Ottawa Bluesfest 2017: PAT TRAVERS ‘Makin Magic’
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Day four of Ottawa Bluesfest 2017 (Sunday, July 9) and while Pink had them poppin’ on the main field, rebel rockers and blues fans alike were once again huddled at the Black Sheep stage for Canadian guitar legend, Pat Travers (much like the previous evening…

Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival in Ottawa June 20 -25 9
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Did you know… That June 21 is a significant date when Indigenous People across Canada traditionally gather and celebrate Summer Solstice, now officially declared National Aboriginal Day. For the past twenty years, National Aboriginal Day events in the National Capital Region have created an opportunity…

Garden Promenade
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Stop. Plant a seed, pull some weeds. Stop and smell the roses. It’s National Garden Day in Canada, and in Ottawa we’re just a-bloom about it. National Garden Day is always the Friday before Father’s Day and it’s a special part of our Garden Days….

Your Quick Guide to the 2017 Ottawa Fringe Festival 4
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The 20th anniversary edition of the Ottawa Fringe Festival is underway and to help you navigate, here are some quick tips. With over fifty shows and 300 performances in 12 venues there’s a lot going on, and here are my Top 5 picks. Where is…

Top Five Picks: Ottawa Fringe 2017 #FRINGE20
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  The Ottawa Fringe Festival begins this week (June 8-18, 2017) and is celebrating its 20th anniversary. With over 300 performances and 50+ shows in 12 venues, the Ottawa Fringe has come a long way. With so much going on, here’s a quick pick of…

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With seven productions, including two world premieres, the 2017 Undercurrents theatre festival kicks off Wednesday February 8 at Arts Court in downtown Ottawa. Running until Saturday, February 18, Undercurrents is the winter festival of the Ottawa Fringe, who have been presenting it since 2011. Undercurrents…

The Youth Perspective: What I saw at The Ottawa International Animation Festival
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Article by Will McDonald This year was the 40th anniversary of The Ottawa International Animation Festival, and with over 2000 film entries, it really turned out well. The festival ran from Wednesday, September 21 to Sunday, September 25 and was held at such locations as Saint…

Ottawa CityFolk 2016: Friday Sept. 16 Roundup 2
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With GUIDED BY VOICES, THE LAST WALTZ, OLD MAN GRANT It was ‘Hip-Hop Night’ on the Friday main stage of Ottawa CityFolk 2016 (which begs the question to be debated at another time – do you really need a hip-hop night at a folk festival?…

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With THE DROPKICK MURPHYS, JAMES BAY, BLIND PILOT, FUTURE STATES, THE RAMBLIN’ VALLEY BAND When the first band to kick off the four-day Ottawa CityFolk 2016 at 6:15pm is veteran Boston Celtic-punk band DROPKICK MURPHYS, you know this isn’t your parents’ kumbaya, sing-songing-around-the-campire folk festival….