Articles by: Jennifer HartleyJennifer Hartley
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.

Bring on Barbados

December 24, 2015 10:40 am
Bring on Barbados

Are you going to need some time to unwind after that Christmas shopping panic? Go big and book a trip to the birthplace of rum and home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Barbados. The year 2016 marks Barbados’ 50th anniversary of independence from Britain, so […]

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Sweet Slumber at the Auberge Saint-Antoine

December 15, 2015 3:17 pm
Sweet Slumber at the Auberge Saint-Antoine

All photos courtesy of Auberge Saint-Antoine. There is something particularly magical about visiting Quebec City during the winter.  The city has a certain coziness, with the smell of wood-burning fireplaces filling the air, trees and shops everywhere adorned and lit up.  There’s also a romantic connection with the past that […]

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San Diego Baby

December 11, 2015 11:48 am
San Diego Baby

For this year’s winter escape, get a hit of culture, history and, of course, warmth, by heading to the birthplace of California: San Diego. Despite the fact that it has roughly 3.2 million people milling about, the city has a chill pace to it. San Diego is both relaxed and […]

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Fiddle Feast for your Ears

December 10, 2015 12:27 pm
Fiddle Feast for your Ears

Natalie MacMaster needs no introduction. Over a recording career now spanning 25 years, this Order of Canada recipient has released 11 albums that have notched sales of over 200,000 copies. She has won two JUNO and eleven East Coast Music Awards and been nominated for a Grammy. Starting tonight, she […]

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Ho! Ho! Head to the Theatre!

December 9, 2015 12:08 pm
Ho! Ho! Head to the Theatre!

A scene from Anne and Gilbert, The Musical. Photo courtesy of the NAC.  Christmas is always a great time to grab the kids and head to the theatre for a family outing.  There are two shows on in Ottawa right now that fit the bill perfectly. Anne and Gilbert, The Musical […]

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Theatre: ‘The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God’

November 5, 2015 3:06 pm
Theatre: ‘The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God’

All photos by Andrée Lanthier. There are two days left to catch The Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God at the NAC.  If you have the chance, it’s definitely worth it. Book your whole night off thought because the show is very long. It runs two hours […]

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Jake’s Gift is for Everyone

November 4, 2015 12:00 pm
Jake’s Gift is for Everyone

All photos by Tim Matheson. During this season of remembrance, take your kids, your parents, your friends, your school to the Great Canadian Theatre Company to see Jake’s Gift by Julia Mackey. For some people, it may be the most moving Remembrance Day experience you ever have.  The play has a simple plot and […]

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Charm of Charlevoix Part 2 – Hike your Heart Away

October 22, 2015 1:53 pm
Charm of Charlevoix Part 2 – Hike your Heart Away

Photos courtesy of Charlevoix tourism. Hiking Before the first snowfall and the temperature drops is the perfect time to hike and take in the tranquility of fall. Charlevoix offers some of the most beautiful hiking opportunities just a few hours away by car, and whether you want to bring the […]

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Opera Lyra’s Barber of Seville : Clear-Cut Case of Greatness

October 2, 2015 2:39 pm
Opera Lyra’s Barber of Seville : Clear-Cut Case of Greatness

Photo courtesy of Opera Lyra. When it comes to opera, The Barber of Seville is a fun, light, entertaining singing sensation.  Gioachino Rossini’s compositions are recognizable to many, in part, thanks to Bugs Bunny, and Opera Lyra’s current production of The Barber pays homage to that reality in a very […]

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Beguiled by Belugas and Charlevoix’s Charm – Part 1

October 1, 2015 2:56 pm
Beguiled by Belugas and Charlevoix’s Charm – Part 1

Photos courtesy of Charlevoix tourism. The colours of autumn are once again upon us, and while many flock to Gatineau Park for a taste of the glory, a short drive east will truly get you away from the fray of life. In about the same time it takes to drive to […]

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One World Film Festival Hits Ottawa’s Silver Screen

September 25, 2015 1:10 pm
One World Film Festival Hits Ottawa’s Silver Screen

Film junkies won’t want to miss Ottawa’s 26th annual documentary festival, the One World Film Festival, (OWFF) taking place this weekend. OWFF is Ottawa’s longest-running documentary film festival, focused on raising awareness to global issues with a line-up that promises to deliver some fantastic thought-provoking movies. Friday’s focus will be […]

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Get Your Politics On With Generous at the GCTC

10:56 am
Get Your Politics On With Generous at the GCTC

All photos courtesy of Pascal Huot The Great Canadian Theatre Company is opening its season with a solid hit of political theatre. Generous, by award-winning Canadian playwright Michael Healey, is a great play to see at any time, but it’s a special treat during an election campaign. Generous at first […]

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Many Shades of Dallas

August 19, 2015 2:00 pm
Many Shades of Dallas

Photo by Matt Pasant. There is an overwhelming feeling in Dallas,Texas that anything is possible. It is a city with guts and spirit, and while Dallas oozes wealth, it is also a city with a big heart, kind people and warm hospitality. It has a very eclectic personality with many […]

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Chatting with the NAC’s Jillian Keiley

August 12, 2015 3:34 pm
Chatting with the NAC’s Jillian Keiley

Photo credit: David Leclerc If the federal election already has you wanting to look elsewhere for theatrics, cast your eye to the National Arts Centre. Have you wondered how the plays at the NAC are chosen? I have so I jumped at the chance to ask the NAC’s English Theatre […]

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Let Chef’s Plate Pamper your Palate

August 11, 2015 2:00 pm
Let Chef’s Plate Pamper your Palate

When it comes to eating, life has gotten complicated. Let’s be honest and say that finding healthy food with correct portions that’s delicious and easy to prepare can be tricky business. What if you could just choose gourmet meals online, order all the ingredients to show up on your doorstep, […]

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Kick up your Heels with Kinky Boots

August 10, 2015 9:50 am
Kick up your Heels with Kinky Boots

You may recall the 2005 independent movie Kinky Boots. In it, main character Charlie Price unexpectedly inherits his father’s shoe company. He discovers that the company is in deep trouble as comfortable, sturdy and practical men’s footwear is no longer in demand. As Charlie looks to save the company, he […]

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‘The Creation of the World’ is Worth Your Time

August 4, 2015 2:46 pm
‘The Creation of the World’ is Worth Your Time

All photos by Andre R. Gagne. When The Creation of the World and Other Business opened in 1972, the New York Times reviewer said “…the whole thing has the air of a comic-strip version of Genesis.” As the years went on, Creation’s press didn’t get much better. 20 years later […]

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