Choose your vice at Ottawa’s 32nd Wine and Food Festival

As vices go, you’re pretty safe with wine and food. Neither of them is illegal, immoral, distasteful or taboo but I would rank chocolate truffles as decidedly sinful (Chocolatier Rochef among them). When asked “what’s my poison?,” I readily surrender to a fine VQA. (Strewn’s…

Festival fashion is back! 7
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Tickets are on sale. The excitement is mounting. Now, there’s only one question remaining for music fans this summer: What are you wearing to RBC Bluesfest? Fashion lovers will have their answer on Saturday, June 4th, 2016, when RBC Bluesfest launches the official fashion line…

Megaphono Meltdown
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An engaged crowd at the Mercury Lounge experienced an eclectic mix of hip hop, rap and dance acts during the Megaphono Meltdown party on Thursday Feb. 5.   The party served as the official closing for the Megaphono Festival, a three day event focused on showcasing musical…

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Article by Roch Parisien Rock’n’roll hall of famer PATTI SMITH was a most genial host while launching the 2013 edition of the Ottawa Folk Festival last night…and a pretty decent scratch golfer to boot (more on that later). “We’re going to start with a benediction”…

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Article by Beth Goslett   On a perfect, sunny Canada Day, I walked down Sussex towards City hall to catch a free show at the Ottawa Jazz Festival. It was early, but many people were already out in their red- and-white grabbing coffees before heading…

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Article by Roch Parisien FEATURING: ALICE IN CHAINS, ALEJANDRO ESCOVEDO, LOS LONELY BOYS, LOS LOBOS, B.B. KING, CACTUS & MITCH RYDER (Review & photos) Ottawa music fans who appreciate diversity learned at the closing day of Ottawa Bluesfest (July 14) that there may actually be…

The Waterboys at Ottawa Bluesfest 2013
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It was an evening where the stage was set for superlatives. Led by Scotsman Mike Scott, THE WATERBOYS (whose early sound was dubbed “The Big Music” after a song on their 1984 second album, ‘A Pagan Place’) loomed large last night (July 12) on the…

Kickin' It Up a Notch
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The first time I saw Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, I almost didn’t see Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. It was during last year’s Bluesfest, my husband and I were watching an act (I can’t remember which), and a friend sent a text that read, ‘Get over…

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Article by Roch Parisien   “I’ve got the medicine that everyone wants” crooned Grace Potter in the opening song, as Vermont-based GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS took to the Claridge Stage for an early 6pm set at Ottawa Bluesfest last night (July 8). You had…