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Ottawa Architecture Week celebrates 27th anniversary

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Photo from the OAW Facebook page.Photo from the OAW Facebook page.

Ottawa has built a reputation of being a battleground for federal politics, but have you ever thought of it simply as a city? Though overshadowed by its political identity, we invite you to explore Ottawa’s uniqueness through architecture, urbanism or art and design at the annual Ottawa Architecture Week underway this week. For their 27th anniversary OAW will be examining Ottawa’s dual-identity as a livable city and as a national capital. The complex relationship of our home can be seen manifested physically in urban spaces sprinkled throughout the city and... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: Need help learning another language?

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Image from Library and Archives Canada, uploaded to the Apt613 flickr pool by Ottawa ArchitectsImage from Library and Archives Canada, uploaded to the Apt613 flickr pool by Ottawa Architects

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. Owing to the peculiar business of government here in Ottawa (and being spread over two provinces), many people are busy trying to learn either English or French for their jobs. Learning languages is hard work, but studies have shown that learning a second language may stave off dementia, and helps with abstract thinking and... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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"Rideau Falls at Dusk", photo by flickr user Alan Wainwright, from the Apt613 flickr pool"Rideau Falls at Dusk", photo by flickr user Alan Wainwright, from the Apt613 flickr pool

The first weekend of September is upon us, and with it the schools mercifully take back the children and the rest of the city amps up their enthusiasm for complaining about the impending weather. There’s lots of art and music to take in this weekend, with some mini festivals and comedy to balance things out. All weekend long, PDA Projects has Coalesce at the St. Patricks Building on the Carleton Campus. Curated by Jacklyn Meloche, this performance art mini-festival runs from Sept 3-6th. This is also the last weekend to... | Continue reading article

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Project SoundCheck hopes to prevent sexual assault at festivals

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Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr pool.Photo by Mike Geiger from the Apt613 Flickr pool.

Kira-Lynn has been an activist her whole life and part of the local music scene for nearly as long. In high school she worked the door at shows or sold merch for her friends’ bands. Eventually she began performing herself. Throughout the years she noticed that at these shows, women were often made to feel uncomfortable, whether due to harassment from men or overt sexism that went unchecked. Given her activist roots, Kira-Lynn was immediately drawn to a recently established project aimed at addressing these issues present within Ottawa’s music... | Continue reading article

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World Press award-winning photos capture moments of tenderness and danger

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World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. 

St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment.
Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.World Press Photo of the Year 2014: First Prize Contemporary Issues, Singles. Photo by Mads Nissen, Denmark, Scanpix/Panos Pictures. St. Petersburg, Russia: Jon and Alex, a gay couple, during an intimate moment. Life for lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) people is becoming increasingly difficult in Russia. Sexual minorities face legal and social discrimination, harassment, and even violent hate-crime attacks from conservative religious and nationalistic groups.

Award-winning images from around the world are now on display at the Canadian War Museum for a limited time, marking the eighth year that World Press Photo has chosen Ottawa as the premier Canadian location for its annual exhibition. “The images of World Press Photo 2015 were jury selected from among 98,000 entries submitted by close to 6,000 photojournalists from 131 countries,” explains Mark O’Neill, president and CEO of the Canadian War Museum. “The exhibition really does present the finest work by many of the world’s top photographers.” While a... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: the “old-world grandeur” of a lost Rideau St. institution

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Ogilvy's in the mid 1950s, image from the City of Ottawa archivesOgilvy's in the mid 1950s, image from the City of Ottawa archives

One place that evokes fond memories of Ottawa’s past shopping fortunes is the old Charles Ogilvy Ltd. store (or Ogilvys) on Rideau Street. I am just old enough to remember how the Ogilvys was in its last days in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Even then, it was a place of old world grandeur and charm.  I still remember the immaculately dressed elevator operators who wore white gloves, who would open the old grilled elevator doors and then take you clanking up or down to the various floor departments... | Continue reading article

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Five surprising facts we learned on the Ottawa Free Tour

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Scenery on the Ottawa Free Tour, photos by  Hollie DaviesScenery on the Ottawa Free Tour, photos by Hollie Davies

When I was invited to tag along on The Ottawa Free Tour, a new activity on offer, I didn’t have to think it over much –  they had me at “free”. With scarcely anything in life that doesn’t put a dent in my bank account, I’m clearly going to jump at anything that costs nothing. And I’m sure glad that I did. It’s a 2-hour walking tour that takes place every Saturday (May 2-Sept 5) at 2 p.m. I met up with our expert guide, and the rest of the group, at the... | Continue reading article

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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 Woodshop 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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