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Local loyalty and spontaneity behind Kitchen Party’s success

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The 10th consecutive Kitchen Party coming up on April 13th represents a veritable decathalon of dance parties. It is also a moment to reflect on the musical milestone achieved by Jose Palacios and Pawel Skorupski (aka DJs Hobo and Sweet Cheeks).  What does KP 10 hold in store for the incumbents and newcomers? If it is anything like its predecessors, I strongly advise you to get in kitchen and listen. “Music-wise it is amazing that we can play whatever we want, anything that we like”, Pawel explains, “I can’t really tell... | Continue reading article

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Jer’s Vision Volunteers explain what they do and why it’s important

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Photo Courtesy of Jer’s Vision This is a guest post from the team at Jer’s Vision to celebrate Day of Pink. Jer’s Vision works with over 75,000 youth ever year, running conferences, workshops, and supporting youth initiatives. Find out more, volunteer & donate at JersVision.org. Also, join them at their Annual Gala celebrating the Day of Pink featuring Rick Mercer; the FREE EVENT is on April 11, 2012 at 6:30 at Tabaret Hall, at the University of Ottawa (75 Laurier Av E). Shannon and Melanie are volunteer workshop facilitators with Jer’s... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate the Day of Pink with Rick Mercer

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Photo courtesy of the Rick Mercer Report Ottawa-based Jer’s Vision is a national organization committed to ending homophobia in schools and youth communities through outreach and educational programming. This week, Jer’s Vision will host its 7th annual Day of Pink Gala at Tabaret Hall. As part of the programming, Jer’s Vision is awarding Role Model of the Year Awards to Rick Mercer and the late Jack Layton. In the wake of the tragic death of Jamie Hubley in Ottawa last year, the fight to create safe and inclusive spaces for... | Continue reading article

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Weekly News Review: PayByPhone, Street Food, Beer and more!

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We wish Hélène Campbell a good recovery following a 7-hour lung transplant on Friday. The young woman, who’s online campaign for organ donation caught the attention of U.S. TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Justin Bieber, finally got her turn; she had been awaiting a new pair of lungs since last summer. The City’s made it easy for people to pay for street parking by rolling out its PayByPhone feature. Any cell phone can use the service and instructions explaining how to use the new feature will be placed... | Continue reading article

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How are Ottawa’s foodie businesses using social media?

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More than few of Ottawa’s restaurants are utilizing social media in order to connect with customers and refine their menus. In fact, it is now more of the rule than the exception. More and more local businesses are harnessing the power of social networking and also interactive crowdsourcing on the Internet in order to build their brands, provide services, and draw in new diners. Some restaurants are using traditional listing services that have been revamped into interactive platforms on which they can list their menus and provide directions. YellowPages.com, for... | Continue reading article

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Neighbourhood Wars Episode Two: Attack of the Boonies

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Why Neighbourhood Wars? Why do we seek to spread trash talking and yo mama jokes instead of love and cooperation? Because what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Also, those of us who don’t follow sports need something to do in playoff season. Last year, the first Neighbourhood Wars was tied to March Madness basketball. This year, with several Ottawa hockey teams in the playoffs, it seemed only natural to pay homage to the Stanley Cup. Today until Friday April 13, you’ll get the chance to pick your favourite hood... | Continue reading article

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Hockey fans rejoice! Ottawa has three teams competing in playoffs

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Playoff hockey is alive and well in the National Capital Region with three teams competing in their respective leagues. When the Ottawa Senators clinched a playoff spot Sunday April 1 after a 5-1 victory over the New York Islanders, they became the third team in Ottawato entertain its fans with exciting playoff hockey. The Ottawa 67’s are already in the playoffs and will remain in the race after winning the sixth game against Malcolm Subban’s squad, (P.K. Subban’s younger brother), the Belleville Bulls by ascore of 2-1. They will now... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Easter egg hunt edition

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The Easter weekend – regardless of when it falls – always feels like the first official spring weekend. In that vein, we’ve got some spring-inspired events lined up for you: ‘mo diggity returns for a post-winter dance party, it’s the Fuzzy Bunny Slaughterhouse Easter Extravaganza, and both the Diefenbunker and the Agricultural Museum will have hunts for chocolate. Art shows get sassy this weekend, as Patrick John Mills tells you to Quit Your Job, and Sue Ukkola’s show is None of Your Beeswax. It’s also the first Thursday art walk... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: The Communication Cord

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The Communication Cord is light comedic fare that delivers plenty of laughs and will especially delight lovers of Irish—or, for that matter, British—comedy. The plot’s genesis is simple enough. Junior linguistics lecturer Tim Gallagher (David Whiteley) has a scheme to borrow the ancestral Donegal home of his lawyer friend Jack McNeilis (Tim Oberholzer) for an hour in an effort to impress Senator Doctor Donovan (Alain Chamsi), father of his sweetheart Susan (Kat Smiley).  The scheme goes horribly and hilariously awry when unexpected houseguest Claire Harkin (Michelle LeBlanc) refuses to play... | Continue reading article

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