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Saxsyndrum play Pressed Nov. 8

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Lucky me, I took a weekend trip to my favourite city in Quebec and got to spend some time with Montreal’s Saxsyndrum at Resonance Café as we chatted about their upcoming show over a bowl of chips and guacamole. David and Nick, the two lovely humans that make up Saxsyndrum shared with me their thoughts, feelings and ideas about their music and upcoming Ottawa show at Pressed on Friday, November 8th. Apt613: So is this Ottawa show part of a little tour? Nick: Technically, yes. It’s spread out over a... | Continue reading article

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Support Local: HiLoTrons at the Sheep November 2nd

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In the bustling Bridgehead in Hintonburg, I got the opportunity to sit down with HiLoTron’s Mike Dubue to talk about the band’s upcoming show at The Blacksheep Inn on November 2nd and what he loves about our fair city. Having followed the HiLoTrons since 2002, I was pretty stoked to meet with Mike and hear what he had to say about the band’s journey and their evolution of sound and self over the years in their quest to “be as genre-less as possible”. Apt613: Let’s talk about HiLoTrons shows over... | Continue reading article

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Radical Orations for Nuit Blanche Ottawa+Gatineau

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Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.Image from the Radical Orations project by the Think Tank that has yet to be named.

With only one day left until the National Capital’s biggest night-long art party, now would be a good time to get familiar with some of the artistic projects that are going to be happening on Saturday night (if you haven’t done so already). The Nova Express Kiosk (Byward Market Zone, at George & William) will have a series of projects curated by Michael Davidge. Presented by the City of Ottawa’s Art Centres, the artists included are Guillermo Trejo (Ottawa), Dominique Sirois (Montreal), Allison Rowe (Toronto), Gerald and Maas (Ottawa), and the Think... | Continue reading article

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Sook-Yin Lee plays with memory and narrative in two Ottawa exhibits

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Sook-Yin Lee is a force to be reckoned with. She’s a musician, writer, director, actor, broadcaster, and visual and performance artist. I caught up with her while she was in town for the opening of her new photography exhibit We Are Light Rays and the one-night performance of her multimedia work How Can I Forget? We’re seated in the exhibition: intimate, darkened and close “a strange space-room” as Lee describes it. On the wall is the photographic series; back-lit displays on light boxes that run in a line around the... | Continue reading article

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Tour de blogosphere: Interview with local blogger and writer Catherine Brunelle

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Photo of Catherine Brunelle courtesy of her blog Bumpyboobs.Photo of Catherine Brunelle courtesy of her blog Bumpyboobs.

In a previous post we profiled local writer Catherine Brunelle and her attempt to raise $3,000 to publish her debut novel The Adventures of Claire Never-Ending.  Incredibly, she smashed her fundraising goal in less than 24 hours, and has now collected more than double what she was originally hoping for.  We caught up with Catherine to discuss her Kickstarter campaign, her blog Bumpyboobs and her relationship with her readers.  Below is an email interview slightly edited for length and style. Apartment: 613 You met your Kickstarter funding goal in less than 24 hours.  How... | Continue reading article

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The 3rd Annual Ottawa Zine-Off!

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What started out as a backyard get-together for friends has evolved into a public event where a hodge-podge of Ottawa’s arts communities can mix and mingle.  Described as a “self-enforced communal deadline” the third Ottawa Zine-Off! on September 11th is a great way to get some self-exposure, do some trading and make connections with fellow creators.  I had the chance to talk with the organizers, JM Francheteau and Maxx Critical, about their experiences as zinesters here in Ottawa.  Below is a transcript of an email interview edited for length and... | Continue reading article

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Sam Amidon channels Mariah Carey at the Ottawa Folk Fest

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Buried in the lineup for this year’s folk festival is Sam Amidon, the super-cool indie folk artist. It’s great that the festival got him (and also his wife, Beth Orton too!) since it’s an opportunity for folk-loving Ottawans to experience the diversity of the modern scene with an artist whose work is hauntingly emotionally and musically intricate. I loved Amidon’s 2010 record I saw the sign and went through a period of binge listening to the title track when it came out. The new record, Bright Sunny South, is equally... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Talks presents Sports in the City: Building Local Culture through Play

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Ever since the days when the citizens of Sparta would gather round to watch their man humiliate Athens at the chariot races, sports has been a keystone of local culture. Is there a modern city state that doesn’t make rooting for the home team somewhat mandatory? But the role of sports in forming local culture goes beyond professional or even semi-professional sports. Soccer fields, hockey arenas and baseball diamond are places where friendships (or rivalries) are formed that play out in other spheres of our communal life. Newer sports like... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Interview with the very talented (and award winning) local poet Sandra Ridley

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Ottawa-based author Sandra Ridley is a fantastic poet.  Her writings have earned her numerous awards, including the Saskatchewan Book Award for Publishing, the bpNichol Chapbook Poetry Award, and the Alfred G. Bailey Prize.  She has also facilitated poetry workshops at Carleton University and the Ottawa Public Library. Apartment613 caught up with the talented wordsmith to discuss her second poetry collection, Post-Apothecary, which looks at the process of being institutionalized, as well as her upcoming work, The Counting House, set to be released next month.  Below is a transcript of an email interview edited for... | Continue reading article

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It’s Arboretum this weekend! We’ve been thinking a lot about this festival

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Fellow editor Francois Levesque and I sat down with Rolf Klausener and Stefanie Power for a meandering chat about Arboretum Arts Festival, the values that are embedded in it and how things are going this year. It was great to catch up with them about their project and we recorded the conversation for our weekly podcast Apartment613 Live. You can find the full thing (slightly edited) in our podcast this week. A few things came out of this conversation that I think are important for us to think more about.... | Continue reading article

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