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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo courtesy Amos the Transparent.Photo courtesy Amos the Transparent.

So The Little Mermaid turns 25 this week. What better excuse to get out and party like it’s 1989? 1989 isn’t the only reason to party – 5th birthdays are a pretty good reason, too. Auntie Loo’s Treats marks their 5th year with all things vegan, including a taco bar, drag sensations, and local roller derby gals making an appearance at their party on Saturday. We’re chock full of art and film this weekend. The Ottawa International Animation Festival continues all weekend long (The Little Mermaid is just one of... | Continue reading article

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Joss Stone takes Folk Fest on a soulful ride

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Joss Stone greeting the crowd at Ottawa Folk Fest. All photos by Terry Steeves.Joss Stone greeting the crowd at Ottawa Folk Fest. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“This is really gonna happen!” came an excited voice behind me, from a sea of people all there in anticipation of one of Ottawa Folk Fest’s biggest acts to take the stage. At 8pm on Sunday night, Joss Stone came out to greet the crowd, dressed in a full length summery dress, looking every bit a Guinevere goddess in her bare feet. She flashed a warm smile, seemed genuinely overwhelmed at the welcoming reception and playfully threw her mane of hair back in a bout of laughter. Then the first... | Continue reading article

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The Ottawa International Animation Festival: Where imaginations come out to play

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Still from the film Lumberjacked by Canadian director Joel Mackenzie. Image courtesy of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.Still from the film Lumberjacked by Canadian director Joel Mackenzie. Image courtesy of the Ottawa International Animation Festival.

Cooler temps, crunchy leaves and greying skies mean only one thing…it’s time for the Ottawa International Animation Festival to descend on the nation’s capital once again! This is one of my favourite things about the fall in Ottawa. There’s nothing like escaping autumn’s chill by stepping into the warm dark of a theatre and settling into the exciting, engaging and sometimes disturbing, imaginations of animators from all over Canada and the world. For those of you unfamiliar with this annual festival, I strongly encourage you to check it out. Even... | Continue reading article

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Folk Fest volunteers just being awesome

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Damien, volunteer photographer for Folk Fest in action. All photos by Sharon Cheung.Damien, volunteer photographer for Folk Fest in action. All photos by Sharon Cheung.

This morning I came to the sad realization that festival season is officially over. While we all head back to our Monday morning routine, the festival season ender, Folk Fest was another year of great performers. My personal favourites were Lorde whose jerk-like dance moves kept all our cold tushes warm and  BC’s Wake Owl a pop indie band that everyone should check out. But as much as I enjoyed the show and the awesome food (running the gamut from gourmet poutine to cracked corn to Indian cuisine) I really... | Continue reading article

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Harvest Noir, Ottawa’s stealth sustainability party is back September 27

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Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.Photo courtesy of Harvest Noir.

Photos by Steve Gerecke, Ottawa Velo Vogue and Jean Lapointe. After three years of celebrating local food and farms in secret locations, Harvest Noir - Ottawa’s homegrown version of the Dîner en Blanc - still has a few surprises. Importantly for an outdoor event that hasn’t always been lucky in the weather department, it also booked a rain date. Over a hot bowl of soup and a beer, I got the lowdown on what to expect from Harvest Noir 2014 from its co-founder, Greg Searle. Harvest Noir is a self-described stealth sustainability... | Continue reading article

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Stompa your heart out: Serena Ryder warms the crowd at Folk Fest

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Photo by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Folk Festival.Photo by Mark Horton, courtesy of Ottawa Folk Festival.

There was definitely no lack of participation as the crowd clappa-ed their hands and stompa-ed their feet to Canadian singer-songwriter Serena Ryder’s performance at the Ottawa Folk Fest on Thursday night. Ryder, whose set followed an unforgettable performance by New Zealand teen sensation Lorde, unleashed her hit single “Stompa” to kick off her concert. I was expecting her to save the triple platinum song for her encore, but then I realized just how crucial it was for her to play it right off the bat. It’s the way the lineup... | Continue reading article

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Portland’s Black Prairie a “must-see” at Folk Fest tonight

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Photo from blackprairie.com.Photo from blackprairie.com.

It’s impossible to put this eclectic 6-piece band from Portland, Oregon into a genre slot – their music is that diverse. From the first time I heard them, I was delighted by their originality and creativity, and immediately check marked this band as one to see at this year’s Ottawa Folkfest. Black Prairie began as a side project by bassist, Nate Query and dobro/banjo/guitarist, Chris Funk of indie folk rock band, The Decemberists, who also hail from Portland, Oregon. They were later joined by pianist/accordionist, Jenny Conlee, also from The... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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You’d think that with back to school and the re-start that comes every September, things would quiet down around the city. Except it’s Ottawa, where we organize as many events as possible to take advantage of any warm-ish weather. Spend the whole weekend outdoors at the Ottawa Folk Fest, with a diverse line-up that includes everyone from Lorde to The Wiggles to The National to Wooden Sky. They’ve also got a Food Truck Rally and a Craft Beer House to keep you satiated all weekend long. If you’re in the... | Continue reading article

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Creative in the Capital: Two art workshops everyone should try

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Hollie Davies getting ready to silkscreen the day away at The Studio Cafe. All photos courtesy of Hollie Davies.Hollie Davies getting ready to silkscreen the day away at The Studio Cafe. All photos courtesy of Hollie Davies.

Ottawa is certainly brimming with a creative force, people and events alike. Some of our favourite things to do include the many local arts and music festivals, intimate vernissages, and quirky performances. I decidely to think of myself as being creative in my writing and especially in my ideas, but I’m surely more of a beginner when it comes to art, or music, or crafting, or anything of the like. The beginnings of my newly creative inspirations, coming from a coupon and a friend starting up her own new venture,... | Continue reading article

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The Strain launch Pledge campaign ahead of Folk Fest performance

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Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.

Have you ever wondered who’s behind a rockers look? Turns out, it could be you. Front man and lead singer of The Strain, David Taggart, has put his infamous golden locks on the chopping block – for the right price that is. It’s all part of the Wakefield bands new Pledge campaign aimed at raising money to record a new album after a two year hiatus. “All our fans really stepped up to help us win Ottawa’s Big Money Shot [in 2012],” he said. “We’re looking for that support to... | Continue reading article

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