Ottawa

Travelling around Canada by train isn’t just a beautiful experience – it can also be cost effective luxury

October 2, 2019

You may have heard over the years of the expensive nature of travelling around Canada, especially by plane. It’s a country where internal flights are almost entirely serviced by two airlines – Air Canada and Westjet – both of whom have a mixed reputation, especially when it comes to their ticket prices. And these are […]

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Riding the Confederation Line: Where to visit on Ottawa, Ontario’s new Light Rail

September 12, 2019

This weekend, after six years of construction, Canada’s capital Ottawa welcomes a new light rail line to its city – the Confederation Line. With 13 stations (a combination of under and above ground), the 12.5 km rail network will connect the city to its O-Train LRT like never before. And it’s just the start of […]

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Canada celebrates its 150th Birthday as a dragon and giant spider fight it out in the streets of Ottawa

August 3, 2017

2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the federation of Canada, and much as they did in 1967 when Expo came to town, the 150th birthday celebrations have been enjoyed far and wide across the entire country. Canada 150 flags can be seen everywhere, and special events are popping up from coast-to-coast to ensure this birthday […]

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A Summer’s Weekend in Canada’s Capital – Ottawa, Ontario: The Knowledge

July 14, 2016

As we enter the second half of the annual Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada (running until 17th July), we’re bringing you the second half of our feature on a summer’s weekend in Canada’s capital city. A couple of weeks ago we filled you in on the places to eat, drink and shop, and now this week […]

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Flight Review: Business Class on Air Canada from Calgary to Ottawa (AC118)

July 13, 2016

This time last year, I flew from the Calgary Stampede to Ottawa Bluesfest (both happening right now!) on board Air Canada‘s regular service between the two cities. Lucky enough to get bumped up to Business Class on the flight, here’s a look back at that journey. Airline:¬†Air Canada Route:¬†Calgary, Alberta to Ottawa, Ontario¬†‚Äď AC118 Seat: […]

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A Summer’s Weekend in Ottawa, Ontario: Finding the Best Food, Coffee & Shopping in Canada’s Capital

June 28, 2016

On July 7th, the annual music festival Ottawa Bluesfest will take over Canada’s capital city for 11 days, attracting some of the worlds finest bands (including our very own DZ Deathrays and The Paper Kites, among many others). But with many days of the festival not taking place until the evening – and some days […]

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A culinary adventure through the Summer Festivals of North America: Part Three – Ottawa Bluesfest (Canada)

June 23, 2016

As we continue our culinary tour around North America, we come to Ottawa in Ontario, Canada for their annual mammoth event the Ottawa Bluesfest, which takes over the Canadian capital city over 10 days every July. As they are about to kick off the event for 2016, we’ll take you back to the event last […]

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Ottawa’s iconic RBC Bluesfest unleashes massive 2016 lineup; Aussies DZ Deathrays, Boy & Bear and The Paper Kites feature

February 24, 2016

Ottawa’s iconic RBC Bluesfest – which, like its Australian equivalent, is far more eclectic than its name suggests – has unleashed an incredible lineup for 2016, with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billy Idol, Duran Duran, Wolf Parade, The Cult, Bryan Ferry, Half Moon Run, Ben Harper, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Monkees and many, […]

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Live Review: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Nine ft. Bahamas + Dropkick Murphys + Dear Rouge and more! (17.07.15)

July 19, 2015

Pictured: Dropkick Murphys. Photo by Mark Horton. Though Friday marked the ninth day (of eleven) of the 21st RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, it would also mark our last. And with a focus on bands more suited to a traditional Bluesfest – accompanied by the sort of rainy weather that our own Byron Bay Bluesfest is […]

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Live Review: RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa Day Seven ft. The Gaslight Anthem + Current Swell + Run The Jewels and more! (15.07.15)

July 16, 2015

Photo: Run The Jewels. Captured by Mark Horton. North American Hip Hop was a dominating force on the 7th day of the RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa, though a last minute cancellation from De La Soul may have disappointed some (this writer included! They always put on a great show). US powerhouse Run The Jewels, Canadian […]

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Photo Gallery: Ottawa Bluesfest Day Six ft. Edward Sharpe + Lynyrd Skynyrd + John Butler Trio + Mama Kin and more… (14.07.15)

July 15, 2015

We head to the sixth day of Bluesfest in Ottawa, and bring you some photos of Australia’s own Hamish Anderson, John Butler Trio and Mama Kin who played alongside the likes of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Dan Boeckner’s new project Operators, METZ, Black Lips and many more. Enjoy these photos and […]

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Photo Gallery and Live Review: Ottawa Bluesfest Day Five ft. Blue Rodeo + Arkells + CeeLo Green + Sticky Fingers (12.07.15)

July 14, 2015

Photo: Mark Horton captures Sticky Fingers in Ottawa! Australian acts Sticky Fingers (pictured) and Hat Fitz and Cara were among the main attractions on the fifth day of the Bluesfest in Ottawa, Canada this week, with the festival’s stages being closed out by the likes of Richard Thompson, Blue Rodeo, Arkells and CeeLo Green. CeeLo […]

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Seven acts you shouldn’t miss at the 2015 RBC Ottawa Bluesfest from July 12th until the 19th.

July 11, 2015

Photo Credit: Mark Horton Over the next 10 days, the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest (which kicked off on July 8th) is taking over Canada’s capital city, with an incredible – and vast – array of artists from around the world. The event kicked off yesterday – but as we don’t arrive at the event until July […]

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We talk to Mark Monahan – executive and artistic director of the RBC Bluesfest – about the 2015 Ottawa Bluesfest!

July 9, 2015

Photo Credit: Mark Horton We’re coming to you today from Canada where we’re just days away from heading to Ottawa for their annual Bluesfest. The event officially kicked off yesterday and runs until July 19th (and you thought the Australian Bluefest was massive!). Ahead of the event, we caught up with Mark Monahan, executive and […]

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Hat Fitz and Cara, John Butler Trio, Sticky Fingers, Mama Kin and more Australians to join Kanye West at Ottawa Bluesfest 2015

April 10, 2015

We’re excited to be heading over to Ottawa Bluesfest for the first time this July, and in the last couple of weeks the festival has announced its massive lineup, with Kanye West among the many, many major names to grace the event’s stages from July 8th to the 19th. The festival, as you can tell […]

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