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Video of the week: Zoo Legacy’s L.K.U.T.

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Zoo Legacy has been working hard over the past year and their most recent EP City Light Glow is just about ready to go. They’ve recently release their first single titled L.K.U.T and a video was shot by the amazing Cloud in the Sky Studios from Ottawa.

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Jazz Festival this Friday?

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If you’ve been reading the blog at all this week, you’ve likely noticed that we’ve gone a bit Jazz Fest crazy. It turns out that our writers are loving this year’s festival and have been live-tweeting several of the shows. If all this has made you want to check out the festival yourself, we’ve got a few pairs of tickets to this Friday’s shows at the festival. The late night line-up features Bombolessé and Snarky Puppy – which should be a diverse an energetic line-up. Shoot us an email if you’re... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Canada Day edition

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Photo courtesy of Wagboy on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Wagboy on Flickr.

Canada Day and cottages: that sums up many an Ottawan’s weekend plans. Of course, for those of you staying the city this long weekend, the first option will be hard to miss. The usual craziness will take place around Parliament Hill, with Feist, Simple Plan and many more giving free shows. Major Hill and Jacques-Cartier parks will also be hopping, as well as several museums (click here for a full list) . You can also catch some free shows as part of JazzFest. There’ll also be a Canada Day event for almost every community... | Continue reading article

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From fighting fires to vending vittles: Canicus Catering Inc.

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Imagine: it’s a beautiful, sunny afternoon and you’re out mowing the lawn. The ever-present mobile rings, and it’s your best friend calling from Alberta. “Hey man, I was thinking about the pizzas you used to bake at Vittoria’s… Uh, how cool would it be to put an oven in the back of a fire truck?” I’m guessing you’d agree it’d be pretty cool, but crazy, and you’d get back to the grass cutting. Kyle Weisgerber went inside to check something on the internet. Ottawa, meet Canicus Catering Inc., the fire(food)truck.... | Continue reading article

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Hitting the Taps at Big Rig Brewery

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It’s a good time to be a craft beer lover in the Ottawa region. Beau’s has quickly grown from fledgling start-up to local craft beer institution. Brasseurs du Temps, a Gatineau brew pub, opened its doors in 2009 and, if you’re willing to make a pilgrimage across the river, you’ll get to experience a number of fine brews. It wasn’t long ago that word arrived of two new local upstarts, Kichesippi and Hogsback. Both have now found their base and are beginning to embark upon interesting paths. Just last year, Mill Street... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate Canada Day at Jazz Fest!

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Photo of Hooded Fang courtesy of Joe Fuda.Photo of Hooded Fang courtesy of Joe Fuda.

Canada Day in the capital typically means an explosion of people all over Parliament and Major’s Hill—a daunting crowd for the most enthusiastic of party-goers, and almost unbearable for those uncomfortable with the idea of an entire city packed into such a small area. Still, there’s no need to miss out on the celebrations just because narry a patch of grass can be seen after 12 in front of Parliament. The Ottawa JazzFest is still going on in Confederation Park on Sunday, providing free(!) entertainment just a couple of blocks... | Continue reading article

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Janelle Monáe Gets Ottawa JazzFest Grooving

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Photo by Adam Hughes, courtesy the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.Photo by Adam Hughes, courtesy the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival.

On Saturday night, Janelle Monáe’s spaceship landed in Confederation Park, bringing her high-powered, genre-bending, get-off-your-tush-and-groove show to the Ottawa Jazz Festival. I’ve long been a fan of Monáe’s, with our relationship stretching back to the winter of 2011. Shuffling my boots through Hartman’s on a snowy Sunday afternoon in January listening to The Monocle podcast, I got her toe-taping hit single “Tightrope” stuck in my head. I quickly found her album The ArchAndroid on iTunes, and was treated to a journey through a range of genres: neo-soul, jazz, funk, and art-rock. In Ottawa’s overflowing... | Continue reading article

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Boom Pam surfing to Jazzfest

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In a festival that is known for its eclectic range of artists, Boom Pam manages to out-unusual most of the lineup. The Tel Avivian band will play Jazzfest late Thursday night, bringing their intriguing mix of Mediterranean music, hard rock, surf rock, Balkan music, and instrumental styles to Ottawa for the second time in five years. For a trio, the band certainly has breadth. The band consists of Uri Brauner Kinrot (vocals, guitar, arrangements), Yuval “Tuby” Zolotov (Tuba), and Itamar “The Kid” Levi (Drums). Yep: their bass section is a... | Continue reading article

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