I came, I saw Kanye West and had a blast at Ottawa Bluesfest

Photo of Kanye West performing on stage at Bluesfest.
It is almost a week after the concert I attended occurred, but I am sure many of us can agree with this equation: Summer time + Ottawa = Bluesfest (and it also means an obligatory visit to patronize the annual music festival). I have been the last 4 years, seeing mostly hip hop and RnB artists. This year, Kanye West was the biggest headliner but also drew lots of controversy when it was announced. ... >
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Gas Light Electric Makes Some Really Cool Signs

Photo of the "M" marquee sign lit up.
Everybody needs a little more light in their life! How you define that is open to interpretation. For me, I have always been fascinated and enjoyed the look of light fixtures and lamps. In recent years, the industrial, yet minimalist look has been a favourite of mine. However, after recently spotting the unique and hip “C-O-F-F-E-E” marquee light up sign at Equator Coffee, something ab ... >
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Relax at Nordik Nature Spa in Chelsea, Quebec

Shot of the entrance to Nordik Nature Spa
Bonjour et bienvenue a le Nordik (Hello and welcome to the Nordik spa). I recently decided to take a short drive to the Quebec side and pay another visit to this spa. Nordik is considered North America’s largest outdoor spa. I was here about 4 summers ago when I first moved to Ottawa, and have been meaning to return. I am kicking myself now for not coming back sooner as Nordik is breathtaki ... >
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Can you escape at Claustrophobia?

Ottawa problem solvers, puzzle lovers, game enthusiasts and those looking for fun, there is a new challenge in town for you at Claustrophobia. What is Claustrophobia you ask? There is the obvious and literal dictionary term of “an abnormal fear of being in enclosed or narrow places (dictionary.com). However, Claustrophobia is also a new escape room game located in the Hintonburg neighborhood of ... >
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Enjoy a Spin at Wheelhouse

Owners of Wheelhouse Heather and Nadine standing outside of their spin studio.
Take a minute (or 50, the length of a class) and come experience a spin at Wheelhouse. For a few weeks the windows were covered and only the street awning sign that read “Wheelhouse” remained visible. I wondered what this new addition to Wellington Street West was going to be. I got the chance to visit and speak with the lovely Nadine Hogan and Heather Andrews, the owners of Wheelhouse ... >
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Make Your Own Indoor Garden

Air plants displayed in an artistic way.
Mother Nature has nothing on me as I am outsmarting her and making sure spring has sprung, at least inside at my house with my indoor garden. She has been playing games with us by dangling a carrot in front of our noses by giving us only hints of spring. Living in a condo and concrete jungle, it does not bode well for trying to sustain an outdoor garden. The beauty of an indoor garden is that you ... >
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How to Create a Birthday Party for a Horse

Meg standing next to Griffin presenting him with his platter of horse treats.
Birthdays are not just for humans. Horses, especially registered breed horses, have known birthdays (otherwise known as their foal date). My bratty Thoroughbred horse foaled on April 4th, 2003 – making him 12 this year. What were you doing in the spring of 2003? What was I doing back in the spring of 2003? I was in my last semester of high school as Griffin was just a foal frolicking in past ... >
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DIY Easter Egg Decorating at Any Age

Easter eggs in their finalized state displayed on fake grass.
Easter has always been a fun time of year as it signifies the start of a new season, new beginnings and allows people an outlet to be creative by decorating Easter eggs. As a child, I always enjoyed decorating them. Some years, the level of creativity varied with just dying the eggs and slapping stickers on them. Other years, I got much more elaborate with multiple colors, glitter, and detail. I a ... >
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Treasure Hunting at the Ottawa Antique & Vintage Market

With the weather being the pitts lately, last Saturday I decided to check out the indoor Ottawa Antique and Vintage Market that was held at the Fieldhouse at Carleton University. Spring is no where to be found as of late, but inside at the show, it resembled being outside as visitors walked across the astro turf in the well light and high ceilinged venue. Treasure hunters of all ages were having ... >
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Drake’s Homecoming: the Lost Footage

Photo of ticket stubs for the documentary Drake Homecoming: the Lost Footage
Anything Drake touches seems to turn to gold and will the same affect happen with his unofficial documentary called “Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage?” Content of the documentary was taken from footage at one of Drake’s first concerts back in 2009 at the Toronto Sound Academy.  The documentary was a one-night only event, being held on Wednesday, March 18 and was being ... >
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