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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,... | Continue reading article

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Fashion tips for Bluesfest: dress to impress, but bring comfy shoes

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Two of the RBC Bluesfest shirts designed by Kania, photo courtesy of Julie BeunTwo of the RBC Bluesfest shirts designed by Kania, photo courtesy of Julie Beun

It’s that time of year again for Bluesfest, one of Ottawa’s most-anticipated festivals. With the summer weather in full swing, everyone seems to come out of the woodwork to enjoy good company, great music and our city (without having to bundle up in multiple layers and parkas). I’m a true fashionista and gain all kinds of inspiration, and sometimes chuckles, as I browse through Instagram and Facebook photos of various bloggers, celebrities and assorted hip people. This year, Bluesfest is upping its coolness factor and giving us all another reason... | 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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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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BSOMA teaches photographers the tools of the trade

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Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.

Bluesfest School of Art and Music has been making strides lately when it comes to providing workshops on teachable skills for the community. In the past, they’ve worked together with artists, bands and festivals to put on seminars that cover everything from releasing an album to acquiring sponsorship. Their most recent workshop is festival-focused with a specification in photography, titled RBC Bluesfest Concert Photography. The workshop is led by in-house Bluesfest photographers Mark Horton and Marc DesRosiers, and was launched as a pilot project last year with great results, including... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: This July 1, try Dominion Day

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Jordan Duff is a regular contributor over at BrewBrahs, where they talk about everything beer. You can  find them on Twitter. You can also find them at this Dominion Day party! It’s that time of year again, Ottawa, when we celebrate our true patriot love and Canadian independence with beer, friends and fireworks. If you’re looking for something fresh this July 1, try Dominion Day hosted by local craft brewery Dominion City Brewing Co. at SAW Gallery Courtyard (near the Arts Court building at the corner of Nicholas and Daly in downtown Ottawa). DCBC... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Ice cream goes bespoke with Moo Shu

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Liz Mok at the Ottawa Farmers Market. Photo by Jennifer Barnaby.Liz Mok at the Ottawa Farmers Market. Photo by Jennifer Barnaby.

Since April this year, locally-crafted Moo Shu Ice Cream has been popping up at fun events and locations, delighting Ottawans with inventively delicious flavours. When I first tasted Moo Shu truffles, they melted in my mouth while I gazed at precious stones that sparkled like candy in glass display cases.  Local entrepreneur Liz Mok had chosen Joy Creations, home of local jewellry artisans, as the place to offer tastings of her ice cream to her fellow Glebe-ites.  This was ice cream fit for a boutique. Mok handmakes her ice cream... | Continue reading article

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Polaris Prize Nominees: B.A. Johnston at Irene’s on Friday

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Photo by Mat Dunlap. All images from B.A. Johnston's website.Photo by Mat Dunlap. All images from B.A. Johnston's website.

This piece is part of a mini-series covering some of the artists nominated for the Polaris Prize, who are playing shows in Ottawa. Hamilton’s B.A. Johnston, the tenaciously-touring troubadour has become a cornerstone of the Canadian music scene in that when he tours this vast nation, he really covers all of it. His live shows are hilarious and his honest tunes endearing.  Before his show tomorrow at Irene’s, we managed to sneak in a little Facebook interview with B.A. to talk about life on the Canadian highways, Canadian festivals, factor... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Image from the Sparrow Floral Pop Up event page on Facebook.Image from the Sparrow Floral Pop Up event page on Facebook.

The Canada Day celebrations start this weekend as we stroll through the sunshine into July next week. This weekend Ottawa Jazz Festival continues featuring a lot of local artists worth checking out, follow our coverage of the event. This weekend is also Mountain Man Festival in Calabogie featuring some of Ottawa’s artists like Cody Allen, Lucas Haneman and Lost to the River. The Dragonboat festival kicks off today with lots of free entertainment, like Craig Cardiff on Sunday afternoon. Click here for the full lineup. Friday at noon, Danielle Allard... | Continue reading article

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