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Write On Ottawa: End of time is an operatic family saga

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Orleans author  K.D. Beckett recently published End of Time, the seventh volume in her In Time saga.  She dedicates the series of family stories to her “wild and adventurous ancestors”, Scottish and French, Algonquin, Micmac, Mohawk and Ojibwa. “Migwitch, Marsi, [Thank you] for your legacy – the Métis blood that flows inside of me,” says Beckett, whose full name is Karole Dumont-Beckett.  (She publishes her books as K.D. Beckett). Beckett, founder of Métis Publishing, began her saga with the historical novels Rainbows in Time, Mists of Time, Tides of Time and Paths... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: A Special Guide to Ottawa’s Literary Blogs (Part 1)

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After an extended hiatus, Tour de blogosphere, Apartment613′s review of blogs from the National Capital Region, is back.  We restart our journey today by looking at the numerous projects involving rob mclennan, our region’s literary jack-of-all trades.  (Note: rob spells his name all lowercase). This is your tour guide to Ottawa’s online literary world blogosphere style.  In coming posts, expect champions of poetry, stories of small press, writers seeking writers, book clubs to notice, online journals, recaps, reviews and more. But first things first.  You want to learn more about... | Continue reading article

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Make sure to go to Arts Court during Ontario Scene

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Photo of The Yips (Bruised Tongue Records)Photo of The Yips (Bruised Tongue Records)

With 600 artists from numerous genres, the Ontario Scene festival is a true cultural cornucopia. But with so many performances on offer it can be a bit overwhelming to know what to pick.  If I can therefore make a friendly suggestion, consider the shows and exhibit taking place at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave.) as part of Ontario Scene.  I say this after attending a few events there on the evening of Thursday, April 30. On the top of my list is Compagnie ODD’s performance of Speeds and Slownesses 1a.  After watching this... | Continue reading article

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So music meets up with quantum mechanics in a bar . . .

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What is the relationship between music and quantum mechanics?  I have no idea but am eager to find out in Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science, a special concert this Sunday by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony at the National Arts Centre. A collaboration between Edwin Outwater, the music director of the K-W Symphony, and the University of Waterloo’s Institute for Quantum Computing, this concert is part of Ontario Scene. In a fascinating project that intersects reason with emotion (and try figuring out who is the more “artistic” group, the symphony players... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Aging and the power of narrative

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Jessica Green is 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. One of my colleagues here at Apt613 suggested I listen to this podcast of a CBC Ideas program all about “Aging by the Book”. It’s a very interesting listen as it discusses the power of narrative, the importance of sharing stories, and the difficulties that come with aging. One of the things that struck... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for April 28, 2015

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Photo by Museokeskus Vapriikki on Flickr.Photo by Museokeskus Vapriikki on Flickr.

This week on Apt613 Live! Contributor Eric Murphy was on the scene at last week’s Ottawa Zine-Off. We’ve got his conversations with some of the zinesters to find out what makes ‘em tick and what the community is all about here in Ottawa. Coming up this Friday May 1st at Maxwell Bistro you can catch On the Brink: the annual event that showcases Ottawa’s newest published authors in the genres of science fiction, fantasy and horror.  Get a 90-second glimpse into the minds of this year’s featured writers as we... | Continue reading article

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The Walrus Talks about being human

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Zeynep Arsel. Photo from thewalrus.ca.Zeynep Arsel. Photo from thewalrus.ca.

The magazine The Walrus, which presents commentary on Canadian culture and its place in the world, is bringing the latest installment of its Walrus Talks events to Ottawa this week. At the National Gallery this Wednesday evening, eight speakers, including Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, will speak for seven minutes each on various topics related to the evening’s (admittedly broad) theme, Being Human.  Past Walrus Talks have tackled themes including Energy, Play, and The Art of Conversation. The series challenges audiences to look at a topic from... | Continue reading article

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It’s time to bust out your boxing gloves, Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of UMTBC Lifestyle Centre.All photos courtesy of UMTBC Lifestyle Centre.

It’s time to bust out your boxing gloves. Never owned a pair? That’s fine, too. The energetic fitness leaders at UMTBC Lifestyle Center on Hamilton Avenue in Hintonburg are anxious to teach you the basics – or the complex combos – of Muay Thai boxing. I’ll admit, the first time I stepped foot in the studio to try the Foundations class, I was a bit nervous. The upbeat music was blasting, the fitness instructors were bouncing around bursting with energy and smiles, and some experienced-looking members were taping up their... | Continue reading article

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Blog Out Loud: Meet Ottawa’s blogging community

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Laurie Kingston from the blog, Not Just About Cancer, reading at the 1024 Blog Out Loud event.Laurie Kingston from the blog, Not Just About Cancer, reading at the 1024 Blog Out Loud event.

Blog Out Loud is the 6th annual blogging event you don’t want to miss! The night allows you to get to know some key players in Ottawa’s blogging scene. Blog Out Loud features ten local bloggers reading aloud their favorite posts of the past year as well as displaying works of the city’s favorite photo bloggers. Socializing with old friends and making new ones is highly encouraged. If you’re still a rookie blogger or simply want to extend your circle, this is an excellent opportunity to make new pals. Even... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: An acrobatic collection of short stories

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the participating authors in a series of special posts. A circus: that’s not just in the welcoming title of Ottawa author Rhonda Douglas’s collection of 10 unforgettable short stories, but also a friendly warning and a preview of the sensations you can expect from her shorts.  You will travel with a strange and dazzling company of characters, from a dysfunctional family in the porn business, to a boy so obsessed with the idea of love that he... | Continue reading article

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