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12 Hours of Music @ the Royal Oak for Operation Come Home (Ottawa)

Operation Come Home is an innovative organization that offers a multitude of comprehensive programs and educational opportunities to clients. Located in downtown Ottawa, Operation Come Home helps hundreds of at-risk and homeless youth access the services and support they need in order to make positive changes in their lives.

Six Points North is honoured to help put together a 12 hour Music Against Homelessness event to help this amazing organization.

Come on out and have a great evening while helping out at great cause. Stop by and say hello to the folks that will be camping out on the street as part of the Operation Come Home 24 hours of homelessness awareness campaign which is hosted by Chez 106's very own Eric The Intern.


No cover charge. 

Donations will be accepted.

Click the image above to be taken to the official facebook event page.

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#SupportLocal: 10Fourteen <3

Friday night champagne at 10Fourteen on Wellington. 

Friday night champagne at 10Fourteen on Wellington. 

Have you tried the artichoke dip at 10Fourteen? Wow. Just, wow. Popped in to this resto/wine bar on a Friday night with a good friend. We should have gotten there earlier - it was packed! Great atmosphere, friendly service and the location is perfect. 

My friend and I really enjoyed the wine and snacks! If you haven't been to 10Fourteen (1014 Wellington St. in Hintonburg) you are missing out. The prices were also extremely reasonable. 

Let me know the next time you go, maybe I'll join you! It's practically in my front yard. :)

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Oz Kafe and my Australian Bestie!

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Oz Kafe and my Australian Bestie!

Congratulations to Kat & Mat on taking the plunge! They've been living in Australia for the past two years and I haven't seen them in a very long time. They were in Ottawa for a quick visit and found time to have dinner with me at our favorite restaurant on Elgin Street, the Oz Kafe! 

If you live in Ottawa or are visiting the capital you simply MUST try Oz Kafe's caeser! 

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Architects found. Let's build a house!

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Architects found. Let's build a house!

We will be in our new house (hopefully) sometime in early 2017. This is the Ottawa based team who will be helping us:

I have never lived in a new house. I have never built a new house! We've been asked to come up with a list of personal wishes or suggestions concerning how we want the house to look and function. 

I don't know anything about this type of creative process so I'm throwing the question out to you:

If you have planned and built your own space before (or have done extensive remodeling on your home), what were key features that you insisted on?

Any and all tips concerning this scenario are welcomed!

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2016: the view from here

The last year was full of mostly positive change. The birth of my son is still an unbelievable experience, one year later. 

I'm back at work/on air, full time. It's a different style of radio for me and I am learning something new every day. 

Between being a mom, a girlfriend, a co-worker, media personality, friend and independent woman, it is hard to make time for everything and every one (myself included). Anxiety is something I struggle with so I feel it my duty to work on that more this year.  

This is my list of New Year Resolutions. In 2016, I promise to:

1. Care less about what others think & not allow negativity to occupy my time. 

2. Grow better garden & eat from it often. 

3. Cook more.  

4. Make time to work out every weekday & go for walks when the weather permits. 

I had a great garden last year in our front yard. Lots of zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, kale, lettuce, cucumbers, herbs & spices. It was my first foray into veggie gardening and, overall, was pretty great. Now I know more about insects and pest control, so next year's harvest will be even better. 

Out with the old, in with the new.  

Wishing you the very best of 2016, 

AV

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New Years Eve CONTACT SHEET for Ottawa Transportation Services

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New Years Eve CONTACT SHEET for Ottawa Transportation Services

Taxi services (using "#TAXI" or "#8294" from any smart phone will connect you to the fastest available cab service for a small fee):

Blue Line 613-238-1111
Capital 613-744-3333
West-Way 613-727-0101
DJ’s 613-829-9900

Uber: https://www.uber.com/cities/ottawa (*WARNING: surge pricing likely to be in effect*)

Driver services:

Responsible Choice: 613-248-0444
Ottawa Limousine Services: 613-799-3469

Public Transportation:

OC Transpo: 613-560-1000 for Stop info/times *FREE from 8pm to 4am* http://www.octranspo1.com/

Para Transpo: 613-244-1289 *FREE from 8pm to 4am* http://www.octranspo1.com/accessibility/para_transpo

 

If you find yourself looking for someone to talk to over the holidays, here is some info via Distress Centre (Ottawa and region) – 613-238-3311

https://www.dcottawa.on.ca/

Bill Reid

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Snow day!

After a more than summery feeling last few weeks it looks like Mother Nature caught up with Ottawa. 30cm of expected snowfall within a 24h period.  

