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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Three

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Today we bring you the third episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features filmmaker Rhiana Chinapen.  Her interest in social justice issues drew her to documentaries and her work planning Ottawa’s One World Film Festival which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.  She recently completed her first film, an exploration of Capoeira (an Afro-Brazilian martial art which she practices) with the assistance of SAW Video Media Arts Centre’s Jumpstart Program. Have a look: Previous episodes of Ottawa Indie Film include: Episode One:  Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions who... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Nina Berkhout impresses with debut novel

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the participating authors in a series of special posts. Nina Berkhout’s debut novel is a poignant examination of family and the fractures that can split it apart.  The Gallery of Lost Species is narrated by Edith Walker, who grows up in the shadow of her beautiful but troubled older sister, Vivienne. Their unhappy mother, Constance, spends all her energy pushing Vivienne to compete in beauty pageants, while their father, Henry, an artist who never found success, tries... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: How to reignite your creative spark

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 will be previewing some of the authors who will be speaking at the festival in a series of special posts. David Usher is coming to the Ottawa International Writers Festival!  Wait.  The Writers Festival? You may know him as David Usher, the musician, who’s become a household name both as a solo artist and as the front man of Moist, the recently reunited Can-rock favourite. But these days he’s busy promoting his first book, Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode Two

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Still from Ottawa Indie FIlm - Shannon, Emanuela, Sarah and Xu.Still from Ottawa Indie FIlm - Shannon, Emanuela, Sarah and Xu.

Today we bring you the second episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.  They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called Secret War about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war.  Secret War is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival. You can view Episode 1 here.

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Writers Fest: How schools fail to teach citizenship

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The Ottawa International Writers Festival is taking place from April 22-28.  Apartment613 is previewing some of the authors who will be speaking at the festival in a series of special posts. What is the difference between a school in Canada and North Korea?  How about apartheid-era South Africa or another repressive regime? As citizens of a democratic state, many Canadians assume that our schools are vastly different than those in non-democratic countries.  But are they?  This interesting question is posed at the beginning of Prof. Joel Westheimer’s captivating book What Kind of Citizen?... | Continue reading article

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Why you need to go to Raw Sugar this Saturday

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This Saturday at 7 pm, Ottawa-native Andrew Forbes is launching What You Need, his debut collection of short stories, at Raw Sugar Cafe (692 Somerset W.).  While currently living in Peterborough, this young author is no stranger to the National Capital Region, having been born in Ottawa, as well as attending Gloucester High School and Carleton University.  He also visits our region regularly as his parents still live in the east end of the city. Even though this is Forbes’ first published book, he has been previously published in numerous places,... | Continue reading article

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Kicking in the innovative wing of his imagination + Daniel Lanois ticket giveaway

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Photo of Daniel Lanois courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo of Daniel Lanois courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

Legendary rock producer Daniel Lanois is coming to Ottawa to perform with the NAC orchestra as part of an Ontario Scene / NAC Presents co-presentaion. And he wants you to know that this will not be one of those shows where a rock artist plays through their classic songs with an orchestra for a backing band. “I’m not really interested in the touristic side of entertainment. I wouldn’t be the first in line to see Riverdance, for example and it wouldn’t interest me to hear orchestrated renditions of somebody’s familiar... | Continue reading article

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Writers Fest: Ottawa’s literary cure for cynicism

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Celebrate the International Writers Festival as an Ottawa-success story, an antidote for cynicism, and quite possibly the epitome of Canadian hospitality. The 2015 spring edition of Ottawa’s International Writers Festival begins April 22.  This essential literary gathering, however, offers us more than award-winning writers, poets, musicians and thought-provoking intellectuals, according to the festival’s Artistic Director Sean Wilson. “What the festival does for me is it’s an antidote to cynicism,” he explains.  “It’s hard to read the newspaper and to watch television without getting cynical about the state of the world... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s Mirror Comics shuts down after five years

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Last month an awful thing happened: Ottawa’s popular Mirror Comics closed its doors and shut down.  Beginning in 2010, artist-writer Dominic Bercier and web guru Allan Isfan founded Mirror Comics to a fair amount of fandom, and hit its stride in 2012 when they released copies of their work at Ottawa Comiccon and noticed people loved what they were doing. Even with the boost in popularity, the duo noticed quickly that didn’t mean they could distribute to a wider audience outside of their hometown.  “Our physical and budgetary realities meant that we... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for April 7, 2015

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Tonight on Apt613 Live we’ve got a new voice: Catherine Brunelle (who some of you might already know from the blog or from the fantastic podcast Write Along Radio! Catherine sat down to interview Brendan de Montigny and Gillian King from PDA Projects to talk about…well their most recent project: PDA Press whose ongoing Indiegogo campaign is currently raising funds for three new publications. Michaella chats with Jeremey Dias about the Canadian Centre for Gender & Sexual Diversity (previously Jer’s Vision) to get the scoop on the organization, their participation... | Continue reading article

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