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Wooden Sky. Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Wooden Sky gets into the giving spirit

Last night The Wooden Sky rolled in from Toronto to play one ferociously good show at the NAC 4th stage. The good news is they’re playing again tonight and there may still be some tickets available. Dubbed The Wooden Sky Holiday Show there was plenty of holiday spirit without any of the old familiar carols. […]

Tom Hogan's painting on display at the Ottawa School of Art. Photo from their website.

Tom Hogan’s works on sale at OSA

The Ottawa School of Art‘s Annual Holiday Fundraiser began November 26 and runs to the end of this week, closing on December 20th. Each year, a wide assortment of distinctive art pieces created by students, instructors and alumni are on display and available for sale at very attractive prices. All funds collected from this event […]

Photo by Brittanie Loren Pendleton on flickr, used under Creative Commons.

Billings Estate continues a very old (and spooky) Christmas tradition

Christmas is filled with different traditions for everyone, whether that means hanging stockings and decorating a tree or simply coming together with all of your loved ones for the day. This year, the Billings Estate National Historic Site will be gathering people together for a rather unique tradition: A Christmas séance. The event will take […]

The set list. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ian Fletcher Thornley delivers killer show at Mavericks

“I could tell it was going to be killer before we even got into the room and jammed.” And killer it was, as the three musicians, Ian Fletcher Thornley, Dave McMillan, and Glenn Milchem, delivered musical magic in an explosive cocktail of guitar, bass, and drums onstage at Mavericks Friday night. The generous set list […]

Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Q&A with veteran storyteller Kim Kilpatrick

Storyteller Kim Kilpatrick, actor Emily Pearlman and harpist Lucile Brais Hildesheim will be performing A Winter Tale: the Journey of the Blind Harper at the NAC Fourth Stage. It’s about a famous Irish musician whose music is still performed today. Kilpatrick is a veteran storyteller whose repertoire includes her one-woman show Flying in the Dark, […]


Seeking a special gift? See our 2015 guide to local books.

For the past two years, we have published a holiday gift guide of books by authors and publishers from the National Capital Region. This year we continue our tradition of highlighting all of the authors that we have reviewed in the past year. Below you will find more than 60 books and comics, the vast majority of […]


Write On Ottawa: Searching for the secret of happiness

“Happiness is a warm puppy.” ― Charles M. Schulz Legendary cartoonist Charles Schulz is best known for creating the Peanuts comic strip, with such famous characters as Snoopy. This famous dog, however, is not the only four-legged cartoon that can bring happiness to readers, as we can see from the illustrated children’s book Cocopuff: A Happy Tale by […]