While casting about for an idea for a story about Ottawa’s Lowertown, I was struck by how much the the changes to the area have been documented over the past fifty years. Various blogs (Urbsite and Ottawa Past and Present) and organizations (Lowertown Community Association and King Edward Avenue Task Force) have all done a good job of showing us that the past fifty years have not been kind to Lowertown, particularly from King Edward to Cobourg Street. What else was there to say? The main story is quite clear and... | Continue reading article
This weekend begins the tours and outdoor events that will last the rest of the summer. Music in the park, tours around monuments and of course more music! All weekend long, Decipher is holding their Everyday is Halloween Pop-up Shop full of punk, derby and psychobilly gear. If you love Hot topic, make sure to check out this amazing pop-up shop located in Westboro. Start your weekend tonight with Monopolatte’s 4th Annual Geek Slam – a geeky poetry competition. Or get schooled on disability rights with Ravi Malhotra and Morgan Rowe’s... | Continue reading article
Last year the highly popular movie The Imitation Game introduced the masses to the story of Alan Turing and his work cracking the Nazis’ “unbreakable” Enigma code in WWII. It was estimated that cracking Enigma shortened the war in Europe by two years. But Hollywood demands nonstop edge of your seat excitement and sometimes, especially when the subject is the tedious work of code breaking, that kind of mass appeal comes at the cost of historical accuracy. That’s where the theatre comes in. Director Klass van Weringh has brought Hugh... | Continue reading article
The magazine The Walrus, which presents commentary on Canadian culture and its place in the world, is bringing the latest installment of its Walrus Talks events to Ottawa this week. At the National Gallery this Wednesday evening, eight speakers, including Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes, will speak for seven minutes each on various topics related to the evening’s (admittedly broad) theme, Being Human. Past Walrus Talks have tackled themes including Energy, Play, and The Art of Conversation. The series challenges audiences to look at a topic from... | Continue reading article
Today we bring you the second episode in Jith Paul’s series, Ottawa Indie Film. This installment features Shannon Lough, Emanuela Campanella, Sarah Turnbull and Fangliang Xu, four students from the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University. They have just completed their first film together, a documentary called Secret War about the innovative War Horse project which utilizes horses to help veterans dealing with the traumas of war. Secret War is an Official Selection at this year’s Yorkton Film Festival. You can view Episode 1 here.
Post by Shawna Page. The first thing that pops into my head when thinking about my experience at Wheelhouse Cycle is the song “Bicycle Race” by Queen. For those of you that are not familiar with the song the beginning goes like this; “Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle, bicycle, bicycle.” And at wheelhouse Cycle that is exactly what you get to do! Upon entering the new spin gym, located at 1279 Wellington Street West, you are greeted with an energy that can only be described as... | Continue reading article
Yesterday we introduced Jith Paul, the first member of our Apartment613 Fellowship Program. Today is the launch of the first episode in Jith’s web series Ottawa Indie Film. In this installment, Cory and Gary Thibert of Wolf Pelt Productions talk about their love of film, the supportive filmmaking community in the city, and the nerve-wracking feeling of watching your film with an audience for the first time.
We all love getting it on. And it’s made even better by the fact that we can talk about it openly and honestly, sharing what works well for us, and that time it didn’t work out so perfectly. As a liberal-minded woman I’m quite open to experimenting sexually (with my monogamous companion of course), and as a freelance writer I’m passionate about immersing myself in unique and sometimes controversial worlds and sharing my story. With that in mind I made my way to Venus Envy, well known as the place to... | Continue reading article
In 1967, the Supreme Court of Canada heard a case between the Florence Realty Company and the Queen. Specifically, the Florence Realty Company included the Florence Paper Company in Ottawa’s lowertown neighbourhood, and the company was appealing the National Capital Commission for additional compensation to deal with the loss of a railway siding and the costs related to the relocation of the business to a new site. While the appeal was denied, the case nonetheless sheds light on the issues surrounding the massive urban redevelopment that occurred in Lowertown between the... | Continue reading article
Apartment613 Talks returns April 1st with a discussion on Ottawa’s political culture. Presented in partnership with the PSAC National Capital Region, this talk will explore how Ottawa’s position as the national capital affects the political behaviour of those who live and work here. How does a city that lives and breathes the always-on political climate of the Hill also engage with the politics in its own backyard? How does a city of un-biased and conflict-of-interest-obsessed administrators navigate the realities of electoral politics? Is there a risk of deepening apathy in... | Continue reading article