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Write On Ottawa: Spanish-language novel is captivating

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Post by Ramón Sepúlveda Ottawa-based author Camila Reimers will be in the Byward Market selling and signing books this coming Sunday, June 28 and  on July 4, 10 and 18.  The following post is an edited version of a longer book review by Ramón Sepúlveda that was presented at the official book launch. The National Capital Region is filled with many wonderful authors who write in various languages.  Among them is Camila Reimers, an award-winning writer who was born in Chile but who has lived in Canada since 1980. While she writes... | Continue reading article

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Brew Brahs chat with Beau’s Brewery chef Bruce Wood

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Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.

Jordan Duff is a regular contributor over at BrewBrahs, where they talk about everything beer. You can also find them on Twitter. If you’re a beer drinker in Ottawa – heck, in Ontario – then you’ve sampled a Beau’s brew. They’ve been creating craft suds since before it was cool, way back in 2006. With dozens of breweries now in operation in the Ottawa area, it would be easy for Beau’s to lose a step. The thing is, they don’t. They keep innovating and coming up with neat and creative approaches to craft beer... | Continue reading article

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Darling Yes, what vintage charm!

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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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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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Debut novel offers up a unique National Park mystery

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Perfect Books (258A Elgin Street) is hosting a special sale until July 15 to promote Dyed in the Green, an action-packed mystery set in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.  During the sale you can purchase the book for 20% off.  The regular price is $19.99 but with the discount it will be $15.99. Dyed in the Green is the debut novel of George Mercer, who plans to write an entire mystery series about different national parks across the country. The main character is Ben Matthews, a park warden in Cape Breton who... | Continue reading article

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Escape…with an Ottawa company offering scenic bicycle tours

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A cycling path in Aylmer: all photos taken by the author along the tour route.A cycling path in Aylmer: all photos taken by the author along the tour route.

A bicycle. That’s what it all began with. I had been wanting to buy a bike for a while now, given that my boyfriend is a pretty avid cyclist and enjoys exploring the city from this unique vantage point. When I came across the opportunity to join a Leisure Bicycle Sightseeing Tour with the new company Escape Bicycle Tours right here in Ottawa, I decided that it was finally time to make that purchase. $60.00 later, I had my very own bike, courtesy of Cycle Salvation, and although it’s used and rusty, in... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The man who changed our city forever

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Sparks Street 1930s.  Photo used in Transforming Ottawa.Sparks Street 1930s. Photo used in Transforming Ottawa.

Jacques Gréber is arguably the most important person in Ottawa’s history.  If you want to know why Canada’s capital looks the way it does, then you can thank (or blame) this famous French architect who played a pivot role in our city’s development. Following a request by Prime Minister MacKenzie King, the Gréber Plan was released in 1950.  This massively influential report led to numerous changes in our region, including: the demolition of Lebreton Flats; Gatineau Park expanding; the train station leaving downtown; and the expansion of numerous downtown roads (thank you for... | Continue reading article

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Jazzfest: Interview with Rebecca Noelle

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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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