Arts & Entertainment

O is for Ottawa and O-Train! A is for Author and Artist

May 12th, 2017 | By

By Barbara Clubb Miriam Bloom is a model for active retirement.  Last year at 70, this longtime Ottawa resident, graphic artist, book designer and artist had her first painting exhibition. Now, after a career designing other people’s books and reports, she can add author to the list. She has produced her own book in collaboration
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Must-read books that make you proud to be Canadian

Apr 12th, 2017 | By

(NC) The Trillium Book Award is celebrating 30 years of honouring Ontario authors by sharing a must-read list of novels and short stories from the province’s top literary talent. The Withdrawal Method  Pasha Malla 2009 Trillium Book Award winner In The Withdrawal Method, Pasha Malla’s remarkably inventive short stories grant us entry into intriguing worlds. Follow
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The 50th Anniversary tour – The legend continues

Mar 10th, 2017 | By

By Jayne Rooney Engelbert Humperdinck will bring his 50th anniversary tour to Ottawa on May 4. It’s been five decades since his massive hit Release Me reached number one on the pop charts and created a worldwide frenzy. And after selling more than 150 million albums world-wide, including 35 certified with platinum status and 64
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Canada Reads debate contest

Mar 10th, 2017 | By

Book lovers get ready for the CBC’s 16th edition of Canada Reads. This week-long debate contest addresses the question, “What is the one book Canadians need now?” The theme of this year’s contest is “stories that help us explore the diverse perspectives that make this nation what is it today and to reflect on where
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Celebrating Canadians

Nov 17th, 2015 | By

By Jayne Rooney The star-studded Canada’s Walk of Fame Red Carpet event was held earlier this month to honour this year’s Walk of Fame inductees. The show, hosted by Jason Priestley, was filmed for broadcast and is scheduled to be aired on Global on Dec. 17. Canada’s Walk of Fame has been honouring outstanding individuals
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Ottawa native performed in May at famous New York club

Jun 18th, 2015 | By

By Randy Ray Veteran Ottawa magician and funny man Elliott Smith put his talents on display on May 13 at The Friars Club in New York City, one of the most prestigious private clubs in the United States. “Things went amazingly well,” said Smith, who lives in Barrhaven. “The room was sold out and filled
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Neil Diamond’s crazy journey

Jan 21st, 2015 | By

Photo: Courtesy of neildiamond.com By Jayne Rooney Neil Diamond will perform in Ottawa on March 7 as part of his Melody Road tour, promoting the album of the same name which was released last October. In the album trailer Diamond says, “Melody Road is an invitation. An invitation to come and join along on this
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Let It Be: A celebration of the music of The Beatles

Dec 17th, 2014 | By

The music defined a generation, captured the hearts and ideals of millions, and now Canadians will be able to re-live the memories. Direct from London’s West End and Broadway, the international hit show, Let It Be – A Celebration of the Music of The Beatles will make its debut in Canada next January, with limited
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Giller Prize winner

Nov 12th, 2014 | By

Sean Michaels has been named the winner of the 2014 Scotiabank Giller Prize for Us Conductors, published by Random House Canada. Michaels was chosen from a shortlist of six authors, which also included: David Bezmozgis for  The Betrayers; Frances Itani for Tell; Heather O’Neill for The Girl Who Was Saturday Night; Miriam Toews for All My Puny Sorrows;
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The Hot Sardines’ Holiday Stomp

Nov 12th, 2014 | By

Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a stride-piano virtuoso in the Fats Waller vein, and tie the whole thing together with a one-of-the-boys front-woman with a voice from another era, and you have the Hot Sardines. In a short time, the Hot Sardines have gone from their first
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