Jennifer Hartley

Features Writer

Jennifer Hartley is senior features writer, travel writer and copy editor of Ottawa Life Magazine. Previously she was theatre editor for Ottawa Xpress and the original Metro newspaper in the capital. She has written articles for a variety of magazines across the country and abroad in the United Kingdom on arts, life and everything in between.
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Fun summer science activities from Quirk's host Bob McDonald

Fun summer science activities from Quirk's host Bob McDonald

Summer is here, online schooling is over and you're probably asking yourself what to do with the kids that doesn't involve plunking them down in front of a screen with a video game (as tempting as that is). Save yourself a brain drain trying to come up with creative ideas that don't involve [...]

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London Calling

London Calling

ABOVE: Image of the Tower Bridge courtesy London and Partners British 18th Century poet Samuel Johnson once wrote: “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” He was absolutely right — and the city has only gotten better [...]

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Brilliant Brault on Breau in 5 O'Clock Bells

Brilliant Brault on Breau in 5 O'Clock Bells

If there is anyone who can pull off a one-man show playing seven (kind of eight – it is complicated) different characters, it is definitely Ottawa acting superstar Pierre Brault. Not only is he an amazing actor, he is a fantastic playwright who lyrically tackles subject matter that is always fascinating [...]

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Sharpen your mind and soul with Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

Sharpen your mind and soul with Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools opened last night at the Great Canadian Theatre Company and it is an uncomfortable, unsettling, powerful, raw and absolutely beautiful piece of theatre. It is part concert, part conversation between two women and the audience, part magical journey through the North and Inuk [...]

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Succulent San Francisco

Succulent San Francisco

Decadent. That is the first word that comes to mind when trying to describe San Francisco. It is a mecca for well, everything good. Beauty, vitality, fine dining, joie de vivre, eclectic night life, diversity and acceptance – and chocolate (Ghirardelli chocolates is based there). It is a vibrant [...]

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Cottagers and Indians at the GCTC: Brilliant and Beautiful

Cottagers and Indians at the GCTC: Brilliant and Beautiful

You might think that there is something comforting about seeing a Canadian production about life on a lake, especially as nostalgia for dock days and warm summer afternoons sets in as the cold winds of December arrive. However, as the play begins you are immediately confronted with difficult issues [...]

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Litterless Lunch Day

Litterless Lunch Day

Photo: DALCINI section plate At 8:00 a.m., when we are all already running late, trying to get the kids’ lunches made and get caffeine into our veins, the last thing we are likely thinking about is the environmental footprint we are producing to get any kind of nutrients down our kids’ [...]

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Exquisite Elkhart Lake

Exquisite Elkhart Lake

Celebrate fall and back-to-school time by recharging your battery ‘sans enfants’. Let someone else spoil you, do the cooking while you enjoy some hiking and the outdoors, or sit inside by a pool and just chill. That is what awaits you in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, an hour’s drive from [...]

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Amazing Arizona

Amazing Arizona

To even attempt to describe the beauty of Arizona in words or to capture it on film seems like a futile endeavour. Only your eyes and other senses can provide the true experience of the natural majesty of the land around you, of the gorgeous red rock mountains and shapes that look like they came out [...]

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Be Sure to See Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells) at the GCTC

Be Sure to See Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells) at the GCTC

Photo credit: Andrew Alexander Lo (Or Dear Mr. Wells) is the current production at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) and it is a compelling story about a high school teacher and a student and you know going in if you see “intimacy coach” in the credits that there may be some uncomfortable [...]

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