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Q&A with George F. Walker, Playwright

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George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.George F. Walker, Playwright - The Burden of Self Awareness. Photo provided by The Great Canadian Theatre Company.

George F. Walker, 66, is a distinguished Canadian playwright and screenwriter. He was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1996 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Governor General Awards. His The Burden of Self Awareness premiered at the Great Canadian Theatre Company (GCTC) earlier this month. We sat down with him on May 29th to talk about the production, its inspiration and what drew him to the GCTC. Apt613: In the blurb that everyone will read[about the play], there are three magical ingredients: sex,... | Continue reading article

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On the Brink: Celebrating new published voices in speculative fiction

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Photo by Nana B. Agyei on Flickr.Photo by Nana B. Agyei on Flickr.

There is nothing I love more than sitting down and reading a good book. Always have. Always will. I love the intimacy of getting pulled into the make believe world of an author’s imagination. I’m not particular about genres or authors, but I certainly have a sweet spot for anything that touches on mystery and intrigue, the unexplained and the unexplored. Which is why I was thrilled to learn about On The Brink – an event aimed at introducing readers to new Ottawa authors of speculative fiction—science fiction, fantasy, horror,... | Continue reading article

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Meet Waffle Kisses, Ottawa’s newest quilting studio

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Photo from the Waffle Kisses Facebook page.Photo from the Waffle Kisses Facebook page.

What do you get when you cross an artist with a sewing machine? Quilting madness, that’s what. Meet Laura Piggott of Waffle Kisses, President and founder of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild. While she’s been slowly but surely building a name for herself for the past few years, she needs your help. By the end of June, Laura will be opening a multi-functional studio near Fallowfield and Huntley Road in Stittsville and offering lessons in sewing, quilting, visual arts (painting and drawing) as well as handcrafting (such as embroideries). So... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s 10th Annual Capital Slam Finals

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Photo from The Tenth Annual Capital Slam Facebook event page.Photo from The Tenth Annual Capital Slam Facebook event page.

The tenth Capital Slam Finals will take place this Saturday from 6:30 -10:00pm at the University of Ottawa’s Alumni Auditorium. One of the largest annual spoken word events in Ottawa, this slam will decide which of the eight finalists, who have already battled through two semi-finals, will go on to represent Ottawa at this year’s Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. I was lucky enough to interview one of the organizers of this year’s Capital Slam Finals, Rusty Priske. A long-standing member of the Capital Slam scene, and a contender in... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Serah-Marie McMahon of WORN Fashion Journal

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All images from The WORN Archive  (editor Serah-Marie McMahon) courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.All images from The WORN Archive (editor Serah-Marie McMahon) courtesy Drawn & Quarterly.

Post by Régine Paquette and Katie Frappier. The Wornettes are heading to Ottawa to celebrate the release of The Worn Archive. The anthology is comprised of the first fourteen issues of WORN with each chapter dedicated to celebrating a different aspect of fashion. In anticipation of the event, we sat down with Serah-Marie McMahon, founder and editor of WORN to discuss their role in Canada’s fashion industry and what values they bring to their writing. How do you think Worn has influenced the Canadian Fashion Industry? How have you seen... | Continue reading article

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Autograph: Reformed and revamped

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Autograph band members from left to right: Steve Lynch (lead guitar, bkg vox), Simon Daniels (lead vocals,  guitar), Randy Rand (bass, bkg vox), Marc Wieland (drums). All photos by Terry Steeves.Autograph band members from left to right: Steve Lynch (lead guitar, bkg vox), Simon Daniels (lead vocals, guitar), Randy Rand (bass, bkg vox), Marc Wieland (drums). All photos by Terry Steeves.

Last Friday night, I set out with my camera, my notepad, and weeks of compiled research, to interview and take in a rock band that is back with a vengeance after 25 years. Their name is Autograph, and they have returned bigger, stronger, and louder than ever, adding a fresh, new and powerful flavour to their music. But first…a brief history… Before Autograph was even a band, it was a man by the name of Steve Plunkett, a singer/guitarist/songwriter who had written songs he wanted to develop and record as... | Continue reading article

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Q&A with Simone Deneau of NAC Presents

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Simone Deneau. Photo by Rémi Thériault. All other photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Simone Deneau. Photo by Rémi Thériault. All other photos courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Not only a bastion of high culture, the National Arts Centre prides itself on exposing Ottawa to the work of up-and-coming musicians of all genres. The NAC does this through its Scene festivals, which feature the music of a given province or region of Canada, and through its NAC Presents series, now entering its fourth season. The NAC Presents series features all Canadian artists, but aims to strike a balance between established artists, who in previous years have included Rufus Wainwright, Ian Tyson, and Ron Sexsmith, and emerging musicians. The... | Continue reading article

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Last day to support Jill Zmud’s “Small matters of life and death”

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Photo courtesy of jillzmud.comPhoto courtesy of jillzmud.com

If you’re a fan of local singer/songwriter Jill Zmud‘s work, you’ve got until the end of the day to jump in and support her indiegogo campaign. Her new record is a bit of an homage to an uncle she met for the first time through his recordings. It’s a fascinating story and we caught up with Jill to quickly give us the run-down of her project and the campaign. You can find all the details online here. Apt613: Can you tell us a bit more about your Uncle Eddie? Jill:... | Continue reading article

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New boutique will help EcoEquitable better serve Ottawa

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Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and  Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.Betty (left), a seamstress with EcoEquitable who has started a small business creating African fashions with her husband, and Ayseh, the Home Decor Assistant with EcoEquitable. All photos by SBHale.

A local social enterprise is hoping to broaden its capacity while better serving the community through a brand new boutique. For twelve years, EcoEquitable has provided employment and skills training to immigrant and underemployed women through small-scale textile recycling. While participants develop valuable skills to achieve financial independence, a huge amount of what would have been waste gets repurposed through the program. Last Thursday, the organization opened the doors of its new space to show off a new boutique that will feature creations generated by the program. I had the... | Continue reading article

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Enter the Mannequin: an interview with Ooluu

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Photo by Matt C.Photo by Matt C.

I’m sitting in a dim, black light-equipped room in the basement studio of one of the most peculiar Ottawa bands to date. Present with me are Eric Landry, and Asa Holloh, the lead singer and bassist of Ooluu, respectively. Their debut EP Mannequin is being released on February 14th. Any significance behind the date? “It’s a Friday,” Eric explains, grinning. On the desk, a miniature Spock and Buddha are having a staring contest, with classical music leaking out of an unseen pair of speakers. (“Chopin,” mumbles Asa when I ask... | Continue reading article

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