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Vanessa Rotondo

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth engagement coordinator/arts educator. She is a keen believer in using her art form as a way to effect social change. Vanessa has performed and worked with young aspiring writers in schools and communities across Canada and abroad.


Alberto Agraso and Mony Dojeiji, and the cover of their book, Walking for Peace, an Inner Journey

Write On Ottawa: Take a spiritual voyage with Mony and Alberto

I met Mony and Alberto somewhere along my path, between a much-needed morning coffee and a yoga class. A run-in with an article in a magazine led me to first meeting them in their home, which then led to a series of serendipitous events that eventually brought me back to their doorstop, this time sharing […]

Jonathan Rotondo flying Smith Miniplane C-GDSA near Luskville, QC in April.  (Author's collection).

Tour de blogosphere: Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike

Finding Foxtrot Alpha Mike is a story about aviation archaeology and family.  Fittingly, its writer, Jonathan Rotondo, is my older brother and life-long inspiration.  From childhood co-conspiracies to more ripened grown-up pursuits, he remains my sidekick, constantly supporting the counterpart to his sibling tribe. For that same reason, I wanted to support him in his […]

Photo from the Ottawa Stilt Union Facebook page.

The big one is back – Youppi Club’s second pop up show

Roll up. Roll up. The fun is coming! Feel the magic up close with the Youppi Club, a community of fun-loving folk dedicated to exploring interactive styles of play and spreading joy through performance! The Ottawa Stilt Union, Ottawa-Gatineau’s bilingual theatre company dedicated to the art of stilting, is now stretching its legs even further […]

Still from the Oscar nominated film, Song of the Sea.

Irish Film Fest – A lucky charm amidst the Ottawa film scene

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. You can follow her on Twitter. We know the Irish for their Celtic countryside roots, legged in Riverdance and legends of Loch Ness, knotted by generations of bred in the bone talented poets and storytellers. From March 27th – […]

Still from Persona.

Sonatas, Screams and Silence: An Ode to Ingmar Bergman

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. You can follow her on Twitter. Ottawa New Music Creators and the Mayfair Theatre present Sonatas, Screams and Silence on Thursday, March 5th, an evening dedicated to the artistic brilliance of Swedish director, writer and producer Ingmar Bergman. Ottawa […]

Still from the Hilotrons video for "Real Game Changer".

Hilotrons drop new album February 24

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, national spoken word artist and youth outreach coordinator/arts educator. If you’re looking for an upbeat, electro-punk meets funk fusion album with built-in underlying smart commentary, you can’t do better than To Trip with Terpischore, Hilotrons’ newest release. After ten years of making music and serious moves in the Canadian […]

Das Blankout. Photo courtesy of Indie Montréal.

Montreal’s Das Blankout play the Mercury Lounge on Thursday

Vanessa Rotondo is an Ottawa-based freelance writer, National spoken word artist and youth educator. You can follow her on Twitter. Three-piece Montreal rock band, Das Blankout, stops in Ottawa this Wednesday as part of their Quebec-Ontario Invasion tour. In anticipation of their show, Apt613 spoke with Matt Burghardt, lead singer and guitarist, about their recent […]