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Many Bluesfest attendees on Saturday were hurt and surprised by comments made by Ian Astbury, lead singer of The Cult, a British rock group known for gothy 1980s hits like “She Sells Sanctuary”.
The first time I read Stewart Dudley’s novel The Cutting Room, it frustrated me. The plot seemed to be deliberately slow, with information doled out in tiny bits as though the author was trying not to satisfy the reader too much. I put it down after finishing and felt a bit cranky with it. But […]
Stephen Johnson works at the Ottawa Public Library. When not at work, he is probably out exploring the region (libraries included) with his family. In recent years, the summer staycation has become a popular trend. It allows a person to save money while being a tourist in their own backyard. In Ottawa, we are fortunate […]
Created as emergency government headquarters against nuclear fallout, the Diefenbunker was built during the Cold War but never used! Ottawa comedians Lewis Hill, Sean Carson and Daniel Araya explore the bunkers with the fantastic tour guide Mady Gillespie! For more Comedy Ottawa, watch their dispatches from Grow613 Day and Westfest.
Post by Laura Li. Li is a West Carleton High School student and member of the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library Teen Advisory Group. She has also blogged on the Ottawa Public Library website as Teen Blogger in Residence. After a year’s worth of waiting, the moment has finally come: School’s out, exams […]
Just days after a stormy Canada day, the sun was warm over the city for the American Embassy’s annual Fourth of July celebration. U.S. ambassador Bruce Heyman and his wife Vicki extended a warm welcome to 3,500 friends filling the grounds of Lornado, the official residence and their home for the past two years. Among […]
Would you be willing to pay hundreds of dollars in advance to receive a full season of exclusive art? It’s a gamble, but Megan Monafu, founder of CSArt Ottawa, is betting that there are enough people in our city willing to buy in to support and grow our burgeoning local arts scene. The inspiration for […]
As the excitement grows around the opening of Chef Matthew Carmichael’s Riviera, one thing is certain, the restaurant’s opulent bar will be managed by the best Ottawa has to offer. Stephen Flood’s barcraft is an effortless extension of his love of people and the good life – a perfect fit for the attention to detail Riviera promises. […]
When a friend asked me if I had heard of Dumpling Park and if I wanted to try it out for lunch, my answers were an intrigued no and an enthusiastic yes, respectively. Our only intel was that there were dumplings being served on Rochester St, and so we set out on a lunch date […]
Post by Samantha Richarz. A brand new storefront will be gracing Bank Street with a new way to cool off, just in time for hot summer days in Ottawa: Moo Shu Ice Cream & Kitchen. Moo Shu Ice Cream has become a fast favourite at farmer’s markets across the city with their uniquely flavoured ice cream […]
Post by Nicole Irvine These days, it could be said that the hip-hop world is pretty saturated. Hundreds of artists are trying to make their voices heard daily. In order to make it, you have to make some sort of unique mark that resonates with audiences. Being a local artist only makes that even harder. One Ottawa hip-hop artist is […]
Oh Canada! Celebrating Canada Day in our nation’s capital is always an epic experience and the events taking place on Parliament Hill are only some of the many activities happening around town this weekend. This year, catch Metric, Cœur de Pirate, Coleman Hell and Shawn Hook (to name just a few) in performances on Parliament […]
Here are a baker’s dozen of good reads I’ve picked from some of the more interesting books I’ve come across at the library. There’s a mix of fiction and nonfiction, with some interesting travel memoir type books, in case you’re not leaving the city this summer. You can kick back under a tree and imagine […]
Last week, Ottawa Capital Pride revealed its theme for the 2016 edition of the Festival, and it is nothing short of a royal flush. Gender-neutral bathrooms are a salient point of current LGBTTQ+ dialogue, but their direct implication in daily life extends far beyond LGBTTQ+ communities: it touches every single person. The 2016 Ottawa Capital […]
Award-winning pianist, vocalist, and songwriter Laila Biali has presented her music at prestigious venues spanning five continents, including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo’s Cotton Club, Peru’s El Festival Internacional de Lima and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. She received a JUNO nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year in 2011, and her […]