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A golden opportunity to see great art: Gustave Doré at the NGC

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Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.

It’s not really a question of “why do you have to see” the Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) Master of Imagination exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, but more a statement that “you just have to see it”. Simply put, there’s something here for everyone. With close to 100 different illustrations, sculptures and paintings on display, the exhibition, if anything, highlights Doré’s diversity and underscores his influence on art, on film and popular culture including Walt Disney and Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame), and on the comic strip and graphic novel,... | Continue reading article

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Centuryholm Farm – The milk we’re made of

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Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.

Jacob and I left Ottawa on a cloudy Saturday morning, running late as usual but highly excited about our destination! After all, it’s not every day that you have the chance to visit a working dairy farm! The road to the farm was breathtakingly beautiful. Still close to Ottawa, we had the impression of being in a different land. One where the animals were outside chilling on the grass, rabbits hanging around and people growing their own food – everything was as it was supposed to be. We arrived in... | Continue reading article

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The word of God is hilarious

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All photos courtesy of Broadway Across Canada.All photos courtesy of Broadway Across Canada.

It’s not always easy to write reviews; sometimes the art you’re asked to critique is mediocre or unoriginal or it just plain sucks and you’re forced to stretch your imagination to find anything positive to write… The Book of Mormon is not one of those cases. The award winning Broadway musical composed by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone is witty, funny and, surprisingly endearing. It is, hands down, the best production this writer has ever seen at the NAC. Jonathan Cullen did a fantastic job playing Elder Price,... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Brunch at Das Lokal

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Photo from Das Lokal's Facebook page. Credit: Abe Bourgi, boodzz on Instagram.Photo from Das Lokal's Facebook page. Credit: Abe Bourgi, boodzz on Instagram.

Brunch – the holiest, most revered supreme leader of food-related gatherings. I am a loyal follower and take my brunch endeavours very seriously. Today’s endeavour was to a fairly new restaurant on Dalhousie. Humbly sitting north of St. Patrick Street in a quiet area of the market, the anonymity whispered for us to come inside. While German may not be the first culinary culture that springs to mind when thinking ‘European cuisine’, we were intrigued to explore further at Das Lokal (or The Restaurant in German). As if to welcome us... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 16 juillet :: Le tour du monde en trois événements! La programmation du Festival de musique émergente en Abitibi nous sourit. Des concerts? Éric en fabrique!

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Basement 819 cette semaine vous convie à trois événements d’envergure internationale. L’instant d’un moment, vous croirez que vous vivez le plus beau voyage de votre vie! Trois occasions en OR pour titiller vos papilles gustatives et sortir l’aventurier qui vit en vous. Des prestations d’arts martiaux, des shawarmas réinventés, la culture créole ET la découverte de l’île Pétrie à Orléans. Tout ça et bien plus encore. Oh que oui. Festival Haïti en Fête Festival libanais d’Ottawa Festival d’été japonais Natsu Matsuri Programmation du bout du monde :: Festival de musique... | Continue reading article

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Driving Miss Daisy receives a just revival at the OLT

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Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) and Hoke Coleburn (Michael Wright). Photo by Maria Vartanova.Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) and Hoke Coleburn (Michael Wright). Photo by Maria Vartanova.

When you hear talk of Driving Miss Daisy, the names Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy usually aren’t too far behind. But after watching the Ottawa Little Theatre (OLT) take on this iconic production, all I can say is Freeman who? The lights of the theatre fade to near darkness, silence mixed with anticipation settles over the audience as Miss Daisy Werthan (Charlotte Stewart) takes centre stage. Here we meet the spry 72-year-old Jewish widower and her apathetic son, Boolie (John Mark Keyes), in the midst of a car crash that... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Can’t see this post? Head over to our Facebook page to check it out! The one thing you need to know this weekend? Sunday is National Ice Cream Day. Yes, there’s more to do than just gorge on ice cream. There’s also a film about coffee, and a brunch crawl in the Market. We’ve got beer, too, with the Hastings County Craft Beer Festival, and another edition of the craft beer sessions down at the Hintonburg Public House. In non-food related events, tonight at House of Targ you can catch I... | Continue reading article

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We’ve caught a nasty bug!

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Please excuse us while we take some time to work through our tech issues. Sorry for the inconvenience. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

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A Film About Coffee premieres at The Mayfair

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Have you ever thought about how far your single long espresso, your vanilla latte, or your large medium in an extra large cup has to travel before the barista passes it to you over the bar each morning? At Bridgehead, a sense of connection has always been encouraged, between the coffee lover and the farms where their coffee comes from. Committed to more than just high quality coffee – they are conscientious of their impact on the environment, support small-scale farmers, and embrace Fair-Trade Certified and organic certified products. This... | Continue reading article

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