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Call for Submissions: YOW! A Zine about Ottawa

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Meet Lily Pepper, a local whose passion for zines (and Apt613!) has led her to launch YOW! a zine about Ottawa in all its glory. Because yes: Ottawa deserves some praise in the form of words, illustrations, comics and other expressions of love on paper. “People living in Ottawa tend to talk this city down,” says Pepper. “What I want to do with the YOW! zine is to get people talking in different ways about Ottawa, talking about what the city means to them, recounting memories of special Ottawa times,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Adventure: Wakefield Village

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Retro boat cruise on the Gatineau River near Wakefield. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.Retro boat cruise on the Gatineau River near Wakefield. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

Whenever I find myself planning a weekend trip to get out of town, the two usual suspects come in mind: Montreal with its great restaurants and music scene, and Toronto, with its sports teams, art galleries, and incredible city landscapes. Now, don’t get me wrong, Toronto and Montreal are both great options for a weekend gateway. But for those lazy weekends when a 4-hour drive might sound like a bit of a drag, it’s nice to opt for a day-trip to a local destination for a more relaxing small-town experience.... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Barenaked Ladies

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From left to right: Kevin Hearn, Jim Creeggan (bass/upright bass/vocals), and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies. Photos by Terry Steeves. From left to right: Kevin Hearn, Jim Creeggan (bass/upright bass/vocals), and Ed Robertson of The Barenaked Ladies. Photos by Terry Steeves.

Canada’s beloved Barenaked Ladies took the stage with a lengthy performance that lasted nearly an hour and a half. They are known for their comedic stage show antics, made-up-on-the-spot songs, medley covers, 4-part acoustic routines, great harmonies, and very catchy original material, making this band always a must-see. Tonight they played for an enormous crowd, which stretched nearly the entire length of the main Bluesfest grounds, who tremendously enjoyed everything this band of four delivered. The Barenaked Ladies was born from the duo songwriting efforts of schoolmates, Ed Robertson and... | Continue reading article

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A golden opportunity to see great art: Gustave Doré at the NGC

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Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.

It’s not really a question of “why do you have to see” the Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) Master of Imagination exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, but more a statement that “you just have to see it”. Simply put, there’s something here for everyone. With close to 100 different illustrations, sculptures and paintings on display, the exhibition, if anything, highlights Doré’s diversity and underscores his influence on art, on film and popular culture including Walt Disney and Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame), and on the comic strip and graphic novel,... | Continue reading article

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Centuryholm Farm – The milk we’re made of

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Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.

Jacob and I left Ottawa on a cloudy Saturday morning, running late as usual but highly excited about our destination! After all, it’s not every day that you have the chance to visit a working dairy farm! The road to the farm was breathtakingly beautiful. Still close to Ottawa, we had the impression of being in a different land. One where the animals were outside chilling on the grass, rabbits hanging around and people growing their own food – everything was as it was supposed to be. We arrived in... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Slash ft. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators

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Saul Hudson...aka Slash, performs on the Bell main stage at Bluesfest. Photo by Terry Steeves. Saul Hudson...aka Slash, performs on the Bell main stage at Bluesfest. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Slash – the name itself brings to mind his heavy-riffing style merged with iconic classical arpeggios, and the mega hits of Guns & Roses which catapulted him into fame. And then there’s his signature stage look…full of mystique…the expressionless face hidden behind those dark, curly locks, donning that ominous black leather top hat. I had no idea what to expect from Myles Kennedy and the members of Slash’s band, which carry their own name, The Conspirators. Would they match up to the muscle of a guitar giant like Slash? Were... | Continue reading article

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The word of God is hilarious

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All photos courtesy of Broadway Across Canada.All photos courtesy of Broadway Across Canada.

It’s not always easy to write reviews; sometimes the art you’re asked to critique is mediocre or unoriginal or it just plain sucks and you’re forced to stretch your imagination to find anything positive to write… The Book of Mormon is not one of those cases. The award winning Broadway musical composed by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone is witty, funny and, surprisingly endearing. It is, hands down, the best production this writer has ever seen at the NAC. Jonathan Cullen did a fantastic job playing Elder Price,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Brunch at Das Lokal

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Photo from Das Lokal's Facebook page. Credit: Abe Bourgi, boodzz on Instagram.Photo from Das Lokal's Facebook page. Credit: Abe Bourgi, boodzz on Instagram.

Brunch – the holiest, most revered supreme leader of food-related gatherings. I am a loyal follower and take my brunch endeavours very seriously. Today’s endeavour was to a fairly new restaurant on Dalhousie. Humbly sitting north of St. Patrick Street in a quiet area of the market, the anonymity whispered for us to come inside. While German may not be the first culinary culture that springs to mind when thinking ‘European cuisine’, we were intrigued to explore further at Das Lokal (or The Restaurant in German). As if to welcome us... | Continue reading article

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Driving Miss Daisy receives a just revival at the OLT

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Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) and Hoke Coleburn (Michael Wright). Photo by Maria Vartanova.Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) and Hoke Coleburn (Michael Wright). Photo by Maria Vartanova.

When you hear talk of Driving Miss Daisy, the names Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy usually aren’t too far behind. But after watching the Ottawa Little Theatre (OLT) take on this iconic production, all I can say is Freeman who? The lights of the theatre fade to near darkness, silence mixed with anticipation settles over the audience as Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) takes centre stage. Here we meet the spry 72-year-old Jewish widower and her apathetic son, Boolie (John Mark Keyes), in the midst of a car crash that... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Can’t see this post? Head over to our Facebook page to check it out! The one thing you need to know this weekend? Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Yes, there’s more to do than just gorge on ice cream. There’s also a film about coffee, and a brunch crawl in the Market. We’ve got beer, too, with the Hastings County Craft Beer Festival, and another edition of the craft beer sessions down at the Hintonburg Public House. In non-food related events, tonight at House of Targ you can catch I... | Continue reading article

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