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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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Urban Craft turns 3! New vendors, a pop-up diner + a $20 giveaway

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Dual StormTrooper Alderaandack Chairs by The Legendary Workshop.Dual StormTrooper Alderaandack Chairs by The Legendary Workshop.

Okay crafty boys and gals its official, Ottawa’s Urban Craft (a quarterly craft show out in the Glebe) is celebrating their third birthday this September 13th. An anchor of the craft show circuit since 2011, this year’s planning committee promises a bigger and better event with more independent designers to celebrate the big day. Boasting over 50 vendors, a pop-up diner where attendees can nosh on locally-made eats and other surprise goodies, the upcoming craft show offers modern and hip merchandise to spruce up any home. In the past 3... | Continue reading article

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Seasick Steve plays Ottawa Folk Fest this weekend

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Photo from seasicksteve.com.Photo from seasicksteve.com.

Seasick Steve, aka Steven Gene Wold, is an American blues guitarist/singer-songwriter whose songs and stories tell of many of his exploits of life on the streets – a life he chose at the young age of 13 to escape the perils of violence at home. They are tales of survival, spun into mud-soaked Mississippi blues, boogie, and bluegrass elements. A simple man, who despite the past hardships of homelessness, starvation, imprisonment and his rolling stone years of freight train hopping from town to town, has always seen music as his... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: 6 things you need to know about Holland’s Cake and Shake (and its instigator)

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An assortment of cakes from Holland's Cake and Shake. Photo from their Facebook page. All other photos by Pam Kapoor.An assortment of cakes from Holland's Cake and Shake. Photo from their Facebook page. All other photos by Pam Kapoor.

#1 Inventive dessert ideas? He’s always had ‘em. In his previous gig at Chef Marc Lepine’s famed Atelier, pastry chef Michael Holland had carte blanche to make whatever he wanted: “I was able to do my ideas, but in a different way” (because they were composed, plated dishes). Now, his own platform at Cake and Shake allows Chef Holland to unleash years of concepts that have been proofing patiently in his culinary mind. This guy takes dessert-making very seriously, but his reputation for whimsical creations suggests a guy who loves... | Continue reading article

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