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Photo of dancer Kaitlin Standeven by Ömer Yükseker (courtesy of CDF)

Review: How to improve a dance show by failing better

Failure is considered by many as a badge of honour in Silicon Valley.  “Fail fast, fail often,” is the supposed motto of this technological superhub. While this mantra is largely overblown, it does contain an important lesson: Don’t be afraid of failing because it’s through your errors that you will improve. Which brings me to Voyager, […]

Concession 23 at Bluesfest. Photo from their website.

Album review: Concession 23’s Walter and Alice

Regulars at Pressed‘s Bluegrass Night will already know and love Concession 23, a bluegrass quartet known for their strong vocal harmonies, rhythmic energy, and their ability to build a rapport with their audiences.  Walter and Alice is the band’s third CD, and represents a step up for the already accomplished band from the Ottawa/Ottawa Valley region. […]

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Book chronicles family’s struggles during Vietnam war

Caroline Vu will be a panelist for Under the Papaya Tree – Remembering Vietnam at Prose in the Park on Saturday, June 6 at 2:30 pm held at Parkdale Park. In That Summer in Provincetown, Montreal-based writer Caroline Vu relives some of her family’s greatest hardships in Vietnam at the height of the war, their collective attempts at […]

Community-driven fest celebrates renewal + change

Each May for the past eight years, Ottawa’s Chinatown has come alive for a celebration of the arts – Chinatown Remixed. What began as an initiative of the Somerset Business Improvement Association (BIA), the month long event paired local artists with local businesses in which to display their work. The festival kicks off with a […]

Ingredients for Bavette Steak, delivered by Culiniste. All photos by Kelsey Sunstrum.

Foodie Friday: Awaken your inner chef with Culiniste

As a foodie, I certainly can’t knock the novelty and decadence of frequenting a restaurant for dinner. From the expertly crafted ambiance to (hopefully) attentive service, the experience extends beyond your meal. Still, often there’s something even more delicious about a quiet, comfortable night in. And, in my mind, a leisurely evening at home and […]

Chris Locke, and his cat Bernadette, from the Comedy Explosion Facebook page

Comedy Explodes in Ottawa this Weekend

If you’ve ever found yourself walking about this city and thinking something the lines of, “I’m simply not laughing anymore,” you might be in for a surprise treat this weekend. Why? Because this weekend will see a veritable explosion of stand-up comedy in the form of Comedy Explosion, a pre-Ottawa Explosion explosion of comedy! Featuring […]

Photo from Ottawa Velo Vogue's Facebook page.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

Welcome to the first weekend in June. This weekend promises to be another great one, with a whole lot going on. There are art shows, comedy shows, a fashion show, and some great dance parties. Plus the Canada Dance Festival opens this Saturday. For more than 25 years, CDF has been presenting high quality dance […]