Tori McNeely

Web Editor & Features Writers

Tori is a recent Carleton University graduate with a Honours Bachelor of Communications and Media Studies. She interned for Ottawa Life throughout the summer of 2017 and has since returned to join the team full time. When she's not at the office she can be found exploring the city, discovering new playlists on Spotify or trying out new recipes.

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Sophie D’Orléans at Marvest Festival

Sophie D’Orléans at Marvest Festival

Local Soul singer and pianist, Sophie D’Orléans, is back in Ottawa after spending the summer in British Columbia touring with her band The Sophistocrats. The summer was fruitful; Sophie organized the Honeymoon Tour for which she obtained a Music BC travel grant, performing 14 shows with [...]

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Ottawa to host former First Lady, Michelle Obama, next month

Ottawa to host former First Lady, Michelle Obama, next month

The countdown is on until the most iconic and influential first lady of our generation, Michelle Obama, graces us with her presence on the CTC stage! Former First Lady Michelle Obama will be in Ottawa on Friday October 11th, 2019 at 1:00pm at Canadian Tire Centre. Michelle Robinson Obama, born in 1964, [...]

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Award-winning pianist, Samia O’Day, performs at grand piano pop-up

Award-winning pianist, Samia O’Day, performs at grand piano pop-up

Photo credit: Strings Attached Records On Tuesday September 10th, the Canada Music Academy hosted yet another pop-up concert with the help of real estate development and property management company, Canderel, and Steinway Piano Gallery. Months away from celebrating their 25th anniversary, the Canada [...]

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Celebrate #PinotNoirDay in style

Celebrate #PinotNoirDay in style

Photo credit: Jennifer Hallett Wine enthusiasts take note: Brunette The Label and Meiomi Wines have just given us another reason to celebrate this upcoming #PinotNoirDay! Not only do we have an excuse to drink our fave wine, now we can take our love of the grape to the next level by wearing it proudly! [...]

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Wine not take a road trip to Cayuga County

Wine not take a road trip to Cayuga County

Photo: Treleaven Wines Cayuga County, New York stretches nearly sixty-five miles long from the shore of the Great Lake Ontario to the heart of the Finger Lakes Region. Within 700 square miles you’ll find some of the best farm to table cuisine, lakes and scenery, wineries, breweries and so much [...]

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'Nothing Without Us' addresses the lack of fictional protagonists with disabilities

'Nothing Without Us' addresses the lack of fictional protagonists with disabilities

“Can you recommend fiction that has main characters who are like us?” This is a question we who are disabled, Deaf, neurodiverse, Spoonie, and/or who manage mental illness ask way too often. One in five people currently lives with a disability, yet when looking at fiction, you would believe [...]

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Three steps for top to bottom summer home maintenance

Three steps for top to bottom summer home maintenance

You probably already have a home maintenance checklist: Replace the furnace filter each season, shut off water spigots before winter, clean the gutters, etc. That’s a good start, but there are jobs that homeowners often forget about, or don’t even know about. Some of the biggest problems [...]

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The pipeline to reconciliation

The pipeline to reconciliation

Today, it is unlikely that an energy project moves forward without ensuring that the environmental and respect for Indigenous rights are protected. Following the federal government’s green light for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project (TMX), Canadian energy sector leaders and politicians [...]

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Favourite finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Favourite finds from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Nordstrom's biggest sale event of the year is only on for TWO MORE DAYS! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale launched last month month a better-than-ever selection of brand new arrivals from brands like Smythe, rag & bone, FRAME Denim, Madewell, Nike and more. Clear your calendar this weekend and [...]

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Local U of O undergraduate student selected for Amgen Scholars Program

Local U of O undergraduate student selected for Amgen Scholars Program

All photos by Amgen Canada Earlier this month, fifteen undergraduate students from across Canada arrived at the University of Toronto (U of T) to partake in a fully-funded, 10-week research program, marking the launch of the Amgen Scholars Canada Program. This is the first time the prestigious global [...]

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