Let Opera Lyra’s Tosca Take you Away

September 11, 2014 12:00 pm

Photo courtesy of Marc Fowler. There is nothing quite grander than hearing beautiful voices singing about love, betrayal and politics. There is one chance left to catch Opera Lyra’s production of Puccini’s Tosca and you shouldn’t miss it:  Saturday night.  The singing, set, costumes and music will instantaneously transport you […]

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The ABCs of Teaching Democracy

September 10, 2014 2:12 pm

In an effort to connect Canadians with democratic values and traditions, Canada’s fourth annual Democracy Week will be this September 15-21. To celebrate Democracy Week, Elections Canada and their partners are holding or participating in several activities and events across Canada. One of these activities is a panel discussion called […]

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The Strumbellas at Ottawa Folk Festival

September 9, 2014 9:30 am
The Strumbellas photo credit Heather Pollock hi res

Photo credit: Heather Pollock.  Get ready—the Ottawa Folk Festival is quickly approaching! From September 10–14, Hogs Back Park will be transformed into a folk music mecca! Catch performances from some incredible folk artists and world-renowned stars, including Foster the People, Lorde and Joss Stone! Our top pick we will definitely be […]

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Festival of India

August 14, 2014 2:19 pm
Festival Stage

Over 4,000 attendees took in the sounds, smells and tastes of India at the third annual festival this weekend. The festival took place in front of City Hall and the grounds were complete with a stage, vendors, food tents, a cooling tent, picnic tables and an area where various workshops […]

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Ottawa’s Summer Festivals 2014 in Pictures

August 13, 2014 2:15 pm
PROCOL HARUM with The NAC Orchestra and choir, photo © Jean-Marc Carisse 2014 0710 CMJ_7709a
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Drop a Few Coins to See The Financier (Turcaret)

August 5, 2014 11:37 am

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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Bump, Set, Spike: HOPE Volleyball SummerFest

July 11, 2014 9:38 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Irena Preda singing 3a (1)

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

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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