Bump, Set, Spike: HOPE Volleyball SummerFest

July 11, 2014 9:38 am
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Let me preface this piece by saying when I was in grade seven, I tried out for my elementary school volleyball team. The coach (and my then-teacher) made me team manager instead of a player. I think he didn’t want me to feel excluded–a nice gesture, I must say, but […]

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Will You Play Hockey for Food?

July 9, 2014 9:32 am
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The summer weather may be heating up, but who says that means hockey season is over? Grab your hockey stick, a few friends, a ball and a can of food and join the Five Hole for Food (FHFF) ball hockey games today on Sparks Street. FHFF is a national, non-profit […]

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Making Music Magic: James Leclaire

July 3, 2014 4:33 pm
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Today marks the opening day of RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest! OLM is ready to groove—and so is James Leclaire! Leclaire and The Cable 22’s hit the Barney Danson Theatre tonight at 6 p.m. to bring you some of Ottawa’s best musical talent. Compared to the likes of Steve Earle, Leclaire […]

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Latin Sparks Sets Downtown Ottawa on Fire with Bigger Street Dancefloor

June 26, 2014 3:14 pm
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Latin America is coming to Sparks Street in Ottawa, promising the best in cultural cuisine, entertainment and the opportunity to dance with thousands of friends on the city’s biggest outdoor dancefloor. Hosted by The International, Latin Sparks is a night-long celebration held on the last Saturday of every month throughout […]

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Samantha Testa: Sing Your Soul Out

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Samantha Testa, 21, is a bona fide pop rocker. Writing music, playing guitar and piano and singing her soul out is just another day in the life for this young Ottawa talent. From singing for the American and Canadian Women’s Olympic Hockey teams to co-writing with Suzie McNeil from Rock […]

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Diary of a Jazz Fest Goer

June 25, 2014 9:30 am
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When I lived with my parents, Saturday afternoons meant it was jazz time. Actually, any time was really jazz time, but Saturday afternoons especially. Latin Jazz would heat up my living room as Café Latino host Laura Fernandez shared her favourites. Whether my family was busy or not, we would […]

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Just For Cats: One-of-a-Kind Festival Celebrates All Things Feline

June 19, 2014 9:34 am
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What are these crazy cats up to now? Cat videos take up a large portion of the internet, usually because we humans can’t resist filming the mischief the adorable animals create. Now is the time you can partake in watching cat videos with friends and cat-lovers alike: the Just for […]

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Legendary Performers Usher in Chamberfest’s 20th Anniversary

June 10, 2014 11:00 am
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This summer the Ottawa Chamber Music Society (OCMS) is celebrating their 20th anniversary by hosting their most ambitious summer lineup yet. Chamberfest 2014 will host over 80 performances this summer running from July 24 to August 7. With the goal of making classical music accessible to everyone, OCMS hosts top […]

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Homes for Woofs! Custom Doghouse Auction

June 5, 2014 2:30 pm
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A pinewood frame, an herb garden, and a roof garden are just a few of the features on these custom doghouses available for auction June 12 at the Homes for Woofs fundraiser. For the benefit of the Ottawa Humane Society, at least 12 doghouses will be available for auction, including […]

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Slovenian Embassy Celebrates Milestone Anniversary

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The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Ottawa hosted a concert last Thursday to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Slovenia becoming a member of the European Union. The concert was hosted at the Frieman Hall at the University of Ottawa and featured soprano Irena Preda and pianist Nejc Lavrenčič, […]

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Art: The Painting that Ruined a Friendship

June 4, 2014 2:31 pm
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Could a simple painting ruin a true friendship? A long history of shared life events ruined by a white canvas, five feet by four – this is what ensues after Serge purchases the piece of art for a large sum in a move that surprises two friends Yvan and Marc. […]

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Great way to spend your night … Catch 9-5

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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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For the Love of Vintage and All Things Bridal: Heart Deco, Victoire and Sparrow Floral Design Host Exclusive Wedding Event

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When the amazing women behind three of Ottawa’s loveliest businesses collaborate, you get a vintage-inspired wedding event that could help complete the wedding planning trinity: the ring, the dress and the flowers. This Thursday (June 5), Victoire’s Wellington store will be showcasing a new line of cocktail-length white dresses and […]

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Attention all Beauty Insiders!

May 28, 2014 4:41 pm
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This week, Sephora at the Rideau Centre is offering you a unique opportunity with this Smashbox Photo Event! On May 30th and 31st, you can have your makeup done by professional Smashbox artists and then star in your very own photo-shoot with famed fashion photographer, Steven Khan. Having photographed all […]

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Oil and Water is On Fire at the NAC

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As the world mourns the passing of Maya Angelou, the NAC’s current  production, Oil and Water, by Robert Chafe, seems all the more poignant.  It is a compelling story and it is also true. There are a number of plot elements that weave together but never confuse throughout the course […]

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Ottawa Symphony Orchestra: 50 Years Young

May 27, 2014 10:32 am
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The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra is gearing up to start its 50th season on a high note. The OSO announced its milestone anniversary line-up at the final concert of its 2013-2014 season. The upcoming five concert series will showcase talents ranging from local composers to Juno award winners–sure to be music […]

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Bike Repair-DIY Style

May 26, 2014 10:01 am
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No amount of rain, sleet or snow will keep Ottawa pedal pushers off their bicycles. But now with spring weather officially here and summer creeping around the corner, more people than ever are hopping on their two-wheelers to get around the city. Ottawa supports the cycle culture with bike lanes, […]

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