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Q & A with Fury President John Pugh, the man who brought professional soccer to Ottawa

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John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.John Pugh in 1977, playing at Wembley with the Sheffield football club.

We spoke with John Pugh, President of Ottawa Fury FC, and the man responsible for bringing professional soccer to Ottawa. Apt613: Where did you grow up? A place called Hereford, it’s on the border between England and Wales, Pugh is a Welsh name. It’s famous for Bulmer’s Cider and Strongbow, and obviously Hereford cattle. What was your favourite team growing up? I always supported Manchester United. They had a certain aura about them. My boyhood hero was a guy called Denis Law. He was a goalscorer and that’s what I... | Continue reading article

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World Press award-winning photos capture moments of tenderness and danger

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World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. 

St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment.
Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

Award-winning images from around the world are now on display at the Canadian War Museum for a limited time, marking the eighth year that World Press Photo has chosen Ottawa as the premier Canadian location for its annual exhibition. “The images of World Press Photo 2015 were jury selected from among 98,000 entries submitted by close to 6,000 photojournalists from 131 countries,” explains Mark O’Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian War Museum. “The exhibition really does present the finest work by many of the world’s top photographers.” While a... | Continue reading article

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Gas Light Electric’s handmade marquee signs light up the city

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A custom sign by Gas Light Electric.  All photos by Meg Marshall.A custom sign by Gas Light Electric. All photos by Meg Marshall.

Marquee signs are making a comeback, and you don’t need to travel back in time to get your own. If you drive half an hour west of the city, you will reach Gas Light Electric, run by Scott Adamson. His work can be found all over town. The “C-O-F-F-E-E” sign at Equator Coffee, which I mentioned in my previous Apt613 article about the cafe, the “N-A-M-A-S-T-E” sign at Yogatown and the Union 11 sign are all examples of his bright and fun work. And the best thing about these pieces of art is that they... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for July 23, 2015

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Detail of Nicky Jean's new album StairsDetail of Nicky Jean's new album Stairs

We talk with the multitalented Nicky Jean: a singer/songwriter, hip hop artist, and spoken word artist, from Montreal and living in Ottawa. You can find her on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and Twitter.  Apt613 Live is on CHUO 89.1 FM on Tuesdays at 6 pm. Tune in!    

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“…this culture is mad.” // Q&A with Lorna Mills

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Still from Rhett Jones' contribution to Ways of Something.Still from Rhett Jones' contribution to Ways of Something.

Post by Katja Melzer, SAW Video Programmer. This evening, Lorna Mills’ groundbreaking Ways of Something (2014-2015) will screen at SAW Video. A contemporary remake of the iconic BBC television series Ways of Seeing (1972) by John Berger, the Toronto based media artist invited more than 100 Canadian and international artists from different generations to collaborate with her. Each artist selected one minute of the original video, and responded to it by creating their own minute using 3D renderings, animated gifs, film remix, live webcam images and video. The resulting work... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: The Tea Party take us on a magic carpet ride

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Jeff Martin (left) and Stuart Chatwood (right) of the Tea Party. All photos by Terry SteevesJeff Martin (left) and Stuart Chatwood (right) of the Tea Party. All photos by Terry Steeves

The combination of the setting sun amidst the ambient sounds of Middle Eastern music cast a spell over the growing audience that quickly assembled in front of the Canadian stage on this final night of Bluesfest. Canadian headliners, The Tea Party, would take us on a magic carpet ride through their vast repertoire, dating all the way back to their debut, self-titled album of 1991. Their signature sound is derived from influences of psychedelic and Middle Eastern flavours, using a multitude of old world stringed and percussive instruments, but also... | Continue reading article

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#WALK Together, it’s that simple

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Image from the #WALK Facebook event pageImage from the #WALK Facebook event page

If you’ve been roaming the streets of downtown, soaking up some of this temperate summer weather in the last couple of weeks, you might have noticed some rather peculiar black-and-white posters taped to utility poles. No fancy pictures. No attention grabbing graphics. Just: #WALK TOGETHER JULY 18TH PARLIAMENT HILL 2:00PM This may have created more questions than it answered. I spoke with one of the creators of #WALK Together, Kenneth Antonio, to figure out just what this walk was all about. “#WALK together” is a sort of “un-demonstration”, a statement... | Continue reading article

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Greg Houston wants to sell you on Just For Laughs

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Greg Houston performs at Mugshot's TacoMic night. Photo by Dennis Elliot.Greg Houston performs at Mugshot's TacoMic night. Photo by Dennis Elliot.

Post by Greg Houston. So myself – Greg Houston a local comic based out of Ottawa, that performs all over and produces monthly and bi-monthly comedy shows is going to Just For Laughs! … As press. I thought I’d practice by interviewing myself? (with help on questions from Ottawhat? Podcast). I’m checking out the festival to sell it to Ottawaeans, and I’m going to sell Ottawa to JFL. JFL has been around since the 80s and is an internationally recognized Comedy festival that brings industry people from all over the... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Fellowship: Ottawa’s C & C Dept. featuring Josephine

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All photos by Sanita Fejzic.All photos by Sanita Fejzic.

Ottawa’s Compliments & Complaints Department is a featured column supported by the Apt613 Fellowship Program. The aim is to spotlight locals from different hoods of the capital, letting them celebrate this city and share their constructive criticisms. Name: Josephine Daigle About: Josephine is the kitchen manager of the brand-new café Red Door Provisions in New Edinburgh. Hood: Beechwood Village. Photo taken on the rooftop of Rockcliffe Arms, Springfield Rd. Complaint: There aren’t enough green spaces and parks in Ottawa. There should be more trees on sidewalks and potted flowers. For example,... | Continue reading article

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Bluesfest: Backstage with The World Famous Tony Williams

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Our contributor, Chrissy Stienbock interviews Tony Williams pre-show at Bluesfest 2015. All Photos by Brian Lalande Tooma Productions, in collaboration with  Beauteoptic.Our contributor, Chrissy Stienbock interviews Tony Williams pre-show at Bluesfest 2015. All Photos by Brian Lalande Tooma Productions, in collaboration with Beauteoptic.

When Kanye West played Bluesfest Friday night it looked like it was all Yeezy, the solitary artist commanding the stage, bathed in the glow from a huge rack of stage lights. Much as we’re seduced by the myth of the lone genius taking on the world, the truth is that the very best are backed by some very good people. Kanye’s musicians may not have been visible at Friday’s show but they were there, in the dark corners, playing their parts. One of those behind the scenes players is Tony... | Continue reading article

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