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Fountain by Cara Tierney. Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Art Gallery.

Be part of le pARTy and support local art(y)

If you’ve ever been inside a local bookstore, bar, coffee-shop…anywhere really in town that’s embracing the ‘local’ mentality you’ll likely have seen local artists’ work on display and, just as likely, up for sale.  Chances are that if you’re anything like me you’ve fallen for a piece but then seeing the price tag quickly dismissed […]

Melissa McClelland singing through her telephone effect mic. All photos by Terry Steeves.

An engaging evening of orchestral enchantment

A drum kit, a collection of guitars and amps, bass, keyboards, and a series of mics on stands, stood in a tight formation in the center of the NAC’S Theatre stage. Naturally, one would have thought such a set-up was to be manned by several band members, but instead, a man and woman emerged from […]

Photo of Lindsay Ferguson by David Irvine

Musical chameleon Lindsay Ferguson releases album

A month ago I was not familiar with Lindsay Ferguson.  Flash forward to today, and numerous times happily bebopping to her music, and I can say that I am officially a fan. Born in Bermuda to Canadian parents, the talented singer-songwriter writes melodic and catchy tunes.  Drawing from folk, pop, acoustic rock and other influences, […]

Photo of Tasman Jude courtesy of FritzMedia

Alberta’s reggae winds blow into the Mercury Lounge

“Life is a lot like jazz . . . it’s best when you improvise.”  – George Gershwin Musical legend George Gershwin would probably love the story behind Alberta reggae band Tasman Jude.  Two years ago on a January night, friends Caleb Hart and Al Peterson jumped onto a stage for an open mic night and improvised three […]


Write On Ottawa: Love fantasy? Read Caroline Fréchette.

If you like fantasy novels then you should read the work of Gatineau-based writer Caroline Fréchette.  I am a big fan of her Family by Choice series, which revolves around the complex character of Alex Winters, a  brooding young man who can create fire with his thoughts. Having really enjoyed the first book, which came out […]

Image taken from Renaissance Press web site

Kickstarter campaign seeks to fund new card game

Ottawa-based Renaissance Press is best known for publishing the works of up-and-coming authors. The company’s desire to promote creative works, however, is no longer limited to the printed page thanks to the launch of their new gaming division. The first game that the local publisher hopes to release is A Match Made in Austen, a card […]

Photo by Bust it Away Photography (Apt613 Flickr pool)

Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 2)

This is part two of our special guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style. (See here for part 1).  In coming posts, expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. Today’s guide stop takes you to the individual multi-taskers, whose literary […]

Joni Campbell and Chris Best. Photo by Marina Irick.

Community art show fundraiser honours mothers

Unseasonably humid weather didn’t stop about 200 people from crowding into a Westboro home on Saturday night to take part in unique celebration of mothers and a home-based art sale and fundraiser to support the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (ORCF). Months of planning — and the involvement of 40 Ottawa-area artists — went into organizing […]

Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to […]