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3 things to do at Westboro Fuse Street Festival this weekend

The Westboro Fuse Street Festival takes over several blocks of Richmond Road this weekend and it's all free.

Festivals offer something for everyone this weekend

South Asian Fest, Asinabka Film Festival and Uproar Arts Festival will offer a wide range of experiences this weekend.

Strings, street-circus acts and a silversmith: 3 things to do this weekend

A massive string performance in Hintonburg, international buskers invading Sparks Street and a visit from Japansese artists are among your choices for long-weekend fun.

'It was a nightmare': Kemptville mom relives stress of her 5-year-old's missed diagnosis

The mother of a five-year-old boy from eastern Ontario now recovering from Lyme disease and meningitis says some doctors still aren't recognizing the symptoms, and is calling for better education about them.

Shakespeare in the parks on the weekend to-do list

Pull up a lawn chair and take in some Shakespeare this weekend at a local park. Or spend Sunday evening enjoying some classical music.

Ottawa artist's work to hang alongside Rembrandt

An Ottawa artist will soon have one of his paintings featured in an exhibition at Amsterdam's famed Rijksmuseum commemorating the 350th anniversary of the death of Rembrandt.

Summer music festivals take over Ottawa

Ottawa's annual Bluesfest and Music and Beyond festivals are in full swing, serving up a full spectrum of rock, hip hop, blues, pop and classical for the weekend.
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A musical 'explosion of happiness' this Canada Day weekend

The Ottawa Jazz Festival continues with stellar acts this weekend, while The Strumbellas headline Canada Day

Children's aid workers in Ottawa demand province reverse cuts

Workers with the Ottawa Children's Aid Society are calling on Premier Doug Ford to reverse a $28-million cut to child welfare services.
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Powwow pageantry and all that jazz this weekend

The Summer Solstice Indigenous Festival and the Ottawa Jazz Festival offer plenty of choice for culture and entertainment this weekend.

Opposition from neighbours halts pop-up bistro in Glebe

The digging has stopped and the construction machinery has been removed for now, but residents who live across the street from Patterson Creek are still angry they weren't consulted about the National Capital Commission's plans to install a pop-up bistro in their residential neighbourhood.
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Fringe returns with tales from the tornado and confessions from the ER

A pair of Ottawa Fringe Festival plays bring humour to unlikely circumstances, while a prominent Ottawa dance school celebrates its 40th birthday.

Family fighting for dementia patient's missing OAS money

The family of an Ottawa man who has dementia says he's owed nearly $20,000 in Old Age Security payments he never received because his illness prevented him from filing the correct paperwork.
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Ottawa's songwriting heritage, a new dance and kilted fighters light up weekend

A rich heritage of Ottawa songwriting, a new theatrical dance from a local choreographer and an invasion of warriors in kilts are lighting up this weekend in the capital.

Ottawa groups present stirring choral tribute to bullied teen

Three local choirs have joined forces for the Canadian premiere of Tyler's Suite, a nine-part choral work dedicated to Tyler Clementi, a talented teen who took his own life after being cyberbullied.