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Basement 819: NUITS CLAIRES, le 4ème Festival du film balte et nordique aura lieu du 1er au 12 février 2014

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À mesure que le froid se déploie sur Ottawa, le ciel lui, se dégage sur un canal gelé, des statues de glaces et de larges écrans blancs. La logique? Un ciel d’hiver, un ciel polaire, l’Institut du Film Canadien s’affaire, en collaboration avec les ambassades des pays baltes et nordiques, aux derniers préparatifs de son « festival polaire », qu’il intitule « Nuits Claires ». Un recueil de huit films d’autres pays enneigés et inspirés, indépendants et éclectiques, artistiques et philosophiques, qui divertissent et instruisent ceux qui les écoutent. En... | Continue reading article

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Apartment Crush | Office Edition: iPolitics breathes life into their new Heritage space

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All photos by Kenneth Ingram unless otherwise noted.All photos by Kenneth Ingram unless otherwise noted.

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 Visiting iPolitics’ new location feels much like a celebration as sunlight shines into the freshly renovated space. Ambient noise channels from the brick walls and wooden floors at 17 York Street, a Recognized Federal Heritage Building. “The acoustics are very different,” explains Sally Douglas, Deputy Publisher at iPolitics and our guide on this particular Friday morning. “The buzz you’re hearing is a... | Continue reading article

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Catch Marty Kolls at an intimate (and free!) house concert this Friday

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Armed with a mellifluous voice, most oft accompanied by either ukulele or piano, London-based Marty Kolls soulfully embeds honest lyrics in heartfelt melodies. Having toured internationally in her youth, coupled with more recent stage-sharing alongside the likes of Dan Mangan, Sarah Harmer and Basia Bulat, Kolls’ has developed into a savvy and intimate performer. You can check her out this Friday by attending her FREE house show at 118 Glenview Ave. We probed into Marty’s mind via email and here’s what she had to say: Apartment613: If we were to... | Continue reading article

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Let zines keep you warm this winter

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Maranda Elizabeth writes zines about how to create meaningful days while experiencing mental illnesses that they want to learn how to live with, not how to get rid of.Maranda Elizabeth writes zines about how to create meaningful days while experiencing mental illnesses that they want to learn how to live with, not how to get rid of.

When the days are short and the world outdoors is frozen and inhospitable, it can be hard to get motivated to do much other than lie in bed with some insalubrious snacks and a steady stream of Netflix. Three Toronto writers who will be reading in Ottawa on December 19th want to encourage us to try some other winter survival tactics, and talk about some of the ways that we can survive difficult times by caring for ourselves and taking part in our communities.  They also want to bring to... | Continue reading article

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Dog Day’s Fade Out makes for great moodie classic rock

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Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.Photo courtesy of Pigeon Row.

I recently had the pleasure of discovering some new music from a Canadian band hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Dog Day‘s been around for almost a decade but I’m discovering them for the first time through the release of their latest album Fade Out. I am never really sure what to expect when listening to new music, but I will say that I enjoyed listening to Fade Out from start to finish. Some of the songs on the album have this throwback vibe to the days of The Guess Who and Neil Young. The album... | Continue reading article

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Bee Work at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill, one night only

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Portrait of the artist with Florid. All Photos courtesy of Pierre Laporte Photography.Portrait of the artist with Florid. All Photos courtesy of Pierre Laporte Photography.

When Chelsea’s Sarah Hatton was faced with the loss of thousands of honeybees from her hives, she did what she could as an artist. She turned distress into creation. The result is Bee Work, a beautiful and dizzying collection of tableaus composed entirely of glued-on bees. Apartment613 had the opportunity to ask the artist a few questions ahead of Wednesday’s one-night-only exhibit at Galerie St-Laurent + Hill. Apt613: How long have you kept honey bees? Tell us about your hives. Sarah Hatton: I am at the end of my second season keeping honeybees. It... | Continue reading article

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SPAIN Arts & culture: l’Odyssée de la culture espagnole au Canada

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Propos recueillis par Mariette Delevallée. Depuis le 14 novembre dernier, la Bibliothèque des Archives accueille le 28ème Festival du Film de l’Union Européenne. Pour sa dernière fin de semaine, trois opus sont projetés, mettant l’Espagne, la Lettonie, la Grèce, la Belgique et les Pays Bas au premier plan. >Une occasion opportune de découvrir le travail des agents culturels des Ambassades qui travaillent à faire rayonner leurs artistes et leurs œuvres à travers le Canada. Paloma Linés Gomez, Agent des projets culturels à l’Ambassade d’Espagne d’Ottawa, présente son travail à BMT 819.... | Continue reading article

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Hey Maker: A chat with Steve St Pierre

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By now you’ve likely seen the Support Local logo and poster – goodness knows we at Apartment613 have been using it wherever possible for the last few weeks. As we wind down on this month long initiative, we wanted to chat with the guy behind the ingenious design. Steve St Pierre of Maker, cleverly realizing that our city is in the shape of a heart, has created a logo that (we like to think, at least) warms the actual hearts of Ottawans, and lets them show a little extra lovin’... | Continue reading article

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Malorie Bertrand & EF Magazine put a spotlight on sustainable fashion

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Ottawa’s Malorie Bertrand has a passion for eco fashion. Her friends at Second Grace Vintage  describe her as “gracious, articulate and cute as a button.” These things are all true and she has been a tireless advocate in promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion through her blog EF Magazine, and through her company with partner Stephanie Major August/May Sustainable Styling. They offer a variety of personal and commercial styling services with a focus on sourcing from sustainable labels. EF Magazine, started in 2011, promotes sustainable fashion and beauty that is... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: Political Circus

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Justin Trudeau finger puppet. Photo by Travis Boisvenue.Justin Trudeau finger puppet. Photo by Travis Boisvenue.

In honor of support local month, I had the chance to interview local artist Gabe Thirlwall who is the founder of The Political Circus. Her set of political finger puppets has quickly gained popularity amongst local artists and politicians themselves, a project that Gabe started in 2009. Apartment613: I know you mentioned on your blog that Political Circus came about because you wanted to showcase how Ottawa is not the sleeper city people think it to be. What else inspired you to come up with such a unique project? What... | Continue reading article

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