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Ottawa Bluesfest Community Open House – What happened??

Tonight, I attended a community open house hosted by RBC Bluesfest. Apparently, this consultation event has been held in previous years to gather input on what they’re doing well, and what should be changed a bit. Last year’s community consultation resulted in changes such as adding more porta potties, closing ...
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Weekly Newsletter: Ottawa Events December 17th – 23rd

It’s that time…I hope you’ve all got your shopping done, only one weekend of shopping left until the big day! May I suggest Costco or Walmart on Saturday for last minute shopping?? How about Bayshore? Stay calm and remember that it’s Christmas!! This week continues with lots of theatre, both ...
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Weekly Newsletter: Ottawa Events December 10th – 16th

Ho Ho Ho….only 2 weeks to go!! Yep…..that’s right!! Time to start my Christmas shopping I guess. BUT….there are things going on this week too that really shouldn’t be missed. Once again, I’ve broken down the events by category. Theatre: At The Gladstone this week, It’s a Wonderful Life, The ...
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Algonquin Commons Theatre – Ottawa’s Hidden Venue

I’m overdue for a little opinion piece about random topics. This one is going to seem a bit like a review, but it’s more of an awareness post. I’m writing about the Algonquin Commons Theatre, and how this little known gem of a venue draws such amazing entertainment. If you’ve ...
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Redblacks Game Experience

Last Thursday night marked the home opener for the Ottawa Redblacks, kicking off what fans hope to be a comeback season after falling short in last year’s playoffs, to repeat as the Grey Cup Champions. I decided to finally bite the bullet and get season tickets this year to support ...
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ANNOUNCEMENT: Bluesfest Line-Up is Announced!!

Wow!! What an amazing Line Up! I'll save you the opening preamble, and get right to what you want to know: WHO'S COMING!!! This makes me so happy!!! Could this be the best line up yet?? OTTAWA, February 13, 2017—RBC Bluesfest organizers today announced the initial line-up for the 2018 ...
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Ottawa Event Review: The Fan Experience of a Sens Game

I’d like to preface this review by explaining that while it is a review of the recent Ottawa Senators versus Boston Bruins game at the Canadian Tire Centre; it is not a review of the game itself, but rather of the overall experience of attending an NHL game. This off-ice ...
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Week at a Glance: Ottawa Events February 5th – 11th

Our first full week of February has started and week #2 of Winterlude is underway. There are some great Winterlude events this week highlighted by the Ice Dragon Boat Races this weekend! The weather looks cold and the ice will likely be much better than last year. I attended this ...
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Commentary on the NHL100 Outdoor Game Security Failures in Ottawa

I attended the festivities of the NHL100 Outdoor game. Perhaps this post is a little tardy, but it’s been a busy week, especially with my recent NYE post. This past weekend was the NHL 100 outdoor hockey game between the Ottawa Senators and the Montreal Canadiens, held on the Redblacks/Fury ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Signatures Show

Today I had the privilege of attending the 35th anniversary edition of the Ottawa Signatures Show. This was a unique and enlightening experience, giving me the chance to engage with a room full of very talented artists. The show is being held this week from November 15 – 19th at ...
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Ottawa Event Review: eSAX, Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience

I had the opportunity to attend the most recent eSAX. This event is The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience. What does this mean? Their website describes it best: “eSAX events are large entrepreneur networking extravaganzas. Held every 3 months, they promote small business and collaboration among regional Chambers of Commerce in ...
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La Machine: Guide to attending the Ottawa Event

NEWS RELEASE Strange discovery in LRT tunnel has Ottawa 2017 turning to Canadian Museum of Nature for answers Ottawa – Just days after the opening of the much-anticipated underground event, Kontinuum, two strange objects uncovered in the LRT tunnel are causing quite the shake-up. Ottawa 2017 organizers have looked to ...
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Bluesfest Security Incident on Hip-Hop Night

As many of you heard or read, there was quite a security incident at Ottawa Bluesfest last Thursday night. That was actually the only day I wasn’t at the festival all day so I feel pretty lucky to have missed out on the chaos created by the crowds, both inside ...
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Canada Day Security on Parliament Hill

