Monday, September 15, 2008

Umi

Well, it's Monday night, a great night for hitting the town. I'm chilling out in one of my favourite Ottawa places, Umi, across from Tang Coin Laundry. I just saw a large tabby cat trot across the street with a mouse dangling from its mouth.

I loved this place on sight, back in the summer when I discovered it. It's got a great vibe. It's real. The sign outside the door tonight promises good conversation, and I believe that is true - I've been in here almost daily over the past little while, and each time I have either been part of, or caught snatches of, good conversation. Everything from music to prostitution to what counts as art. I've listened to poems here. I've heard great freestyling here (this always leaves me awe-struck). I've brought my kid here. He likes the spicy cookies.

Umi.

7 comments:

xup said...

Thanks for the recommendation. I’m always looking for new places to explore.

Jen G said...

We'll be playing the open stage next Friday night, so be sure to say hello if you come out, XUP!

Anonymous said...

it sounds really nice. love to come and listen to you playing, but i'd have to see if i can do without the kids.

best,
js

Anonymous said...

I been hanging out there all week and holy flaming cheeseburgers batman - those cookies rock! The conversation I had today there while listening to singing, drums and bass this afternoon was why we don't talk to strangers anymore... I did not know any of them?! As they say in the Caribbean when the vibe is good; its irie mon, irie. Poetry slam tonight $100 up for grabs if your good.

Jen G said...

Hey anon, I was there at the same time yesterday. I had a conversation about why everyone (or almost everyone) is a secret faschist. In between drum beats, of course.

Manny Blue said...

I have resisted going... not sure why. I hope to pop in on Friday - what time are you playing? I have another commitment at 8, so I might be late...

Jen G said...

Hey manny - the open mic part of the evening starts at 7, 7:30. These things tend not to start right on time, but you never know! It would be great to see you even if you pop in a bit late.

Hey js - sorry I didn't reply earlier! would be great to see you, I really hope you can make it!