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“Northside Sucks”: A history of the Southsiders, Ottawa’s underdog football fan club

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The Southsiders section, photo from the RedBlacks Facebook pageThe Southsiders section, photo from the RedBlacks Facebook page

They’re the face paintin’, flag wavin’, hootin’ and hollerin’ fans on the Southside upper deck at RedBlacks games. You may have seen them. They’re called the Southsiders, and they’re a part of Ottawa football history. The Southsiders are, in essence, an Ottawa football fan club. Started in 1980 by Southsiders President for Life Byron Smith and his friend Brian Henry, the group was born during a time when the Rough Riders (a CFL team we used to have, for you wee millennials) were the only pro sports team in town.... | Continue reading article

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Life & history of Fab Four commemorated at Beatlefest

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Renowned photographer, John Rowlands, talks about his days photographing the Beatles. All photos by Terry Steeves.Renowned photographer, John Rowlands, talks about his days photographing the Beatles. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Fanatics, fans, collectors, and music lovers came out this past Sunday to celebrate the history and musical legacy of the Beatles on a gorgeous stretch of land known as Brylee Farm, located just outside Thurso, Quebec. The one-day inaugural event, entitled, Beatlefest At The Brylee, featured a well-rounded tribute to the Fab Four, which included four bands, a memorabilia marketplace and highly informative historical accounts through the lens of renowned photographer, John Rowlands, and through the music and stories sung and told by Liverpudlian, author, and Beatles aficionado, Phil Jenkins.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr Pool.Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr Pool.

The weekend has arrived and it is time to celebrate, with the many great things going on in the city! Typical of a summer’s weekend in Ottawa, we’ve got plenty to choose from – so much so that you may have to make a difficult choice between one great event and another. In order to help you start the decision making early, here you have it, the weekend’s happenings! The Bangarang boys, DJs Magnificent and Longshot, are taking over Voice of the People at House of Targ tonight for a... | Continue reading article

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Best Of: Romantic first date spots

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So you’ve got yourself a date. Whether the Tinder gods found you a match or you’ve managed to manoeuvre your way though the Ottawa dating scene, kudos to you, it’s tough world out there! Now it’s time to decide where to go. First dates are stressful, and where you decide to go for this new awkward encounter can make or break it. No pressure, my friend, Ottawa’s got your back. This city provides new daters with a plethora of unique places to share those adorably uncomfortable first moments. Not only... | Continue reading article

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Elsa Jayne brings her new synth pop sound to Ottawa

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Elsa Jayne. Photo courtesy of the artist.Elsa Jayne. Photo courtesy of the artist.

It’s been over seven years since Elsa Jayne’s first, eponymous album. A collection of folk-rock tunes backed by strong songwriting, 2008’s Elsa Jayne was a snapshot of a young songwriter still trying to pin down her sound. Now, in 2015, she’s released a brand new album titled Heart, an EP of five synth pop songs. Seven years is a long time, and it’s clear that Jayne has changed enormously as a musician. Her interests have changed, and her sound has changed with them. “Basically, I just grew up a bit,... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Thrills on Ice, the tale of a figure skater’s climb out of darkness

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It’s hard to imagine a more Canadian novel than a romance featuring a professional figure skater and hockey player, set in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Aurelia Osborne delivers a compelling portrait of Susanna Miles’s struggle to reclaim her life as well as her career in Thrills on Ice. Susanna returns to Winnipeg at the urging of her controlling mother-manager after a potentially career-ending injury. She meets Lucas Crawford, a professional hockey player, as well as his sister, Ava, both of whom encourage her to get back to living her life and help her to rediscover... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Fellowship: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Sacha

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Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Sacha K. About: Sacha is half Jewish on his dad’s side. He plays music and likes Ottawa more than most people. Hood: Centretown Complaint: People aren’t working hard enough to make sure other people belong. Businesses and people everywhere should just make it clear that you’re not racist, or homophobic or an... | Continue reading article

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Celebrating 40 years of beautiful music

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Photo by Paul Couvrette.Photo by Paul Couvrette.

Since 1976, the Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra has been delighting audiences with their diverse programming, which has included works from the Baroque era to the present day.  The ensemble has also been a great promoter of local talent by giving composers from the National Capital Region an opportunity to showcase their new pieces, such as the debut this past spring of Colin Mack’s violin concerto. Now entering their 40th season, the orchestra is planning a special series of concerts that will start in October, and which will commemorate and celebrate their... | Continue reading article

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Finger Eleven back in town with new album & something to prove

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Finger Eleven. Photo by Dustin Rabin.Finger Eleven. Photo by Dustin Rabin.

After over twenty-five years practicing the art that is rock and roll, Finger Eleven still seem unwilling to let past successes weaken their resolve. The band has had something of a storied career, with numerous hits and Juno nominations under their collective belts (including one Juno win for Rock Album of the Year in 2008), and yet they continue to chase that perfect sound, that perfect album. “Every morning I wake up with a desire to best myself,” said Rick Jackett, rhythm guitarist for the band. “We still have something... | Continue reading article

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