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Video of the Week: The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu

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Still from The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu.Still from The Rink Guy by Fangliang Xu.

After months of exceptionally cold winter temperatures and a record-breaking run of 59 uninterrupted skating days on the Rideau Canal, it seems entirely appropriate to give one of Ottawa’s volunteer rink keepers the spotlight. Ewan Reid has been maintaining the McNabb outdoor rink in Centretown for five years now. His story comes to light in this three minute clip by Carleton University second-year grad student, Fangliang Xu. But you can call her Xu (shoe). Inspired by her father’s love of journalism, Xu has been obsessed with seeing the world through... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.

March has begun and with it the event season begins to rev back up. People will start to release albums in the coming months, there will be garage sales galore, and everyone’s mood improves. There’s plenty of comedy, art and music coming up this weekend to kick off some March madness! Start things off by listening to awesome people candidly talk about one of their biggest professional failures with this new monthly event, now in it’s 3rd edition: Fuck Up Nights Ottawa. On Friday, Saw Gallery has By Any Means:... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Creatives: Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan

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Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.Khaleefa ApollotheChild Hamdan. Photo by Amanda Armstrong.

We’re excited to announce a new Apt613 series, Ottawa Creatives, a showcase which will profile the amazing artistic talent found in this fine city. Each month will feature a different group of artists – from our poets, to our illustrators, to our DJs, dancers, and musicians. Tuesdays will feature a new artist who will also be highlighted throughout the week on our Instagram feed. Seeing as Versefest, a celebration of poetry, takes place at the end of this month, we figured it fitting to begin the series profiling some of... | Continue reading article

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Taste of the Arctic shares unique flavours, sights and sounds with Ottawa

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All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.All photos courtesy of Inuit Tapariit Kanatami.

When I was asked to attend a tasting and preview of the upcoming fundraising event A Taste of the Arctic at the National Arts Centre, I was admittedly hesitant. While I was definitely eager to learn more about Canadian Inuit culture, my unadventurous stomach had reservations. The invitation informed me that the event’s cuisine would feature staple ingredients to Inuit cooking, such as arctic char, caribou, seal, and whale. I was nervous. Would I eat seal at this preview? Would I enjoy Inuit food in general? The answer to both questions... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for February 24, 2015

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Alphabet Soup II by Chrissy Wainwright on Flickr.Alphabet Soup II by Chrissy Wainwright on Flickr.

We interview Stephanie Joyal from Soup Ottawa a recurring event that serves up hot soup, fresh baked bread and a vote for your favourite community-minded project proposal. She joins us on the show to tell us more about this unique dining experience. Just in time for Project Wild Thing’s screening at the Mayfair we’re joined by director David Bond . He talks to us about this film-driven project aimed at getting kids off the couch and back into the great outdoors. Musical guests: Derek Harrison and Pocket Writer It’s like... | Continue reading article

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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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