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Majic 100\’s Stuntman Stu Zorba Dancing at Ottawa GreekFest 2012

5:30 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

Majic 100\’s Stuntman Stu showed everyone at GreekFest 2012 just how good a Zorba Dancer he is!

Greekfest kicks off in Ottawa

2:17 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

CFRA News Staff

One of the highlights of the summer festival circuit — the Ottawa Greekfest — is now officially underway following a noon-hour launch that saw excited revellers line up outside the Hellenic Centre on Prince of Wales Drive to sample the fare and experience the entertainment.

Chair Jim Reklitis says this year some of the highlights will include folk dances from other cultures and of course a bevy of delicious food and drink.

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South Asian Festival tempts taste buds on CTV

1:38 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

Meenakshi Sharma of the South Asian Festival dropped by CTV Morning Live to discuss Ottawa\’s largest South Asian event in Ottawa on August 10th and 11th.

Ottawa\’s First Ever \”Festival of India\” Hosts First Ever Outdoor Holi Celebration

9:20 am in Industry News

From August 10th to 12th, on the LeBreton Flats, Ottawa\’s South Asian community will be hosting their first ever \”Festival of India\”.

For two-and-a-half days, the Nation\’s Capital will be the showplace for a colourful, spicy and melodious variety of sights, tastes and sounds from \”Incredible India\” – including Bollywood and classical dancing, cooking classes, how-to demonstrations (cricket; saree and dhoti tying), yoga classes, henna hand painting and even a traditional wedding!!

And, for the first time, Ottawa will get to experience the vibrant and exciting \’Festival of Colours\’ – commonly called Holi.

Read more: Festival of India Hosts First Ever Outdoor Holi Celebration

Music & Beyond wraps up memorable festival with Heppner recital

9:40 am in Festival News

By Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen

Sunday evening at Dominion-Chalmers, with a song recital featuring tenor Ben Heppner and pianist John Hess, the third annual Music and Beyond festival came to an end. There were about 80 events in the festival and about a quarter of them had extra-musical content.

Read more: Music & Beyond wraps up memorable festival with Heppner recital

Related story: Music and Beyond: An Equal Music an instant favourite, Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen, July 15, 2012

New Orford Quartet shines with Debussy, Beethoven and Hétu

10:53 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Richard Todd, The Ottawa Citizen

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A substantial crowd came to St. Andrew’s to hear the New Orford String Quartet play a standard quartet recital. There were three works on the program: Debussy’s Quartet in G minor, the only one he wrote; Beethoven’s Quartet in C, op. 59, no. 2; and for some welcome Canadian content, Jacques Hétu’s Quartet no. 2, op. 50.

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Ottawa Turkish Festival begins next weekend

3:19 pm in Festival News, News Release

OTTAWA CONFEDERATION PARK, JULY 20-21, 2012

We invite you to join us to celebrate the Ottawa Turkish Festival!

We have been diligently putting on the Ottawa Turkish Festival for the past 6 years. We\’ve been able to reach an estimated 20,000 people and have been delighted by media coverage over the years.

The Festival in short will be open to the general public free of charge and will display Turkish art, folk dance, music and gourmet food, where visitors will get an opportunity to celebrate, learn, and savour Turkish hospitality, culture, heritage and cuisine. More information is available on the festival website: www.ottawaturkishfestival.com. Read the rest of this entry →

There’s nothing that tenor Ben Heppner likes better than cruising on his motorcycle

3:23 pm in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Peter Robb, The Ottawa Citizen

Ben Heppner is practically buzzing with excitement over the phone from Salt Lake City where he is visiting one of his children. Not over the prospect of another summer singing Tristan und Isolde, although that’s pretty big.

It’s the anticipation of the arrival of his new motorcycle — a Harley Davidson Switchback — at his Toronto home.

Read more: There’s nothing that tenor Ben Heppner likes better than cruising on his motorcycle

From Big Jeezus Truck to the classical music festival? Now that’s a drummer.

10:50 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

The Big Beat, Ottawa Citizen

Have drum sticks, will travel.

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Chad Walls is a drummer for hire, when he’s not sitting on his usual seat as “Capt. Killdrums” in Ottawa’s loud, raucous and highly entertaining band Big Jeezus Truck. Walls has temped with Ottawa metal band Exciter on a “metal cruise” in Sweden, and he has toured with Paul Dianno of Iron Maiden — in both cases with …

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Fast cars, food and families at Italian Week

10:24 am in Festival News, Festivals in the News

By Katie Griffin, CTV Ottawa

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Photo courtesy of CTV

Another big Ottawa summer festival is in full swing, as Italian Week celebrations shut down 15 blocks in Little Italy Friday night.

The annual event brought food, fast cars and families to Preston Street as the festival entered its final weekend.

\”It brings all the cultures together, Preston Street opens up and gives us a great opportunity for businesses to come out on the street,\” said Helen Perseo. \”Everyone gets together and tastes all the different tastes of Italy.

\”It\’s a nice time for the family, you can walk, eat, enjoy music,\” said Alexandra Katsov. \”I love Italian music.\”

Read more: Fast cars, food and families at Italian Week

Related story: Ferraris take to the street for Italian Week (Metro, June 16, 2012)