Jennifer Hartley

Features Writer

Jennifer Hartley is senior features writer, travel writer and copy editor of Ottawa Life Magazine. Previously she was theatre editor for Ottawa Xpress and the original Metro newspaper in the capital. She has written articles for a variety of magazines across the country and abroad in the United Kingdom on arts, life and everything in between.
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Awareness is Great but Let's Promote Understanding in Mental Health

Awareness is Great but Let's Promote Understanding in Mental Health

Captured above: Jacob with the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Geoff Regan, P.C. M.P. Today is World Mental Health Day according to the World Health Organization, and the theme is Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World. What a great way to resurrect J and J Gibberish! This one [...]

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Fantastic Fierce, Walker’s Latest Theatrical Gem at the Gladstone

Fantastic Fierce, Walker’s Latest Theatrical Gem at the Gladstone

Whenever a George F. Walker play comes to town, especially one of his new ones that I haven’t yet seen, I am positively giddy. He is one of Canada’s playwright superstars. Member of the Order of Canada and recipient of countless theatrical awards, he has written over 30 plays. Some are biting, [...]

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Magnificent Markham

Magnificent Markham

Like many suburban and urban centres in Ontario, the city of Markham is a paradox. You have probably driven by many times and not stopped, but you should. Stuff to do Stroll down Main Street Unionville and you can still see how it once was a small, quaint English Ontarian town. The street has remained [...]

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Game of Thrones Eat your Heart out: Don’t Miss the GCTC’s The Virgin Trial

Game of Thrones Eat your Heart out: Don’t Miss the GCTC’s The Virgin Trial

All photos by Andrew Alexander Game of Thrones, eat your heart out. Canadian Playwright Kate Hennig’s Tudor trilogy is proving to be spectacularly more satisfying that the tv show for political intrigue, suspense and thrills. Incredibly, it is all based on history. The season opener for the [...]

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Hit The Streets of Montreal

Hit The Streets of Montreal

It is hard to believe summer is nearly over. It's time for a last-minute memory maker for you and your kids. Hop in the car and head down to Montreal for incredible food, rich culture, an awesome vibe and a plethora of things to do. There is something going on day and night to fill your mind, body [...]

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Miss Shakespeare is Not to be Missed

Miss Shakespeare is Not to be Missed

Photo credit: Andrew Alexander It was symbolic that the latest Gladstone show opened on the 100th anniversary of when women got the federal vote in Canada, particularly given the play Miss Shakespeare is about girl power in Elizabethan times when there were basically no women’s rights. (I [...]

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Cirque du Soleil shines bright

Cirque du Soleil shines bright

Photo credit: Lucas Saporiti You might want to label Cirque du Soleil as ‘extraordinary,’ but the reality is, that hardly does the magnificent organization justice. To be honest, I always wondered how a circus-type experience could take the world by storm . . . but Cirque certainly [...]

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Last Chance to catch Up to Low at NAC

 Last Chance to catch Up to Low at NAC

Photo credit: David Hou The last play of the NAC theatre season closes tomorrow. I have to say that this year, the plays in the smaller Azrieli Studio theatre have been the ones that have impressed me the most so keep a special eye out for those plays next year. The bigger productions, safer theatrical [...]

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J and J Gibberish: Mental Health? Trash the Term. Think about Being Mentally Healthy

J and J Gibberish: Mental Health? Trash the Term. Think about Being Mentally Healthy

Photo credit: Jennifer Hartley This week is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Mental Health Week. Yay! So much has been done to raise awareness over the years. There is absolutely no question that the discussion around mental health has increased over the last few years, even since [...]

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Doing Orlando on the Cheap

Doing Orlando on the Cheap

Feature image courtesy of Sheraton Orlando / Photos by Jennifer Hartley Even though it appears Spring has finally arrived, it is never too late to head South and it is always a good time to go to Florida. Orlando has the reputation of being the theme park capital of the world, and while it has [...]

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