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.

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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Feel the Love with Odyssey Theatre

July 29, 2015 12:00 pm
Feel the Love with Odyssey Theatre

All photos by Maria Vartanova. Odyssey Theatre, the open-air theatre in Strathcona Park that specializes in telling stories with the use of masks, opened its 30th season on Sunday night, and this year’s theme is love. With a nod to three Spanish literary giants, (Cervantes and Tirso de Molina from […]

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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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