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Why you need to go to Raw Sugar this Saturday

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This Saturday at 7 pm, Ottawa-native Andrew Forbes is launching What You Need, his debut collection of short stories, at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset W.).  While currently living in Peterborough, this young author is no stranger to the National Capital Region, having been born in Ottawa, as well as attending Gloucester High School and Carleton University.  He also visits our region regularly as his parents still live in the east end of the city. Even though this is Forbes’ first published book, he has been previously published in numerous places,... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend + Originals Spring Craft Sale ticket giveaway

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Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".Still from Michael Feuerstack's video for "Scorekeeper".

As we blow past the middle of April, the springtime clothing swaps, wine & food shows and all ages events begin again. This weekend holds its usual eclectic array of music and family fun, with a few things like fan fiction readings, burlesque shows and an Aboriginal arts fundraiser thrown in for variety. Friday afternoon the Bridgehead on Bank and Gilmour is home base for the International Anti-Street Harassment Week put on by Hollaback! Ottawa at 3pm. They’re joining the movement to Stop Telling Women To Smile with a postering... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Ottawa’s literary cure for cynicism

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Celebrate the International Writers Festival as an Ottawa-success story, an antidote for cynicism, and quite possibly the epitome of Canadian hospitality. The 2015 spring edition of Ottawa’s International Writers Festival begins April 22.  This essential literary gathering, however, offers us more than award-winning writers, poets, musicians and thought-provoking intellectuals, according to the festival’s Artistic Director Sean Wilson. “What the festival does for me is it’s an antidote to cynicism,” he explains.  “It’s hard to read the newspaper and to watch television without getting cynical about the state of the world... | Continue reading article

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Launching our special Writers Festival series

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is one of our city’s treasured gems.  Since first launching in 1997, this special gathering has brought some of Canada’s and the world’s leading writers, comic book creators, playwrights, scientists and musicians to our region. Next week the 2015 spring edition of the festival kicks off and will run from April 22 to 28.  Among the impressive lineup are several authors from the National Capital Region.  Over the next two weeks, Apartment613 will be reviewing several of these local authors in a series of posts.... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Mirror Comics shuts down after five years

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Last month an awful thing happened: Ottawa’s popular Mirror Comics closed its doors and shut down.  Beginning in 2010, artist-writer Dominic Bercier and web guru Allan Isfan founded Mirror Comics to a fair amount of fandom, and hit its stride in 2012 when they released copies of their work at Ottawa Comiccon and noticed people loved what they were doing. Even with the boost in popularity, the duo noticed quickly that didn’t mean they could distribute to a wider audience outside of their hometown.  “Our physical and budgetary realities meant that we... | Continue reading article

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Help PDA Press come to life

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One of Ottawa’s newest galleries is asking for help with a new venture that will bring the work of local and Canadian artists and creators to a wider audience. PDA Press, which is part of PDA Projects, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the publication of their first three books, which feature art and writing by contributors both from Ottawa and from across Canada. PDA Projects’ physical space is PDA Gallery, which opened on Elgin St., between the Lieutenant’s Pump and Kochu Sushi, in the summer of... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Surviving the flood

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Starting today, the eBook version of the The Flood by David Sachs will be on sale for $0.99 for a limited time.  For the paperback, use the U.S.-based amazon.com site, as it will be a few weeks before the paper version is available on amazon.ca. The East Coast of the United States didn’t have a chance.  With hardly any time to react, tens of millions of people fled in panic to escape the savage tsunami that would soon destroy countless cities and towns. In New York City, hundreds of refugees... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: What if kids had it their way?

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So, we all think being a kid is easy.  Have you ever thought back to the times you felt hopeless in a world ruled by oh-so-rational adults?  This is a BIG issue to live through in middle school!  Not only are you dealing with all sorts of social pressures, your parents or the adults in your life just make this task a little more tedious. When I was in middle school, I thought the Prime Minister’s right-hand person should be a teenager so kids’ wants and needs would be considered... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: The verbal equations of King Kimbit

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In our final post for Poetry Week, we interview Ottawa’s own Kim Nguyen aka King Kimbit who performed at VERSeFest this weekend. As a testament to the power — and reach — of spoken word, Kim Nguyen, 22, stands less than five-feet tall yet speaks with award-winning conviction. “You wanna know how to rhyme you better learn how to add.  It’s mathematics,” she laughs while reciting lyrics by Mos Def as an example of the hip hop and rap from which she draws inspiration. Numbers, as it turns out, have... | Continue reading article

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Poetry Week: Cameron Anstee’s voyage of discovery

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Ottawa-based Apt. 9 Press published this past fall Five, a poetry collection by five different poets. With the start of VERSeFest this week, we thought this would be a great opportunity to profile each of the writers featured in this poetry collection.  Today we conclude our look at all five wordsmiths by reviewing the work of Cameron Anstee, the founder of Apt. 9 press.  (See part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4 of this series of five profiles). Cameron Anstee lives and writes in Ottawa ON where he runs Apt. 9 Press and is pursuing a PhD... | Continue reading article

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