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Apt613 Live for December 17, 2014

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Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Photo by Trevor Pritchard from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Hey kids! This is the last show of 2014 and we’ve jam packed it with interviews and music this week. To start thing off, I interview Fraser Mackay, a guide with the Ottawa Haunted Walk’s special tour this month, The Nightmare Before/After Christmas, which runs for the next two weekends. Then Trevor Pritchard catches up with the folks at Kichesippi Brewery to talk about their green practices. Finally I sit down with our Librarian in Residence, Jessica Green, who shares her holiday book ideas – either something you can sit down... | Continue reading article

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How to survive a Directing Actors workshop when you haven’t even seen Citizen Kane

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Director's Chairs. Photo by Kool Cats Photography on Flickr.Director's Chairs. Photo by Kool Cats Photography on Flickr.

I’ve always been intrigued by the whole idea of the stereotypical filmmaker. An NYU Film School grad living in some less than glamourous tiny apartment somewhere in Brooklyn, smoking, drinking, and watching the greatest films of all time – collectively creating their own. I’ve always wanted to live that life for a little while. And on the weekend, I, well, sort of, did. Saw Video is a not-for-profit, artist-run media art centre in the heart of our downtown. They offer equipment, training, mentorship, grants and screenings with the goal of... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Frank C. Tyrell, an Ottawa 1930s photographer

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Microfiche Cards located in Binder 7 of Finding Aid 80 at 395 Wellington Street, Library and Archives Canada.Microfiche Cards located in Binder 7 of Finding Aid 80 at 395 Wellington Street, Library and Archives Canada.

Last time, I asked who photographed Ottawa in 1938 and speculated that a) it might have been Eugene M. Finn of the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau, or b) it might have been members of the Civil Service Professional Photographers Association. Since then, I have uncovered information about another Motion Picture Bureau photographer who would have also been a candidate. His name was Frank Charles Tyrell. Not a lot of information is available for Tyrell, despite the fact that he is credited for many CPMPB and National Film Board photos... | Continue reading article

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Hounds around town!

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This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall. Photo by Sarah O'Neill.This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall. Photo by Sarah O'Neill.

When I say “greyhound”, what comes to mind? Long bus rides? Cramped leg space? A tiny bus terminal on Catherine Street? For many in Ottawa, “greyhound” means big soulful eyes, lots of mischief, belly rubs, ear scritches, treats and being part of an amazing community of people who love to talk about their dogs! Retired racing greyhounds are a growing subset of the animal rescue community in Ottawa. There are two groups offering adoption services to people interested in welcoming one of these elegant couch potatoes into their families, the Greyhound... | Continue reading article

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Écrire sur l’art. Pourquoi? Comment?

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Véronique Leblanc (à droite) anime un atelier Articulation. Photo par Stéphanie Nadeau.Véronique Leblanc (à droite) anime un atelier Articulation. Photo par Stéphanie Nadeau.

Post par Andrée Préfontaine, Frances Caswell-Routhier, Johanne Lafrenière, Josée Dubeau, Mana Rouholamini, et Véronique Leblanc.                   J’ai peur. J’ai peur de ne pas pouvoir, de ne pas savoir, de ne pas réussir, de ne pas avoir le bon mot, de ne pas avoir les idées assez sophistiquées. L’écriture accompagne toujours ma création. Je réfléchis par écrit. […] J’écris d’abord sur l’idée qui surgit au hasard, qui « m’interroge » et me pousse vers l’avant. Je veux la comprendre, me l’approprier, me l’expliquer. Je vérifie par... | Continue reading article

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BSOMA presents Show me the Money: How to Fund Your Record + ticket giveaway

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Photo by Dave Barger on Flickr.Photo by Dave Barger on Flickr.

Ottawa’s musicians are like those in any other cities: they struggle to promote and develop their craft while staying true to their sound. Becoming a rock star isn’t easy, nor cheap and the first person to tell you would be Samantha Everts of YouRockRed. Known for her Rock Star grant writing specialty, Everts has helped some of Ottawa’s best local talent find money for everything from recording an album to going on a European tour. And now she’s partnered up with the Bluesfest School of Music and Art (BSOMA) for... | Continue reading article

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One million new trees for Ottawa

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Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Lazy_Artist, from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa could be looking a lot greener in the years to come, or at least it will if Tree Ottawa gets its way. This local, community-based initiative is the brain-child of Ecology Ottawa, and has set itself the lofty goal of having 1 million new trees planted within Ottawa’s city limits before Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Beyond this goal, Tree Ottawa is looking to engage with YOU, and every other member of the Ottawa community. The organization has set itself up around three fundamental pillars: to Protect, Plant, and... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: The New-Look MacOdrum Library at Carleton

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Renovated facade of the MacOdrum Library. Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Renovated facade of the MacOdrum Library. Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

A few years back, as I was entering my final undergrad year at Carleton University, I had the feeling that I had campus all figured out. After spending three years at a school you tend to know the shortcuts to get across campus in a hurry, the places to go for a cheap meal, and most important of all, the best spots to study. The MacOdrum Library was never on my list of go-to study spots. Though the old library had some cosy areas and a few decent study spaces,... | Continue reading article

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Life, Death & Coffee?

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Photos by rubiconphotography.com.Photos by rubiconphotography.com.

Linda Ellis, in her famous poem “The Dash,” writes of the time between our birth and our death; she called this the ‘dash.’ It is where we experience life, the world around us, and the people in it. Death cafés, a recent global phenomenon, have tapped into the notion of the dash in a way that may catch people by surprise. They center on the discussion of death all while in a friendly, warm setting. While this may seem morbid to some, the intention is quite the opposite. One of... | Continue reading article

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An unrecognized place: The forgotten home of the Pattees and Freimans

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Army Officers Mess at 149 Somerset St. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Grant Peters.Army Officers Mess at 149 Somerset St. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are by Grant Peters.

Have you ever walked down Somerset Street towards the Rideau Canal, glanced over at a redbrick mansion near the corner at Elgin Street and wondered, “What could possibly have happened there?” At one point I did as well, and discovered that the house standing at 149 Somerset is perhaps one of the most historically important yet unrecognized places in Ottawa. Built in 1891 by the Pattee family, a private and prominent industrialist family, the building’s exterior was decorated with bullnose pillars and a frieze lining the upper edifice that depicts... | Continue reading article

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