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Music for your next road trip

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Photo courtesy of the band.Photo courtesy of the band.

Union Duke’s album Cash and Carry is the perfect soundtrack for a summer road trip.  Greeted by a banjo twang in the first track’s opening bars you can’t help but be overcome by that hopeful feeling you get turning the key in the ignition on a sunny summer’s day and pulling on to the road headed who-knows-where. Consisting mostly of high-energy bluegrass inspired tunes but balanced nicely with some more sombre, bittersweet songs like “Leaving My Girl”, the album is definitely best listened to while rolling down the highway. Probably... | Continue reading article

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HappinessHabits613 – An Ottawa movement for you

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Amy Longard, Manal Nemr and Kate Durie of Happinesshabits613. All photos by Caroline Yung.Amy Longard, Manal Nemr and Kate Durie of Happinesshabits613. All photos by Caroline Yung.

There’s a movement underway in Ottawa. If you haven’t heard about it yet, it’s worth getting on board with. Something fundamental to your every day life, your health, your relationship with yourself and with others and with the planet! It’s about your happiness! Three Ottawa-based women want to help cultivate it through a new project called HappinessHabits613. It’s based on the premise that it takes 21 days to form a habit, and that living a happy life is a habit that can be cultivated through gratitude and intentions. The initiative is lead... | Continue reading article

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Flying Hórses release album at #ARB2015

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Photo from flyinghorses.ca.Photo from flyinghorses.ca.

On a sunny summer’s day last month, in a tiny café in the Glebe, I met up with Jade Bergeron of Flying Hórses. When I sat down with Jade last year, she was just planning her trip to Iceland to record her part of the group’s debut album, Tölt. Now she and Raphael Weinroth-Browne are preparing for their album release at this year’s Arboretum Festival, after which Jade will be returning to Iceland to live and make music. Jade had been dreaming of Iceland for as long as she could remember.... | Continue reading article

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Is the new Lansdowne complex a boon or a bust?

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Photo of farmer's market at Lansdowne by lezumbalaberenjena (courtesy of Flickr - Creative Commons)Photo of farmer's market at Lansdowne by lezumbalaberenjena (courtesy of Flickr - Creative Commons)

The new Lansdowne complex in the Glebe is pretty much complete.  While there are still some restaurants that have not opened yet, for the most part the urban village that was long promised to Ottawa residents is now up and running. But has it been a success?  If you are a glass half-full type of person you can focus on some of the great restaurants, like LOCAL Public Eatery and Joey Lansdowne, interesting events (e.g. a winter beer festival, the Women’s World Cup, modern circus acts, etc.) and – in a reverse Joni... | Continue reading article

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The sexy circus of Spiegelworld’s Empire

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All photos from spiegelworld.ca.All photos from spiegelworld.ca.

The circus has come a long way since carnies and elephants. Now performances like Spiegelworld’s Empire incorporate traditional clowning slapstick and acrobatics with dirty language and mind-blowing acts from around the world. I don’t say this lightly: You have never seen anything like this before. As a huge fan of anything to do with the circus, I take in as much as I can. I’ve seen Cirque du Soleil and steampunk BMX-style acrobatics, but Speigelworld is the most jaw-dropping show among them. The atmosphere is straight out of the big... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Libraries on Wheels

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The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile.  Photo by SimonP from Wikimedia Commons.The Ottawa Public Library Bookmobile. Photo by SimonP from Wikimedia Commons.

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. In North America, we’re very lucky that in many communities, we live close to a branch of the local public library. According to Pew Research, most Americans live 5 miles or less to their local library. But most doesn’t mean all, and how do you reach people who can’t access a local branch easily? At... | Continue reading article

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Lots O’ Tacos at Taco Fest

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Tacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook pageTacos by Taqueria Kukulkan, from the Taco Fest Facebook page

Whoever first said “you can’t have too much of a good thing” might very well have been talking about tacos. I can’t say for certain but what is for sure is that if you’re a taco fan there’s a festival just for you. At the second annual Ottawa Taco Fest you can taste tacos from the city’s most creative chefs gathered under one roof to showcase their fresh takes on an all-time favourite. From the bright, punchy flavours of Taqueria Kukulkan to the Angry Dragonz’ Asian fusion creations, the fest promises surprising flavour pairings, innovative... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Dragon fables for all ages

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An illustration by Shirley MacKenzie from The Laughing Princess.An illustration by Shirley MacKenzie from The Laughing Princess.

Seymour Hamilton writes the kind of children’s stories that he would have wanted to read as a child. These stories, such as The Laughing Princess, are those of adventure, and self-discovery and they’re stories written to sound lyrical when read aloud. In fact, Hamilton believes so strongly in the value of listening to books read aloud that he has recorded The Laughing Princess and made it available for free on his website. The Laughing Princess is a collection of stories about dragons. Within the book, the stories are told to... | Continue reading article

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Alex Colville, painter of the ordinary

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Alex Colville, Horse and Train, 1954. Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 × 54.2 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: Robert McNair.Alex Colville, Horse and Train, 1954. Glazed oil on hardboard, 41.2 × 54.2 cm. Collection of the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Gift of Dominion Foundries and Steel Limited (Dofasco), 1957. © A.C. Fine Art Inc. Photo: Robert McNair.

There are just a few more weeks left to visit the exhibition of Canadian painter Alex Colville at the National Gallery. It is not to be missed. Mozart wrote that the virtue of the concerto lies in the fact that it offers something to both the connoisseur and the amateur. This can be said of Colville’s paintings too. And that may be why the artist’s popularity has been unrelenting. In many ways, Colville’s paintings are unassuming. Their dimensions are relatively modest by today’s standards. There is nothing monumental about them.... | Continue reading article

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