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Q&A with Ottawa composer Jan Järvlepp

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Photo from Jan Järvlepp's website, Credit: John Winiarz.Photo from Jan Järvlepp's website, Credit: John Winiarz.

A prolific and eclectic composer (his Garbage Concerto recently received its second local performance with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra this year), Jan Jävlepp is one of Ottawa’s hidden musical treasures. Thankfully, the Music and Beyond festival saw it right to dedicate an entire concert on Monday, July 13th, with only his works on the program – a rare feat for any composer. I had the chance to speak with Järvlepp about the creative process, his experience, the economy, and the new piece that will be premiered at the concert. Apt613:... | Continue reading article

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Walking the line between popular and peculiar

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All photos courtesy of Joel Stairs.All photos courtesy of Joel Stairs.

Joel Stairs is the proprietor of the newly established Antiquus Goods, an Ottawa-based antique shop. We talked about Antiquus’ beginnings, human bones and absolutely everything in between. Apt613: Tell me about yourself! My name is Joel. I was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick and I moved here when I was almost 2 years old. Now that I’m older, I’ve learned to love Ottawa. I love this city, I love old weird stuff and I love people. Apt613: What were your first steps in creating Antiquus Goods? It all sort of... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with music artist, Clym

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Clym. Photo from her Facebook page.Clym. Photo from her Facebook page.

Clym is an Ottawa-based music artist transplanted from Russia. I interviewed her about her music making process, her history as an artist, and her feelings about Canada. Apt613: Tell me about yourself! I am Clym, and I make electronic/trip-hop/experimental music. I currently work in the do-it-yourself format: mixing and mastering my songs by myself. Clym is a representation of the musical and visual aesthetic I consider valuable. What drew you to move to Ottawa from Russia? I moved here to study. Ottawa appeared to be a great city, having an... | Continue reading article

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The story behind Bluesfest… and beyond

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Crowd gathered at Procol Harum for Ottawa Bluesfest 2014. All photos by Terry Steeves.Crowd gathered at Procol Harum for Ottawa Bluesfest 2014. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ottawa Bluesfest, one of the top ten outdoor music festivals in North America, is now in its 21st year, but has grown to become something much more than a phenomenally successful music festival. It’s an enterprise that has not only brought some of the biggest world talents to our city, but has also focused a great deal on our own local artists, community music programs, and has incorporated the involvement of many of our local businesses, artisans, and venues. I had a chance to talk to Executive Director, Mark Monahan... | Continue reading article

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Break out the Blankets! Theatre’s coming to the Parks.

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The cast of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors by A Company of Fools. Photo by Chrissy Steinbock.The cast of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors by A Company of Fools. Photo by Chrissy Steinbock.

Ah, summer in the city and the event listings are bursting with an embarrassment of riches. In the coming weeks there is not one but three theatre shows playing in the parks. We’ve rounded up the details for you in this handy list. A Company of Fools brings Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors to a park near you. The Fools, who are turning 25 this year have made a name for themselves by breathing new life into Shakespeare with their very funny physical theatre combining elements of slapstick, vaudeville, clown... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa City Woodshop inspired by Ottawa’s lumber town legacy

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A photo of the woodshopPhoto courtesy of the Ottawa City Woodshop

Are you longing for the smell of sawdust and the sounds of a drill press, but worried that your one-bedroom-plus-den rental may not be the best home to re-start that woodworking project? The Ottawa City Woodshop launched last month and has been quickly attracting interest from members. You can join the woodshop with a monthly fee and get access to the space and discounts on courses. They have intro classes starting in both July and August for the uninitiated to ease their way into the joys of woodworking. We caught... | Continue reading article

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BSOMA teaches photographers the tools of the trade

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Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.

Bluesfest School of Art and Music has been making strides lately when it comes to providing workshops on teachable skills for the community. In the past, they’ve worked together with artists, bands and festivals to put on seminars that cover everything from releasing an album to acquiring sponsorship. Their most recent workshop is festival-focused with a specification in photography, titled RBC Bluesfest Concert Photography. The workshop is led by in-house Bluesfest photographers Mark Horton and Marc DesRosiers, and was launched as a pilot project last year with great results, including... | Continue reading article

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Brew Brahs chat with Beau’s Brewery chef Bruce Wood

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Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.Chef Bruce Woods in action. Photos courtesy of Beau's.

Jordan Duff is a regular contributor over at BrewBrahs, where they talk about everything beer. You can also find them on Twitter. If you’re a beer drinker in Ottawa – heck, in Ontario – then you’ve sampled a Beau’s brew. They’ve been creating craft suds since before it was cool, way back in 2006. With dozens of breweries now in operation in the Ottawa area, it would be easy for Beau’s to lose a step. The thing is, they don’t. They keep innovating and coming up with neat and creative approaches to craft beer... | Continue reading article

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Darling Yes, what vintage charm!

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Carly Smith of Darling YesCarly Smith of Darling Yes

Carly Smith of Darling Yes has made a splash in the Ottawa handmade community. Darling Yes is a homegrown business, selling jewelry and hand-drawn art creations crafted in Smith’s home workshop. I had the chance to interview Smith about the building of her brand, her designs, and if she had any advice for those looking to create a business of their own! Apt613: Tell me a little about yourself! My name is Carly and I’m the owner and designer of Darling Yes. I have a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton,... | Continue reading article

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Jazzfest: In conversation with Danielle Allard

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Danielle Allard: photo by Justin van Leeuwen, Body painting by May MazorDanielle Allard: photo by Justin van Leeuwen, Body painting by May Mazor

Ottawa’s young singer/songwriter sensation Danielle Allard has spent her life immersed in music since the age of 3. She began performing publicly at 9, started receiving formal training at 11, and was writing her own songs by age 14. Her studies at Canterbury High School’s Arts Program would further develop her skills in voice and guitar. “My principal in elementary school was finishing his Ph.D. in music at the time, so he was very supportive of the arts. A couple of other teachers jumped onboard and started putting together theatre productions,... | Continue reading article

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