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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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#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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Five surprising facts we learned on the Ottawa Free Tour

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Scenery on the Ottawa Free Tour, photos by  Hollie DaviesScenery on the Ottawa Free Tour, photos by Hollie Davies

When I was invited to tag along on The Ottawa Free Tour, a new activity on offer, I didn’t have to think it over much –  they had me at “free”. With scarcely anything in life that doesn’t put a dent in my bank account, I’m clearly going to jump at anything that costs nothing. And I’m sure glad that I did. It’s a 2-hour walking tour that takes place every Saturday (May 2-Sept 5) at 2 p.m. I met up with our expert guide, and the rest of the group, at the... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Oliver Brackenbury’s Junkyard Leopard book launch

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Images from Oliver Brackenbury's websiteImages from Oliver Brackenbury's website

When an underpaid bartender’s assistant with a two hundred grand student debt and no prospects of promotion to bartender because all paid work requires significant years of unpaid internship serves an impatient, overpaid investment banker of a similar age waving a hundred dollar bill at him, what is really different about the two men, besides the hundred dollar bill? Often, it comes to the fact that the first man got screwed somehow in life, whether it’s through a debt-incurring worthless university degree, a bank’s shady dealings with one’s mortgage, an... | Continue reading article

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5 local bands you have to hear at Bluesfest

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Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

The Bluesfest! It’s coming! Time to brace yourself for the annual immersion in great music, hot sun, cold beer and all around good times. Even if you’re heading out for the big name headliners be sure to catch some hometown bands too. The flats are set to be the most fertile ground for discovering the best of the city’s music scene. Here’s my roundup of 5 locals you have to hear. The Visit – July 12th / 3:30pm / Barney Danson Theatre The Visit has been on my must-see list... | Continue reading article

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Fashion tips for Bluesfest: dress to impress, but bring comfy shoes

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Two of the RBC Bluesfest shirts designed by Kania, photo courtesy of Julie BeunTwo of the RBC Bluesfest shirts designed by Kania, photo courtesy of Julie Beun

It’s that time of year again for Bluesfest, one of Ottawa’s most-anticipated festivals. With the summer weather in full swing, everyone seems to come out of the woodwork to enjoy good company, great music and our city (without having to bundle up in multiple layers and parkas). I’m a true fashionista and gain all kinds of inspiration, and sometimes chuckles, as I browse through Instagram and Facebook photos of various bloggers, celebrities and assorted hip people. This year, Bluesfest is upping its coolness factor and giving us all another reason... | Continue reading article

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“Moonshine, and train songs, gunfights and gospel tunes”

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Photo courtesy of Murder Murder.Photo courtesy of Murder Murder.

Gloria Song has been performing for over a decade, most recently as a member in Scary Bear Soundtrack, who are performing alongside Murder Murder on June 25, 2015. Hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, Murder Murder guarantees “all murder ballads, all the time.” They aren’t exaggerating: that’s exactly what their music is. Self-described as a “bloodgrass band” – that is, a combination of bluegrass, outlaw country, and exclusively murder ballads – Murder Murder serves up stories of homicide against a surprisingly upbeat toe-tapping soundtrack in a variety of contexts and locations, from... | Continue reading article

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Jazzfest: Low-ridin’ mania with War on the main stage

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War performs on the Main Stage in Confederation Park at Jazzfest 2015. All photos by Terry Steeves.War performs on the Main Stage in Confederation Park at Jazzfest 2015. All photos by Terry Steeves.

It’s funk, it’s jazz, it’s rhythm and blues… blended with lots of Latin grooves and elements of pop, rock, and reggae. The band eventually to be known as War was formed in 1969 and became a collective of 7 musicians. The band’s members came from diverse ethnic backgrounds and would each add their own musical seasonings to create an organic fusion of sound that has always been uniquely theirs. The positively-charged vibe of their music is part of their credo of hope, equality, and friendship. One thing is for sure... | Continue reading article

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Dance capital: Escapade festival winds up for a sixth booming year

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Joe Ghost performing at Escapade 2014. Photo from @escapademf on Instagram.Joe Ghost performing at Escapade 2014. Photo from @escapademf on Instagram.

On June 27-28 the Escapade Music Festival is bringing a stacked lineup of electronic dance legends and emerging artists to the Rideau Carleton Entertainment Centre for its triumphant return to Ottawa. Headliners include the world renowned Dutch DJ Armin van Buuren and dance music forefather Carl Cox. These men have more than 40 years of success between them, and they’ve never stopped pushing the boundaries of today’s electronic music. Both play on June 28. Coming to Ottawa for the first time is the Australian dance duo Knife Party, who take... | Continue reading article

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