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Write On Ottawa: Poems to Brood about

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Detail, book jacket, Brood.Detail, book jacket, Brood.

In his new chapbook, Brood, Ottawa poet Rob Thomas defamiliarizes the ordinary and makes us view the seemingly mundane. By “telling it slant,” as Emily Dickinson advised, he provokes readers’ thoughts. The cover photo by Ellen Moran, showing a child-sized person in a grotesque mask, holding hands with a larger figure in a gorilla or Yeti suit, suggests that the poetry inside won’t be a sentimental look at parenting. About half of the poems were previously published in literary magazines, an indication of their merit. Several capture the weird side... | Continue reading article

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The Haunted Walk presents Nightmare Before/After Xmas

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Snowy Sun and the Cathedral. Photo by Fernando Farfan.ca from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Snowy Sun and the Cathedral. Photo by Fernando Farfan.ca from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

It’s that time of year again when the world is hushed in a blanket of snow; multi-coloured lights illuminate your walk home in the evening and spirits of the undead return to haunt the living. Yes I’m talking about Christmas time.  Sitting around telling scary ghost stories may seem at odds with other seasonal traditions, but really they’re as much a part of the Christmas festivities as stockings hung by the fire and eggnog in your glass (and frankly I’ll take the undead over that monstrous yellow concoction any day).... | Continue reading article

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Books and comics by local authors that make great gifts!

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Photo via Bibliotheek Kortrijk (Creative Commons)Photo via Bibliotheek Kortrijk (Creative Commons)

Last year we published the Apartment613 holiday gift list for 2013, which contained a list of more than 60 writers from the National Capital Region.  Given the popularity of that post, we are now publishing the 2014 edition of books and comics by local writers, which you can use to purchase special holiday gifts for the literary people in your life. The list below contains more than 50 writers from our region.  All the summarised works have been reviewed by Apartment613, with the exception of those named under “upcoming reviews,”... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Originals ticket giveaway

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Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa, we really should have seen this coming after yesterday’s storm warning about the Dec 10th snowfall. Now, I know how tempting it is to shake down the nearest grocery store for all the egg nog they have in stock and take to the couch until it all goes away, but you would be missing out on incredible activities this weekend like Shopify’s Makers Market, Maxwell’s Bistro Strip Cheese III: Return of the Cheese Burlesque show, or the Berdy Elegance Networking Event for fashionable men. Let’s start with Friday. ‘Makers... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: A teen romance time capsule

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All photos courtesy of Catherine Boivin.All photos courtesy of Catherine Boivin.

Opening the pages to Yours Truly, Miss Creation is akin to opening the window on a very specific moment in life: a moment when part-time jobs rule; Zaphods is the standard for Friday night; French fries are 2:00 am snacks; and university is a great excuse to troll Elgin Street during frosh week.  (Unless you’re this book’s protagonist, because then you’d much rather escape to the Manx than pub-crawl down Elgin.) Yours Truly, Miss Creation is Catherine Boivin’s debut novel and rests snugly in the genre of Teen Romance.  Vera... | Continue reading article

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Tyler Kealey on final stretch of Song-a-Day project

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It seems like this time of year is associated with a kind of short-term nostalgia. With a new year approaching, it’s almost tradition to take a step back and consider the passing year — the triumphs and the disappointments, the bright moments and the sorrows — and perhaps to raise a glass. This year, there are few that can look back on their last tour around the sun with as much clarity as local musician Tyler Kealey. You see, he’s recorded a good deal of it. Kealey has for the... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: The on-going struggle of being human

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Winter Göreme. All photos from lauriefraser.com.Winter Göreme. All photos from lauriefraser.com.

Three cardamom pods bob in my glass of green tea. I ask Ottawa author Laurie Fraser what the Canadian Kurdish community’s reaction has been to her novel The Word Not Spoken. This love story of sorts is loosely based on Fraser’s own experiences backpacking in Turkey in the mid-1990s where she met and married a Kurdish man, the character in the novel named Ahmet. Simply put, the novel describes their adventures and misadventures together. It doing so, Fraser weaves a delicate and complex tale in a physical, emotional and political... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Brew Brahs interview Cartwright Springs Brewery

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Photo from the Cartwright Springs Facebook page.Photo from the Cartwright Springs Facebook page.

Just shy of an hour west of Ottawa is the small community of Mississippi Mills, home to about 12,000 residents and soon to be home to 1 brand new brewery. Cartwright Springs Brewery, opening in 2015, is named after the fresh water spring the brewery sources locally to brew its beer. The CSBeer team currently consists of André Rieux, Eduardo Guerra and Hien Hoang. Right now, the brewery is running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds so they can build a tasteful tasting bar. BrewBrahs.com had the chance to chat with the... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Support local this holiday season at the Christmas Markets

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After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.After the Harvest. Photo by Liz West on Flickr.

Fresh off the wildly successful Support Local initiative in October comes the Christmas Market. Opening its doors this past Sunday, the Christmas Market will be held at the new Landsdowne Park for a total of five days this month. The 116-year-old Aberdeen Pavilion, colloquially known as the Cattle Castle, celebrated the commencement of the new holiday shopping experience with festive music, decorations, and 120 local artisans. Merchandise for sale included, but was certainly not limited to, fresh produce, preserves, home décor items, and even children’s toys. With no admission and... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + ticket giveaway

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Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.Monster Truck. Photo courtesy of their website, ilovemonstertruck.com.

This first weekend of the final month of the year has arrived and it seems as though the snow and cold is here to stay! Not to worry, we’ve got plenty going on to cheer up those winter blues this weekend. As always, there is plenty of music happening. Thursday night brings a night of jazz, with the Craig Pedersen Quartet at Raw Sugar. For those of you that love folk, Raw Sugar is the place to be on Friday night. Krista Muir and Friends will be putting on an... | Continue reading article

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