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Steve Martin/Edie Brickell blend of music and comedy leaves this father/daughter critic team in stitches

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Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Jazz Festival.

Post by Tobi and Terence Cohen I became an Edie Brickell fan in Grade 9 after my then long, red-headed hippie boyfriend gave me a tape of her and the New Bohemians’ second album, Ghost of a Dog. My dad has always been a huge country music fan and, as his body fails him, considers “his tunes” his one true lifeblood. We’re both big, big Steve Martin fans who count Planes, Trains and Automobiles as the greatest movie ever made and admittedly use humour in our daily lives as a... | Continue reading article

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Punkpocalypse takes Montebello by storm: A review of Amnesia Rockfest 2014

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An estimated 200,000 colourful revellers decended on Montebello for the 9th annual Amnesia Rockfest over the weekend. Photo by Emily Fudakowski.An estimated 200,000 colourful revellers decended on Montebello for the 9th annual Amnesia Rockfest over the weekend. Photo by Emily Fudakowski.

The little festival that could may be all grown up, but Amnesia Rockfest remains the laid back, gritty punkpocalypse it always was. The community ball diamond, cement bleachers and tiny beer shack I remember from my first Rockfest four years ago are long gone and organizers have finally figured out how to tend to the toilet needs of thousands of beer guzzling rockers with mega munchies — particularly on days like Saturday when Cypress Hill took to the stage and the entire grounds erupted in a plume of pot smoke.... | Continue reading article

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Summer festival fever

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Picturesque beach scene at l'Outaouais en Fête. All photos by Terry Steeves.Picturesque beach scene at l'Outaouais en Fête. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The first day of Summer has arrived, and with it, a vast array of art, cultural, sport, and music events for all ages in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. With the weather having fully co-operated over the weekend, there was no shortage of things to take in for the eyes and ears. The Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival at Mooney‘s Bay, Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival at Vincent Massey Park, The New Art Festival at Central Park in the Glebe, the Ottawa Fringe Festival, and of course, the Ottawa Jazz Fest were just... | Continue reading article

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Hintonburg Happening: a festival celebrating all that’s wonderful about this neighbourhood and its residents

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Hintonburg is a community that has gentrified in recent years and is now alive and thriving with art, culture, as well as fantastic food and drink. For the first time ever, this Ottawa community will host its very own festival, opening Saturday June 21 and ending Sunday, June 29. I interviewed Anne Wanda Tessier, a local artist and Hintonburg resident who has been instrumental in putting Hintonburg Happening together along with Summer Baird of the Hintonburg Public House to find out more. Why is there a “Hintonburg Happening?” The festival... | Continue reading article

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Souljazz Orchestra to test drive new material at Glow Fair

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Photo by Alexandre Mattar.Photo by Alexandre Mattar.

Ottawa’s Souljazz Orchestra is leading a strong set of local acts heading into Glow Fair, the Bank Street BIA’s new street festival, this Friday. Self-described as “Canada’s hardest-working combo”, The Souljazz Orchestra is hoping the neon, glow-in-the-dark festival will serve as a tune up ahead of their big euro tour launching next week. “It’s been awhile since we’ve played a proper show in Ottawa,” says lead singer Pierre Chrétien. “It will be a good tune up before we leave for Europe for our big summer tour the same week. We’ll... | Continue reading article

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Capital Pride promises to offer an edgier festival this year

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A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.A participant in the 2013 Capital Pride Parade. All photos by Charlie Crabb.

In its ever-lasting quest to be more fabulous, fantastic and flamboyant than the year before, the Capital Pride Committee is releasing a program that’s edgier than its predecessors. This year’s Capital Pride Festival will kick off at the Museum of Nature. As part of the museum’s popular Nature Nocturne event series, revelers will launch Pride, while checking out the Museum’s exhibits in a night club-esque setting. The Village Movie Night is also evolving. This year’s night in front of the silver screen will include a fully licensed bar. The committee’s... | Continue reading article

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Bowling & beer Big Lebowski style, dudes

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Still from The Big Lebowski.Still from The Big Lebowski.

Jean McLernon is the Executive Assistant / Event Planner for the Ottawa International Film Festival. On Saturday, June 14th join Beau’s Beer and the Ottawa International film Festival for The Big Lebowlski: A far out bowling and feature beer night. The event is a fundraiser for the Ottawa International Film Festival which runs later this fall in October, and is an opportunity for Beau’s to lead Ottawa into Ontario Craft Brew Week which kicks off on the 13th and runs until June 20th. The Ottawa International Film Festival is a... | Continue reading article

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aVibe fest delivers in its debut year

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A couple enjoying the music of the Slowcoasters. All photos by Terry Steeves.A couple enjoying the music of the Slowcoasters. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“Providing an environment where people can come together to celebrate great music, food & drink, art, culture, peace, and positive vibes.” The credo on the aVibe Music & Arts Festival website says it all. It delivered everything it set out to do in spades, in its debut year at the beautiful and massive Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa. The park is very centrally located on Heron Rd., and stretches from Riverside Dr. to the Rideau River. It’s known for its well groomed grassy rolling hills and fields, BBQ pits, picnic... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup + ticket giveaway

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The rain should clear up by the weekend, Ottawans, so plan on getting out and enjoying the sun! This week, we’re giving away tickets to Winchester Warm’s album launch – read on to find out how you can win. Summertime should perhaps be re-cast as weddingtime – ’tis the season of nuptials, showers and confetti. Victoire, Sparrow flowers and Heart Deco are joining forces tonight to present a bit of a different side of the wedding industry: with vintage dresses, jewelry and locally-designed flower arrangements, they’ll provide the perfect way... | Continue reading article

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Woody’s Open Mic Mondays

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Woody's Urban Pub. All photos by Terry Steeves.Woody's Urban Pub. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Continuing my series on Open Mic/Open Jam nights in our Capital, this month brings me to the wonderfully snug pub of Woody’s in Ottawa’s Golden Triangle downtown area of Elgin St., a busy street which hosts a wealth of activity throughout the year, including the annual Ball Hockey Tournament, Charity Chili Cook-Off, and has been affectionately dubbed Ottawa’s Sens Mile. Woody’s Urban Pub, founded in 1986, boasts an excellent bistro/pub-style menu, a great selection of draught beers and wines, and a large front window which opens up onto a quaint... | Continue reading article

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