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May 2014 Archives

Unison Festival celebrates music and unity

Ottawa plays host to the Unison Festival this weekend. We heard from two organizers and several singers this morning:



Unison.jpgFor more details on performances, and tickets, go to

Ottawa Morning Folk Festival Contest!!!

The Ottawa Folk Festival is looking for your input to put together the afternoon sessions this year.


FolkFestposter.jpgThese sessions (formerly called 'workshops') generally feature:

  • Three to four artists on stage performing individually and together
  • A theme centred around something like lyrics, musical arrangements, an instrument, touring, or something interesting which connects the artists


How to enter:

  • Check out the lineup at
  •  Focus on the artists booked Saturday or Sunday because they're available for the sessions
  • Remember, headliners performing at the end of the night cannot participate due to scheduling conflicts
  • Find connections or themes that link the artists


You have until May 23rd to make your submissions by email (include Folk Fest Sessions in the subject line): 

  • Be sure to include artists' names, the theme with brief explanation, and a clever title


One lucky winner will receive:

  • Two free passes for the day of their workshop
  • The opportunity to meet the artists backstage
  • The chance to introduce the session (if you're not too shy!)


Good luck!

Kevin Durant's moving MVP speech just in time for Mother's Day

Kevin_Durant_postgame_20120614145631_640_480.JPGThis audio of NBA star Kevin Durant's most valuable player award speech had many of you reaching for the Kleenex box this morning.


A Tuesday morning playoff smackdown

photo(1).JPGThese two guys are hockey superfans. One cheers for the Boston Bruins, the other for the Montreal Canadiens.

And no surprise -- they have different views on which team is going to win the playoff series, and advance to the next level.

They joined Hallie in studio to explain why Ottawans should cheer their team during the playoffs.




Withdrawal without warning

Carleton PhD student Heather Gilberds is in a mess over her 2010 incomes taxes. Last week, Gilberds looked at her bank account and saw the Canada Revenue Agency had seized 11- thousand dollars out of her savings, for taxes owed. She tells Hallie Cotnam her story.