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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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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Head to the NAC for a Hit of Hip Hop

Head to the NAC for a Hit of Hip Hop

Photos by Kim Villagante Looking for something to do this weekend? Head to the NAC for a hit of hip hop and theatre. At first glance to anyone not familiar with it, hip hop music might just seem like some pretty bad ass music peppered with expletives and derogatory terms. That would be completely [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Happy Autism Day on the Hill!

J & J's Gibberish: Happy Autism Day on the Hill!

One mother's weekly journey in raising her special needs children. Photos courtesy of Quick Start Early Intervention Autism Day 2017 Today is the 6th Annual Autism Day on the Hill. (April is Autism Awareness Month and April 2 which fell on Easter this year, is International Autism Day). [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: The Power of Pink

J & J's Gibberish: The Power of Pink

Yesterday, and every April 11th, was “International Day of Pink” marking an awareness day for anti-bullying, anti-discrimination, anti-homophobia and anti-any kind of bad treatment. Whenever I hear about coloured clothing days I cringe, wondering if they really make a difference. As the [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: Special Needs Get a Nod from Queen’s Park

J & J's Gibberish: Special Needs Get a Nod from Queen’s Park

Photo credit: Pixabay In case you missed it, on March 26th Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced an investment of more than $300 million to will help children with special education needs. The funding will add more education workers and specialized support staff to classrooms, and will work [...]

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J & J's Gibberish: The Wonders of the Movie Wonder

J & J's Gibberish: The Wonders of the Movie Wonder

This week for March Break, Cineplex Odeon is having movie days --- cheap good, family movies for $2.99 so if you are looking to get out of the house, check them out. Jacob, his sister and I went to see Wonder yesterday. It was a very moving story with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. In the movie, [...]

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Fall in love with How Black Mothers Say I Love You

Fall in love with How Black Mothers Say I Love You

Photos by Andrew Alexander There is a lot going on in How Black Mothers Say I Love You. Given it is the work of the incredibly talented playwright Trey Anthony, this is no surprise. It opened at the GCTC last night and it is, as was expected, phenomenal. The basic plot is that Daphne, mother [...]

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