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Apartment Crush | Office Edition: Festival House serves as a community arts hub

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Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.Festival House. Unless otherwise noted, all photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Take a peek into the homes and offices of Ottawa with Apartment Crush. If you would like us to feature your space, let us know by emailing apartment613@gmail.com Festival House officially opened in early May and unites many of Ottawa’s festival and event planners under one roof. Apartment613 and Kimberly McCarthy-Kearney, the Outreach Coordinator for Ottawa Festivals, take you through the new office spaces that were created inside a former church that dates back over one-hundred years: Apt613: Tell us about how the former Westboro United Church became your new... | Continue reading article

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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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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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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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Souljazz Orchestra to test drive new material at Glow Fair

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Photo by Alexandre Mattar.Photo by Alexandre Mattar.

Ottawa’s Souljazz Orchestra is leading a strong set of local acts heading into Glow Fair, the Bank Street BIA’s new street festival, this Friday. Self-described as “Canada’s hardest-working combo”, The Souljazz Orchestra is hoping the neon, glow-in-the-dark festival will serve as a tune up ahead of their big euro tour launching next week. “It’s been awhile since we’ve played a proper show in Ottawa,” says lead singer Pierre Chrétien. “It will be a good tune up before we leave for Europe for our big summer tour the same week. We’ll... | Continue reading article

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From Death Valley to Paradise City: A different kind of ‘beat’ journey

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Photo provided by the Available Light Screening Collective.Photo provided by the Available Light Screening Collective.

There’s an undeniable romance to the idea of climbing into a car and discovering the world head-on wherever the road, and your instincts, might take you. That’s the primary motivation behind multidisciplinary visual artist, musician and director Lisa Lipton (a.k.a FRANKIE)’s most recent works that compromise the screening get outta my dreams and into my car. This Thursday’s screening (presented by Available Light Screening Collective) will be the first time Lipton shows all five films created during her Canada-U.S. journey and the first time she will perform alongside them. Apartment613... | Continue reading article

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The Burden of Self Awareness: Q&A with Eric Coates and Arthur Milner

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Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.Eric Coates, Artistic Director of the GCTC, right, during rehearsals in late May 2014. All photos by Kenneth Ingram.

Eric Coates is the Artistic Director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. He also plays the character Michael in The Burden of Self Awareness. This production marks his stage debut at the GCTC. We caught up with him in advance of the production’s launch. Our interview with Arthur Milner follows. Apt613: It’s the GCTC’s 39th anniversary season and it’s coming to an end with The Burden of Self Awareness. Why have you saved it for last? Coates: That was partly just a scheduling necessity because of the availability of other... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with George F. Walker, Playwright

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George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.

George F. Walker, 66, is a distinguished Canadian playwright and screenwriter. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1996 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Governor General Awards. His The Burden of Self Awareness premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) earlier this month. We sat down with him on May 29th to talk about the production, its inspiration and what drew him to the GCTC. Apt613: In the blurb that everyone will read[about the play], there are three magical ingredients: sex,... | Continue reading article

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On the Brink: Celebrating new published voices in speculative fiction

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Photo by Nana B. Agyei on Flickr.Photo by Nana B. Agyei on Flickr.

There is nothing I love more than sitting down and reading a good book. Always have. Always will. I love the intimacy of getting pulled into the make believe world of an author’s imagination. I’m not particular about genres or authors, but I certainly have a sweet spot for anything that touches on mystery and intrigue, the unexplained and the unexplored. Which is why I was thrilled to learn about On The Brink – an event aimed at introducing readers to new Ottawa authors of speculative fiction—science fiction, fantasy, horror,... | Continue reading article

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Meet Waffle Kisses, Ottawa’s newest quilting studio

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Photo from the Waffle Kisses Facebook page.Photo from the Waffle Kisses Facebook page.

What do you get when you cross an artist with a sewing machine? Quilting madness, that’s what. Meet Laura Piggott of Waffle Kisses, President and founder of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild. While she’s been slowly but surely building a name for herself for the past few years, she needs your help. By the end of June, Laura will be opening a multi-functional studio near Fallowfield and Huntley Road in Stittsville and offering lessons in sewing, quilting, visual arts (painting and drawing) as well as handcrafting (such as embroideries). So... | Continue reading article

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