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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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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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Making Ottawa go green – the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op

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Solar panel. Photo by Mike Geiger on Flickr.Solar panel. Photo by Mike Geiger on Flickr.

Janice Ashworth is the Operations Manager for the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op. OREC brings Ottawa residents together to invest in local renewable energy projects in our own communities. What does this all mean? Join this neophyte on a journey of discovery. Ashworth was in her undergrad in Environmental Science and International Development at Dalhousie University when she began taking a serious interest in the environment and sustainability. A growing concern with climate change drove her to the green energy movement. Through her Master’s research and volunteering and working with the... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Who photographed Ottawa in 1938?

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A look at the technical side of photo production. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.A look at the technical side of photo production. All photos courtesy of Library and Archives Canada.

Over the past little while, I have been writing about the remarkable ca. 1938 photos of Ottawa streetscapes. These photos show us the Ottawa that Jacques Greber would have seen when he was conducting his preliminary planning studies. What is of particular interest – and something not yet remarked upon by others – is that what we are seeing are not his own photographs, but ones taken by photographers working for the federal Department of Public Works. These photographers, unlike Greber, would have had intimate knowledge of the city. So... | Continue reading article

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One World Film Fest 25 years strong

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Still from On the Side of the Road, directed by Lia Tarachansky.Still from On the Side of the Road, directed by Lia Tarachansky.

After 25 years strong, One World Film Festival celebrates its anniversary by continuing to do what it does best – challenging world issues through the power of film. “We decided to keep it smaller this year and focus on celebrating our 25 years,” said festival director, Pixie Cram. This year, the big focus is on honouring the festival itself. Not only will it be shorter than last year, it will also feature less films. To compensate, One World will be throwing a big birthday bash on Thursday night to kick-off... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Are E-books the death of the paper book?

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Image courtesy of The Awkward Yeti (theawkwardyeti.com).Image courtesy of The Awkward Yeti (theawkwardyeti.com).

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. I recall my genetics professor making the claim years ago that we would all be working in paperless offices. Fast forward to now, and paper isn’t dead. The debate between paper and digital lives on, and remains very interesting for libraries. I did discuss e-books at OPL in a previous post but I thought... | Continue reading article

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