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Cape Breton’s impressive Pretty Archie play this Friday

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Photo of Pretty Archie by Haley Anne MacPheePhoto of Pretty Archie by Haley Anne MacPhee

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia has a well known reputation for creating great musical talent.  From The Rankin Family to Ashley MacIsaac to the late Rita MacNeil, this artistic hotbed on the country’s East Coast has produced some of Canada’s best musicians. From this proud region now comes Pretty Archie, a folk-bluegrass-country group from Cape Breton that will impress audiences with their strong chops.  Ottawa music lovers can hear them live when they perform this coming Friday, July 3 at 8 pm at The Music Factory (15 Capella Court Unit 101). Formed by four longtime friends in 2012, the band based their name after a Cape Breton resident who would play outside of local shopping malls with two... | Continue reading article

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Jazzfest: The audio magic of Tin Men & the Telephone

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Photo of Tin Men and the Telephone courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz FestivalPhoto of Tin Men and the Telephone courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival

What will jazz sound like in 100 years?  200?  Would we even recognise this genre if we could somehow live for five centuries, or would “jazz” by that point be unrecognisable to 21st century ears? These questions swirled around my mind as I listed to the incredibly creative sounds of Dutch trio Tin Men and the Telephone, who play the Ottawa Jazz Festival on Tuesday, June 30 at 6 pm at the National Arts Centre Fourth Stage. While the roots of the group’s inventive music is definitely based on modern jazz,... | Continue reading article

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Dundonald Park benches get a facelift

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All photos by Trevor Alain.All photos by Trevor Alain.

Somerset is a bustling street. You could be leaving one of the uncountable pho restaurants, Pour Boy or The Daily Grind, but chances are you’ve passed by Dundonald Park. The park doesn’t have a great reputation. One Yelp reviewer claims that it’s “frequented by shady characters after dark.” Another reviewer said, “This isn’t necessarily the prettiest part of the city.” But the Dundonald Park Working Group is looking to change that stigma. On May 13, there was a meeting to discuss a whole mess of things, but most importantly, the Community... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: YA novel about waterpolo is a fun read

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In their personal lives, Julie Sutton and Daniel Tigner interact with each other as niece and uncle.  If we focus on Sam and the Sea Monsters, however, the really good pre-teen/early-teen novel that they wrote together, then they could become known to the wider public as a talented literary duo. For Sutton, who is a painter, this is her first published work, although she did do some creative writing in university.  Her uncle, on the other hand, is currently working on his sixth book, which is about an American spiritual philosopher. This... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 3)

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Photo of Amanda Earl by Charles EarlPhoto of Amanda Earl by Charles Earl

This is part three of our special guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style. (See here for part 1 and part 2).  In this series expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. There are some definite trailblazers in the Ottawa world of writing, and one of them is Amanda Earl.  In addition to showcasing the work of other writers, she is also involved in literary blogging, poetry and beyond. In her own words, she “sends... | Continue reading article

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How to learn for cheap (or free!) in Ottawa

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View from the University of Ottawa. Photo by flickr user Trevor.  All images from the Apt613 flickr pool.View from the University of Ottawa. Photo by flickr user Trevor. All images from the Apt613 flickr pool.

You may be surprised by the wide variety of inexpensive and free courses available at University of Ottawa and at Carleton University.  Some are well-advertised and very popular, some less so.  Their topics are wide-ranging and intellectually interesting.  This article will give an overview of 4 of these programs – 2 at University of Ottawa (UofO) and 2 at Carleton University (CarletonU). But before I start, a word about the nature of these courses.  None of them are for university credit, so there are generally no prerequisites, assignments, quizzes or... | Continue reading article

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