Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Andrea About: Single mom of four, from Niagara area. She’s lived in Ottawa for about three years. Hood: Vanier. Montreal Road. Complaint: The city construction mostly. Andrea pauses to consider: “I can’t single out Vanier as a bad area,” she says, “as you’ll find trouble in any neighborhood. Some of the areas... | Continue reading article
On this week’s show we interview Linda Polock and Irene van de Lagemaat from Centre 507. On Saturday, November 14, 2015, they host a benefit concert featuring Polaris nominated BADBADNOTGOOD. Read more about it here. Tune in to Apt613 Live! every Tuesday at 6pm on CHUO 89.1 FM.
Who is Kate Smith? It’s hard to tell from the characters she’s played: ranging from 12-year-old Kit in Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls, to 80-year-old Josephine Strong in Hollmann & Kotis’ Urinetown. Smith’s range doesn’t just cover age. Sampling some of the more than 22 shows that Smith has performed, we find: a prison guard (Iron), an IRA officer (The Lieutenant of Inishmore), a soccer mom (Secrets of a Soccer Mom), a bride (The Wedding Night), a ghost (Snapshot), an Iranian writer (White Rabbit, Red Rabbit), an exotic dancer (We Never... | Continue reading article
Shoppers in the Wellington West area may notice a new violet trend adorning storefronts this month, with a number of businesses choosing to decorate their storefronts with the colour and hand out purple pamphlets throughout the month of November. The Ottawa Coalition To End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) is running their annual “Shine the Light” campaign aimed at promoting discussion of the impact of intimate partner violence on women. The campaign, which has taken place with the support of Elgin Street businesses for the last three years, is expanding to... | Continue reading article
When NAC Presents recently announced its season lineup, Petr Cancura’s Crossroads project stood out right away. A concert series within the concert series that is NAC Presents, Crossroads is a genre-crossing something special that’s been cooked up to mark Presents’ 5th anniversary. So here it is. Take three of the city’s best-loved singer-songwriters, say Ian Tamblyn, Lynn Miles, and Jeremy Fisher. Add an amazing house band of jazz heavyweights, maybe Roddy Ellias, Greg Ritchie and John Geggie. Then throw in some fresh arrangements written by Cancura himself. Mix well. With this... | Continue reading article
First off, thanks to all your kind donations and support during the CHUO 89.1FM funding drive. If you missed out and are still interested in donating, it’s not too late. Just visit their website to donate online. Lovely listeners who donate $35 or more to Apt613 Live! will get a Support Local t-shirt. We interview the Director and CEO of the Ottawa Art Gallery, Alexandra Badzak, who talks about the Arts Court redevelopment project. Tune in to CHUO 89.1FM every Tuesday at 6pm.
Who would pretend that photography is not a legitimate art form these days? Certainly not the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) and Exposure Gallery. Their partnership has led to a number of quality photographic exhibitions in Ottawa. The current show titled distURBANce makes no exception. It presents artworks by Glenn Bloodworth, Freeman Keats, Bill McCloskey, Maureen Murphy, Richard Perron, and Richard Robesco, all members of the Studio Zone V collective. Exposure Gallery’s interior layout is typical of old houses with doors, windows, a stairwell, and checks in the walls.... | Continue reading article
On the heels of Ottawa Fury FC’s historic 2-1 win against Minnesota yesterday, we bring you Football Journeys – #32ColinFalvey, a short documentary by our contributor Neil Dowling. “Irish footballer Colin Falvey talks about his journey as a professional player that has taken him to four different continents. Meanwhile his current team Ottawa Fury is on the brink of glory in the NASL.” Congrats to our amazing soccer football team.
Located at Centretown United Church, Centre 507 might not be highly visible to passersby but the work they do definitely shows in the community they serve. Run by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers, Centre 507 is an adult drop-in centre and support service that has been helping individuals deal with issues such as homelessness, poverty, unemployment and mental and physical health concerns since 1983. Centre 507 is a safe place to connect with outreach workers from a variety of health care services and is a partner of SITE... | Continue reading article
With Christmas just around the corner, a trip or two to a toy store is likely in your future. In the National Capital Region, we’re fortunate to have a number of independent toy stores that deserve some serious shopping consideration. Advantages of shopping outside the big-box stores include: attentive service, unique offerings to cater to all of your gift giving whims, plus the satisfaction of supporting local businesses. Here’s a list of some of my favorite independent toy stores in the Ottawa area. You can also download & print our... | Continue reading article