Canada 150

Katie Hartai

Contributor

A small town girl from southwestern Ontario, Katie Hartai moved to Ottawa to pursue an education at Carleton’s School of Journalism. She is now in her fourth year of the program and is thrilled to be writing for Ottawa Life.
of 9

Lighting Up Acoustics With 'Midnight Machines'

Lighting Up Acoustics With 'Midnight Machines'

Stripped-down, raw music is what Canadian singer-songwriter Lights was aiming for with her newest album Midnight Machines. Released on April 8, it features eight acoustic tracks. Six of them are from Little Machines, her last record which won the Juno Award for Pop Album of The Year in 2015. Lights [...]

Read full story

Hats Enough Creations Makes Ethical Dog-Wear Trendy

Hats Enough Creations Makes Ethical Dog-Wear Trendy

Pets can lend a helping paw to animals in need this winter and look fashionable while doing it. Crocheter Genny Blanchard made her first dog hat five years ago. She decided to use her design to raise money for Mimi, a dog seeking adoption at Ottawa’s Under My Wing Pug Rescue. Mimi needed to have an [...]

Read full story

Belle Starr Packs Its Fiddles for Ottawa

Belle Starr Packs Its Fiddles for Ottawa

In the 1800s, Belle Starr was the name of a notorious American outlaw. Today the title has also come to represent a Canadian female trio, who similar to the rebel, defy categories. The band, consisting of Miranda Mulholland, Kendel Carson and Stephanie Cadman, hit the road this February on a national [...]

Read full story

A New Paradise On Stage

A New Paradise On Stage

Actors rehearsing for the new 'Paradise' play.  Ottawa lawyers continue their fight for social justice outside the courtroom. Turning from the podium to a stage, members of the local legal community are coming together through theatre to raise money for The Ottawa Mission. Officers and civilians at [...]

Read full story

Coeur de Pirate Brings Treasured Performance to Ottawa

Coeur de Pirate Brings Treasured Performance to Ottawa

Photo by Etienne St. Denis. Béatrice Martin, better known by her stage name Coeur de pirate, will set sail on her global tour beginning with a show in Ottawa at the Bronson Centre on February 5. After growing up in Montreal, the young singer-songwriter brought a new face to Canada’s francophone [...]

Read full story

The Secret Side of Ian Fletcher Thornley

The Secret Side of Ian Fletcher Thornley

Ian Fletcher Thornley is best known as the lead singer and guitarist for multi-platinum selling hard rock band Big Wreck. On December 11, he will be stepping on stage as a solo act for what is sure to be a captivating performance at Mavericks. Thornley’s first independent album Secrets was released [...]

Read full story

Dreaming of a Green Holiday

Dreaming of a Green Holiday

Ecology Ottawa is bringing together the city’s active environmental community this Thursday at the ninth annual Winter Holiday Eco Gala in celebration of the past year’s green movement and the bounty of the holiday season. Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page, photo by Ecology Ottawa. Held at [...]

Read full story

Alyssa Reid’s Flaming Phoenix

Alyssa Reid’s Flaming Phoenix

By Katie Hartai As enchanting as the mythical bird itself, Alyssa Reid’s new album Phoenix will surely set fire to the hearts of fans when released on November 27. It may also spark a pleasant surprise. With Juno and MMVA nominations under her belt, the 22-year-old singer songwriter is no stranger [...]

Read full story

Dear Rouge, From Ottawa

Dear Rouge, From Ottawa

Falling leaves are not the only noteworthy shade of red in the city this week. Vancouver-based electronic rock band Dear Rouge will be showing its colours downtown with a performance at Mavericks on October 29. Dear Rouge is led by husband and wife duo Drew and Danielle McTaggart. The name is a play [...]

Read full story

John's Reno Tips | Adding the Finishing Touches

John's Reno Tips | Adding the Finishing Touches

By the end of any home renovation process, you may be sick of the hassles it has entailed. However, make sure you’re not walking away from an unfinished project with these practical tips from John Gordon, owner of Your Reno Guys contracting business in Ottawa. Here are a few tips to ensure [...]

Read full story
of 9