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23 Summer Family Fun Events and Activities in Ottawa-Outaouais!

| June 14, 2017 | 4 Comments
23 Summer Family Fun Events and Activities in Ottawa-Outaouais!

23 Summer Family Fun Events and Activities in Ottawa-Outaouais     Summer is here! With the warmer weather finally arriving, more festivals and activities are being held all over the City of Ottawa and its surrounding areas for families to be a part of. A lot of these events and activities will be celebrating Canada […]

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Kids Can Sing and Play with the Sing-A-Ma-Lings! #Review #Giveaway CAN 10/14

| September 14, 2016 | 48 Comments
Kids Can Sing and Play with the Sing-A-Ma-Lings! #Review #Giveaway CAN 10/14

Music is a big part of life in our home. My kids love listening and singing to music. They can do it all day long if they could. When trying to come up with gift idea for our kids for special occasions, we give them at one toy or item that is musical. When we […]

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Eric Litwin Live! At the Ottawa International Children’s Festival ~ Review

Eric Litwin Live! At the Ottawa International Children’s Festival ~ Review

Polka-dot doo doo doooo… Polka-dot pants, polka-dot pants… Sorry. Just saw Eric Litwin live at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival, and I’m still dancing around to that number.  I think most people with little kids know who Eric Litwin is. His best-selling Pete the Cat books (the first four in the series) sit on most Kindergarten […]

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21 Summer Family Fun Events and Activities in Ottawa

| June 16, 2016 | 3 Comments
21 Summer Family Fun Events and Activities in Ottawa

  Summer is here! With the warmer weather finally arriving, more festivals and activities are being held all over the City of Ottawa and its surrounding areas for families to be a part of. Here is a list of summer family fun events and activities in Ottawa for you and your family to attend and […]

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Star-Studded 2016 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala

| June 15, 2016 | 5 Comments
Star-Studded 2016 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala

   2016 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards Gala The Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards are Canada’s most prestigious honour in the performing arts. Created in 1992 by the Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn (1934-2002), then Governor General of Canada, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards recognize Canada’s most accomplished performing artists.       Each year, Governor […]

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Desiree Dawson Wins CBC Searchlight 2016!

| May 25, 2016 | 7 Comments
Desiree Dawson Wins CBC Searchlight 2016!

Did you follow CBC Searchlight 2016? Celebrating its fourth year, it is a contest where musicians from all corners of Canada compete for a grand prize worth $50 000! This year’s top four finalists got to perform before a studio audience and CBC’s celebrity judging panel during a prime-time televised broadcast to win the top […]

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Discover the Wonders of the Ottawa Children’s Festival! Giveaway ~ Ottawa 05/06

| April 28, 2016 | 12 Comments
Discover the Wonders of the Ottawa Children’s Festival! Giveaway ~ Ottawa 05/06

With the warmer weather back in Canada’s Capital, are you looking for something to do that the whole family will enjoy? Kids of all ages would love to attend this year’s Ottawa Children’s Festival! It returns to LeBreton Flats Park and the Canadian War Museum from May 10-15, 2016 with an amazing lineup to entertain […]

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Let Kids Relax and Imagine with The Bodhi Tree and Stacey – Review and Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide ~ CAN 12/20

| November 16, 2015 | 16 Comments
Let Kids Relax and Imagine with The Bodhi Tree and Stacey – Review and Giveaway #HolidayGiftGuide ~ CAN 12/20

My kids can be, well, a bit rambunctious. They like to get outside and run around, exploring the world in front of them. They are also captivated by all of the sights and sounds around them when they are out and about at school or when running errands with me. Since they are 4 and […]

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Fun and Easy Listening with Kinivo – Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 10/05

| September 3, 2015 | 95 Comments
Fun and Easy Listening with Kinivo – Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 10/05

No matter what we do in our lives, we are all looking for more convenient ways of doing things. In our home, we LOVE listening to music. While working at our desks, cooking dinner or getting around town without a car, music is a huge part of passing the time whether we are together or […]

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Family Fun at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival

| May 28, 2015 | 9 Comments
Family Fun at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival

The Ottawa International Children’s Festival ran from May 4 to 13, 2015 at Lebreton Flats. My daughter’s birthday was last week so it was a perfect way to celebrate. I went to see Les Parfaits Inconnus, a circus and live music show from Quebec. They incorporated humour, live music, bike tricks, acrobatics and juggling into […]

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Watching Magic On Ice with Elizabeth Manley and Friends

| March 19, 2015 | 10 Comments
Watching Magic On Ice with Elizabeth Manley and Friends

It was a magical night of bright lights, amazing music, and phenomenal skating at on Valentine’s Day as Elizabeth Manley and Friends took over TD Place made audience members watch the special performance they put together in support of the Youth Services Bureau as well as the Physical & Mental Wellness Program of the Ottawa […]

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A Once in a Lifetime Performance – Once #Review

| November 13, 2014 | 9 Comments
A Once in a Lifetime Performance – Once #Review

Drama. Music. Dance. Oh, and great comedy make up Once, the Broadway Across Canada musical that is showing at the NAC from October 21-26. I took my eldest for a Ladies Night Out to attend the Opening Night performance of this show. Once is about a Dublin busker and Hoover repairman simply known in the […]

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School of Rock Giveaway Plus Get 20% Off of All Programs For a Limited Time ~ 03/31

| March 17, 2014 | 3 Comments
School of Rock Giveaway Plus Get 20% Off of All Programs For a Limited Time ~ 03/31

Looking for a great way to get your child interested in music? Or perhaps your inner rocker needs to be released? The School of Rock Orleans is having it’s Grand Opening March 29 from 1-5 PM and here is an opportunity for you to “jump to the front of the line” with a new giveaway […]

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The Surprise of a Lifetime!

The Surprise of a Lifetime!

My day started pretty typical of every other day. Get up, grab the munckin, feed him, clean him, and watch some Mickey Mouse Club House. Then it was time for lunch, and eventually dinner. We sat down around the table to eat our dinner. Honestly, I can’t even remember what we had, because what was […]

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Benefits of Music for Preemies

Benefits of Music for Preemies

Many moms and dads sing a lullaby to a fussy baby in hopes of settling them down. Do you have a favourite that you like to sing to your little one? Premature babies require special care. They have breathing and feeding problems, and sometimes it can be difficult to calm them. A recent study by […]

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Music Training and Reading

Music Training and Reading

You have probably heard it before – music helps kids improve in math and reading. A recent study (Rautenburg, in press) reviewed by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham shows a link between music training and reading. In Germany, 159 grade one students were part of an 8-month study. They found that music training in rhythm was […]

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The Chamber Players of Canada “Rush Hour” Concert: Four Cellos

| May 2, 2013 | 1 Comment
The Chamber Players of Canada “Rush Hour” Concert: Four Cellos

On the evening of Monday, April 22nd I had the privilege of bringing my four year old daughter to a one-hour cellist concert featuring the Four Cellos: Julian Armour, Denise Djokic, Paul Marleyn and Stéphane Tétreault. The idea behind the one hour concert held at the historic St. Andrew’s Church on Kent Street from 6 […]

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When should my child start music classes?

When should my child start music classes?

Now! Experts tell us that the younger a child is exposed to music and music-making, the better. All children are musical. The more musical experiences your child has before age three, the easier music is as they get older. Sing to your child. Listen and dance to a broad range of music from different cultures. […]

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Teaching children control and self-discipline through musical activities

| February 5, 2013 | 2 Comments
Teaching children control and self-discipline through musical activities

Activities that encourage your child to move or stop in response to a cue help your little one develop inhibitory control. The ability to control one’s body movements is an important first step toward developing self-discipline and coordination. A very easy and fun way to do this is to turn on a recording and dance […]

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Singing to Young Children Supports Early Language Development

| January 28, 2013 | 6 Comments
Singing to Young Children Supports Early Language Development

Singing a song or two (or 50!) a day to even the youngest child can help early language development. Hearing a parent or teacher sing a song requires a child to listen for the individual notes combined with their rhythmic values. In much the same way, early language development requires children to hear speech sounds […]

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