Today is back to work day, too! I am really feeling this weather with my arthritis so if I sound extra raspy on air, you can thank the snow.

Arthritis affects the voice box as your vocal chords are all held together with teeny tiny joints, #themoreyouknow! That's why some days my voice sounds rougher than usual (it's always raspy tho). 

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My childhood home is for sale and haunting my dreams

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My childhood home is for sale and haunting my dreams

Heavily considering launching a selfish Go Fund Me campaign to help me buy back my childhood home. https://www.realtor.ca/PropertyDetails.aspx?PropertyId=16329500

Posted by Amy Volume on Monday, December 21, 2015

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Consider Shomi (new tv streaming service)

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Consider Shomi (new tv streaming service)

Shomi is getting a very serious shout out from me, the t.v. junkie! I've been off this week and have been looking forward to really diving in to a new series. I stream everything! MTV, Netflix, CityTV... I haven't had "cable" or subscribed to traditional television in probably a decade.

Working with what's available (and legal) online doesn't always give you the best selection. Where do you go once you've finished that season or series? What do you turn to when you've scrolled endlessly through the "new arrivals" or "popular" selection and come up with absolute zilch...?

Have you considered Shomi?

It's a new way to watch and the selection is fresh as hell. Immediately my eye is caught by American Horror Story, Vikings, Parks and Recreation, New Girl, Transparent (a Shomi exclusive starring Jeffrey Tambor), Strange Brew, Reservoir Dogs,  Fubar (1 and 2) PLUS my new favorite: Moone Boy

For Christmas: Gremlins, Scrooged, A Christmas Story, Elf, Home Alone (1 and 2) are definitely in queue! 

A Shomi subscription will cost you $8.99 per month with other services upping their price, I'd say Shomi is looking VERY good these days. What are you watching on Shomi?

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Dear Santa: a 29 year old, working mom's Christmas list (with photos)

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Dear Santa: a 29 year old, working mom's Christmas list (with photos)

A comfortable, sensible and stylish pair of shoes like the Nike Roshe One (Female/Size 6.5 @ Footlocker)

A comfortable, sensible and stylish pair of shoes like the Nike Roshe One (Female/Size 6.5 @ Footlocker)

 

 

A large sized ceramic travel mug. As plain as it gets and for <$20 (Starbucks)

A large sized ceramic travel mug. As plain as it gets and for <$20 (Starbucks)

Windowsill Seed Starter from Lee Valley

Windowsill Seed Starter from Lee Valley

Tattoo time with JIMMY GOBEIL (formerly of A Dark Cloud) - at this new shop in Hintonburg. Jimmy lost his shop in the Somerset St. fire last October. I've personally always wanted to be tattooed by him. His work is great.

Tattoo time with JIMMY GOBEIL (formerly of A Dark Cloud) - at this new shop in Hintonburg. Jimmy lost his shop in the Somerset St. fire last October. I've personally always wanted to be tattooed by him. His work is great.

 

 

Carmex: the best lip balm, ever. This gift is perfect for any occasion. I go through approximately 7 jars per year. (Walmart/Shoppers/most pharmacies)

Carmex: the best lip balm, ever. This gift is perfect for any occasion. I go through approximately 7 jars per year. (Walmart/Shoppers/most pharmacies)

Black hair scrunchies - a lot of them. For those with long hair, you know what I'm talkin' about.

Black hair scrunchies - a lot of them. For those with long hair, you know what I'm talkin' about.

Clean & Clear foaming makeup remover. (Walmart)

Clean & Clear foaming makeup remover. (Walmart)

Dinner and drinks at my favorite restaurant with my favorite person/people. (Oz Kafe on Elgin St.)

Dinner and drinks at my favorite restaurant with my favorite person/people. (Oz Kafe on Elgin St.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dine Alone Records have put out a lullaby covers album and IT'S KINDA THE BEST.

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Dine Alone Records have put out a lullaby covers album and IT'S KINDA THE BEST.

DINE ALONE RECORDS have put out an album of lullabies - featuring Alexisonfire, The Sheepdogs, Jimmy Eat World and more!

Proceeds go to SickKids Hospital!

Dine Alone Records is proud to announce a very special album of children’s lullabies, featuring 16 tracks from some of the label’s best-loved artists. Casey Cole, of Sparrow Sleeps, has transformed familiar songs from City and Colour, Alexisonfire, Arkells, Jimmy Eat World, and many more into soothing and beautifully haunting soundscapes that children and parents alike will enjoy for years to come.  The album is available via iTunes here, as well as on CD through Dine Alone Records webstore and in various record stores across Canada including HMV. All net proceeds will be donated to SickKids Foundation to support the highest priority needs at the hospital so staff can continue to provide exceptional care.

