SINGING THE sum­mer­time BLUES

Ottawa Business Journal - Ottawa at Home - - EDITOR’S NOTE -

I love Ot­tawa! But, liv­ing in the sec­ond cold­est cap­i­tal in the world is a chal­lenge for some­one who loathes cold weather. Yet, on the plus side, it sure makes me ap­pre­ci­ate sum­mer even more.

So, with this is­sue we tried to show­case all the won­der­ful as­pects of the sea­son. Firstly, the fo­cus is on the cot­tage and cot­tage-in­spired liv­ing. The re­laxed life­style, syn­ony­mous with warm sum­mer weather, en­cour­ages the de­sire to dec­o­rate with com­fort in mind – with­out sac­ri­fic­ing style of course! Se­condly, we look at ca­sual en­ter­tain­ing with ease. It can be a breeze; es­pe­cially if you com­bine warm air, friendly con­ver­sa­tion, good mu­sic and buf­fet-style din­ing.

Know­ing that mu­sic and sum­mer­time go to­gether, we ex­plored some nearby com­mu­ni­ties and were ex­cited to find such in­spi­ra­tional tal­ent. Our pro­file se­ries show­cases four lo­cals to watch for as their pop­u­lar­ity is rapidly in­creas­ing. Much of the growth of the cap­i­tal’s mu­sic scene is thanks to Blues­fest and its founder, Mark Mon­a­han. Af­ter my in­ter­view with Mark, I wanted to high-five the guy who has a re­ally cool job and is only too happy to share his pas­sion with us. He brings some of the big­gest names in the in­dus­try to a sum­mer fes­ti­val that is said to have at­tracted half of Ot­tawa.

You can keep the mu­sic play­ing all sum­mer long by vis­it­ing the venues fea­tured in our Eat­ing Out sec­tion. Paula Roy high­lights places noted for im­pres­sive live mu­sic and de­li­cious food.

Mu­sic plays a big role in my life dur­ing the sum­mer. It starts the minute I wake up at the cot­tage when I turn the mu­sic on and let it play all day and night. Noth­ing’s bet­ter for me than sip­ping drinks at a pa­tio bar and lis­ten­ing to live mu­sic on a hot sum­mer night. I con­fess, I’ve even been known over the years, to hop up on stage to sing with the band. So what if I’m a ter­ri­ble singer – I just can­not help my­self! Per­haps it’s the warmth of the air, the sound of the mu­sic, the magic of the drink, or maybe I was just born this way – but when a band is play­ing my song, I need to sing with them. What­ever the rea­son, sum­mer is my time to cel­e­brate.

May our lat­est is­sue en­cour­age you to crank the mu­sic and get this sea­son started!

Mary Taggart, Edi­tor in Chief mtag­gart@ot­tawaath­

Sing with me . . .

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