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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.

March has begun and with it the event season begins to rev back up. People will start to release albums in the coming months, there will be garage sales galore, and everyone’s mood improves. There’s plenty of comedy, art and music coming up this weekend to kick off some March madness! Start things off by listening to awesome people candidly talk about one of their biggest professional failures with this new monthly event, now in it’s 3rd edition: Fuck Up Nights Ottawa. On Friday, Saw Gallery has By Any Means:... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan

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Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

We’re excited to announce a new Apt613 series, Ottawa Creatives, a showcase which will profile the amazing artistic talent found in this fine city. Each month will feature a different group of artists – from our poets, to our illustrators, to our DJs, dancers, and musicians. Tuesdays will feature a new artist who will also be highlighted throughout the week on our Instagram feed. Seeing as Versefest, a celebration of poetry, takes place at the end of this month, we figured it fitting to begin the series profiling some of... | Continue reading article

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Taste of the Arctic shares unique flavours, sights and sounds with Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.

When I was asked to attend a tasting and preview of the upcoming fundraising event A Taste of the Arctic at the National Arts Centre, I was admittedly hesitant. While I was definitely eager to learn more about Canadian Inuit culture, my unadventurous stomach had reservations. The invitation informed me that the event’s cuisine would feature staple ingredients to Inuit cooking, such as arctic char, caribou, seal, and whale. I was nervous. Would I eat seal at this preview? Would I enjoy Inuit food in general? The answer to both questions... | Continue reading article

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Video of the Week: Sweet Surrender by Hyfidelik the Gypsy Sun

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Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.Still from Sweet Surrender, by Hyf Gypsy Sun.

Hyf the Gypsy Sun describes himself as an “Interplantary frijole eating islamic hispanic sufi rapper guy.” Based in Ottawa, he’s also one of the hip-hop MCs that founded Nationless Mind Records back in 2012.  More than a label, Nationless is building a community of support for artists who are typically on the cultural fringe. Its members create music that is politcal, powerful and relevant all the same. “Sweet Surrender” is no exception. A lesson on the meaning of love, this song infuses spoken word poetry with soulful beats to remind... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for February 24, 2015

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Alphabet Soup II by Chrissy Wainwright on Flickr.Alphabet Soup II by Chrissy Wainwright on Flickr.

We interview Stephanie Joyal from Soup Ottawa a recurring event that serves up hot soup, fresh baked bread and a vote for your favourite community-minded project proposal. She joins us on the show to tell us more about this unique dining experience. Just in time for Project Wild Thing’s screening at the Mayfair we’re joined by director David Bond . He talks to us about this film-driven project aimed at getting kids off the couch and back into the great outdoors. Musical guests: Derek Harrison and Pocket Writer It’s like... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Faces in strange places

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All photo by Matt Edwards.All photo by Matt Edwards.

Do you identify as a “Kidult”? Have you heard of That Faces Book? If not, you’ll want to keep reading because according to editor/photographer Matt Edwards, That Faces Book is perfect for you. And no, we’re not talking about the social media site. So what is it? Simply put it’s a book about faces in the strangest of places, and Edwards wants to share them all with you. In order to do so he’s started a Kickstarter campaign to get his photo book printed and share what might be the... | Continue reading article

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Q & A with Dan Mangan

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Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Photo from danmanganmusic.com.Dan Mangan + Blacksmith. Photo from danmanganmusic.com.

Post by Curtis Perry. After a two-year hiatus, including fatherhood and some time to regroup, Dan Mangan recently released his 4th LP, Club Meds under the name Dan Mangan + Blacksmith (John Walsh, Gordon Grdina, Kenton Loewen, and often JP Carter, Jesse Zubot and Tyson Naylor). I was able to catch up with Dan over the phone in January, and we shared a wide-ranging discussion, from production work, to kitsch, to YouTube comments. Apartment613: Maybe the most obvious difference with your return is the new name – who is Blacksmith;... | Continue reading article

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Jump into the rabbit hole with Flofferz

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From left: Jesse Alberto (House of Barons), Chelsea Vickers, Ramata Coulibaly and Domenico Tomei (House of Barons). All photos by John Aung.From left: Jesse Alberto (House of Barons), Chelsea Vickers, Ramata Coulibaly and Domenico Tomei (House of Barons). All photos by John Aung.

Flofferz knows that we live in a world that isn’t perfect and aspires to showcase this through a variety of mediums including photography, digital arts, illustration, painting and fashion. That is what makes this Ottawa production agency and magazine different. The founder and Editor in Chief of Flofferz, Ramata Coulibaly, is no stranger to being immersed in a world of perfection. Coulibaly has travelled the world modeling for various designers, shows and events where she was always having to live up to societal standards of perfection. Flofferz was created to... | Continue reading article

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Write on Ottawa: YA novel Mosaic is a success

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Mosaic, Deborah Jackson’s sixth young adult novel, involves young lovers, pirates, murder, ghosts and hockey; in short, something for everyone.  The Ottawa-based writer has structured a suspenseful, action-filled novel which will appeal to an older teen audience. Erin Rocheford, the co-protagonist, is the 17-year-old daughter of a former NHL player.  She plays hockey on mixed teams and aspires to stardom until a car accident shatters her body and her dream.  As the novel opens, she and her parents and younger sister are going to a Sanibel Island, Florida, resort, so... | Continue reading article

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Hub and Spoke connects the Ottawa arts community

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Photo courtesy of Justin Van Leeuwen from the Apartment613 Flickr PoolPhoto courtesy of Justin Van Leeuwen from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool

Hub Ottawa holds periodic events that bring together disparate parts of the Ottawa community to connect and support each other. The events can help build crossover audiences and can help organizers share ideas and best practices. The events feature short presentations from event leaders, Q&A and networking opportunities following. Megan Monafu, a local Ottawa facilitator and playwright, is organizing the next Hub and Spoke to coincide with the Undercurrents Festival, the contemporary performance festival that’s entering its 5th year. Megan was looking for a way to build interdisciplinary connections between... | Continue reading article

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