Says Joel Carriere, Dine Alone founder, “When my first son, Cole was born it was the most amazing day of my family's life. A few short hours later, his health took a turn and we found ourselves thrown into a four month, life-changing adventure at Mount Sinai Hospital and SickKids. We spent countless days and nights feeling helpless by Cole's bedside and lullabies seemed to be the only thing that kept us sane and got us through a difficult and exhausting time with our new son.  I wanted to create a Dine Alone lullaby record in the hope that it may help others like it did for my family. SickKids was also such a huge support during this time so we wanted to give back to them in some meaningful way.”

Sparrow Sleeps are two Midwestern guys with pop-punk fueled hearts who craft lullaby renditions of your favourite songs. The team has worked on lullabies for various well-known artists including Thrice, Say Anything, and Jimmy Eat World.

DINE ALONE LULLABIES by Sparrow Sleeps Tracklist

01. The Girl (City and Colour)
02. Operator (Vanessa Carlton)
03. Bye Bye Love (Jimmy Eat World)
04. Accidents (Alexisonfire)
05. Oh, The Boss Is Coming! (Arkells)
06. Bambi (Tokyo Police Club)
07. Young Leaves (Attack In Black)
08. I Don’t Know (The Sheepdogs)
09. Stairway (Yukon Blonde)
10. Turn It Around (Lucius)
11. Class Historian (BRONCHO)
12. Robotic (Hannah Georgas)
13. Back To You (Twin Forks)
14. Sweet Mountain River (Monster Truck)
15. Don’t Ever Tell Locke What He Can’t Do (Moneen)
16. Dine Alone (Quicksand)

 

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"Softness in the struggle": Living with a disability

Photographer: Claudia Gori

It was for moments like this: when Camilla wanted to hug her babies and snuggling on the floor was the best way to do it. As much as Camilla might like to lift them, she can't.
"I saw, in one gesture, both struggle and sweetness," Gori said. "That picture touches me in a very intimate way."

I usually shy away from CNN - but I was very happy to see this article pop up on my feed. It's very hard to be a mother with physical limitations. It can be heartbreaking to not be able to do a basic chore or have that confident human interaction (like holding a child).

To try and explain to others why I need to "ration" my physical efforts such as; I can only go up and down the stairs once per hour, so I'd better make it count or; if I do a lot of walking tonight, I won't be able to move tomorrow, and; the more effort I put in, the faster I become exhausted.

I'm rich in many ways - but I do struggle in others. It's all about perspective and this article got it right:

"She knows she can't have a different body, and it doesn't stop her from pursuing -- and achieving -- her goals."

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Justin Bieber: Actually kinda cool

Justin Bieber has a pretty rocky reputation - and he's earned it - which he knows.

This month (November) he's been cancelling appearances in lieu of fun; a talk show appearance for a surprise concert in LA, taping a Thanksgiving Day performance for a greasy cheeseburger and beers with friends at a college bar.

It's almost as if... he's... taking time to be... a teen? Tween? Twenty something? (I know, he's 21.)

We see child stars like Michael Jackson, Macaulay Culkin, Lindsay Lohan (love her), Britney Spears - people who've been pressured to perform their entire lives - who reach a breaking point and society goes: "Oh no! That's so sad! It's terrible what happened to <insert teen idol's name here>!"

To hate on a performer who recognizes he needs a break and is taking one should be an action to be admired.

ALL HAIL JUSTIN BIEBER.

DEAN CHALKLEY / NME

DEAN CHALKLEY / NME


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Social Media & YOUR Mental Health: a Rocky Relationship

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KiSS Drive Shift (new audio)

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KiSS Drive Shift (new audio)

Here's 8 WHOLE MINUTES of ME - TALKING. I wouldn't call this a demo - it's not even that well mixed down (the logger cut off a lot of my breaks for some reason). I just grabbed some breaks and stuck 'em together from November 26th, 2015. Now I have some more recent sounding audio online! YAY!

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Quick Hits w/IN HEAT's Lexxi Splitlip

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Quick Hits w/IN HEAT's Lexxi Splitlip

Lexxi Splitlip talks head spaces, cross dressing and In Heat's new album "Thrillborn" - catch IN HEAT Friday, November 27th at Zaphod's - it is their ALBUM RELEASE PARRRRRTY!


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