Articles by: Jennifer HartleyJennifer Hartley
Jennifer Hartley is a features writer and copy editor for Ottawa Life magazine. Previously she was theatre editor for Ottawa Xpress and now defunct Metro newspaper and has written articles for a variety of magazines across the country and abroad in the United Kingdom.

History, Religion, Geography and Great Food: Majestic Israel Has It All

July 22, 2015 10:00 am
History, Religion, Geography and Great Food: Majestic Israel Has It All

To even attempt to adequately describe Israel is, to put it mildly, a daunting task. While well-known images of the country abound, absolutely nothing can prepare you for the complete amazement or the unexpected emotions you may feel as you explore this magnificent country. Whether you are religious or not, […]

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This Glass Menagerie Shines and Glows

July 15, 2015 10:00 am
This Glass Menagerie Shines and Glows

All photos by Michael Green Photography. Tennessee Williams’ classic play, The Glass Menagerie, is not what you would call upbeat. In fact, it is downright depressing, and what makes it all the more sad is the fact that much of what happens is autobiographical. However, when the brilliantly written play […]

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Head to Hudson for a Great Blind Date

June 24, 2015 10:12 am
Head to Hudson for a Great Blind Date

It takes an incredible combination of wit and talent to create what Rebecca Northan has ingeniously done in her play Blind Date. It is an innovative piece of theatre that brilliantly mixes improvisation with traditional theatre. It has had successful runs in London, New York, Toronto and across Canada for […]

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The Public Servant Serves Up the Satire

June 18, 2015 11:00 am
The Public Servant Serves Up the Satire

You don’t need to be toiling away in a cubicle, answering the noble call to work for Canadians to be entertained by The Public Servant, currently playing at the GCTC. However, if you do work for the government, then you will find it all the more amusing. Writers Jennifer Brewin, […]

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Explore the Big Smoke Family Getaway

June 5, 2015 4:02 pm
Explore the Big Smoke Family Getaway

If thoughts are moving from snow to long days and you are looking for holiday ideas, especially ones not involving a long road trip, load the kids in the car and head to Toronto. It’s one thing to go there for business but to experience the city as a tourist is […]

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The NAC’s Needles and Opium Mesmerizes

June 3, 2015 2:42 pm
The NAC’s Needles and Opium Mesmerizes

Photo credit: National Arts Centre Spectacular is the only way to describe Robert Lepage’s reproduction of his 20-year-old play Needles and Opium, currently playing at the NAC. The play centres around three characters. Jean Cocteau shares his thoughts and impressions on his first visit to the U.S. in 1949, while […]

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Kick Back at Hôtel Le Germain in Calgary

June 1, 2015 2:07 pm
Kick Back at Hôtel Le Germain in Calgary

Photo provided by Groupe Germain Hôtels Now that ski season is over and the summer holidays have yet to begin, it is the perfect time to head out west for a quick break to replenish your tank, take a deep breath and experience the glory of the Canadian Rockies. It should […]

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Be Glued to the Tube for Para Normal

May 27, 2015 10:07 am
Be Glued to the Tube for Para Normal

Photo courtesy of TVO Hats off to local filmmaker Rostyslav Makushak for winning the 2015 TV Ontario (TVO) Short Docs contest with his film Para Normal. Makushak beat out 126 other submissions in the competition. The theme for this year’s TVO contest, which is aimed at aspiring documentary makers, was […]

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The Kids are Alright

May 23, 2015 9:03 am
The Kids are Alright

Photo credit: David Hawe There is only one place you should be on Sunday night at 8 p.m. and that is at the National Arts Centre to catch the only Ottawa performance by Kids in The Hall (KITH). Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney and Scott Thompson have […]

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Let the End of Civilization Wind You Up

May 22, 2015 11:22 am
Let the End of Civilization Wind You Up

Not exactly a plot spoiler here, but you know heading into one of George F. Walker plays from the Suburban Motel series, you are in for some great, witty dialogue and some thought-provoking commentary on the struggles of life and the existential angst that can follow. Currently at the Gladstone, […]

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Let Propeller Take You to New Heights

May 8, 2015 11:59 am
Let Propeller Take You to New Heights

Above: (left to right) Liz Winkelaar, Rob Chartier, Moni Hoffman, Julia Gutsik, Jessie Huggett Photo by Erica Ferrarin.   While the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) on Wellington Street offers up phenomenal, eclectic theatre productions every year, it also opens its doors to other types of artistic talent. For this year […]

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Take Me Back to Coles Notes before Take Me Back to Jefferson

April 3, 2015 12:06 pm
Take Me Back to Coles Notes before Take Me Back to Jefferson

Photo Credit: Katherine Fleitas Before you head to the NAC for its latest production, Take Me Back to Jefferson, do yourself a favour and dig out your high school English class copy of As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner, or at least your Coles Notes version if you still have […]

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Don’t Miss this Wedding: Opera Lyra’s the Marriage of Figaro

March 24, 2015 10:02 am
Don’t Miss this Wedding: Opera Lyra’s the Marriage of Figaro

Photo courtesy of Andrew Alexander If you have never been to an opera, The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart would be a fantastic place to start. It is light, funny, easy  to follow and for the most part, the music is bouncy and upbeat. Opera Lyra Ottawa, which […]

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The Best Brothers at the GCTC

March 17, 2015 1:18 pm
The Best Brothers at the GCTC

Photo credit: Andrew Alexander They say weddings and funerals bring out the best and worst in families. Old rivalries and wounds resurface with a vengeance together of moments filled with tenderness and love. You get both in Daniel MacIvor’s play, The Best Brothers, playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Company. […]

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Outstanding Obaaberima

March 11, 2015 2:14 pm
Outstanding Obaaberima

Photo credit: Jeremy Mimnagh Looking for something incredible to do this week? Head to the National Arts Centre to see its latest production Obaaberima. Playwright and actor Tawiah M’Carthy won a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Outstanding Production in 2013 for his masterpiece. The play actually won three Doras in total: […]

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‘Stuff Happens’ at the NAC

February 12, 2015 10:02 am
‘Stuff Happens’ at the NAC

Photo courtesy of Andree Lanthier Take yourself back to post 9/11, to the time of George W. Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ in Iraq and the cast of characters like Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz and Tony Blair, just to name a few. There have been so […]

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Disney Dreaming

February 6, 2015 12:59 pm
Disney Dreaming

When it comes to creating an extraordinary world of escape, there is nobody who does it better than Disney. Whether you are nine or 90, it is impossible to come away from a Disney experience and not be amazed by it, even awestruck, and completely relaxed and renewed. Disney has […]

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