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Meet a Hubber: Ian Murchison and Rohan Thakar, Industrial Designers and Co-Founders, The Federal

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Ian Murchison (left) and Rohan Thakar, co-founders of The Federal. Photo by Ian Murchison.Ian Murchison (left) and Rohan Thakar, co-founders of The Federal. Photo by Ian Murchison.

HUB Ottawa is a co-working community, learning academy and incubator with a mission to activate new social enterprises and drive social innovation through collaboration. In this series, Kristen Macdonald introduces us to interesting members of the diverse HUB Ottawa community (Hubbers) and takes a look at the collaborative actions they are taking to make Ottawa and the world a better place. I sat down with Ian Murchison and Rohan Thakar in one of HUB Ottawa’s private meeting rooms overlooking the bustling junction of Bank and Queen Streets in the heart... | Continue reading article

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Asinabka 2013 brings films exploring Indigenous issues to the Capital/ Algonquin region

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Looking for films with a varied perspective? Asinabka Film and Arts Media might be just what you’re looking for. Featuring national and international films focusing on Indigenous issues and topics, Asinabka strives to inject the Capital/Algonquin region with a blast of something fresh. It’s the second year that Christopher Wong and Howard Adler have been organizing the event, so we got in touch with Howard via email to hear what’s happening at one of Ottawa’s newest festivals.  Apt613: Firstly, What does “Asinabka” mean, and why did it become the name... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Fiction, poetry and the joys of a really good love story

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Ottawa author Sonia Saikaley is a fabulous writer.   Her novella The Lebanese Dishwasher was a co-winner of the 2012 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest, and tells the poignant story of Amir Radi, a Beirut native who immigrates to Canada.  After publishing a poetry collection earlier this year, she is now writing a new novel.   Curious to see what Saikaley is working on, Apartment613 caught up with the wonderful writer/poet.   Below is a transcript of an email interview slightly edited for length. Apartment613: You are currently working on a second fiction... | Continue reading article

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Meet a Hubber: Michael Grigoriev, Co-Founder, Creative Mornings Ottawa

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HUB Ottawa is a co-working community, learning academy and incubator with a mission to activate new social enterprises and drive social innovation through collaboration. In this series, I introduce you to interesting members of the diverse HUB Ottawa community (Hubbers) and take a look at the collaborative actions they are taking to make Ottawa and the world a better place.  Meet Product Designer, HUB member, and cross-polinator, Michael Grigoriev, one half of the gumptious duo who founded the Ottawa chapter of the international speaker series: Creative Mornings. The caffeine-fueled affair recently... | Continue reading article

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The future of libraries – can we build a better city through information?

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In a recent blog post on the Future of the Library, marketing guru and author, Seth Godin, points to some of the trends converging on our public libraries and imagines what these spaces could look like in the future. He lands on “…the vibe of the best Brooklyn coffee shop combined with a passionate raconteur of information?” adding that “There are one thousand things that could be done in a place like this, all built around one mission: take the world of data, combine it with the people in this... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Velo Vogue raising funds with fashion

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Calling all fashion-forward cyclists! Our favourite bike blog Ottawa Velo Vogue (OVV) is raising money for Cycle Salvation tomorrow night at Kichesippi Beer Co and they want you to be there! Zara Ansar and Michelle President (of OVV) have been busy putting together Velo Vogue: A bicycle fashion show, which highlights the latest trends in clothing, accessories, and bikes (vintage and new) from local and international designers. The event is sure to be a fun time – what with China Doll playing host, great beer and tasty food, door prizes, a silent auction – and it’s... | Continue reading article

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Instagram real life with Mark Stephenson’s HipsterMonocle

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This week, Ottawa is welcoming some 150 delegates to the city for the Creative City Summit. The summit presents an opportunity for people who work in arts and culture across the country to come together and discuss some of their common challenges and goals. We thought that having a group of cultural thinkers in the city was a pretty good time to show off, so we’ve launched a special guide highlighting Ottawa’s artistic hot spots. One of the artist’s the city selected to create work for the summit was local... | Continue reading article

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Introducing Melody McKiver: Q&A with Artengine’s Critical Resident Blogger

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Melody McKiver is a (self-described) Anishinaabe musician, writer and interdisciplinary media artist. Trained as a classical violinist, she performs improvisational work on the viola and laptop (she’s also a percussionist and singer). More recently, she has been experimenting in composition, digital video, photography and online curation. A recent recipient of SAW Video’s Aboriginal Voices grant, she has also been selected as the Artengine Critical Resident Blogger for 2013. Over the course of the residency, Artengine and Apartment613 will be cross-posting Melody’s writing in the hopes of encouraging discussion and fostering... | Continue reading article

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Resonant Currents by Manuel Báez – an iconic art piece for Hub Ottawa

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Resonnant Currents. Photos courtesy of Manuel Baez.Resonnant Currents. Photos courtesy of Manuel Baez.

For the longest time, I’ve been encouraging Vinod and co. to emphasize art at HUB Ottawa. Little did I know they had a major piece of art in the works for the past year. The piece, created by Professor Manuel Báez, is set to be installed this summer at the Hub. I met with Manuel to discuss his passion for art, architecture and the inspiration he takes from natural phenomena. Architecture and art intertwine seamlessly in Manual Báez’s life. From a young age he knew he wanted to become an... | Continue reading article

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Aidan Knight buys van, drives it to Wakefield

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Aidan Knight and his band needed a van. It’s tough to tour without one and the band needed to somehow get off Vancouver Island. A van was bought. Now, the only problem was how to pay for it. Thus the Telecommunicate EP – an album born our of necessity. The whole process started only weeks before we spoke. It’s a four track digital only release based on the story of Robin Van Helsum, or “Forest Boy” as he was dubbed by the press when he wandered out of the woods... | Continue reading article

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