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Shenkman Arts Centre turns five!

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Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.Pardon My French are set to take the stage at 2pm to celebrate Shenkman's 5th anniversary. Photo provided by The Shenkman Arts Centre.

Despite her day job as a bureaucrat, A. Laramey is a writer who spends far too much time on the internet. You can find her on Facebook. This year marks the 5th anniversary of the creation of the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, and in the spirit of creativeness, arts and community, Shenkman is hosting a 5th anniversary celebration on May 31st .  And what a five years it’s been! The goal of the centre was “to create a home for arts and culture in east Ottawa,” says Karen Scott-Gagné, Marketing and... | Continue reading article

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The Great Curry Cook-Off happens tonight!

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Za Za Za's curry pizza.Za Za Za's curry pizza.

Anyone who loves curry often wants endless supplies. So many restaurants in our city can put a spin on a curry dish, a foodie is never disappointed and a novice is rarely overwhelmed. These magical places come together every year to flaunt their curry skills, and this year it’s for The Great Curry Cook-Off presented by the Ottawa Fringe Festival. For the past several years, the Fringe Festival has put on a fundraiser for curry lovers and curry inspired dishes from local restaurants around the city. Roughly a dozen restaurants... | Continue reading article

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Meet Waffle Kisses, Ottawa’s newest quilting studio

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Photo from the Waffle Kisses Facebook page.Photo from the Waffle Kisses Facebook page.

What do you get when you cross an artist with a sewing machine? Quilting madness, that’s what. Meet Laura Piggott of Waffle Kisses, President and founder of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild. While she’s been slowly but surely building a name for herself for the past few years, she needs your help. By the end of June, Laura will be opening a multi-functional studio near Fallowfield and Huntley Road in Stittsville and offering lessons in sewing, quilting, visual arts (painting and drawing) as well as handcrafting (such as embroideries). So... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s 10th Annual Capital Slam Finals

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Photo from The Tenth Annual Capital Slam Facebook event page.Photo from The Tenth Annual Capital Slam Facebook event page.

The tenth Capital Slam Finals will take place this Saturday from 6:30 -10:00pm at the University of Ottawa’s Alumni Auditorium. One of the largest annual spoken word events in Ottawa, this slam will decide which of the eight finalists, who have already battled through two semi-finals, will go on to represent Ottawa at this year’s Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. I was lucky enough to interview one of the organizers of this year’s Capital Slam Finals, Rusty Priske. A long-standing member of the Capital Slam scene, and a contender in... | Continue reading article

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The Strain play the Black Sheep Inn tonight!

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Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.Siblings Rylee and David Taggart of The Strain. Photo by Jamie Kronick.

The Strain is playing at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield tonight, where the band hails from. Their show will not be one to miss, as they’ll be playing songs from their upcoming album, which drops this fall. “This is the first show we’re busting out a few new songs,” David Taggart says, “It’s a good time to get a sense of what’s going to be on the next record.” The band is described as ‘high octane’, and their music easily bounces between high energy tracks, and deeper soulful acoustic... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Serah-Marie McMahon of WORN Fashion Journal

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All images from The WORN Archive  (editor Serah-Marie McMahon) courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.All images from The WORN Archive (editor Serah-Marie McMahon) courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.

Post by Régine Paquette and Katie Frappier. The Wornettes are heading to Ottawa to celebrate the release of The Worn Archive. The anthology is comprised of the first fourteen issues of WORN with each chapter dedicated to celebrating a different aspect of fashion. In anticipation of the event, we sat down with Serah-Marie McMahon, founder and editor of WORN to discuss their role in Canada’s fashion industry and what values they bring to their writing. How do you think Worn has influenced the Canadian Fashion Industry? How have you seen... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Though it’s still officially a few weeks off, if our events calendar is any indication, summer is already here! So you’ll want to take advantage of the warmer weather and get out to some great events, be they outdoor or indoor. Board game lounges seem to be all the rage these days, and Ottawa’s newest – The Loft – will launch today, so start your weekend early with some Catan, Carcassonne or Pandemic. On Friday, head out to the You’ve Changed Records 5th Anniversary Revue with Shotgun Jimmie, Weather Station, Baby... | Continue reading article

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David R. Harper’s post Animal Farm diaspora

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David R. Harper, A Fear of Unknown Origins (II) (detail), 2012, vitreous china, cobalt mason stain, glaze. Photo courtesy of the artist.David R. Harper, A Fear of Unknown Origins (II) (detail), 2012, vitreous china, cobalt mason stain, glaze. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Ottawa Art Gallery’s Articulation: Critical art writing workshop series is intended to offer participants the support, skills, and editorial assistance they need to establish or expand their critical art writing practice. Each workshop is designed and led by a leading Canadian expert in the field of art. Participants learn hands-on from professionals who have an active writing practice, in a supportive day-long session. Apt613 is pleased to be publishing the best piece of writing from each of the workshops. This first piece followed Candice Hopkins’ workshop, “Criticism and the... | Continue reading article

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From the Artist: Healing Trees intervention on Percy Street

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All photos by Kim Gauvin.All photos by Kim Gauvin.

Post by Kim Gauvin. If I had been asked to name the defining characteristics of Centretown at this time last year, I would have mentioned the gable-roofed houses, a few key shops and restaurants, and, of course, the eclectic mix of great people. I would have completely overlooked the trees. The trees, as it turns out, are as important as the architecture. They soften some of the edges and make our neighborhood more inviting. I had not given much thought to the trees until last fall, when I started seeing... | Continue reading article

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Poetic Elements’ EP release party at the Grind

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Poetic Elements, Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan (left) and Curtis Masai Nyarko. All photos by Alex Lauzon Photographe.Poetic Elements, Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan (left) and Curtis Masai Nyarko. All photos by Alex Lauzon Photographe.

Ottawa hip hop group Poetic Elements will be releasing their first EP this week. I had a chance to chat with the guys about the route to performing and recording hip hop here in our city. The story of Poetic Elements begins back in 2006, when Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan and Curtis Masai Nyarko were in high school. Masai was already in a rap duo and Apollo was writing poetry at the time. At Apollo’s request, Masai taught him to rap. The two of them grew together and they began putting... | Continue reading article

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