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Local musicians come together for unique Everybody Loves Everybody Festival

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The Everybody Loves Everybody Festival (E.L.E.Fest) had the vibe of a carefree summer block party as it gathered an enthusiastic crowd on the University of Ottawa campus Friday night. The festival celebrated a diverse range of local Ottawa acts with a long lineup that included The Lionyls, Zoo Legacy, City Fidelia, and headliner SonReal. Three collaborative performances of brand new songs added a unique twist to the night. “E.L.E. Fest. is all about bringing the local music community together to help shine a light on each other,” said co-founder Sean... | Continue reading article

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Vintage Trouble deliver an energetic mix of blues, rock and soul

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Vintage Trouble frontman, Ty Taylor, sings from atop the bar at Mavericks. All photos by Terry Steeves.Vintage Trouble frontman, Ty Taylor, sings from atop the bar at Mavericks. All photos by Terry Steeves.

“In Europe, they’re called the heirs of rhythm and blues. In America, they are the new protocol of soul. Get your hands together for Vintage Trouble!” …and another Vintage Trouble performance begins. There are always certain things one can expect at one of their shows. First, the recorded introductory announcement and then the manner in which they board the stage – through the crowd. It’s as if to say, we are one with you, and we’re doing this thing together. Before even a note was played, the audience was already... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Falling for apples at Mountain Orchards + recipe

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All photos by Jacob Fergus.All photos by Jacob Fergus.

About two weeks ago, while looking at my calendar it hit me that summer was pretty much gone. Fall was slowly taking its place and I was looking forward to enjoying my favourite season. As a way of welcoming fall, Jacob and I decided to go apple picking. I hadn’t gone apple picking in many years so I was pretty excited. I Googled “Apple picking Ottawa” and the first result I got was Mountain Orchards. I looked at the location, comments, noticed they were picking Lobo apples that weekend and... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.Photo of Arms of the Girl by Sean Sisk.

It’s another gorgeous weekend in the Capital, and we’ve got so many events to choose from! Foodies will congregate Saturday down at Saint Paul University for the second annual Food Truck rally. Also that day, art meets soup at the Experimental Farm, while the West End Well Co-op holds their grand welcoming all weekend long. Music lovers get one giant love-in with the Everybody Love Everybody Festival down at UOttawa on Friday, with Zoo Legacy, The Lionels, and so much more – plus, it’s free! Friday also finds Turnover and Safe to... | Continue reading article

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Series Dance 10 presents contemporary dance in an intimate setting

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A scene from Volte Face by Sylvie Desrosiers. Photo by Gilles Vézina from ladansesurlesroutes.com.A scene from Volte Face by Sylvie Desrosiers. Photo by Gilles Vézina from ladansesurlesroutes.com.

Contemporary dance is both a combination of and separate from all other forms of dance. When watching a performance, the thoughts and emotions one has in response to what they see are their own, explored through the movement of the piece. Similar to abstract art, in that it isn’t clearly laid out in front of you, what you interpret and take away from a contemporary dance performance is much more a result of your own introspection and experience, the direction of which is inspired by the piece. The choreographer and... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Food Truck Rally: The tastiest 4 hours of the year

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Ottawa Streat Gourmet food truck. Photo from streatottawa.ca.Ottawa Streat Gourmet food truck. Photo from streatottawa.ca.

A mere two years ago, the City of Ottawa introduced the new Street Food Vending Program with the goal of reinventing and updating the city’s street eats (or lack thereof). Since then, Ottawa’s street food community has blossomed and all but swept the national capital off its foodie feet. With more than 60 food trucks and carts in operation in the city, even the most avid and eager eater would have a hard time hitting every spot. Enter the 2nd annual Ottawa Food Truck Rally, the perfect opportunity to sample... | Continue reading article

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Karsh Award 2014 winner Chantal Gervais – a presence of absence

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Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.Chantal Gervais, centre, with the two women who nominated her for the Karsh Award, Lorraine Gilbert, Professor at the University of Ottawa, left and Sandra Dyck, Director of the Carleton University Art Gallery, right. Photo courtesy of the City of Ottawa.

Two visits are still not enough to absorb Chantal Gervais’ artwork. Every time you look at her pieces on exhibit at the Karsh-Masson Gallery in Ottawa’s city hall, you see something you didn’t see before and along with that a heightened appreciation and understanding why the Karsh Award’s jury selected Gervais the 2014 winner. Gervais uses digital, film and scanner (both flatbed and MRI) technologies to created her pieces, most of which are photographs. The half dozen or so groupings of her work each have their own focus. In the... | Continue reading article

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Reflections on another successful OIAF

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Image from the OIAF website: animationfestival.ca

Another Ottawa International Animation Festival has wrapped up and, as usual, I’m left blown away by the talent and skill in story-telling the featured animators were able to display. My date for the festival and I thought we’d take a different tack this year and give you an audio summary of some of our favourites and highlights from the Short Film Competitions we were able to attend. Give it a listen!

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Write on Ottawa: Labour of love shines a light on Damien Firth’s poetry

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Cover Art for The Sea Replied and a poem from the book.Cover Art for The Sea Replied and a poem from the book.

The Sea Replied is a collection of poems by the late Damien Firth, who died in 2013 at age 72. Compiled by his friends in an Ottawa creative writers’ group, the book was edited by Jim Desson and Sylvie Nantais and is being published by Desson of Red Oak Media. From the foreword by Damien Firth’s half-brother, and the tributes from Damien’s friends which are included in the book, readers learn something about Firth’s life. His father was killed in a reconnaissance mission in World War II a month before... | Continue reading article

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