Now that Canada Day weekend has passed and the greatest birthday party in 150 years is over, I thought it to be interesting to have a look back at today’s society and our reaction to the security effort before and after such a gigantic undertaking of a party. It’s no ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Ottawa Welcomes the World: Mexico

As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, the city of Ottawa has its own events planned including the Redbull Crashed Ice, La Machine, The Juno Awards, and many others that will be taking place throughout the year. One featured series of events is the “Ottawa Welcomes the World” cultural exhibitions ...
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THANK YOU MESSAGE!!!

Hi there everyone, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all my followers and readers for your remarkable support. I started Covert Ottawa Guy as a hobby by teaching myself how to use social media and how to make a website. After learning this within a week, I went ...
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Ottawa Event Review: Egg Drop

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to attend the Egg Drop put on by Kingdom Culture at the Aviation and Space Museum. This event had been advertised lightly for at least a month prior to the event but from the people whom I’ve spoken with, it’s details were not widely ...
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Juno Awards Review…as a Seat Filler!

I was one of the very lucky people who got to attend the Juno awards this past Sunday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. These awards honour the greatest musicians in Canada in a glamorous affair rivaled (arguably) only by the Oscars and possibly Grammy's. This event filled the stadium ...
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ANNOUNCEMENT: HUGE Juno Fest local concert line up!

Leading up to the Juno’s, there’s a huge list of local bands playing throughout the city for the weekend before the big show! Have a look at the list below for locations and bands, there’s a lot of extremely talented bands on this list. The link will take you to ...
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Movie Releases: March 10th

Each Wednesday, I publish a list of movies which are promoted to be in theatres on the upcoming weekend (Friday). I will only be indicating which movies are being released, but you’ll need to check local listings for movie times and locations. Kong is obviously the big release this week ("Big" ...
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Ottawa Event WINTERLUDE Review (David Usher and Ice Dragon Boats)

I’ve finally made it out to Winterlude this year and just in the nick of time to catch some activities on the last weekend of the festival. I went out and took in the sights of Dows Lake and then, later on in the night, Confederation Park. It was a ...
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Faces Awards Night Review

On Friday night, I had the honour of attending the Faces Magazine annual awards banquet/gala. I’ve known about this event for a couple years, and have enjoyed reading the magazine for even longer, but I’ve never had the pleasure of taking part in this exciting evening party. In case you ...
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National Skating Championships – Ottawa

I’m going to preface this review by disclaiming that I know almost nothing at all about figure skating. I enjoy watching it, and can appreciate the athleticism of the sport, but I certainly wouldn’t be the guy giving a running commentary on the particulars and the technical elements of a ...
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#eSAX Event Review (Ottawa) January 11th

I recently attended the @eSAXnetworking  event held at the Horticulture Building at TD Place on Bank Street. This was my first time attending this recurring event, so I went into it uncertain of what to expect. I have to say that overall, I was very impressed with both the professionalism ...
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Golden Globe’s Review and Recap

I’m making an attempt at writing up an intelligent yet entertaining re-cap and summary of my thoughts and the results of the Golden Globe awards held Sunday night. I’ll start off by saying that I have never previously taken much of an interest in an awards show but I’m intrigued ...
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Ottawa Bluesfest Commentary

Bluesfest has been running in Ottawa for soon to be twenty-two years. The festival has grown so much from its initial days and has become a truly world famous music festival attracting some of the biggest names in music. I have been involved with the festival in various capacities since ...
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Taffy Lane Update

After posting my initial reaction to Taffy lane, I've received a very nice email from the owner of the house in the picture. I would like to thank them for the email, and I'm honored and surprised that my post made its way to them. I won't mention their name ...
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Christmas is Alive on Taffy Lane

I took a trip out to Taffy lane in Orleans this past Saturday night as I haven't been there in a few years. I always heard, and saw how great it was and how much it improves each and every year. This picture was from three years ago, but I ...
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