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Librarian in Residence: The best Canadian children’s books from 2014

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Jessica Green has been a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips.  Last week saw a massive conglomeration of librarians descend upon Ottawa for the Canadian Library Association Conference. I was able to attend and saw some great presentations about libraries, digitization, open data, makerspaces and, of course, books! My next few posts will discuss some of the cool ideas happening in libraries. This week,... | Continue reading article

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Modern Cabaret Revival with Small Stages Canada

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Twinkling lights adorned the small stage area, designating the space a dance zone, as 2-person tables in the audience quickly filled up with 3 and 4 people, and attendees dutifully waited in line for their coveted drink tickets. As more and more people filed in and the excited murmurs grew louder, I scanned the room for clues as to what the night had in store. I spotted my fiancé patiently shuffling forward as he drew closer and closer to the head of the drink line. “He has no idea what... | Continue reading article

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A weekday guide to Ottawa

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All photos by Steffani RuesgaAll photos by Steffani Ruesga

We work for the weekend: every day is a countdown until Friday. Once Friday rolls around, the weekend zooms by in a flash. Suddenly we’re back to Monday facing another week of work, and the whole dreary cycle repeats itself. But life doesn’t have to be this way. Luckily, Ottawa has dealt us some pretty entertaining weeknights. So cheer up, Monday doesn’t have to be the worst day of the week. First things first. You’re done work so head over to The Standard on Elgin. They have amazing deals all week... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: R.I.P. Ms. Focus, a Spoken Word cinepoem by V.

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Still from R.I.P. Ms. Focus, by cinepoet, V.Still from R.I.P. Ms. Focus, by cinepoet, V.

Released earlier this year, R.I.P. Ms. Focus is dedicated to the life of a recently departed 2001 5-speed, 4-door Ford Focus sedan. Ottawa-based spoken word artist V (Vanessa Rotondo) recently released an album, Watch Your Driving, a Spoken Word Album by V. The recording was partially funded by the City of Ottawa and Ontario Arts Council. Upon completion, she had a few dollars left and decided to bring one of the tracks to life through video. In a scene mostly driven by men, it’s nice to see a woman in... | Continue reading article

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Avenue Q teaches harsh life lessons via puppetry

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All photos by Kenneth Ingram.All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

The award-winning musical Avenue Q will return to Ottawa June 17-20 thanks to Toto Too Theatre Company. The director, Michael Gareau, reveals that the show will deliver a Canadianized performance (with the help of 11 cast members and 32 puppets), promising to be hilariously entertaining, potentially offensive but relevant to the harsher realities of life – particularly adolescence. “It takes the lessons that Sesame Street taught children and it raises them ever-so-slightly so that they can be aimed at adults,” Gareau explains, calling attention to many parallels with Avenue Q’s... | Continue reading article

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Carleton Tavern celebrates 80 years!

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Carleton Tavern. Photo by Terry Steeves.Carleton Tavern. Photo by Terry Steeves.

The first time I walked into the Carleton Tavern was on a Friday night just a few years ago. The long room was jammed from wall to wall with people from ages 20 to 80, and all walks of life. Some were seated at the rows and rows of small wooden tables littered with quart bottles and pitchers of beer, and some filled the makeshift dance floor immediately in front of the band that was churning out some classic rock. The white washed walls with darkly painted beams displayed a... | Continue reading article

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Theatre Review: Young Drunk Punk

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Image from the Magnetic North Theatre Festival webpage.Image from the Magnetic North Theatre Festival webpage.

When a comedian kicks things off by semi-bragging about bad reviews for the show you’re about to see you take it to mean “screw that guy, you folks are gonna love this!”  Which of course is exactly what Bruce McCulloch meant when he quoted a recently earned negative review of Young Drunk Punk his one(ish) man show which opened at the NAC last night. Sadly the reviews he quoted were not far off. Inspired by his own life, Young Drunk Punk recalls McCulloch’s journey from a teenaged “punk” growing up... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Mill Street Brew Pub, host of ManMade on Sunday, June 14. Photo from the Handmade Harvest website.Mill Street Brew Pub, host of ManMade on Sunday, June 14. Photo from the Handmade Harvest website.

Westfest is all back for a weekend long celebration of art and culture in Westboro Village, highlighting some of the most interesting and eclectic shops and businesses in the area. Make sure to check out the schedule so you don’t miss any of the free live shows. Some other neighbourhood events include Free Yoga outside Lululemon, featuring pilates and partner yoga. And AliCat Art Studio is having a three day alleyway art show. Experimental Farm Theatre has another edition of the EFT-Up Comedy Show tonight at Pressed. This monthly show... | Continue reading article

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Take 5 for the 2015 Ottawa Jazz Festival

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Tanya Tagaq.Tanya Tagaq.

Despite the abundance of genres, the various styles and wide-ranging traditions, jazz essentially is about improvisation, collaboration, and the ongoing quest for exploration. It’s about creating musical moments bound in the precarious nature of time. Or, to say it another way, it’s about sonically interpreting the precariousness of time by collaborating in the construction of moods and themes. For this very reason, jazz, at its best, is about creating experiences, especially novel sonic experiences shared by multiple participants – including, in live shows, the audience. First and foremost, it’s all... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for June 9, 2015

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Photo by Adam Rifkin on Flickr.Photo by Adam Rifkin on Flickr.

We interview Kim Elmslie, organizer of the Just for Cats Film Festival at Lansdowne Park this weekend. Plus Catherine Brunelle brings us another edition of Back Cover Blur – a 90 second challenge featuring local author, Benoit Chartier, who wrote Red Nexus. Listen in every Tuesdays at CHUO 89.1 FM – 6:00 pm.

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