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Q&A with Howard Adler and Chris Wong of Asinabka Festival

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Screen shot from Rhymes With Young Ghouls.Screen shot from Rhymes With Young Ghouls.

Ottawa’s own Asinabka Film & Media Festival, which celebrates film, art and media made by and about Aboriginal peoples from the world over, begins this Wednesday, July 23rd and runs until Sunday. We caught up with co-directors, Howard Adler and Chris Wong to chat about this year’s edition. Apt613: Hi Howard and Chris. Thanks for taking some time to talk to us. So, this is the third year of running Asinabka Film/Media Festival. Has the initial excitement of novelty worn off, or are you as amped as ever? How does... | Continue reading article

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Call for Submissions: YOW! A Zine about Ottawa

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Meet Lily Pepper, a local whose passion for zines (and Apt613!) has led her to launch YOW! a zine about Ottawa in all its glory. Because yes: Ottawa deserves some praise in the form of words, illustrations, comics and other expressions of love on paper. “People living in Ottawa tend to talk this city down,” says Pepper. “What I want to do with the YOW! zine is to get people talking in different ways about Ottawa, talking about what the city means to them, recounting memories of special Ottawa times,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Adventure: Wakefield Village

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Retro boat cruise on the Gatineau River near Wakefield. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.Retro boat cruise on the Gatineau River near Wakefield. All photos by Maksim Apelfeld.

Whenever I find myself planning a weekend trip to get out of town, the two usual suspects come in mind: Montreal with its great restaurants and music scene, and Toronto, with its sports teams, art galleries, and incredible city landscapes. Now, don’t get me wrong, Toronto and Montreal are both great options for a weekend gateway. But for those lazy weekends when a 4-hour drive might sound like a bit of a drag, it’s nice to opt for a day-trip to a local destination for a more relaxing small-town experience.... | Continue reading article

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A golden opportunity to see great art: Gustave Doré at the NGC

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Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.Gustave Doré's "Souvenir de Loch Lomond." Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Canada.

It’s not really a question of “why do you have to see” the Gustave Doré (1832 – 1883) Master of Imagination exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada, but more a statement that “you just have to see it”. Simply put, there’s something here for everyone. With close to 100 different illustrations, sculptures and paintings on display, the exhibition, if anything, highlights Doré’s diversity and underscores his influence on art, on film and popular culture including Walt Disney and Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame), and on the comic strip and graphic novel,... | Continue reading article

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Centuryholm Farm – The milk we’re made of

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Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.Eastman's Centuryholm Farm. All photos by Jacob Fergus.

Jacob and I left Ottawa on a cloudy Saturday morning, running late as usual but highly excited about our destination! After all, it’s not every day that you have the chance to visit a working dairy farm! The road to the farm was breathtakingly beautiful. Still close to Ottawa, we had the impression of being in a different land. One where the animals were outside chilling on the grass, rabbits hanging around and people growing their own food – everything was as it was supposed to be. We arrived in... | Continue reading article

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A Film About Coffee premieres at The Mayfair

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Have you ever thought about how far your single long espresso, your vanilla latte, or your large medium in an extra large cup has to travel before the barista passes it to you over the bar each morning? At Bridgehead, a sense of connection has always been encouraged, between the coffee lover and the farms where their coffee comes from. Committed to more than just high quality coffee – they are conscientious of their impact on the environment, support small-scale farmers, and embrace Fair-Trade Certified and organic certified products. This... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest Review: Vintage Trouble

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Vintage Trouble heats up the crowd on the Black Sheep Stage. Photo by Terry Steeves.Vintage Trouble heats up the crowd on the Black Sheep Stage. Photo by Terry Steeves.

Day 3 of Bluesfest brought plenty of sun, and the grounds of LeBreton Flats began to fill up early in the afternoon. I could already see traces of Gaga fever present as I ran across the odd pink and blue beehive clad females, anticipating what I knew would be one of the biggest, if not THE biggest act this year. But I wasn’t here for Ms. Gaga. I decided to take full advantage of catching an act that has been stirring up some fuss in the last couple years… I... | Continue reading article

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Foodie Friday: Free summer picnics with Harvest Noir

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The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and the farmers are hauling crates of their newly harvested produce to outdoor markets across the city. For Harvest Noir, that can only mean one thing – BYOB (Bring Your Own Blanket) because it’s time to picnic. A two-part free summer picnic will take place on July 12 and August 23, giving Ottawans the perfect excuse to get out of the house and explore some of the finer open-air venues this city has to offer. Picnickers of all ages will be scouring... | Continue reading article

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Aziz and Co celebrate 50 years

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From left to right: Sheena Zain (store manager, daughter), Zubeda Ujjainwala (mother and owner) and Jasmine Aziz (Daughter). All photos by Charlie Crabb.From left to right: Sheena Zain (store manager, daughter), Zubeda Ujjainwala (mother and owner) and Jasmine Aziz (Daughter). All photos by Charlie Crabb.

While stumbling and bumbling around, a drunk man tripped into a small store, which had just opened on the corner of Bank and Gilmour streets. He wandered through, gazing at its vibrantly coloured collection of bed spreads, dresses and textiles, unsure of where his drunken adventure had led him. It was different from the other stores he meandered by on the street. The aroma of the burning incense enticed him to wobble down to the back end of the shop. Intoxicated by the smell, he grumbled, grabbed a pack of... | Continue reading article

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Write on Ottawa: Palawan Story by Caroline Vu

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Caroline Vu. Photo from Palawan Story's Facebook Page.Caroline Vu. Photo from Palawan Story's Facebook Page.

Caroline Vu’s Palawan Story is about the young Kim Nguyen’s unwitting and traumatic escape from the 1970’s Communist Vietnam to the Palawan refugee camp in the Philippines, to her eventual arrival in the United States thanks to a case of mistaken identity. While the story of survival told from a child’s perspective and later re-dissected through Kim’s adult eyes is one that merits readers’ attention alone, it is Vu’s ability to keep her readers emotionally aligned with her narrator that really secures this novel’s literary merits. Vu displays an uncanny... | Continue reading article

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