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.

Drop a Few Coins to See The Financier (Turcaret)

August 5, 2014 11:37 am
Drop a Few Coins to See The Financier (Turcaret)

One of the great mid-summer treats in Ottawa is the return of Odyssey Theatre to Strathcona Park and its masked Commedia dell’ Arte productions. This year’s show is the adaptation of Alain-René Lesage’s play, Turcaret, translated by Joanne Miller and Odyssey’s Artistic Director Laurie Steven. The Financier (Turcaret) follows the […]

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Babes4Breasts and the OICC

July 24, 2014 9:59 am
Babes4Breasts and the OICC

You have cancer. Breast cancer. Those are words that can instantaneously send bad chills up and down your spine and take your breath away in the worst way. A cancer diagnosis can leave a person feeling helpless and all alone, and, understandably, wanting care to start right away. The problem […]

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LutherCountry

June 10, 2014 12:30 pm
LutherCountry

Images: Wikipedia & visit-luther.com Martin Luther, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Frideric Handel, writers Goethe and Schiller … all are well-known German cultural icons. However, what is less known, is that they all come from the same general region of Deutschland: the area currently known as LutherCountry. Two states, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia […]

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The GCTC’s The Burden of Self Awareness … Is Anything But A Burden

June 9, 2014 12:58 pm
The GCTC’s The Burden of Self Awareness … Is Anything But A Burden

Adultery, prostitution, murder, corruption: it has it all.  While it sounds like the latest episode of Game of Thrones, it isn’t. It’s even better. It is the latest GCTC production, the world premiere of The Burden of Self Awareness, by George F. Walker .It is bold, vulgar and absolutely brilliant. […]

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Bring Sunshine to Your Day with Days of Rain

June 6, 2014 11:38 am
Bring Sunshine to Your Day with Days of Rain

Patrick Ballantyne is no stranger to the Canadian music scene — but usually he is the one creating the tunes instead of singing them. Canrock giant Gordie Johnson (of Big Sugar, Wide Mouth Mason fame), up-and-coming Meredith Shaw (the new Jann Arden) and the Trews are a few who have […]

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Great way to spend your night … Catch 9-5

June 4, 2014 11:35 am
these are people on a stage/. they are dancing and having a great time.

There is nothing like a good musical to pick you up when you are feeling down and 9-5 fills the job nicely.  For those you may have forgotten, 9-5 was actually a 1980 film that went on to become one of the highest-grossing comedies.  Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly […]

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Community Leaders Rally to Support the OICC Approach to Cancer

May 29, 2014 10:59 am
Community Leaders Rally to Support the OICC Approach to Cancer

Spring has finally sprung in Ottawa and with it tulips and daffodils are popping up everywhere… not just the daffodils in your garden but the ones you pin on as a reminder that cancer is all around too. But there are havens of hope, and one such oasis of healing […]

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huff at the NAC: It will blow you away

May 7, 2014 10:04 am
huff at the NAC: It will blow you away

Photo Credit –  Cliff Cardinal It is poignant, powerful, funny, touching and deeply disturbing.  huff, currently at the NAC , written by and starring Cliff Cardinal, movingly tells the heartbreaking story of Wind and his brothers , (Huff who is younger and Charles is their older brother who is a […]

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Naturopathic Medicine 101: Care and Cost

April 28, 2014 9:58 am
Naturopathic Medicine 101: Care and Cost

Health care: nothing fires up Canadians more than this topic. A recent Abacus Data poll found that it continues to top the list of priorities for Canadians and the cost of providing care continues to be a major concern for those who govern it, especially as Boomers age and make […]

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Schmeiser, the Seed and the Genetically-Modified Giant.

April 4, 2014 9:33 am
Schmeiser, the Seed and the Genetically-Modified Giant.

There is nothing like a good David and Goliath story to get your blood boiling, especially when it involves a giant multinational biotech company like Monsanto against the little guy farmer.  Or so it would seem. But before you head to see the latest production at the NAC, Seed, written […]

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Need to Chill Next Week? Hit the Eaton Chelsea Toronto Hotel in the Big Smoke

March 4, 2014 3:15 pm
Need to Chill Next Week? Hit the Eaton Chelsea Toronto Hotel in the Big Smoke

Looking for a cost effective, family escape for March Break? Head to Toronto. You’ve probably been there dozens of times but with kids, it’s a whole other experience. If you need a place to stay and with little ones, there is absolutely no better place to lay your head than […]

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Totally Rad Dude: Don’t miss Enron

February 28, 2014 11:57 am
Totally Rad Dude: Don’t miss Enron

There are three opportunities left to catch the latest NAC production, Enron. Rearrange your schedule, change your plans if you can and don’t miss it.  Take a step back in time to the late 1990s when Bill Clinton was president, when Michael Jackson and Madonna ruled the charts and Enron […]

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This is War

February 15, 2014 12:10 pm
This is War

This is War, currently on at The Great Canadian Theatre Company, may not be a great show for Valentine’s Day but it is thought provoking, poignant, at times heart wrenching and overall a fantastic play.  War is ugly, irrational and makes you do things you would never dream of doing […]

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Get hot to trot with Age of Arousal at the Gladstone

February 12, 2014 3:36 pm
Get hot to trot with Age of Arousal at the Gladstone

For Valentine’s Day this year, take a step back in time to 1885 and catch the incredible show, Age of Arousal, by Linda Griffiths, currently playing at the Gladstone. There is a lot going on this play. For starters, the script is absolutely brilliant.  It is eloquent, provocative, beautifully and […]

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Haven of Hope: Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre

January 22, 2014 1:28 pm
Haven of Hope: Ottawa Integrative Cancer Centre

Maybe you have a cough that won’t go away, or maybe a lump appears in your breast. You head to your doctor to get checked out, just to be on the safe side, hoping to be told it is nothing to worry about. Instead, tests you hoped were just routine […]

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Make it one of your favorite things this holiday season… The Sound of Music at the NAC

December 14, 2013 11:19 am
Make it one of your favorite things this holiday season… The Sound of Music at the NAC

It doesn’t matter what kind of day you’ve had. If you’re grumpy or sad, once the lights go down and Maria (Eliza-Jane Scott) takes the stage, The Sound of Music will take you away and lift your spirits high. I believe it is impossible to not like any rendition of The […]

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Warm your heart and soul with Ethan Claymore at the Gladstone

December 11, 2013 9:46 am
Warm your heart and soul with Ethan Claymore at the Gladstone

If you are looking for a warm and fuzzy theatrical experience this holiday season, then head to The Gladstone Theatre and catch its current production, Ethan Claymore.  It has all you want in a feel-good escape play:  great acting, heart-warming plot and a happy ending. Ethan Claymore is a subdued, naïve, shy, […]

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