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La Scena Musicale - Vol. 9, No. 10

My Ottawa

by The NACO's Donnie Deacon gives Natasha Gauthier the 411 on the 613 / July 13, 2004

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Anne Gilbert
Coordonnatrice section Destination

Dear Reader,

La Scena Musicale is pleased to present a new section in this issue entitled "Destination." In it you'll find the first of a series of articles on cities and regions where you'll be able to hear the best classical music while discovering new faces and landscapes.

For this inaugural section we've chosen Ottawa, a city full of surprises. It offers a wealth of activities and cultural attractions, and hosts one of the world's major chamber music festivals.

We invite you to share in this monthly getaway, and hope it will help you in deciding where and when to experience classical music.

In 2001, 22-year-old Donnie Deacon joined the National Arts Centre Orchestra as principal second violin. Three years later, the charming Glasgow native hasn't lost his soft Scottish burr, but he's gained an insider's appreciation of Ottawa.

"I love the Byward Market area. Even if I don't buy any fruit or vegetables, I like to just walk around and watch the people. There are also some fun, trendy bars and restaurants in the area, like 18 and Helsinki. But if I'm meeting people before a concert, I'll go to Le Café at the NAC."

The Fox and Feather (283 Elgin, 233-2219)
Unpretentious pub fare. Second-floor patio perfect for people-watching.

The Manx (370 Elgin, 231-2070)
Cozy pub with a superb malt whiskey menu and fabulous food. Great brunch. Live music and art exhibitions draw an artsy crowd.

Le Café at the National Arts Centre (594-5127)
A must for fine pre-concert dining. Romantic canal-side tables. Fresh Canadian cuisine.

Helsinki (15 George, 241-2868; www.helsinki.ca)
Über-trendy martini lounge and dance club in the Market. Funky modern décor.

18 (18 York St., Ottawa, 244-1188; www.restaurant18.com)
Another Market hot spot. Spectacular setting in a 19th century stone building. Sleek bar for seeing and being seen. Elaborate menu.

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