This is War

February 15, 2014 12:10 pm

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
Age of Arousal

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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For the Alternative Bride: Ottawa’s First Love, Handmade Show

February 7, 2014 3:37 pm

If a Pinterest dream wedding board could come to life, complete with vintage accents, burlap decorations and personal DIY touches, then it would exist as Ottawa’s indie bridal shop The Handmade Bride. Delicate paper bunting strewn across its white-washed walls, paper flower bouquets revealing antique brooches and even an 19th […]

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Ottawa International Film Festival 72 Hour Challenge Launches Feb. 6

February 4, 2014 12:18 pm

This weekend – Ottawa’s rising film stars might be in your neighbourhood! The Ottawa International Film Festival 72 Hour Challenge launches on Thursday, February 6 at The Lieutenant’s Pump (361 Elgin St.) at 6:30 p.m., pinning amateur to professional filmmakers in a timed competition like no other. Using assigned wildcard […]

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Explore Your Career Options at the YMCA-YWCA Job Fair Feb. 6

January 29, 2014 12:55 pm

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is inviting all local job seekers and anyone considering a career change to attend its Employment Access Centre Job Fair, happening February 6 at the Taggart Family Y. This annual event matches job seekers with prospective employers from a broad range of sectors including service, trades, health […]

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Meet the Ottawa Knitters that Won the Internet with their Scarves on Statues Initiative

January 28, 2014 11:02 am

By Hannah Alper Last week, I read an amazing story of kindness, collaboration and action. Overnight in downtown Ottawa hand-knitted scarves were placed on statues. On each scarf a tag was sewn that said only “I’m not lost if you’re stuck in the cold, take this scarf to keep warm!” […]

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The Underground Comedy Railroad Tour Goes National

January 27, 2014 12:04 pm

A comedy tour with a serious message sounds like an oxymoron but that’s exactly what makes The Underground Comedy Railroad Tour so unique. It provides a platform for a roster of African-Canadian comedians to showcase their talent on the figurative and literal stage during February, which also happens to be […]

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David Usher on Returning to the Capital and Reconnecting Through Creativity

January 24, 2014 11:03 am

David Usher is a Canadian icon. Mention his name and many can attest to his musical genius as both a solo artist and front man for Moist. He also deserves this title for his work outside the music sphere. Usher is the founder of CloudID Creativity Labs, an ‘idea incubator’ […]

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Pulitzer Prize Finalist Detroit by Lisa D’amour

January 21, 2014 9:16 am

In a “first ring” suburb outside a midsize American city, Ben and Mary fire up the grill to welcome the new neighbors who’ve moved into the long-empty house next door. The fledgling friendship soon veers out of control, shattering the fragile hold that newly unemployed Ben and burgeoning alcoholic Mary […]

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Top Nights out in Ottawa

January 20, 2014 10:58 am

Ottawa has quite a reputation to live up to. Voted by consulting firm Mercer as the city with the second highest-quality of living in North America and fourteenth highest in the world, it is a city that takes to heart every aspect of good living. Arts and entertainment is one […]

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Ottawa’s Bridal Show

January 14, 2014 11:14 am

This past weekend the Ottawa Convention Centre played host to Ottawa’s Premier Bridal Show. The event was presented by the Wedding Palace Bridal Show offering the most exceptional and original experience for soon-to-be brides and grooms. Highlighting bridal fashion shows and door prizes, the bridal show included the most high-end […]

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Looking for Tickets to a Local Event? Buy Them Here!

January 9, 2014 2:03 pm

Ottawa Life has made locating your favourite Capital happenings even easier with our extensive and consistently updated Events Page. And now we’ve partnered with Canadian online ticketing company, Uniiverse, enabling event organizers to list and sell tickets for their events directly on Ottawa Life’s online magazine. Uniiverse is an innovative […]

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Going Local: Last Minute Shopping Made Easier

December 23, 2013 12:36 pm

If you’re one to leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute, fear not, there’s a way you can avoid that last minute panic and come away with a gift to suit any taste. Samba Days and Blackhawk Network (Canada) Ltd. have teamed up to provide Canadians with a new […]

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Ottawa to Ring in the New Year Scottish Style

11:19 am
iPolitics/Cynthia Münster

The people of Ottawa will have another chance to get their Celt on this New Year’s Eve. After the success of last year’s first-ever Scottish Hogmanay at Ottawa City Hall, the Scottish Society of Ottawa has announced it will host another free downtown party on December 31, presented by TD. […]

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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

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
Sarah Finn (Teresa), Tim Oberholzer (Ethan) and Paul Rainville in 'Ethan Claymore'.

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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Ottawa Mourns the Death of Beloved Former CTV News Anchor Leigh Chapple

December 10, 2013 5:01 pm
Leigh Chapple - 2009

Ottawa Life mourns the untimely passing of former CTV Ottawa anchor Leigh Chapple. Chapple died suddenly at the age of 58 in her Ottawa home on the morning of December 10. For 36 years, Leigh Chapple was part of the CTV Ottawa family. She was proud to serve viewers in […]

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