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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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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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A weekday guide to Ottawa

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All photos by Steffani RuesgaAll photos by Steffani Ruesga

We work for the weekend: every day is a countdown until Friday. Once Friday rolls around, the weekend zooms by in a flash. Suddenly we’re back to Monday facing another week of work, and the whole dreary cycle repeats itself. But life doesn’t have to be this way. Luckily, Ottawa has dealt us some pretty entertaining weeknights. So cheer up, Monday doesn’t have to be the worst day of the week. First things first. You’re done work so head over to The Standard on Elgin. They have amazing deals all week... | Continue reading article

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Bank Street gets its glow on at Glowfair

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Kiesza, one of the Glowfair headliners.  Photo by Tibarazzi, from Kiesza's Facebook pageKiesza, one of the Glowfair headliners. Photo by Tibarazzi, from Kiesza's Facebook page

Glowfair, now in its second year, proves to step it up a notch with even more emphasis on music, arts, light, and plenty of activities, including 16 musical acts, and 9 themed street blocks. On June 19th and 20th, nine-themed blocks from Slater to James streets will be closed off for 2 magical days and nights of fun for people of all ages. Glowfair was the brainchild of Christine Leadman, Executive Director of Bank Street’s Business Improvement Area (BIA). She acted on a vision to turn the downtown core of... | Continue reading article

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Carleton Tavern celebrates 80 years!

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Carleton Tavern. Photo by Terry Steeves.Carleton Tavern. Photo by Terry Steeves.

The first time I walked into the Carleton Tavern was on a Friday night just a few years ago. The long room was jammed from wall to wall with people from ages 20 to 80, and all walks of life. Some were seated at the rows and rows of small wooden tables littered with quart bottles and pitchers of beer, and some filled the makeshift dance floor immediately in front of the band that was churning out some classic rock. The white washed walls with darkly painted beams displayed a... | Continue reading article

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Take 5 for the 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival

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Tanya Tagaq.Tanya Tagaq.

Despite the abundance of genres, the various styles and wide-ranging traditions, jazz essentially is about improvisation, collaboration, and the ongoing quest for exploration. It’s about creating musical moments bound in the precarious nature of time. Or, to say it another way, it’s about sonically interpreting the precariousness of time by collaborating in the construction of moods and themes. For this very reason, jazz, at its best, is about creating experiences, especially novel sonic experiences shared by multiple participants – including, in live shows, the audience. First and foremost, it’s all... | Continue reading article

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Velo Vogue is high-class fashion for the low-emission commuter

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All photos by VictorPax.comAll photos by VictorPax.com

Ironically, as I pulled into Saturday night’s Velo Vogue Fashion Show, a brilliant event pairing local style with great bikes, I accidentally stained my favorite caramel-coloured pants with a long, jagged line of bike grease. Some might call that a sign. Maybe bikes and fashion aren’t meant for each other. Cyclists are always finding new ways to mess up our outfits, after all. We sweat, we get splashed by Nissans racing through puddles, we even lean too close to our freshly greased bike chains while parking. Considering all this risk,... | Continue reading article

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