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From fighting fires to vending vittles: Canicus Catering Inc.

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Canicus Catering

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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The kettles at Big Rig Brewery

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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Image courtesy of Boom Pam's websiteImage courtesy of Boom Pam's website

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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Weekly News Review: Sens draft, movies in Ottawa, Bridgehead roastery and more!

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Photo courtesy of Derek Mellon on Flickr.Photo courtesy of Derek Mellon on Flickr.

The NHL draft was held this past weekend and the Sens selected Ottawa 67′s defenceman Cody Ceci in the first round. They also picked up Gatineau native François Brassard, goalie for the Québec Remparts. Furthermore, there was some chatter that the Sens are trying to land Rick Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets, but most sources say that’s unlikely to happen as Ottawa’s not on his preferred destination list. Ottawa’s film and tv industry may pick up if Invest Ottawa has its way. IO is looking to invest in a new sound... | Continue reading article

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Malajube à L’Outaouais en fête

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Photo de Malajube.Photo de Malajube.

Cette merveilleuse fin de mois de juin signifie également l’arrivée de la plus belle occasion pour faire la fête au Québec : La Saint-Jean-Baptiste ! L’ensemble de la Belle Province célèbre à l’occasion de sa fête nationale et Gatineau n’est pas en reste! Ohhh, mais je vous entends d’ici, vous qui ne savez pas où aller lundi soir pour faire la fête… Ne vous en faites pas, j’ai une suggestion pour vous : Malajube! Ce groupe originaire de Montréal sera à Aylmer demain soir (25 juin) à l’occasion du festival... | Continue reading article

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A wonderful late night at the Ottawa Jazz Festival with Destroyer

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Destroyer at the Ottawa Jazz FestPhoto Courtesy of tcp909 from the Apartment613 Flickr pool

Late last night, as the final saxophone vibrato drifted off towards Parliament, many of the sleepy, satiated jazz aficionados packed up their blankets from the front of Ottawa Jazz Festival’s Canal stage and started their journey towards home. Those who managed to avoid a jazz coma made the quick jaunt across the road to catch Dry River Caravan and Destoyer, the two artists from last night’s OLG Late Night Series. I was a little caught up star-gazing, so by the time I’d made it across the road the Ottawa based... | Continue reading article

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