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Darling Yes, what vintage charm!

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Carly Smith of Darling YesCarly Smith of Darling Yes

Carly Smith of Darling Yes has made a splash in the Ottawa handmade community. Darling Yes is a homegrown business, selling jewelry and hand-drawn art creations crafted in Smith’s home workshop. I had the chance to interview Smith about the building of her brand, her designs, and if she had any advice for those looking to create a business of their own! Apt613: Tell me a little about yourself! My name is Carly and I’m the owner and designer of Darling Yes. I have a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton,... | Continue reading article

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Jazzfest: In conversation with Danielle Allard

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Danielle Allard: photo by Justin van Leeuwen, Body painting by May MazorDanielle Allard: photo by Justin van Leeuwen, Body painting by May Mazor

Ottawa’s young singer/songwriter sensation Danielle Allard has spent her life immersed in music since the age of 3. She began performing publicly at 9, started receiving formal training at 11, and was writing her own songs by age 14. Her studies at Canterbury High School’s Arts Program would further develop her skills in voice and guitar. “My principal in elementary school was finishing his Ph.D. in music at the time, so he was very supportive of the arts. A couple of other teachers jumped onboard and started putting together theatre productions,... | Continue reading article

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Jazzfest: Interview with Rebecca Noelle

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Photo by Julia Unchurra.Photo by Julia Unchurra.

Ottawa diva and songwriter Rebecca Noelle considers herself lucky to have found out at a young age what direction her life would take. She established an early relationship with all things jazz, a genre she embraced growing up in a family immersed in its music. “I grew up listening to Ella Fitzgerald. My grandfather was a jazz musician and so my mom grew up in a house where the band would rehearse their jazz standards. She developed a love for it and used to play Ella in the car. I... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Six

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Today we bring you the sixth and final episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Bonnie Robinson,  the founder of YOW Productions. A professional writer, producer and director, she talks about her favourite types of films to make and where she likes to go to see movies in Ottawa.  She also reminds us that making films is most often a collaborative endeavour and has some great tips for aspiring filmmakers looking to plug into the local filmmaker community. Have a look: Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie... | Continue reading article

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Interview: Victor Nesrallah’s diverse musical roots

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Victor Nesrallah playing at the NAC in 2011. Still from a video from Nesrallah's YouTube channel.Victor Nesrallah playing at the NAC in 2011. Still from a video from Nesrallah's YouTube channel.

Longtime Ottawa musician Victor Nesrallah has spent his life forging a well-rounded career through his never-ending thirst for knowledge in nearly all aspects of music. He shared with me how his 35-year musical journey has been shaped by learning, experience, and answered calls of opportunity. “Earlier in the 70’s, I used to back up my brother, Stephan, who was fairly well-known back then. When I started on my own in clubs, I knew in order to make my bread and butter, I’d have to get by with playing some cover tunes.... | Continue reading article

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Avenue Q teaches harsh life lessons via puppetry

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All photos by Kenneth Ingram.All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

The award-winning musical Avenue Q will return to Ottawa June 17-20 thanks to Toto Too Theatre Company. The director, Michael Gareau, reveals that the show will deliver a Canadianized performance (with the help of 11 cast members and 32 puppets), promising to be hilariously entertaining, potentially offensive but relevant to the harsher realities of life – particularly adolescence. “It takes the lessons that Sesame Street taught children and it raises them ever-so-slightly so that they can be aimed at adults,” Gareau explains, calling attention to many parallels with Avenue Q’s... | Continue reading article

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EP Release: Old Stereo, What It’s All About

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Old Stereo, image courtesy of the bandOld Stereo, image courtesy of the band

Local four-piece Old Stereo are making a name for themselves among aficionados of soulful music in Ottawa.  Their music offers a mix of retro soul and R&B with serious driving funk grooves, layered with tight and catchy rhythms that give their material a modern edge. Formed in 2011, the band created a buzz at Bluesfest last year, and have enjoyed a steadily growing momentum ever since. This Saturday, June 13, they will be holding an EP Release Party at Café Dekcuf, in celebration of their second release, What It’s All... | Continue reading article

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Review: The Vanity of Reason by Estan Beedell – out today!

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Estan Beedell. Photo by Raphaël Titsworth-Morin.Estan Beedell. Photo by Raphaël Titsworth-Morin.

The Vanity of Reason is a new album out today from Ottawa-based musician Estan Beedell. The album features ten tracks which range from mellow, jazzy musings in  “Clouds,” to fun, lively rock in “Caricature.” Throughout the different songs, various ensembles of instruments including violins, trumpets, and even a church organ, provide a neat, classic touch to Beedell’s smooth, catchy vocals. This is Beedell’s third album, but it was the first time that he collaborated with so many other musicians, many of which are friends of his from his days at... | Continue reading article

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Re: Union – Inside the mind of a martyr

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Emily Morrison in Re: Union, played by Alexa Devine. Photo by Ron Reed.Emily Morrison in Re: Union, played by Alexa Devine. Photo by Ron Reed.

When most people find an injustice that strikes at the very heart of their sense of right and wrong they sign a petition, join a group, march in the streets, maybe raise some money. When Norman Morrison felt that same kind of outrage at the Vietnam War, the young father and Quaker drove to the Pentagon with his infant daughter, a jug of kerosene and a box of matches. Standing below the office of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara he set himself on fire in a last act of protest... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Five

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Still from #OttawaIndieFilm, episode five: Roger D. Wilson.Still from #OttawaIndieFilm, episode five: Roger D. Wilson.

Today we bring you the fifth episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Roger D. Wilson. Roger’s films have screened at festivals across Canada. Roger describes himself as an experimental film scientist.  His films are infused with thematically-related techniques such as layering images, adding textures and hand processing and printing the film. Find out about his passion for physically manipulating and hand processing film, how grape juice interacts with celluloid and what camera-less animation is in this episode of #OttawaIndieFilm: Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie Film include:... | Continue reading article

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