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Q&A with music artist, Clym

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Clym. Photo from her Facebook page.Clym. Photo from her Facebook page.

Clym is an Ottawa-based music artist transplanted from Russia. I interviewed her about her music making process, her history as an artist, and her feelings about Canada. Apt613: Tell me about yourself! I am Clym, and I make electronic/trip-hop/experimental music. I currently work in the do-it-yourself format: mixing and mastering my songs by myself. Clym is a representation of the musical and visual aesthetic I consider valuable. What drew you to move to Ottawa from Russia? I moved here to study. Ottawa appeared to be a great city, having an... | Continue reading article

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The story behind Bluesfest… and beyond

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Crowd gathered at Procol Harum for Ottawa Bluesfest 2014. All photos by Terry Steeves.Crowd gathered at Procol Harum for Ottawa Bluesfest 2014. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ottawa Bluesfest, one of the top ten outdoor music festivals in North America, is now in its 21st year, but has grown to become something much more than a phenomenally successful music festival. It’s an enterprise that has not only brought some of the biggest world talents to our city, but has also focused a great deal on our own local artists, community music programs, and has incorporated the involvement of many of our local businesses, artisans, and venues. I had a chance to talk to Executive Director, Mark Monahan... | Continue reading article

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Want to make $$$ writing? Contact Write Along Radio.

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Listen up wordsmiths: If you want to make some money writing there is now an opportunity for you. Catherine Brunelle, an Apartment613 contributor, published author and well-known blogger, is one of the masterminds behind the podcast Write Along Radio.  Brunelle tells us that the podcast recently won a grant from the Ottawa Wave Makers to produce an episode called Home at Sea: Sentimental Stories of an Ocean in Crisis. Under the grant the podcast is now holding a call for submissions, and those accepted will receive payment for their participation in... | Continue reading article

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Break out the Blankets! Theatre’s coming to the Parks.

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The cast of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors by A Company of Fools. Photo by Chrissy Steinbock.The cast of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors by A Company of Fools. Photo by Chrissy Steinbock.

Ah, summer in the city and the event listings are bursting with an embarrassment of riches. In the coming weeks there is not one but three theatre shows playing in the parks. We’ve rounded up the details for you in this handy list. A Company of Fools brings Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors to a park near you. The Fools, who are turning 25 this year have made a name for themselves by breathing new life into Shakespeare with their very funny physical theatre combining elements of slapstick, vaudeville, clown... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa City Woodshop inspired by Ottawa’s lumber town legacy

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A photo of the woodshopPhoto courtesy of the Ottawa City Woodshop

Are you longing for the smell of sawdust and the sounds of a drill press, but worried that your one-bedroom-plus-den rental may not be the best home to re-start that woodworking project? The Ottawa City Woodshop launched last month and has been quickly attracting interest from members. You can join the woodshop with a monthly fee and get access to the space and discounts on courses. They have intro classes starting in both July and August for the uninitiated to ease their way into the joys of woodworking. We caught... | Continue reading article

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Dundonald Park benches get a facelift

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All photos by Trevor Alain.All photos by Trevor Alain.

Somerset is a bustling street. You could be leaving one of the uncountable pho restaurants, Pour Boy or The Daily Grind, but chances are you’ve passed by Dundonald Park. The park doesn’t have a great reputation. One Yelp reviewer claims that it’s “frequented by shady characters after dark.” Another reviewer said, “This isn’t necessarily the prettiest part of the city.” But the Dundonald Park Working Group is looking to change that stigma. On May 13, there was a meeting to discuss a whole mess of things, but most importantly, the Community... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: YA novel about waterpolo is a fun read

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In their personal lives, Julie Sutton and Daniel Tigner interact with each other as niece and uncle.  If we focus on Sam and the Sea Monsters, however, the really good pre-teen/early-teen novel that they wrote together, then they could become known to the wider public as a talented literary duo. For Sutton, who is a painter, this is her first published work, although she did do some creative writing in university.  Her uncle, on the other hand, is currently working on his sixth book, which is about an American spiritual philosopher. This... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 3)

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Photo of Amanda Earl by Charles EarlPhoto of Amanda Earl by Charles Earl

This is part three of our special guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style. (See here for part 1 and part 2).  In this series expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. There are some definite trailblazers in the Ottawa world of writing, and one of them is Amanda Earl.  In addition to showcasing the work of other writers, she is also involved in literary blogging, poetry and beyond. In her own words, she “sends... | Continue reading article

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BSOMA teaches photographers the tools of the trade

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Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.

Bluesfest School of Art and Music has been making strides lately when it comes to providing workshops on teachable skills for the community. In the past, they’ve worked together with artists, bands and festivals to put on seminars that cover everything from releasing an album to acquiring sponsorship. Their most recent workshop is festival-focused with a specification in photography, titled RBC Bluesfest Concert Photography. The workshop is led by in-house Bluesfest photographers Mark Horton and Marc DesRosiers, and was launched as a pilot project last year with great results, including... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Living the dream with Caveman Jack

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Imagine that one of your dreams came true.  What would you do a year or two later after your initial objective was met?  For Ottawa-based author Tammie Winsor the answer was clear: build on her initial success by achieving even more goals. Apartment613 readers may recall the heartwarming story of how Winsor became a published author. Back in 2012, she emailed the CBC Ottawa radio program All in a Day to enter the Hopes and Dreams contest, which was raising funds for the Shepherds of Good Hope. According to the contest... | Continue reading article

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