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Ottawa Bluesfest Long Overdue for a Name Change

Posted on 27 August 2018

A recent editorial on the Charlatan.com has urged the Ottawa Bluesfest to drop the word, blues, from its name. Bluesfest, one of Canada’s top music festivals, inspires large crowds over populating the LeBreton Flats every summer. Bluesfest started in 1914 as a festival for blues music, it usually featured blues headliners, hosting top performers of those days such as Clarence Clemons, Ray Ch ...

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Indigenous advisers help guide the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Posted on 22 August 2018

A new group at the Calgary Folk Music Festival has been created in the hopes that Indigenous perspectives can be better understood and included in the annual event. Eight members now make up the Folk Fest's Indigenous Advisory Group, which was created in June. "We decided it would really help us talk about some of the things that come up in the Indigenous community with the guidance of m ...

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Three murdered in eight hours in Toronto

Posted on 22 August 2018

It was a violent weekend in Toronto as a fatal shooting and two deadly stabbings occurred within an eight-hour period between Saturday night and Sunday morning. The body of a man shot in the head was found in the fourth-floor common area of an apartment building on Adelaide near Parliament after police got a call for shots fired early Sunday morning. Police spokesman Katrina Arrogante said autho ...

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Capital Essentials offers sample of Ottawa's best hip-hop

Posted on 22 August 2018

Shifter Magazine playlist includes A Tribe Called Red, Vi, Throne Seekers and more You might not think of Ottawa as a hotbed of hip-hop music, but the team over at Shifter Magazine begs to differ.  Shifter, based in Ottawa, has put together a playlist of hip-hop and R&B artists its writers think everyone should be paying more attention to.  Shifter's editor in chief Kevi ...

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'Our country is in our heart': India Day Festival enlivens downtown Toronto

Posted on 22 August 2018

Festival and parade celebrate India's Independence Day, culture and heritage Downtown Toronto was awash in vibrant colours, music and waving flags Sunday afternoon as thousands of people celebrated India's Independence Day, culture and heritage at the India Day Festival and Grand Parade. Indo-Canadian dancers and musicians performed on stage at Nathan Phillips Square, and peo ...

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New art exhibition at Canada Line stations explores migration

Posted on 22 August 2018

If you’re hopping on the Canada Line at Aberdeen or Lansdowne stations, take a look at the new works of art on display at the No. 3 Road Art Columns. The exhibition, featuring works by Richmond-based artists Crystal Ho and Chad Wong and Vancouver-based artist Evan Lee considers the theme of migration through food and language. Lee, a professional artist, mentored the other two e ...

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Ottawa film program focuses on young newcomers

Posted on 22 August 2018

6-week SAW Video program shows youth how to shoot, edit, produce film An Ottawa arts centre is hoping to inspire young people from the city's refugee and immigrant communities to use video to tell stories — especially their own. SAW Video has partnersed with the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization to launch a six-week video production program for youth between the ages ...

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Summer's buzzing along with local festivals

Posted on 22 August 2018

Enjoy the last weekends of summer holidays with plenty of outdoor activities and music. Down on the Farm The folks behind Ottawa's annual Arboretum Music Festival, this year branded as Bon-Fire, decided they wanted a change of pace last year and moved the urban concert series to a field in North Gower, just behind Rideau Pines Farm. "We wanted to remove people from t ...