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Ottawa City Woodshop inspired by Ottawa’s lumber town legacy

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A photo of the woodshopPhoto courtesy of the Ottawa City Woodshop

Are you longing for the smell of sawdust and the sounds of a drill press, but worried that your one-bedroom-plus-den rental may not be the best home to re-start that woodworking project? The Ottawa City Workshop launched last month and has been quickly attracting interest from members. You can join the woodshop with a monthly fee and get access to the space and discounts on courses. They have intro classes starting in both July and August for the uninitiated to ease their way into the joys of woodworking. We caught... | Continue reading article

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BSOMA teaches photographers the tools of the trade

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Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.Vintage Trouble as shot by former BSOMA student Rohit Sexena last year.

Bluesfest School of Art and Music has been making strides lately when it comes to providing workshops on teachable skills for the community. In the past, they’ve worked together with artists, bands and festivals to put on seminars that cover everything from releasing an album to acquiring sponsorship. Their most recent workshop is festival-focused with a specification in photography, titled RBC Bluesfest Concert Photography. The workshop is led by in-house Bluesfest photographers Mark Horton and Marc DesRosiers, and was launched as a pilot project last year with great results, including... | Continue reading article

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Five Things I Learned at the Ottawa International Music Conference

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Q&A with the band Tortured Soul at OIMC. Photo from the OIMC Facebook page.Q&A with the band Tortured Soul at OIMC. Photo from the OIMC Facebook page.

The first Ottawa International Music Conference was held recently at Maker Space North. The Conference featured international artists and panelists, who shared their knowledge with a room full of industry hopefuls. The three day event was successful, both in attendance and information obtained by attendees. The panels ranged from how to turn music into a business, to festival programming, to the changing landscape of parties. In case you missed the conference, I’ve broken down the 5 things I learned at OIMC: 1. Know your audience and play to it. If... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Levine’s long lost Lowertown remembered

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King Edward Street near Rideau, circa 1920. Unless otherwise indicated, all photos are from Library and Archives Canada.King Edward Street near Rideau, circa 1920. Unless otherwise indicated, all photos are from Library and Archives Canada.

While casting about for an idea for a story about Ottawa’s Lowertown, I was struck by how much the the changes to the area have been documented over the past fifty years.  Various blogs (Urbsite and Ottawa Past and Present) and organizations (Lowertown Community Association and King Edward Avenue Task Force) have all done a good job of showing us that the past fifty years have not been kind to Lowertown, particularly from King Edward to Cobourg Street. What else was there to say? The main story is quite clear and... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce long weekend?

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Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.Photos from GLITTERBOMB 2014 by Viktor S. de Vice.

This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | Continue reading article

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Breaking the Code: A look into life of Alan Turing + chance to see Enigma machine up close

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All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.All photos by Maria Vartanova, courtesy of Ottawa Little Theatre.

Last year the highly popular movie The Imitation Game introduced the masses to the story of Alan Turing and his work cracking the Nazis’ “unbreakable” Enigma code in WWII. It was estimated that cracking Enigma shortened the war in Europe by two years. But Hollywood demands nonstop edge of your seat excitement and sometimes, especially when the subject is the tedious work of code breaking, that kind of mass appeal comes at the cost of historical accuracy. That’s where the theatre comes in.  Director Klass van Weringh has brought Hugh... | Continue reading article

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The Walrus Talks about being human

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Zeynep Arsel. Photo from thewalrus.ca.Zeynep Arsel. Photo from thewalrus.ca.

The magazine The Walrus, which presents commentary on Canadian culture and its place in the world, is bringing the latest installment of its Walrus Talks events to Ottawa this week. At the National Gallery this Wednesday evening, eight speakers, including Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, will speak for seven minutes each on various topics related to the evening’s (admittedly broad) theme, Being Human.  Past Walrus Talks have tackled themes including Energy, Play, and The Art of Conversation. The series challenges audiences to look at a topic from... | 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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Wheelhouse Cycle features a spin class like no other

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All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.All photos courtesy of Wheelhouse Cycle.

Post by Shawna Page. The first thing that pops into my head when thinking about my experience at Wheelhouse Cycle is the song “Bicycle Race” by Queen. For those of you that are not familiar with the song the beginning goes like this; “Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle.” And at wheelhouse Cycle that is exactly what you get to do! Upon entering the new spin gym, located at 1279 Wellington Street West, you are greeted with an energy that can only be described as... | Continue reading article

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Fellowship of the Blog: Ottawa Indie Film, Episode One

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Yesterday we introduced Jith Paul, the first member of our Apartment613 Fellowship Program. Today is the launch of the first episode in Jith’s web series Ottawa Indie Film. In this installment, Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions talk about their love of film, the supportive filmmaking community in the city, and the nerve-wracking feeling of watching your film with an audience for the first time.

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