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Hub and Spoke connects the Ottawa arts community

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Photo courtesy of Justin Van Leeuwen from the Apartment613 Flickr PoolPhoto courtesy of Justin Van Leeuwen from the Apartment613 Flickr Pool

Hub Ottawa holds periodic events that bring together disparate parts of the Ottawa community to connect and support each other. The events can help build crossover audiences and can help organizers share ideas and best practices. The events feature short presentations from event leaders, Q&A and networking opportunities following. Megan Monafu, a local Ottawa facilitator and playwright, is organizing the next Hub and Spoke to coincide with the Undercurrents Festival, the contemporary performance festival that’s entering its 5th year. Megan was looking for a way to build interdisciplinary connections between... | Continue reading article

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Librarian in Residence: #YOWHumanLibrary returns this Saturday

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A Metis Woman in conversation during a former Human Library experience in Ottawa.A Metis Woman in conversation during a former Human Library experience in Ottawa.

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. On February 21st, you can participate in one of the most unique library events: the Human Library. The fourth edition of the popular event will happen in library branches all across the Ottawa Gatineau area as for the first time, the Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau is joining in this event along with the Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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Celebrate Ottawa’s feminist heroes this Valentine’s Day

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Photo by Ari Moore on Flickr.Photo by Ari Moore on Flickr.

Kissing is cool or whatever, and there’s probably some Valentine’s Day stuff going on in Ottawa for people who are into that kind of thing.  But those whose deepest, truest, most abiding love is of gender equality will also have an opportunity to celebrate their love this Valentine’s Day.  Planned Parenthood Ottawa has organized a Feminist History Walking Tour of Ottawa to share the stories of some of our city’s lesser-known feminist heroes. The tour addresses the complexities of the struggles around gender equality, touching on topics including the campaign... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for February 10, 2015

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Doctor Science. Photo by JD Hancock on Flickr.Doctor Science. Photo by JD Hancock on Flickr.

Hey kids! In case you haven’t checked your calendars this weekend will be ushered in by one of my favourite special days: Friday 13th!  I don’t normally sidestep ladders, avoid cracks in the sidewalk or throw salt over my shoulder to scare away the devil.  But there’s something delightful about indulging in these little rituals on a day punctuated by superstitious possibilities… This week on the show we’ve got Patrick Gauthier: Curator of the upcoming Undercurrents independent-theatre festival.  We talk a bit about what the 2015 program has to offer... | Continue reading article

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Streetscape Memory Bank: Urban plans from 1938 cast a light on current times

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The southwesterly curve on Wellington Street, circa 1938. All images from Library and Archives Canada.The southwesterly curve on Wellington Street, circa 1938. All images from Library and Archives Canada.

Ottawans were witness to a major announcement on February 8, 1938.  On this date, the Ottawa Journal reported that the Government of Canada had unveiled and approved Jacques Greber’s plan for the beautification of Ottawa. “Greber Plans to Convert Ottawa into a Picturesque World Capital”‘ trumpeted the headline.  As front page news, this was indeed a splash…and Ottawa would never be quite the same again.  Imagine: you wake up in 1938 and see this news, you read the proposed details…what would you think? The more I look at Ottawa’s watershed... | Continue reading article

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M. C. Escher at the National Gallery: An incursion into the reality of illusions

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M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC.

Printmaker Maurits Cornelis Escher is like an Old Master who would have lost his way in the 20th century. He produced some 450 prints over his 50 year career. Throughout, he remained obsessed with the representation of space. Fifty-four of his prints are on display at the National Gallery until May 2015. A rare opportunity – and a real treat. Escher captured popular imagination with his “impossible architectures”. What to think of a circular flight of stairs that you can climb indefinitely? The result is both tangible and bewildering. Any... | Continue reading article

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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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