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Democracy, poetry, life after death, bloggers: The Ottawa Writers Festival is back

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is among the best literary events in Canada.  Each spring and fall, as well as individual events in between, some of the best writers from Canada and around the world come to the National Capital Region.  The result is a fascinating series of discussions on numerous topics. This year’s spring festival takes place from April 24-29, and brings together, among others, political thinkers, poets, a journalist writing about life and death, a New York Times bestselling doctor speaking about genes, and bloggers from Ottawa-Gatineau. Below... | Continue reading article

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Poetry meets pop culture at A Dramatic Reading of Pop Songs

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Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.Screen shot from The Science Fiction Film Awards, William Shatner's performance of Elton John's Rocket Man.

Just in time for National Poetry Month, Ottawa VERSeFest and IdeaSpace invite you to come celebrate the sillier side of this art form. Dramatic pop song readings have a long history (think Peter Seller’s cover of A Hard Day’s Night, or William Shatner’s utterly bizarre rendition of Rocket Man). On April 17th, Ottawa’s top poetic talent will be on hand at IdeaSpace to carry on the tradition. If you’re curious about Ottawa’s poetry scene, this fundraiser will be a fun and approachable way to get your feet wet. Hosted by... | Continue reading article

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Art and politics converge at the People’s Social Forum

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All photos by Lisa Levesque.All photos by Lisa Levesque.

On Tuesday April 8th at Gallery 101, the People’s Social Forum held its official Ottawa launch. To celebrate the budding activist movement, the event featured a potluck, social justice speakers, slam poetry, and local musicians, all in the context of the gallery’s exhibit of international art. The People’s Social Forum bills itself as an attempt to assemble together left-leaning activists for the sake of dialogue and unity. Environmental, indigenous, feminist, student, worker, and youth – they’re all a part of this political movement. The launch served as a rally for... | Continue reading article

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Book Festival to showcase dozens of local authors

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The Ottawa-Gatineau region is overflowing with literary talent.  From captivating novelists, to wonderful authors of children’s books, to creative thinkers who write about politics and other contemporary issues. This amazing talent will be on full display this Saturday, April 12, when the Canadian Authors Association, National Capital Region, First Annual Book Fest takes place in Clark Hall at the RA Centre (2451 Riverside Drive) from 10 am to 5 pm.  Forty local writers will be participating and free parking is available.  The entry ticket is $5 and can be used as a... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Interview with the creator of the magical town of Applenook

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Ottawa-based children’s author Natasha Ferrill is the creator of The Lemonman picture book series. Told in rhyme, the series tells the story of Mr. Lemonman, a lovable (albeit at times innocent) lemon who lives in the town of Applenook.  Located in the backyard garden of Mr. and Mrs. Applebrooke, Applenook is filled with numerous characters, such as the traveling salesman Cunningham C. Toad, and the friendly members of the Worm Community who, although kind, can sometimes be a nuisance. Having finished two books in the series, which comprise Ferrill’s first published work, Apartment613 caught up... | Continue reading article

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PechaKucha inspires in 6 minutes and 40 seconds

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For anyone looking to get inspired to take on new projects now that it’s finally time to come out of hibernation, an upcoming event will bring together a wide array of local artists, organizers, and entrepreneurs to tell us about their work. PechaKucha (“chit-chat” in Japanese) nights were created in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for young creative professionals to meet and share ideas.  Each speaker shows 20 slides for 20 seconds each, and speaks over them, keeping their presentations to an MTV-generation-friendly six minutes and forty seconds each. ... | Continue reading article

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Like what we do here at Apt613? Help us take it to the next level

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Today we’re launching our very first indigogo fundraiser here at Apt613. If you like what we do, we’re hoping you’ll take a few minutes to learn more about our campaign. Apt613 is a volunteer-run operation: all of our writers, photographers and editors contribute their time for free. Since starting apt613.ca five years ago, we’ve expanded to include a radio show, a lecture series and our yearly Support Local Campaign. We’ve grown from a team of seven to over fifty volunteer editors, writers, photographers and radio producers. Our goal at Apt613... | Continue reading article

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Experiences from Hub Ottawa’s Impact Academy: Expertise and Peer Support

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Photo courtesy of Tabatha Soltay.Photo courtesy of Tabatha Soltay.

Hub Ottawa is much more than a space. It offers an inspiring work environment, diverse community, and a focus on collaboration, peer learning, and member engagement. Hub is currently recruiting its 3rd cohort of Impact Academy, a program that offers targeted skills development for entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and professionals interested in learning practical tools for change. Participants choose a particular project to work on from inception all the way to making it happen. To get a flavour for what the program was all about, I chatted with Tabatha Soltay, Impact Academy alum... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Wonderful debut novel sparkles with literary talent

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Ottawa-based author Stacey Atkinson is a joy to read.  In fact, I loved her novel Stuck so much, I had to double-check whether it was her literary debut. “Stuck is my first book, which I independently published under my own company Mirror Image Publishing,” Atkinson assures Apartment613.  ”It is also my first published work of any length, unless you count my song writing days . . . but that’s a whole other story.” Stuck tells the story of Odette Leblanc, a young 23-year-old woman in a small New Brunswick town who works in a... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: DIY books of all kinds

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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. I’ve simply had enough of this incessant winter or not-spring as the season seems to be. In times like this, I get creative, so I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the books we have about all kinds of creativity. Creative hobbies are good for you as they... | Continue reading article

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