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Jean McLernon

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Almonte Celtfest giveaway

This weekend is the beginning of Ottawa Bluesfest, with local bands Blakdenim, Kaleigh Watts, Pony Girl and Silvergun and Spleen playing this weekend alone. Make sure to check out the epic local lineup around partaking in arguments about whether Kanye should be there or not. For those missing Bluesfest, there’s plenty to do over the […]

Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai a mind blowing experience

Cirque du Soleil is like watching one of your dreams happen as a spectator. The performers are a combination of acrobats, gymnasts and athletes who somehow are also excellent actors. Classic clown-like circus acts meet children’s fairy tales in the latest Cirque installment, titled Varekai. Varekai was in Ottawa over the weekend, but will continue […]

BSOMA teaches photographers the tools of the trade

Bluesfest School of Art and Music has been making strides lately when it comes to providing workshops on teachable skills for the community. In the past, they’ve worked together with artists, bands and festivals to put on seminars that cover everything from releasing an album to acquiring sponsorship. Their most recent workshop is festival-focused with […]

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

The Canada Day celebrations start this weekend as we stroll through the sunshine into July next week. This weekend Ottawa Jazz Festival continues featuring a lot of local artists worth checking out, follow our coverage of the event. This weekend is also Mountain Man Festival in Calabogie featuring some of Ottawa’s artists like Cody Allen, […]

Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

Westfest is all back for a weekend long celebration of art and culture in Westboro Village, highlighting some of the most interesting and eclectic shops and businesses in the area. Make sure to check out the schedule so you don’t miss any of the free live shows. Some other neighbourhood events include Free Yoga outside […]

Island Park Distribution shows off their Ottawa swag

Island Park Distribution is Ottawa’s newest initiative to support artists, while simultaneously throwing their hat in the ring for local fashion. This two part project looks at both the amazing talent of local Ottawa artists, and provides unique and stylish attire showcasing those artists. IPD was founded by Martin Conley-Wood and Richard Monette, who grew […]

Five bands I loved at OIMC

The Ottawa International Music Conference (OIMC) wasn’t just about incredible panels given by industry diehards, it also had some of the best music you’ve likely never heard of. Luckily we’ve got a break down of the top five artists you may have missed, and what you can look forward to from them. French musician and […]