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Ottawa Showbox interviews Zoo Legacy for Ontario Scene

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Still from Interview with Zoo Legacy - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.Still from Interview with Zoo Legacy - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.

Just before the end of the Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre, Shawn, from Ottawa Showbox, had the opportunity to sit down with our own Zoo Legacy. The indie rock/hip hop hybrid opened for Shad on May 2 at the Bronson Centre. Check them out below: Ottawa Showbox, Ringbill Records and Apt613 present this exclusive Ontario Scene interview filmed at House of Targ.

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Ottawa Showbox interviews Nightshades for Ontario Scene

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Still from Interview with Nightshades - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.Still from Interview with Nightshades - Ontario Scene Festival 2015.

As we near the end of the Ontario Scene Festival presented by the National Arts Centre, Matías Muñoz of Ottawa Showbox had the opportunity to sit down with our very own Nightshades at House of Targ. The three-piece garage band have garnered a lot of attention in Ottawa and are set to open up for Fucked Up, DOOMSQUAD, and Lady Girl on Saturday, May 9, 2015 (Tonight!) at Ritual. Check them out below: Tickets for the show are $18 and can be purchased here. This event is included in the 5/$99... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for May 5, 2014

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Saint Clare. Photo from their Facebook Page.Saint Clare. Photo from their Facebook Page.

Hey kids! May has arrived in all its glory.  The perfect opportunity to open up some windows, let the fresh air in and tune in to find out what’s going on in Ottawa (and with a mere few months of good weather you’d better believe it’s a lot!) This week Live contributor Ania Szneps sat down with Saw Video director Penny McCann to get an idea about their ambitious Cultural Engineering project: how it got started and what they’re hoping it will contribute to the Arts Court redevelopment as we... | Continue reading article

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Let’s be ready

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The Wooden Sky. Photo from their Facebook page.The Wooden Sky. Photo from their Facebook page.

Ontario Scene has been delivering a whirlwind of fantastic shows and there’s still plenty of goodness in store as we head into its final weekend. One show I feel I must highlight lest it be lost in all the noise is Friday night’s roots-rock triple bill featuring The Wooden Sky, the Sadies and Ottawa’s own Kalle Mattson. I got in touch with the Wooden Sky’s Gavin Gardiner over the phone from his Toronto studio to talk about the energy of playing live, what drives him to make music and what... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three

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Still from Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three: Rhiana Chinapen.Still from Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three: Rhiana Chinapen.

Today we bring you the third episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features filmmaker Rhiana Chinapen.  Her interest in social justice issues drew her to documentaries and her work planning Ottawa’s One World Film Festival which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.  She recently completed her first film, an exploration of Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art which she practices) with the assistance of SAW Video Media Arts Centre’s Jumpstart Program. Have a look: Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie Film include: Episode One:  Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions who... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Nina Berkhout impresses with debut novel

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the participating authors in a series of special posts. Nina Berkhout’s debut novel is a poignant examination of family and the fractures that can split it apart.  The Gallery of Lost Species is narrated by Edith Walker, who grows up in the shadow of her beautiful but troubled older sister, Vivienne. Their unhappy mother, Constance, spends all her energy pushing Vivienne to compete in beauty pageants, while their father, Henry, an artist who never found success, tries... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: How to reignite your creative spark

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 will be previewing some of the authors who will be speaking at the festival in a series of special posts. David Usher is coming to the Ottawa International Writers Festival!  Wait.  The Writers Festival? You may know him as David Usher, the musician, who’s become a household name both as a solo artist and as the front man of Moist, the recently reunited Can-rock favourite. But these days he’s busy promoting his first book, Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Two

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Still from Ottawa Indie FIlm - Shannon, Emanuela, Sarah and Xu.Still from Ottawa Indie FIlm - Shannon, Emanuela, Sarah and Xu.

Today we bring you the second episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.  They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called Secret War about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war.  Secret War is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival. You can view Episode 1 here.

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Writers Fest: How schools fail to teach citizenship

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the authors who will be speaking at the festival in a series of special posts. What is the difference between a school in Canada and North Korea?  How about apartheid-era South Africa or another repressive regime? As citizens of a democratic state, many Canadians assume that our schools are vastly different than those in non-democratic countries.  But are they?  This interesting question is posed at the beginning of Prof. Joel Westheimer’s captivating book What Kind of Citizen?... | Continue reading article

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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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