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Streetscape Memory Bank: the “old-world grandeur” of a lost Rideau St. institution

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Ogilvy's in the mid 1950s, image from the City of Ottawa archivesOgilvy's in the mid 1950s, image from the City of Ottawa archives

One place that evokes fond memories of Ottawa’s past shopping fortunes is the old Charles Ogilvy Ltd. store (or Ogilvys) on Rideau Street. I am just old enough to remember how the Ogilvys was in its last days in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even then, it was a place of old world grandeur and charm.  I still remember the immaculately dressed elevator operators who wore white gloves, who would open the old grilled elevator doors and then take you clanking up or down to the various floor departments... | Continue reading article

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Pistol George Warren stop in Ottawa tonight!

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Pistol George Warren. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.Pistol George Warren. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.

Pistol George Warren, a nine-piece band from Sudbury who describe themselves as a “retro-pop party-on-a-stage” are bringing their infectious energy to Ottawa tonight for a show at the Rainbow Bistro. The band recently released an album, Oceapur9, a fun blend of country, rock, pop, and a little bit of everything else, that will definitely get you in a summer groove. You can stream the album online here. The band was originally made up of six guys when they put out their full-length album, Back to Northern Country, in 2011. When... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: 7 things that stood out

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Kanye West at Bluesfest, photo by Etienne Ranger of Le DroitKanye West at Bluesfest, photo by Etienne Ranger of Le Droit

It’s been a ball, Bluesfest, and we’re sorry to see it end. But well, all good things, right? 220 acts, 11 days, 5 stages and too many good times to count. Before moving on here’s a recap of what stood out. Fan Fervour Tragically Hip fans endured pouring rain to hear their band. Kanye fans were at the gates as early as 9:30 in the morning, ready to camp out in the blazing heat for the much-anticipated show twelve hours later. On an exceptionally hot and humid day Simple Plan... | Continue reading article

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Experience traditional Kozak Tavern at Ukrainian Fest’s pub night

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UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.UKRAINIA, photo courtesy of the band.

Korchma is the word for “tavern” in Ukrainian – and that’s exactly what the Ukrainian Banquet Hall at 100 Byron Avenue will become on the opening day of the first Capital Ukrainian Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday, July 24 with a pub night and musical performances from Ottawa’s own UKRAINIA and Toronto’s Lemon-Bucket Orkestra. UKRAINIA, a band of four energetic men with guitar, bass and drums, is bound to steal your heart and get your feet moving with what their website deems “traditionally-based Ukrainian music [that] has been... | Continue reading article

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Hayden, Mozart and Kid Koala at Chamberfest 2015

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The Danish String Quartet perform on August 5, 2015 at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church. Photo courtesy of Chamberfest.The Danish String Quartet perform on August 5, 2015 at the Dominion-Chalmers United Church. Photo courtesy of Chamberfest.

The Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival aka Chamberfest starts July 23 and runs for fifteen days. We spoke with the festival’s Director of Marketing and Communications James Whittall about this year’s festival. Apt613: Describe Chamberfest in a couple sentences. James Whittall: World’s largest chamber music festival: sentence number one. And a very important sentence too. Also one of the most innovative music festivals in the country. Can you tell us about this year’s theme? It’s been themed as “Regenerations” and the idea behind that is the music programmed into this... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: CHVRCHES surprised fans with brand new music

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Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES. All photos by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Bluesfest.Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES. All photos by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Bluesfest.

When CHVRCHES began their set at Bluesfest on July 15th, it was that perfect time of day when the sun is finally starting to go down and you know that by the time the show’s over, night will have crept in. There’s definitely a special excitement that comes from watching one of your favourite bands perform live for the very first time, but you also have to hope that they can live up to all your wild expectations. I should start off this review with the disclaimer that CHVRCHES are... | Continue reading article

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Introducing The Jenn Hayward Show

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Still from The Jenn Hayward Show.Still from The Jenn Hayward Show.

It could be that comedy clubs aren’t really your scene, or perhaps you’re just looking for new comedic venues to explore. Whatever your inclination may be,  The Jenn Hayward Show is worth bringing to your attention. On July 5, local comic Jenn Hayward launched her official YouTube channel,  The Jenn Hayward Show,  a production which she describes as “a way to promote Ottawa culture with a comedic twist.” Hayward began doing stand-up comedy in Ottawa about five years ago. She loves the storytelling aspect of comedy and the way comedy... | Continue reading article

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Myers Brothers Band plays Bluesfest for the first time

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The Myers Brothers Band. Picture from the group's Facebook page.The Myers Brothers Band. Picture from the group's Facebook page.

It’s the first time that the Myers Brothers Band will play RBC Bluesfest. The group was formed by Ottawa brothers Mike “MossMan” Myers (guitar & vocals), and Stevie Myers (bass) in 2004 and in 2013, drummer Chris “Reverend” Rouffer joined them. The audience can expect a stripped-down trio format playing original and non-standard covers of electric blues, hill country, and roots music and grooves. “Playing Ottawa Bluesfest is a fantastic opportunity to perform at home in our beautiful Capital, at Canada’s largest music festival. Also, it’s a recognition of all... | Continue reading article

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#WALK Together, it’s that simple

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Image from the #WALK Facebook event pageImage from the #WALK Facebook event page

If you’ve been roaming the streets of downtown, soaking up some of this temperate summer weather in the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed some rather peculiar black-and-white posters taped to utility poles. No fancy pictures. No attention grabbing graphics. Just: #WALK TOGETHER JULY 18TH PARLIAMENT HILL 2:00PM This may have created more questions than it answered. I spoke with one of the creators of #WALK Together, Kenneth Antonio, to figure out just what this walk was all about. “#WALK together” is a sort of “un-demonstration”, a statement... | Continue reading article

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#FoodieFriday: Coffee and curios at CC’s Corner in Richmond

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Cameron and Savannah Kallos of CC's Corner. All photos by Katie Shapiro.Cameron and Savannah Kallos of CC's Corner. All photos by Katie Shapiro.

Cameron Kallos says that the two strangest things he has ever sold at CC’s Corner was a 1940′s portable electroshock therapy kit…and a 20 oz single decaf shot Americano. If this combination, coffee and curios, sounds strange to you, you’ll have to make your way out to Richmond to see just how well it works. Husband and wife duo Cameron and Savannah Kallos have created something fun and unique in rural Ottawa. CC’s Corner is a small antique store within a coffee shop, and while they tend to not carry... | Continue reading article

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