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Jared Davidson

Writer

Jared's love of Ottawa builds up to the point where he must purge it from his system, post by post. When he's not about-towning, he freelances as a communications & marketing manager for your favourite businesses.


Still from Wildlike, from the film's website

OIFF prepares for jam-packed weekend

The Ottawa International Film Festival (OIFF) is preparing for what will be its sixth year. On October 17th and 18th, the festival, held at Cineplex Lansdowne, will showcase over 50 productions from 13 countries, as well as informative panels that will appeal to industry insiders and film buffs alike. With that much on display, there […]

Find out what Ottawa’s making at Makerspace North’s Open House

Makerspace North will be marking its official opening this Saturday with what can only be described as a carnival for crafty-type people. Its open house will be a showcase for many of the multi-talented individuals that call Ottawa home and will feature activities and amusements for all ages. It’s a chance to see what cool […]

Elsa Jayne. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Elsa Jayne brings her new synth pop sound to Ottawa

It’s been over seven years since Elsa Jayne’s first, eponymous album. A collection of folk-rock tunes backed by strong songwriting, 2008’s Elsa Jayne was a snapshot of a young songwriter still trying to pin down her sound. Now, in 2015, she’s released a brand new album titled Heart, an EP of five synth pop songs. […]

Finger Eleven. Photo by Dustin Rabin.

Finger Eleven back in town with new album & something to prove

After over twenty-five years practicing the art that is rock and roll, Finger Eleven still seem unwilling to let past successes weaken their resolve. The band has had something of a storied career, with numerous hits and Juno nominations under their collective belts (including one Juno win for Rock Album of the Year in 2008), […]

Buck N' Nice. Photo from their Facebook page.

Bluesfest: Buck N’ Nice to debut new tracks

After sharing the stage with fellow local hip hop duo Flight Distance this past Wednesday, Buck N’ Nice are looking to make their upcoming Saturday set something special. With the promise of new music from as-yet unreleased album EMAG, alongside the strength of their stage show, that seems pretty likely—there’s very little in the way […]

Photo by Peter van Beek

Global Savages: A meaningful performance

Despite being featured in the Magnetic North Theatre Festival, Global Savages is not what one might traditionally call a “play.”  In fact, it doesn’t even take place in a theatre.  Don’t go expecting act breaks, set changes and understudies. But then, that would be a little like going to Bluesfest and becoming confused because “Kanye […]

Chris Locke, and his cat Bernadette, from the Comedy Explosion Facebook page

Comedy Explodes in Ottawa this Weekend

If you’ve ever found yourself walking about this city and thinking something the lines of, “I’m simply not laughing anymore,” you might be in for a surprise treat this weekend. Why? Because this weekend will see a veritable explosion of stand-up comedy in the form of Comedy Explosion, a pre-Ottawa Explosion explosion of comedy! Featuring […]

Tyler Kealey on final stretch of Song-a-Day project

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV7MrrlFB14#t=109[/youtube] It seems like this time of year is associated with a kind of short-term nostalgia. With a new year approaching, it’s almost tradition to take a step back and consider the passing year — the triumphs and the disappointments, the bright moments and the sorrows — and perhaps to raise a glass. This year, […]

Photo courtesy of www.kathleenedwards.com

Kathleen Edwards to Step Back from Music (After Tonight)

After fifteen years of music, Kathleen Edwards has decided she’s done, at least for now. Tonight’s Jazz Festival performance is the artist’s final planned show. Whether or not this means she’s quitting music permanently is not clear, but Edwards is clear that she is stepping back from music for a sizeable portion of time. Since […]

The Shai Maestro Trio. All photos courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Jazzfest celebrates Israeli musicians

This year, the Ottawa Jazz Festival has what can only be described as a monster of a lineup. Featuring musical legends Bobby McFerrin, Bela Fleck and Earth Wind and Fire, it is sure to start Ottawa’s festival season on a high note. But there’s much, much more to the festival than the headliners. The magic […]

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