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Dan’s Jam at Sonny’s Bar & Grill

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Jammers from left to right: Michael Carey (bass), Mike Belajac (drums),amazing songstress Magella Skerritt, and Dan Sidoli (guitar). All photos by Terry Steeves.Jammers from left to right: Michael Carey (bass), Mike Belajac (drums),amazing songstress Magella Skerritt, and Dan Sidoli (guitar). All photos by Terry Steeves.

Here we are on the fourth instalment of an in-depth look at the open mic/open jam experience…the musicians who attend them, the people that host them, and the venues that offer their stages for our local talent to shine. For complete listings in the Ottawa area, check out Open Mic Scene. Welcome to Sonny’s Bar & Grill…a comfortable, moderately sized west end family restaurant/bar on Baxter Rd., right behind the massive IKEA store. It features a great breakfast, lunch/dinner menu, and is a live music venue on the weekends. Many... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa StoryTellers talk disaster at (un)told

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An eclectic group of listeners. Photo from untoldottawa.com.An eclectic group of listeners. Photo from untoldottawa.com.

Disaster stories was the theme of April’s (un)told event, hosted by the Ottawa StoryTellers at the Daily Grind on April 28. (un)told is a monthly event. Story tellers stand in front of the group and tell a five minute long original story. Stories ranged from a rock climbing fall to a sweet old lady innocently destroying a pair of boots, all the way to a group of cousins being soaked with pee. Some story tellers chose to perform their stories as slam poetry and one woman told a fictional story. This month’s event... | Continue reading article

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Explore Ottawa with Jane’s Walk

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Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event.
Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.Chris Bradshaw, centre, leads a walk called "Uptown Rideau: Main Street Interrupted" in front of the Rideau Bakery during last year's Jane's Walk event. Photo courtesy of Jane's Walk Ottawa.

A city’s vibrancy is that of its communities, namely that of the people who take part in its active building. Too often we hear that Ottawa is boring and there’s nothing going on, but that is the refrain of those uninvolved. Perhaps people who bemoan Ottawa are looking for a scene rather than a community. While we do have pockets of the former, I think Ottawa is much richer in its community ties, full of collaboration and support. To belong to that, you have to do more than just complain.... | Continue reading article

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Summer Craft Show Roundup

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Left:Winged Beast Outfitters. Right: N-Product. All photos courtesy of Urban Craft.Left:Winged Beast Outfitters. Right: N-Product. All photos courtesy of Urban Craft.

Post by Krista Leben, co-founder of Urban Craft. When it comes to craft shows, the holiday season may be king, but summer is a close second. We’ve rounded up a list of some of the best craft shows to hit up around town this spring and summer! Handmade Harvest May 3 & 4, 2014 9am-4pm both days Almonte Agricultural Hall 195 Water Street, Almonte This gem of a show out in Almonte, known for its great selection of vendors and swag bags for shoppers in the morning, has expanded to... | Continue reading article

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Skepticamp Ottawa 2014!

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This coming Sunday May 4th, the Ottawa Skeptics will be hosting their 4th annual Skepticamp at the Shopify Lounge in the Byward Market, an all day event for those believe in the importance of evidence-based practices and the scientific method. The idea for Skepticamp began in Denver, by a critically minded software engineer. Skepticamp events would facilitate dynamic community discussion around the topics of science, skepticism, and critical thought. Following the barcamp unconference model, talks are led by members of the community and audience questions and participation are highly encouraged. After the... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Art Battle!

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

A few weeks back, on a Saturday night late in March, I decided to stop by the Arts Court and check out the latest edition of Art Battle. For those that have never been, Art Battle is a live painting competition held each month at the Arts Court. Ten participants face off in two initial 20-minute rounds. At the end of each round, the painters are asked to drop their brushes. That’s when everyone gets one final chance to survey the works and cast their ballot for their favourite painting.... | Continue reading article

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The 4th annual Bad Suit Pub Crawl is on tonight!

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Photo from Bad Suit Pub Crawl Facebook page.Photo from Bad Suit Pub Crawl Facebook page.

Prom dresses, 80’s office attire and a fair share of bad suits will be making their way down Elgin Street on April 26 to celebrate Ottawa’s fourth annual Bad Suit Pub Crawl. Groups of sober strangers put on terrible outfits and stop by pub after pub, transforming into drunken friends, still looking just as awful. All of these efforts go towards raising money for the Canadian Cancer Society. Participants are expected to contribute $2.40 each or an empty case of beer. “Instead, people (usually) hand me $20’s and $50’s,” says... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Mismanaged expectations at Cobra Club

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Cobra Club attendees wait in line for their next food sampling experience. Photo by Jason Yung.Cobra Club attendees wait in line for their next food sampling experience. Photo by Jason Yung.

It was touted as the most exclusive dining experience in Ottawa — the famous Cobra Club, where the city’s best chefs would get together to cook what they liked. Only the few, the exclusive, the invited, were allowed to taste. It was all so promising, so alluring. From the very beginning, I was captivated by the mystery. But like a tale involving an exotic charmer, reality differed from expectation. I was left with the culinary equivalent of waking up in a motel bathtub full of ice, missing a kidney –... | Continue reading article

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Brewery Market kicks off season with Drink of Dreams

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Photo from brewerymarket.com.Photo from brewerymarket.com.

This Saturday April 26th, the Brewery Market kicks off the 2014 season with their first event of the year, Drink of Dreams. This will be the event’s third year in the city. From its noble (hops) beginning in Toronto in 2011, they took off in Ottawa the following year, thanks to Taralyn Carver. They packed 10 breweries, 4 food vendors, live music, and thousands of people into a tiny parking lot in Hintonburg. By 2013, it had expanded into several large events held at Parkdale Park. This year, the Brewery... | Continue reading article

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Spring clean your wardrobe sustainably and charitably

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Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.Photo by Kristen Taylor on Flickr. All other photos from chelsyann.com.

The time has come to spring clean. This dauntingly includes tackling your wardrobe. As a dress enthusiast I know the trouble of stuffing my wardrobe until the bar bends, buckling under the weight of my well-intended enthusiasm. To provide my poor closet with some relief I often host a clothing swap with friends, where everything old is new again and the remaining items are donated to a thrift shop. However, with new organizations such as Clothes for Charity  in the UK arising, it seemed to me that there were more... | Continue reading article

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