Stormont Dundas & Glengarry / The Wedge / 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

“It’s ‘Almont’ not ‘Almontay’!”
Almonte / Mississipi Mills / The Wedge / Tourism

“It’s ‘Almont’ not ‘Almontay’!”

“It’s Almont not Almontay,” announced Baker Bob, owner of the Baker Bob’s, Town of Almonte. “I know this, yet I say it again and again,” this writer replied, huffing and puffing, soaked and seeking respite from the excruciating heat. “It must be the French in me,” I gasped. “Actually ‘Almont-ay’, is more hispanic sounding,” Bob … Continue reading

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

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 invented Thousand Island Dressing?
Food / The Wedge / Thousand Islands

Who invented Thousand Island Dressing?

Has the mystery been solved? Someone has clearly been missing his/her royalties since the turn of the 20th century. Can anyone claim they are the recipe-maker? Here are three contenders for the legend: Thousand Islands are famous for their beauty; but, ironically, world-renown for their salad dressing-slash-condiment. The battle ensues between the Thousand Islands, Chicago … Continue reading

We fell into Rideau wonderland
Portland / Rideau Valley / The Wedge / 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

Wildest Welcome
Montague / The Wedge

Wildest Welcome

A large nested bald eagle and a large nested owl, perched high-up, flank the opening gates at this unique storage facility.  A sombrero-capped Mexican strumming a guitar and two inukshuks (Inuit stone sculptures) are the opening acts on the ground. Pro-Lock Storage Units By The Falls in Montague is the brain-child of Portland resident, Gary Greer. … Continue reading

Marie Antoinette Greeter at Perth’s 200th Birthday Celebration
Perth / The Wedge

Marie Antoinette Greeter at Perth’s 200th Birthday Celebration

Such is humour at the Crossroads Tea Room celebrating the 200th anniversary of their beloved Perth. I inquired on the meaning of the French Queen greeting guests. We settled tongue-in-cheek on a reference to “cake”. “We are the only tea room in Perth,” the manager quickened. “We ran out of scones today,” she added. Among … Continue reading