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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So it’s an almost-kind-of long weekend, with the sun shining and the city full of activities. The Fringe Festival continues, with theatre options to suit just about everyone. Not sure what play to catch? We reviewed all the plays to help you out – check out our Fully Fringed section to see which ones are hits and which ones might just be misses. The Fringe just isn’t about plays – they’ve got a few free concerts at their Courtyard this weekend, too. Crissi Cochrane and Three Little Birds are there... | Continue reading article

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Cadence Weapon takes the stage at Rehab Pizza Party tonight!

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Photo from cadenceweaponmusic.com.Photo from cadenceweaponmusic.com.

From electronica to seductive rapping, Rehab Pizza Party has a little something to bring every scene together. If the eclectic mix of performers aren’t enough to get you out of the house, then the promise of free pizza will. “It’s a chance to relive what rock n’ roll pizza parties used to be, but this time with more dancing,” describe co-organizers Victoria Watson and Leona Nikolić. It’s the best of both worlds, “you get to hear all types of music and eat free pizza at the same time.” For their... | Continue reading article

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Steve Martin/Edie Brickell blend of music and comedy leaves this father/daughter critic team in stitches

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Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Post by Tobi and Terence Cohen I became an Edie Brickell fan in Grade 9 after my then long, red-headed hippie boyfriend gave me a tape of her and the New Bohemians’ second album, Ghost of a Dog. My dad has always been a huge country music fan and, as his body fails him, considers “his tunes” his one true lifeblood. We’re both big, big Steve Martin fans who count Planes, Trains and Automobiles as the greatest movie ever made and admittedly use humour in our daily lives as a... | Continue reading article

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East India Company meets Beyond the Pale

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All photos by Cassandra Granata.All photos by Cassandra Granata.

A few weeks back I stumbled across a simple tweet Beer Pairing Dinner – East India Company and Beyond the Pale (June 17, 2014) and it immediately caught my attention. Without hesitation I bought two tickets. The idea of a beer pairing dinner along side Indian food seemed so unique to me that I had to see what it was all about; plus I felt like it was a great way to kick off my birthday week! Although who am I kidding, I’d say, “YES!” to any kind of food... | Continue reading article

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Punkpocalypse takes Montebello by storm: A review of Amnesia Rockfest 2014

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An estimated 200,000 colourful revellers decended on Montebello for the 9th annual Amnesia Rockfest over the weekend. Photo by Emily Fudakowski.An estimated 200,000 colourful revellers decended on Montebello for the 9th annual Amnesia Rockfest over the weekend. Photo by Emily Fudakowski.

The little festival that could may be all grown up, but Amnesia Rockfest remains the laid back, gritty punkpocalypse it always was. The community ball diamond, cement bleachers and tiny beer shack I remember from my first Rockfest four years ago are long gone and organizers have finally figured out how to tend to the toilet needs of thousands of beer guzzling rockers with mega munchies — particularly on days like Saturday when Cypress Hill took to the stage and the entire grounds erupted in a plume of pot smoke.... | Continue reading article

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Summer festival fever

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Picturesque beach scene at l'Outaouais en Fête. All photos by Terry Steeves.Picturesque beach scene at l'Outaouais en Fête. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The first day of Summer has arrived, and with it, a vast array of art, cultural, sport, and music events for all ages in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. With the weather having fully co-operated over the weekend, there was no shortage of things to take in for the eyes and ears. The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival at Mooney‘s Bay, Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival at Vincent Massey Park, The New Art Festival at Central Park in the Glebe, the Ottawa Fringe Festival, and of course, the Ottawa Jazz Fest were just... | Continue reading article

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350 Foods delivers fresh breads and cookies to your door

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From left: Aeode Ellenbogen, Michel Desjardins and Jenny Brown. Photos from 350foods.com.From left: Aeode Ellenbogen, Michel Desjardins and Jenny Brown. Photos from 350foods.com.

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if you could have delicious baked goods delivered to your home at the beginning of each week? Why not find out, and order some tasty breads and cookies from 350 Foods. The idea for 350 Foods came about when three friends got together early this year. Aeode Ellenbogen, Michel Desjardins, and Jenny Brown had all worked together in various summer camp kitchens over the years and became friends – realizing that they worked well together outside of camp kitchens. Mike, who... | Continue reading article

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NDMA has your summer tunes covered

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Photo courtesy of NDMA.Photo courtesy of NDMA.

No need to continue scouring the internet for summer tunes, Ottawa-based singer, rapper and producer, NDMA has just released his latest EP, Panache, this past June 17th. As we dive deeper into the season, the EP will likely be your go-to-playlist as it celebrates both hip-hop and electronic music. Mastered by prolific mixer, Phil Shaw Bova who’s previously tackled on the likes of Feist, Bahamas and Socalled, Panache successfully integrates 5 tracks that flow seamlessly into one another. The EP effortlessly pulls you in and out of a daze by... | Continue reading article

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Spa-tacular success for the Upkeep Shoppe

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All photos courtesy of The Upkeep Shoppe.All photos courtesy of The Upkeep Shoppe.

Preston Street nail and beauty salon goes retrospective as it celebrates its two-year anniversary. Starting a small business is probably one of the hardest things an entrepreneur can do. Businesses come and they go, but in some cases, they manage to stay, thrive and expand. Based on its success, it’s clear that Natalie Esau, owner of The Upkeep Shoppe, an inviting, walk-in lounge-type nail salon and spa, was exactly what Ottawa needed. The modern spa, located at 358 Preston Street, between Aberdeen St. and Young St., has experienced great success... | Continue reading article

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Flea market frenzy

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All photos by Hollie Davies.All photos by Hollie Davies.

For many the term flea market isn’t all that appealing, but for me it holds a certain allure. I imagine rummaging through stalls of hidden treasures, losing myself in an open air market filled with ancient, vintage, gypsy magic. So, for once, rather than window shopping along the streets of my own neighbourhood where I can barely ever afford anything (sigh), I was looking forward to a little flea market frenzy this past weekend. The first bit of information you should know is that Sunday is the day for flea... | Continue reading article

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