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Write on Ottawa: Labour of love shines a light on Damien Firth’s poetry

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Cover Art for The Sea Replied and a poem from the book.Cover Art for The Sea Replied and a poem from the book.

The Sea Replied is a collection of poems by the late Damien Firth, who died in 2013 at age 72. Compiled by his friends in an Ottawa creative writers’ group, the book was edited by Jim Desson and Sylvie Nantais and is being published by Desson of Red Oak Media. From the foreword by Damien Firth’s half-brother, and the tributes from Damien’s friends which are included in the book, readers learn something about Firth’s life. His father was killed in a reconnaissance mission in World War II a month before... | Continue reading article

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Canada’s toughest marathon

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Photo by Alain Villeneuve (Red Cap Photo) courtesy of MEC.Photo by Alain Villeneuve (Red Cap Photo) courtesy of MEC.

“Remember, you paid for this.”        - A sign I once saw near the end of a marathon          that I was running as my body was falling apart.   Running a marathon is one of life’s most amazing, body crushing joys.  Having run three, I can still recall the pride — and also utter pain (kilometre 40 is a bitch!) — of crossing the finish line. For some runners, however, covering 42.2 kilometres is only the beginning of their challenge.  For this impressive group of athletes, running a... | Continue reading article

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One World Film Fest 25 years strong

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Still from On the Side of the Road, directed by Lia Tarachansky.Still from On the Side of the Road, directed by Lia Tarachansky.

After 25 years strong, One World Film Festival celebrates its anniversary by continuing to do what it does best – challenging world issues through the power of film. “We decided to keep it smaller this year and focus on celebrating our 25 years,” said festival director, Pixie Cram. This year, the big focus is on honouring the festival itself. Not only will it be shorter than last year, it will also feature less films. To compensate, One World will be throwing a big birthday bash on Thursday night to kick-off... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Little Theatre starts the season with a whimsical production + ticket giveaway

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Ottawa Little Theatre's Perils of Persephone. Photo by Maria Vartanova.Ottawa Little Theatre's Perils of Persephone. Photo by Maria Vartanova.

The Perils of Persephone pits a crafty rural farm family against the bureaucratic devious machinations of government spin doctors in the latest amateur theatre offering from Ottawa’s Little Theatre. Playing in a government town this amusing comedy had resonance with its audience on opening night. Still ironing out some first-night jitters the production clearly appealed to fans of the folksy and whimsical. The story opens with a heat wave sweeping the township of Persephone where resides the Currie family farm of Eldon (Ian Stauffer), his wife Marg (Nancy Thompson), daughter... | Continue reading article

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The West End Well: Grocery store meets community building

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Photo by Jared Davidson.Photo by Jared Davidson.

The West End Well is many things. From the outside it looks like a normal grocery store, its stoop adorned with all manner of fruits and vegetables to entice the hungry passerby. But it is so much more than a simple grocery. A step inside reveals a space that is devoted half to produce and boxed foods and half to tables and chairs. Most days, these chairs are filled with patrons of The Well’s café, which serves local, fresh, organic food. But at other times, The Well transforms into a... | Continue reading article

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#NBOG14: On the streets of Nuit Blanche

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Ottawa is out and about tonight, exploring the fascinating sights and sounds of Nuit Blanche. Click through to see the Instagram photos from the Ottawa community, and tag your photos #NBOG14 to be part of the action!

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Who needs Queen St. West? Dress like a pop star at your local boutique

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Lorde performs at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Thursday, September 11. Photo by Marc DesRosiers.Lorde performs at the Ottawa Folk Festival on Thursday, September 11. Photo by Marc DesRosiers.

The unaffectedly cool anti-pop star and chanteuse of the wildly popular Royals, Lorde, performed in Ottawa this past Thursday, September 11th as part of this year’s Ottawa Folk Fest line-up. With surprisingly relatable lyrics, I’m a fan of Lorde not only for her haunting music but her subtle confidence. Without relying on barely-there clothing or abiding by every style rule, she proves that modesty and a strong sense of self can be chic, too. Though the singer first shot to stardom as a result of her entirely unique sound comprised... | Continue reading article

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Notre univers à travers les yeux d’animateur de David O’Reilly

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The External World réalisé par David O'Reilly.The External World réalisé par David O'Reilly.

Propos recueillis par Mariette Delevallée. Cela fait 38 années que le Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Ottawa réunit des acteurs et des adeptes de l’animation venus du monde entier pour « célébrer toute sorte de types, de styles et de thèmes d’animation », a dit Tom McSorley, le directeur exécutif de l’Institut Canadien du Film. Ouvert depuis mercredi 17 septembre, il met en vedette cette année l’artiste David O’Reilly, membre du jury pour la compétition officielle et invité spécial. David O’Reilly ? Mais oui ! Ce jeune Irlandais originaire de Kilkenny, échappé à Los... | Continue reading article

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An overview of Folk Fest 2014

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Ottawa’s own, The Peptides, perform on the Hill Stage Friday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ottawa’s own, The Peptides, perform on the Hill Stage Friday night. All photos by Terry Steeves.

September’s Ottawa Folk Fest marks the end of a summer of wonderful outdoor music festivals. Here is an account of its sights and sounds. Wednesday On a slightly cooler than usual September night, I arrived on the grounds as they were just opening. As I entered, workers were just putting the finishing touches on the Hill stage, located on the north side. There was also a delightful trolling gypsy vaudeville act offering free wedding ceremonies, complete with musical accompaniment of accordion, bass drum, and violin. Also at this end was... | Continue reading article

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“Drink creatively” at your neighbourhood bar

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Art in progress at Pub 101

“Drink creatively”. What comes to mind when you read this slogan? Try learning to paint while sipping a glass of wine or your favorite drink in a local bar (maybe one reminiscent of those good ol’ days). In just two hours, you’ll have your very own artist’s (ok, amateur artist’s) chef d’oeuvre. The activity is called PaintNite. I attended a PaintNite event in late August thanks to a very good friend’s creative gift shopping: A PaintNite event at Hooley’s on Elgin Street for four. (Yes, Hooley’s is reminiscent of those... | Continue reading article

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